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In Five Years by Rebecca Serle Reviewed By: Aanvi
"In Five Years is the perfect book for those of us experiencing nervousness about the future and feeling stressed that we don’t have it all planned out. Its message is simple yet meaningful: we won’t know the future until the future arrives. No matter how hard we try to control or foresee it, things will never turn out exactly how we expected. This book taught me to accept that, even embrace it, and just let things be. This is the perfect novel to read in one sitting. While reading, you catch glimpses of the future, but you are not exactly sure where the story is going until the very end, similarly to life. Even after seeing the future, the main character had no idea what it really held. What it appeared to be was nothing like the reality. Seeing the future only added an additional weight. The main character, Dannie Kohan, seems to know exactly what she wants. She has a five year plan with every aspect of her life planned out, from relationship to career. She has a boyfriend with whom she is “perfectly compatible,” a stable job, and good friends. All her needs are fulfilled, and thus she believes that following this plan is what will ensure her happiness. What she learns along the way is that happiness can never be guaranteed or planned for. We experience it in temporary bursts alongside other emotions, and all we can do is enjoy it while we have it and accept its absence when we don’t. The ending of this book altered my perspective on how to approach life. The way the story ended for the main character gave me the much needed reminder that there’s no way of knowing how things will end for me either. I found several similarities between myself and the main character, and thus the main character’s journey impacted me greatly. There are common characteristics between almost all of us and Dannie Kohan, and although this story contains elements of fantasy, we all have something to learn from it."
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah Reviewed By: Aanvi
"This book is the childhood memoir of Trevor Noah, comedian and host of The Daily Show. It provides a deep look into a lesser known aspect of his life: growing up as a biracial kid during South African apartheid. In apartheid South Africa, Black and White people were banned from having children together. Thus, Trevor Noah—with a Black mother and White father—was “born a crime.” From the moment he was born, society had already rejected him. Noah discusses many significant issues, including racial injustice, poverty, domestic violence and abuse, and alcoholism, all while maintaining the light and humorous tone he is known for. He makes heavy topics much easier to read, incorporating humor into nearly every chapter and including many entertaining anecdotes, reflecting his ability to see the light even in the darkest of times. The book stays true to Noah’s comedic personality, yet at the same time there is gravity to each of his words. Born a Crime is dedicated to Trevor’s mother, and she is just as prominent of a figure in the book as he is. The lessons she taught Trevor are lessons we all could use. The book is extremely well-written, meaningful, and leaves the reader with a message incredibly relevant to today’s times."
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh Reviewed By: Ashmi
"Ottessa Moshfegh writes about nasty characters. The icky things humans are capable of doing. The characters in this book are obnoxious but almost endearing in their imperfections. The narrator, who remains nameless, is beautiful and rich and a recent Colombia grad. She should be on top of the world, but she isn't. She's got an envious, try-hard friend in Reva. She's got Dr. Tuttle, a horrid psychiatrist who enables her pill-popping to the extreme. And she has Trevor, an on-again-off-again relationship that is more abusive than anything else. This is a book of self sabotage disguised as an epiphany. The narrator is horribly unlikeable, but I could not put this book down. It's a wonderful hate-read. Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation doesn’t shy away from cruelty and unpleasantness. The narrator falls into a deep depression and convinces herself she needs to change something. She utilizes drugs to escape from her real life. She wants to sleep through the year. She truly believes her 'year of rest and relaxation' will leave her a changed woman with a zest for life and will to live. The last pages of this book are haunting. The narrator wakes up from her sleep weeks before 9/11. This book asks the question of whether we can ever really escape pain. Our narrator realizes that freedom and reality is in being wide awake."