Has it been ages and you’re still struggling through that writers’ block? Have you tried every remedy but nothing really works? Are you sick of reading clichés to inspire yourself? Well say no more, we’ve got just the perfect list for you. So why don’t you sit down, get comfortable and have some of this amazing juice I stirred especially for you. It doesn’t matter if you’re a reader of writer, if you want to get that creativity going, here are 3 books you must read:
1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Overview: Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world. This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.
The Juice: Now, the book might not strike you as the masterpiece it is from just the synopsis but personal experience, a friend suggested me to read it and I was all down the moment I finished the first chapter. Nelson’s writing style is sure to sweep the floor from right under your feet, it’s as if you’re in a capsule of intricate but intriguing imagery and artistic metaphor overload.
When you first step into this book, the world is built around you by Noah and I tell you, his brain weaves magical realism. He’s someone who is driven by his passion for art and conveying his feelings through that art. You also realize that Noah and Jude, are eerily twin-close, their connection is touching. But the next chapter you step into Jude’s part of the story, which takes place 3 years later, mind you, and you discover that a number of things have driven them apart, they’re gone from reading each other’s minds to barely speaking. Talk about taking a one-eighty!
To find out what happened, you’ve got to give a read, I promise it won’t disappoint!
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Bonus: There are metaphors everywhere! By everywhere, I mean every single where! so if you’re a metaphor lover, this book got you covered.
2. We Were Liars by E Lockhart
Overview: A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
The Juice: From the overview, this story might seem like a mystery remake of the gossip girl series which it kind of considering all the lavishness depicted in the story but there’s more to it than meets the eye. It’s without a doubt, one of the most powerful and well-crafted books I’ve ever read.
It talks about friendship, family, power struggle, secrets in an insanely confusion way which is maddening and borderline makes you chuck the book out of your window but that’s the fun part, you wait for all the pieces to fall together and then kaboom and on top of that, the writing style is breathtakingly phe-no-mi-nal. It has you believing the story as you read it but there’s a twist, nothing is as it seems. The last line in the synopsis is there for a reason because the ending had me shooketh, but I can’t spoil it for you but I repeat the ending will have you shaking for your life.
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Bonus: It has maps and family tree for added visual effects and understanding, how great it that?
3. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Overview: Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
The Juice: Okay, now the closest description I can give to this book is that it lies somewhere in between The Fault in Our Stars and Eleanor and Park. This is also the darker one out of the bunch, for it picks up important issues like mental health and brings them into light. It also gives you a dose of that Y/A romance you need. Also, Its Metaphors are key to get your jammed up gears moving, they get you thinking and connecting with the characters. Now, I think it’s pretty evident by the synopsis but the ending will get you, and it will get you hard. But creativity is all about the writing style which the author nails.
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Warning: May cause explosions of ugly crying and severe heart-ache.
Hope you all like these books and they help you get over the block, happy reading!