Tin Man by Sarah Winman

PUBLISHER: TINDER PRESS
PUBLICATION DATE: July 27th, 2017
RATING: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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It begins with a painting won in a raffle: fifteen sunflowers, hung on the wall by a woman who believes that men and boys are capable of beautiful things.

And then there are two boys, Ellis and Michael, who are inseparable.
And the boys become men, and then Annie walks into their lives, and it changes nothing and everything.

If only I could erase my memory and appreciate this story for the first time all over again.

This story was absolutely beautiful, and just how I like it, the blurb doesn’t tell you much about the plot. Sometimes, this can indicate what type of story it’s going to be – it’s going to be character-based, atmospheric, told over decades, feeling timeless and almost dreamy. And it was all those things. But for some of you who like to know a fair bit about a book for dipping in, I’ll elaborate on the blurb.

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The story is set over 4-5 decades, with two perspectives, Ellis and Michael. They both tell the story of their lives, with events intertwining, as well as events spent apart. To me, one narrator came across as more truthful and reliable, while the other definitely left parts and feelings out. I love unreliable narration, and the fact that these characters are telling the same story with wildly different perspectives. The story unfolded so beautifully, without giving anything away until it did and you realised everything about what had happened and cried your eyes out alone on a Monday night.

I would highly recommend Tin Man if you loved Call Me By Your Name, which is a book that’s getting a lot of publicity at the moment because of the film adaptation that just’s come out (and is amazing!). I didn’t enjoy Call Me By Your Name as much as Tin Man, but it’s similarities are not ones to ignore. Both are set (and partly set) in hot countries, depicting a fleeting romance between two men. They are both told during a time when homosexuality was illegal in said countries, and yet not considered ‘historical’ fiction because the sixties/seventies/eighties are not that long ago. So, there’s your comparison.

Please read this book. It’s just shy of 200 words and will stay with you for a really long time.

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Smoke & Sleeves: Fiction’s Obsession With A Bad Boy

I think a lot of readers will say they dislike a bad boy. I think a lot of readers lie when they say this.

The amount of fiction that includes a ‘bad boy’ is staggering, and these stories aren’t ignored. Oh no. They’ve got millions of views on Wattpad, they’ve made authors rich beyond their wildest dreams. Bad boys are one of the very things that people seemingly seek out when reading a piece of fiction.

You say you don’t like a bad boy, but that’s the point, isn’t it? You dislike him, you’ll fold your arms and roll your eyes. But secretly, you kinda like him.

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WWW Wednesday // May 11th

Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a book meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words where you have a little chat about what you’re currently reading, what you just read, and what you plan on reading.

What Are You Currently Reading?

COVER - Valentina by S. E. Lynes (1)

While I have recieved ARCs from work, I have never been personally offered to be sent one by a publisher, and so when I recieved an email from BlackBird Books, asking whether I would be interested in reading one of their upcoming releases, I jumped at the chance! Valentina is the the debut novel by S.E Lynes to be released on July 1st. It’s a psychological thriller based in the remote areas of Scotloand. I’m not even 100 pages in and the story is already chilling!

What Have You Finished Reading?

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I read Anna and The French Kiss and Lola and The Boy Next Door so long ago that it was finally time to get back into the world of Stephanie Perkins. While cutesy, contemporary, teen, hetero-love has never really been my thing, I’ve always loved these books. Anything set in Paris can sometimes get a five stars for me, and Isla and The Happily Ever After was no exception. A review for this read will be coming up soon!

What Are You Planning To Read Next?

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I feel so silly saying Red Rising by Pierce Brown again, but I still haven’t got around to it! I’m so excited to read it, a lot of people I trust have said it’s fantastic and I really don’t want to miss out. I refuse to pick up another book until I’ve read this one!

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