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Both of the books below are some easy reads I've grabbed in the past couple of weeks. It's vacation season, and both of these would be a great addition to your hand luggage or beach bag.
The Overnight Socialite by Bridie Clark is My Fair Lady set in the 2010s. It's about a nobody who is approached by a wealthy gentleman to turn into a socialite. It's all about what "socialite" means in these days (being photographed in the papers, getting corporate contracts to promote the socialite's "brand") versus what it was back when being a socialite simply meant being a (wealthy) patron of different the charities and causes circuit.
This is the kinda of Cinderella stuff Lifetime or ABC Family movies are made of. It was a quick read--total marshmallow fluff--and completely predictable, just like I like it.
Now Divergent. What can I say about Divergent? Well, for one I liked it much better than The Hunger Games. Infinitely better. It's the same kind of dystopian young adult fiction as THG, but I liked the characters more and felt that the plot was better developed.
The easiest way to explain it is straight from the author's blog. That's right, Veronica Roth is a blogger too!
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.My first reaction to Twilight was to read it again. That is the same urge I had with this one. Divergent is the first in a trilogy, so you have over a month before the second book, Insurgent, comes out May 1. I can't wait.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris, and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together, they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes-fascinating, sometimes-exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret: one she’s kept hidden from everyone, because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly-perfect society, she also learns that her secret might be what helps her save those she loves . . . or it might be what destroys her.
Happy reading, friends!