The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

This review, like all the other reviews on this blog, is just going to be my personal opinion. That’s all I can really give you. I considered not writing this review, because I don’t think I can really do this book justice. I’m not an experienced or smart enough reader to make claims about literature, where I expect everyone to hang on to my every word. I hope to be able to really read deep between the lines one day, but that day has not yet arrived. That being said, I like to think I have my moments. Moving on; my personal opinion of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

  1. This book is smart, well actually it’s quite brilliant, and there were moments that left me a bit confused, but I think I got the gist of it all.
  2. It is a depiction of a person  – Esther – going through a mental illness. It puts us inside the head of someone, who’s head is working against them. It’s a really weird experience.
  3. I liked this book. This was a good book. I liked the main character, despite the fact that she doesn’t always seem lovable. The fact of the matter is, however, that we are inside Esther’s head. Esther’s view of herself might not be completely reliable all the time considering the fact that she is suffering from a mental illness that makes her suicidal. So it might not be so weird that she doesn’t always seem lovable.

I would recommend you read this book. It’s a great, brilliant book and whether you end up liking it or not, it is definitely worth a read.


“[…] I kept feeling the visitors measuring my fat and stringy hair against what I had been and what they wanted me to be.” – page 195

Quotes I liked – Will Grayson, Will Grayson

“‘Will, you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.’ This seemed like a reasonable astute observation to me when I was eight, but it turns out to be incorrect on a few levels.” – page 1

“You like someone who can’t like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot.” – page 41

“‘So keeping the box closed just keeps you in the dark, not the universe.’” – page 196

“‘I am so proud of you that it makes me proud of me.’” – page 220

“You’d think that silence would be peaceful. But really, it’s painful.” – page 262

My Mad Fat Diary by Rae Earl

My Mad Fat Diary is funny, relatable and sometimes slightly annoying.

My Mad Fat Diary is the diary of Rae Earl, a 17-year-old, who loves food, boys and music. She has mental health issues, and when we are introduced to her, in the beginning of 1989, she has previously been admitted to a mental hospital. We follow Rae as she doesn’t get along with her mother, doesn’t get along with her “friend” Bethany, as she makes new friends, obsess over boys, obsess over music, struggles with her body image and her love for food.

And let me just say; this is a review of the book, not the TV-show. Apparently  the TV-show is quite different from the book, especially the story line. I liked the TV-show a lot, but this book is not the TV-show. They’re both great in their own way, but I am keeping them separate in my head, because to me they are two different stories about the same girl.

Even though I relate so immensely to many of Rae’s thoughts, I can’t relate to all of them, and sometimes Rae does get slightly annoying, but of course she does. You’re inside someone else’s head. Even the people I love the most in the world, can make me so infuriated and be so incredibly annoying, but that doesn’t mean I stop loving, let alone liking them.

And I did like this book, a lot. Rae puts so much of herself out there. It’s so brave and real. She hits the nail on the head with her description of what it feels like to be the fat girl. The one who thinks no boy will ever love her, unless she changes the way she looks. How hard it is to love your body, when you think no one else will. Rae Earl is awesome for putting it all out there and making you see the inner turmoil of her inner self.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

This book was okay I suppose, It wasn’t unreadable, but it felt like the young adult cliches that I’ve read so many times before, and I’m starting to think I might have outgrown them. Not all young adult literature – I don’t think I could ever outgrow that – but the really trying-too-hard-to be-a-different-love-story novels, and then somehow ends up being a really cliche love story anyway.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is written through the perspective of two characters with the same name; Will Grayson.  One Will Grayson has the childhood friend, Tiny Cooper, who isn’t actually tiny. The other Will Grayson is suffering from depression, is gay and has some friends who doesn’t have his best intention at heart, but has a mother who loves him.

While it had it exciting parts, it just wasn’t all that great, but I would recommend it to people who really like novels like Let It Snow. It could also be good if you really have nothing else to do with your time or if you are into the aforementioned cliches. It has its inspirational moments and its good moments, but overall it’s quite meh.


