Kitchen 

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto 
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fiction 

Banana really is an astounding writer. She captured grief perfectly and made her characters human and likable. 
In the first story, an orphaned girl loses her last remaining relative, her grandmother. She is then invited to live with a stranger (who knew her grandma) because she has nowhere else to go. She meets his mother (who is also his father) and they bond over loss and life and food. A few months after she moves out, the boys mother is killed in a hate crime at the club she works at and the both of them have to find their footing during their time of grief and she hopes that she can pull him through. 
Overall, a bit short. I would have liked more on the actual story. The second part was about saying goodbye to loved ones lost unexpectedly. 
I would recommend her to anyone. Short, quick, and described the sadness and lonliness that is life beautifully.

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We Are Completely Beside Ourselves 

We Are Completely Beside Ourselves By Karen Joy Fowler
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fiction 

This one took me a couple days to get through. 
It wasn’t a bad book by any means. It was artsy in the sense that the author started in the middle, went to the begining and then ended with the end. It was a bit heart wrenching in spots, and some parts I had to walk away from. 
Rosemary never talks about her childhood. Not about her missing brother who sends post cards every so often, nor about Fern, the sister she suddenly loses when she was 5. (And not through death.) This is a chilling tale about the psychology behind thinking and the author took it upon herself to make it into a vendetta for animal welfare, with the tones heavily leaning towards PETA. 
I could have done without the dead kittens bit. 
This book was interesting and thought provocing, but if you do intend to read it, keep in mind that it does expose alot about animal welfare and their past use as lab animals. I shouldn’t have finished this one, but I wanted the happy ending. (Which SPOILER: there is one.)

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