What I Read in July

I used to LOVE reading, but when I started college, I found myself with absolutely no time to read for fun (who knew?? A full time student who also works full time? What could be more stress-free?). I’m starting again now, and I plan to document all of my books along the way. I just started this book on July 28, so this month was a one-book wonder.



The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Rachel Watson is an alcoholic divorcee. Every morning, she takes the train past her former home–currently, her ex husband’s house where he now lives with his new wife and their baby. To distract her from this sight, she focuses on Jason and Jess, who live 4 houses away. She fantasizes about their perfect life together, and imagines entire identities for them.

One day, from the train, Rachel sees something that fills her with rage. She goes home, gets blackout drunk, and (eventually) passes out. When she wakes up, she is covered in blood and has wounds on her head. She knows something bad happened, but has no recollection of what that is. Coincidentally, this is the same night that Jess (whose real name is Megan Hipwell) goes missing from the street which Rachel drunkenly stumbled through for hours. Rachel finds herself in the middle of the missing person investigation, a place which gives her purpose and compels her (occasionally) to drink less (and sometimes more).

Honestly, I’m a pretty easy grader when it comes to books. With that said, I’d give this book 5 stars. If you need immediate action to keep your attention held, this probably isn’t the book for you. However, before I read it, EVERYONE told me that there’s a huge twist you don’t see coming. I don’t know if it was because of this, or just the way the book was written, but you can just feel that something crazy is going to happen from the minute you finish the first chapter. It wasn’t a slow book to me by any means, however it also wasn’t the most action-packed read. I loved it. My summary totally doesn’t do it justice, but I literally cancelled plans one night just to read this book.



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