21. Kate White – Hush (and my 21st birthday!)

Sorry it’s been a while since I posted, but my 21st birthday was this weekend! It was actually on Easter, which was a little bit lame, but I still did some stuff to celebrate.

On Thursday, I took the train home from school so I could spend the weekend with my boyfriend. On the train, I read almost all of my newest book, which I’ll talk about more later.

I didn’t do too much to celebrate my birthday over the weekend. On Friday night, I went to my boyfriend’s house and we made homemade pizza for dinner, which I’ve been craving ever since I read Delancey, haha. IMG_1651

On Saturday night, I stayed at home, but Boyfriend went out and bought stuff to make fun drinks at midnight once I was officially 21. We made adult cherry limeades, which were supposed to be like the cherry limeade from Sonic. They were pretty good drinks, the recipe can be found here if you’re interested. Also, check out my Instagram @becc.adams if you wanna see pictures from my birthday!

On Sunday, we woke up pretty early for a 3 hour ride to my grandparents’ house for Easter. I spent the day with my family, until about 7 when my parents and Boyfriend (and my puppy) all had to leave to go home but I stayed at my grandparents’ house for the night. It was really sad saying goodbye to them and that I didn’t really get to celebrate with Boyfriend, but it was still a good day and I was glad he was willing to deal with my crazy family all day. 🙂IMG_1685

After everyone had gone home, my cousin came back to my grandparents’ house to take me out so I could order my first legal drink! We went to On The Border just for quick appetizers and a drink. Mostly, I just wanted to take part in the tradition of going out for a drink on your 21st birthday just because you can. I got a margarita, and didn’t even get carded! How disappointing!

Anyway, somewhere between all the fun and drinks, I managed to finish a book! The book was Hush by Kate White, who used to be the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. I found this book on the clearance table at Barnes & Noble. Originally I didn’t have very high expectations for the book, but I’ve been trying to branch out from my usual genre of memoirs, so I picked it up.

Kate White - Hush (photo taken by me)
Kate White – Hush (photo taken by me)

The book is about a middle-aged woman named Lake who is going through a divorce and works as a marketing agent for a fertility clinic. One night, Lake goes out with a new doctor at the clinic, and ends up going back to his apartment and sleeping with him. Later that night, the man she slept with is murdered, and to avoid complicating her custody battle with her ex, Lake lies to cover herself.

In order to prove that she isn’t the murderer, Lake tries to figure out who did kill the doctor so she can point the cops in that direction. She ends up digging up some unexpected troubles at the clinic she works at, and the book follows her mission to solve the murder and expose the clinic.

The cover of this book has a quote saying this book is “a real page-turner,” and it definitely is. I loved this book. I read almost 250 pages of it on the train ride home, which made the 6 hour ride fly by for me. There were lots of turns in the book and I was always wanting more.

It’s a good mystery without being really scary, it had a lot of unexpected twists, and I read through it really fast. I would definitely recommend this book to someone looking for a thriller and I am now going to look into reading other books written by White.

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14. Jennifer Close – Girls in White Dresses

I haven’t been as avid of a reader this past week because my boyfriend’s school had their spring break so he came to visit me at school! Yay! He was only here from Tuesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon, and I still had to go to work and classes (boo!) so I wanted to spend as much time as I could with him, which meant no time for reading.

But I got back into my book today and just finished it! The book was Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close. This was one of those books that I just randomly stumbled upon on Amazon and thought looked interesting, so I bought it without really knowing what it was about.

Jennifer Close - Girls in White Dresses (photo taken by me)
Jennifer Close – Girls in White Dresses (photo taken by me)

The book is about a group of twentysomethings, friends from college and high school, and each chapter focuses on one particular point of one of the girls’ lives. The book follows their relationships, job hunts, and their feelings as their friends slowly marry off and have kids.

I really, really liked this book. I kind of didn’t want it to end, because I really like the way Close writes. The girls all seem so likable, and it makes me wish I had a friend group like they do. I also liked how the chapters jumped from one character to another and focused on their home lives too, not just them with the other main characters.