“‘So keeping the box closed just keeps you in the dark, not the universe.’” – page 196

Quotes I liked – Lord Of The Flies

“They knew very well why he hadn’t: because of the enormity of descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood. […] Next time there would be no mercy. He looked round fiercely, daring them to contradict.” – page 29

“The assembly was lifted towards safety by his words. They liked and now respected him.” – page 36

“‘After all, we’re not savages. We’re English; and the English are best at everything. So we’ve got to do the right things.'” – page 42

“‘There’s nothing in it if course. Just a feeling. But you can feel as if you’re not hunting, but – being hunted; as if something’s behind you ask the time in the jungle.'”- page 53

“He wanted to explain how people were never quite what you thought they were.” -page 55

“Piggy saw the smile and misinterpreted it as friendliness.” – page 68

“Against this weapon, so indefinable and so effective, Jack was powerless and raged without knowing why.” – page 77

“‘I know there isn’t no beast – not with claws and all that, I mean – but I know there isn’t no fear, either.’ Piggy paused. ‘Unless.’ […] ‘Unless we get frightened of people.’ – page 90

“Simon became inarticulate in his effort to express mankind’s essential illness.” – page 96

“‘Because the rules are the only thing we’ve got!'” – page 99

“Percival Wemys Madison, of the Vicarage, Harcourt St. Anthony, lying in the long grass, was living through circumstances in which the incarnation of his address was powerless to help him.” – page 102

“The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering.” – page 125

“The greatest ideas are the simplest.” – page 142

“The beast was harmless and horrible.” – page 162

“Piggy and Ralph, under the threat of the sky, found themselves eager to take place in this demented but partly secure society.” – page 167

“Memory of the dance that none of them attended shook all four boys convulsively.” – page 175

“They understood only too well the liberation into savagery that the concealing paint brought.” – page 191

“This was a savage whose image refused to blend with that ancient picture of a boy in shorts and shirt.” – page 203

“‘Fun and games'” – Page 223

Lord Of The Flies by William Golding

I have to admit every time I go about reading a classic, I worry that it will be – to be blunt – boring. Not because it was/is a bad or unimportant book, but because it might not be a timeless book, but more a revolution of its time. Or maybe it just isn’t for me. Luckily I am often wrong.

Lord of the Flies follows a group of boys stranded on an Island after a plane crash. We experience the boys’ attempt at a life away from civilization; making rules, appointing a chief, coming up with ways to find food and to find a chance of rescue.

It’s interesting to read through the boys left to their own devices in the face of trauma, and see how they handle it surprisingly well at first – considering their age – and then surprisingly bad – still considering their age.

We have a few characters playing men, and two trying wholeheartedly to be the “alpha”, causing the story to go from boys doing their best to survive to survival of the fittest and strength in numbers.

For me this story is about the “true nature of man”, when the boys are left on their own without any sign of consequence for them. This isn’t saying that the “true nature of man” is found in some of the horrific acts this book depicts, but merely the true nature of a boy having to become a man too soon. It shows a development of sin in innocence, and throughout the story we get to question, who’s beast and who’s man.


“The beast was harmless and horrible” – page 162

Quotes I Liked – Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children

“I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.” – page 12

“All I could think was that grandfathers were supposed to die in beds, in hushed places humming with machines, not in heaps on the sodden reeking ground with ants marching over them, a brass letter opener clutched in one trembling hand.” – page 36

“‘When someone won’t let you in, eventually you stop knocking.’” – page 88

“[…] how many more like him these fields held, undiscovered, arrested in death; how many more had given up their lives here, looking for heaven.” – page 105

“All because of a seventy-year-old hurt that had somehow been passed down to me like some poisonous heirloom, and monsters I couldn’t fight because they were all dead, beyond killing or punishing or any kind of reckoning.” – page 108

“’We’re peculiar,’ he replied, sounding a bit puzzled. ‘Aren’t you?’” – page 146

“’If you must fail,’ he said grandly, ‘fail spectacularly.’” – page 326

“I had always known the sky was full of mysteries – but not until now had I realized how full of them earth was.” – page 342

“Sometimes it’s better not to look back.” – page 350

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.” – page 351

“I wondered how such calm could belong to a world of war.” – page 352