Abandon It or Stick With It?

I’m out of sorts as of late. My mind is going in all different directions and I can’t focus. Consequently, I continue to pick up new books and none of them are holding my interest. I’m starting to think it’s me, not the books. So I need your help.These two books have A LOT of hype around them (from bloggers, friends, pubs, etc.). But I can’t get into them.

Quite a few of my friends have raved about The Living by Matt de la Pena, but I’m 85 pages in and I’m not really interested. I have SO MANY books to read and I want this to grab me and keep holding on. I want to be excited about The Living so I can rave about in my classroom. And this is completely nit-picky, but I hate the name Shy. I keep reading it as “she” and then I get confused. Have any of you struggled with this book? If you loved it, how much longer do you think I should keep reading before giving up? Is it worth the time?

Another book that has been receiving rave reviews from my friends, bloggers, and especially the publisher is These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner. I was incredibly excited to receive an ARC at NCTE because I love the cover and it sounds fantastic. Unfortunately, I wasn’t grabbed at all when I started reading These Broken Stars. I usually like it when the author(s) throws the reader right into the story, but this one confused me more than anything. Also, this is probably way too nit-picky but the font is much smaller than I prefer and quite a bit of text is condensed on the page. I only just made it to Lilac’s point of view for the first time so I feel like I haven’t given this a fair shot. But at the same time, I’m 18 pages in and questioning whether I want to continue.

What do you think, readers? I’d love for you to chime in and give me some advice!

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