Give Me Your Hand

Give Me Your HandGive Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
on July 17th 2018
Pages: 352
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three-stars

How well do you know your friends? What are the ties that bind? What can pull two friends apart?

Kit Owens and Diane Fleming met when they are teenagers at camp. Then one day the Diane appears in Kit’s chemistry class. Their friendship is sealed, and they soon become inseparable. Both girls become driven to do well not only in school but in life. Both are very intelligent, and both seem to have similar interests in science. Then one day, Diane shares a secret with Kit, a secret which changes their friendship forever. Kit shared a secret she had at camp, but it wasn’t as big as Diane’s secret. The teens drift apart and both go their separate ways.

As both were intelligent and had interests in the scientific field, they soon cross paths once again when they are both making names for themselves in their chosen fields. Diane is hired to work in the same lab as Kit and they learn that they are up for the same position working under a brilliant scientist whom they both idolize.

This both is told through “Now” and “Then” chapters filling in the gaps of their friendship. The reader finally learns the “secret” and the impact it has on the women’s lives. At the same time the reader watches as those in the lab vie for the coveted position and things take a turn and yet again their lives are changed.

Part of this book takes place in a lab, but I did not feel that any of the scientific language or experiments got in the way of the story. It would be strange if the object of their study was not discussed as most of the characters were scientists. Yes, there is discussion about experiments being done on animals, so be warned! Some may not like these sections. For me this book was good not great. It was a fast read and well written but at the same time it failed to really “wow” me. I didn’t really care for any of the characters, I didn’t find anything to be too shocking or overly interesting. This is a book which I think had a lot of potential and it just fell a little flat for me. I still enjoyed it but was just missing that spark which would have made the book better for me personally.

Thank you to Little, Brown and Company and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

three-stars

You Will Know Me

You Will Know MeYou Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
Published by Little Brown on July 26th 2016
Pages: 352
ISBN: 031623107X
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three-stars

Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to supporting their daughter, Devon’s dreams of one day becoming an Olympic Gymnast. Did anyone feel bad about their son, Drew, forced to play second fiddle to his sister’s greatness? Obviously, I did. Devon is a top gymnast and pat of a community of mean people, wait, I meant to say supportive people who will do anything (cover up anything) to see that their kid (s) and their champion make it in the Gymnastic world. They are like soccer moms but in leotards – well maybe the Moms aren’t in leotards but you know what I mean.

No one, except for Drew, in this book is likable. They all have an agenda – getting to the Olympics at all costs.

So a character is killed in a hit and run. Enter mystery stage left. But wait! Is his death really a mystery? In the book it is, but I thought it could have been either 1 or 2 of the characters easily. Guess what? I was right! I found the mystery to not be a page turner, be be pretty damn predictable, and the reveal came off more like a sizzle than a pop.

Was this what the Author was going for? Maybe she didn’t want to keep us guessing. Maybe the book was more about family secrets, drive, pressure, disloyalty, turning a blind eye, putting your morals and judgement in your back pocket while you attempt to win at any cost. Whatever she was going for….it didn’t quite get there for me.

I found this book to be okay, sometimes good but not great

three-stars

The End of Everything

The End of EverythingThe End of Everything by Megan Abbott
Published by Reagan Arthur Books on July 7th 2011
Pages: 246
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three-half-stars

Creepy and Disturbing yet hard to put down. Evie and Lizzie are thirteen year old best friends. One day Evie does not come home after school. Lizzie attempts to make sense of her friends disappearance/abduction. She finds clues and attempts to solve the question as to who has been watching her friend and who is the owner of the maroon car. As we get to know the characters in this book, disturbing revelations and relationships are revealed.

three-half-stars