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Featured Book Reviews
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."
The Copenhagen Trilogy by Tove Ditlevsen Reviewed By: Ashmi
"'The Copenhagen Trilogy' is a memoir in three parts. We have Childhood, Youth, and Dependency. This book is brutal and honest. In Childhood, Ditlevsen writes, “Childhood is a long and narrow, like a coffin, and you can’t get out of it on your own” Despite the confusion and chaos and devastation beyond words, her parents don't love her and she sees no way out of poverty, the author is able to articulate human emotion so clearly and with stark detail. In Dependency, the author speaks in harrowing detail of her addiction to painkillers. This last section, Dependency, refers not only to the drug, but her husband, who supplies the drugs. Tove cannot care for her children or write. She is a successful author, which she thought would be her ticket to happiness, but she sees no happiness beyond getting high. Tove Ditlevsen bares her soul in the pages of this book, it is no less than a masterpiece."A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Reviewed By: Jolie
"Have you ever read a book and couldn’t put it down? Sarah J. Maas’s book, A Court of Thorns and Roses was that kind of book for me. The book is about a mortal girl named Feyre, and she lives in a world where it’s split by a magical wall protecting all mortals from faeries that live beyond the wall. Feyre is the youngest daughter of 3 and has to take care of her 2 older sisters and her injured dad. On a cold winter day, she goes out hunting and kills a faerie beast to help feed her family. The following day, another beast barges into her family’s cottage and demands her to cross the wall with him to pay for what she has done to his friend. As the book goes on, it tells the tale of Feyre’s expeditions beyond the wall. The book is filled with dangers and secrets which ties you further into the book with many unexpected twists and turns to keep you on your toes and a mystery for you to unravel as you read. If you’re into fantasy, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with A Court of Thorns and Roses just like I did."
Recent Contest Winners
Troy Public Library Poetry Contest 2021
1st Place Teen Winner: Thejo
2nd Place Teen Winner: Isabell
3rd Place Teen Winner: Keri
Troy Public Library Library Design Card Contest 2019
Teen Winner: Priya