There were two things that I didn’t love about this book. The first was the way Vermont is portrayed in the book. As a Vermonter, I get pretty annoyed when the state gets portrayed as a total hick-town where everyone is a hippie and/or lives on a farm. Now, I know that is true for some parts of the state (I even have a friend whose family owns a farm), but where I’m from is not like that at all. I just kind of hate when people feed into the stereotype that we’re all weirdos who breastfeed each other’s babies. Yeah. That’s an actual thing in this book.

However, the Vermont scene is just a small part of one chapter of the book, so it really didn’t affect my overall feelings toward the book, just kind of upset me while I was reading that one part. Obviously, people who aren’t from Vermont probably won’t care about that one detail.

The other thing that I didn’t like about the book was its use of the “R” word. The way it’s used in the book is conversationally, which I know is an accurate depiction of people like the characters, but I still don’t like it. It makes me uncomfortable when people use that word so casually, and to see it used in a book that same way just made me upset. I do understand that it was used in a realistic way, I just wish it hadn’t been.

Other than those two things, I loved this book. I actually like that there were some specific things that I could pinpoint that I didn’t like in the book, because it makes the rest of it more enjoyable for me.

Anyway, I think this book is a good read for girls in their twenties to read. One of the main themes of the book is how the girls feel as they go to bridal shower after bridal shower and wedding after wedding, which I could kind of relate to because one of my friends got married last summer and my sister is getting married this coming June, so I know how they feel.

It’s a good book, it’s written well, and I really grew to connect with the characters. Their stories were funny, entertaining, and relatable. I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.

7. Rachel Dratch – Girl Walks Into a Bar

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve posted on here. The past week was filled with spending as much time as I could with my boyfriend before I had to leave for school, moving back to school, settling in with my new roommate, and then dealing with the first week of classes. Moving back to school is always really hard for me so I’ve been feeling kind of down lately. Long distance relationships suck no matter how far the distance is, but I’m trying to be grateful that I’m only 4 hours away and I get to see my boyfriend at least once a month.

It’s been a hectic week to say the least, but since it’s the weekend now, I’ve finally had some downtime to read in between showing my new roommate around the town. I had started Girl Walks Into a Bar by Rachel Dratch before I left for school, but only got about 10 pages in, so I basically read the whole thing this weekend.

You probably know Rachel Dratch from SNL (she played Debbie Downer in one of the funniest skits I’ve ever seen) or maybe some small roles she’s had in a few Adam Sandler movies.

Her memoir goes through her college days, moving to Chicago to do improv shows, moving on to SNL, and she talks about her love life and experiences in dating. Basically the book is a log of her life told as a story.

Rachel Dratch - Girl Walks Into A Bar (photo taken by me)
Rachel Dratch – Girl Walks Into A Bar (photo taken by me)

I’m still not so sure how I feel about this book. Usually, I love memoirs, especially when they’re written by comedians. However, from the start, Girl Walks Into a Bar struggled to get me hooked. The story was pretty fun and interesting, everything I would expect a comedian’s memoir to be, but I just didn’t have a real interest in reading it. As I’ve mentioned in some of my other posts, a lot of books have me hooked and I don’t want to put them down, but this one I kind of just read through to get it over with.

One thing I did really like about this book was the ending. Dratch writes at the end that she wishes there was a way to package the story up with a nice bow and present it as the end of the story, but she can’t. However, I really felt like it was all tied together at the end and it had a really nice ending.

Her story is also a very happy one. At the beginning, you see Dratch struggling as a comedian and later in the story you hear about her troubles finding love. But by the end of the book, she’s in a happy place. Sure, she admits that she doesn’t actually have it all figured out and that she’s just taking life as it comes at her, but I like that. I like seeing that she has a happy and fulfilled life but that she isn’t always 100% sure of what she’s doing. It makes me feel like it’s okay not to know exactly what you’re doing or that maybe it’s okay to not have a set plan.

Although I struggled to stay interested in the book, at the end, it made me feel happy, and because of that, I liked it.