Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Light Between Oceans Book Review

I read The Light Between Oceans as part of the semi charmed book challenge, and bon's book club. Which means - something to cross off my 30 before 30 list y'all. Woohoo.

Possible spoilers.


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So, this book. Wasn't as good as this book, or this book. Would I still recommend it? Absolutely, as long as you don't mind reading sad books. The top 'bad' review on Amazon says 'I don't need fictional sadness in my life' and this is kinda how I felt about this book. 

This book, I knew, like everyone else that a happy ending for everyone would not be possible. I laughed, I smiled, I loved the characters. The trouble with this book is that I could identify with everyone. I could absolutely understand Izzy doing what she did, as horrible as it was. I could relate to Tom and his wanting to set things right. Hannah - I couldn't imagine the pain from thinking your baby was dead and it wasn't, but I wanted her to be happy too. I liked that I couldn't guess the ending, I kept changing which character I supported throughout reading it. I wanted them all to be happy, but of course they couldn't be. And it made me so.freaking.sad. Like, my heart is hurting for these people who aren't real. I didn't cry until the last couple chapters or so, but when I did it was as if it was happening to me. 


Bonus about this book is that it is set in Australia. I loved, loved, loved LOVED reading all the Australia-isms. Very well written, very true, and made me very homesick.

While I will say this was a good book, and I did enjoy it, I really need to go read something light and fluffy now because I need a break from the crying and the sad.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this book. But, I wouldn't recommend it as much as I have recommended books in the past because I just felt like it was unnecessarily sad.



bon's book club
My questions are different to Bon's because I posted this in the morning, but I think I gave my overall opinion so I'm gonna say I passed. 

+ Who is your favorite character in the novel and why?

I honestly don't know - I think I liked Tom and Izzy the most. I felt like, even though I absolutely have not been in this position, that I could really identify with Izzy. And of course I loved Lucy.

+ What about the main romantic relationship (Tom and Izzy) did you like or not like?


I really love how Tom loved Izzy. If that makes sense. He really loved her, and I feel like the author really portrayed that and it made me love her even more than I already did.

+ Did you like the writing style?  Why or why not?


I think the book did take a bit to get me hooked, but it picked up eventually. I loved reading about Australia and about war from a perspective I had not read before.


If you have read this far - look, no gifs! - thank you! I know books and reviews aren't everyone's cuppa, so I appreciate it. I really am not sure which book to read next - something off the challenge list, or something quick, fluffy and easy. 

26 comments:

  1. Ugh I want to read this but I just cannot handle another sad book so close to reading The Fault in Our Stars! I need something happy before I dive into this one! It definitely sounds like a must read though!!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  2. You are too funny - but right we don't need fictional sadness in our lives!! going to look through some of your past reviews to find some inspiration and get some new books on my radar!!

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  3. I definitely needed a chick lit book after reading this one too. So sad, but a good story.

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  4. Great Review! I have looked at this book so many times at B&N but I cannot bring myself to buy it! I might have to bite the bullet now and do it!

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  5. Thanks for the review, I might pick this one up :)

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  6. I know that when I pick up a Nicholas Sparks book...I am probably going to shed some tears....but in a good way because he always rights beautiful love stories. I don't know if I want to read a book that is unnecessarily sad.

    I finished Attachments this past weekend, I LOVED it. Now I am reading One For the Money.

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  7. I LOVED this book! It was one I didn't want to be over...ever! Definitely a bit of a sad ending, but I'm glad to hear that for the most part the setting and everything was accurate! Great review!

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  8. Oh man another sad one?? It just looks sad by the cover haha!! I wish I could read sad books!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  9. Right now I'm trying to get into a happy & then emotional book cycle. The problem is I tend to be more drawn to emotional books which drains me & then I stop reading for awhile. I read "Never Have I Ever" which was funny, then "Lone Survivor" in which I was a wreck, next up is the Mindy Kahling book. The problem is that after that the next 3 books I've considered I know I'm going to cry haha. I'm still adding this one to my list though!

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  10. I've been meaning to read this one for a while but like you said, sometimes I just don't want to cry when reading! I'm a huge fan of the emotional fictions but in the summer, I like the beachy novels that make me laugh. This one does look good though and I'm happy to hear it's well written. I just picked up The Orenda by Joseph Boyden, I'm hoping there aren't too many tears as I plow my way through :)

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  11. I can't decide how I feel about sad books. Emotional books are okay, but I need a happy ending! One of my favorite books is Firefly Lane -- but even that I wouldn't call a happy ending! May have to give this one a try! xo

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  12. I always wondered how this book was. I've seen it at Target forever. I'll add it to my list!

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  13. After I read a book that is emotionally draining, I do the same thing- give me something light & fluffy.

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  14. Glad you enjoyed the book and took the time to read it for yourself. I have downloaded - and hope to start - The Fault in Our Stars ASAP thanks to my own personal book guru :)

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  15. First, woooo for crossing off bucket list items! And thanks for posting this review, I may have to pick this one up :)

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  16. Oh good one more book for me to add to my list! I love your book reviews!

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  17. I stopped reading Nicholas Sparks because holy moly does someone always die in the end. I hate always having sad endings, but I don't mind a little reality. I think you need a good beach read, or romance to get past all the sad! ;)

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  18. Look at you, crossing shit out and taking names! :D

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  19. Great review. I've been wanting to read this book for ages, but like others have mentioned. I don't like sad endings.

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  20. I love that reviewer's comments "I don't need fictional sadness"...they make a good point. Most of us read to escape and this book definitely doesn't let you "escape". There was a huge emotional conflict going on throughout the whole story, you wanted to root for everyone but couldn't.

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  21. Gah! As much as your description about how HE loved her gets me I just don't think I could read sadness either. They always break my heart! I am however going to attempt Fault in Our Stars.

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  22. Im going to start doing reviews soon im so glad you do them loooooove finding new books!

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  23. I love that the setting was so much fun for you! I've found that reading books set in Australia always startle me a little bit, like when they're talking about a hot January and a freezing August. I have to step back for a second and go "ah, yes, a different part of the world"!
    I also laughed out loud at "I don't need fictional sadness in my life". I don't mind the occasional depressing/dark story, but I think it didn't help that I'd just read two Gillian Flynn novels and really needed more of a pick-me-up!!

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  24. I did love that book, but I agree that it just made me sad. I loved the characters and sometimes that's all I need even if the ending isn't so happy. I have definitely moved on to something a little more lighthearted for my follow up.

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