Der Letzte macht den Mund zu – Michael Buchinger | ɢ

Der Letzte macht den Mund zu – Michael Buchinger | ɢ

Authentisch, zynisch und typisch Michi! *gg*

Der Letzte macht den Mund zu von Michael Buchinger erscheint heute, dem 14.07.2017 im Ullstein Verlag und ist sein erstes Buch. 240 Seiten voller Humor und Hass erwarten euch.

Als Fan der kultigen Videos von Michi Buchinger habe ich mich sehr darauf gefreut, eine Version auf NetGalley vorab zu erhalten – im Austausch für eine ehrliche Review.

Während des Lesens hatte ich die Stimme von Michael im Kopf, da die Schreibweise einfach authentisch war. Es war nichts dabei, was Michael Buchinger wohl so nicht auch in seinen Videos von sich gegeben hätte, was das Buch sehr sympathisch macht. Sein Sarkasmus und sein – wie ein guter Wein – gereifter Humor kommen gut an.

Klarerweise hat es für sehr junge Leute einiges an Lachern zu bieten, aber auch für Erwachsene, die einen Einblick in die Ideen und Interessen jüngerer gewinnen wollen, kann dieses Buch interessant sein. Das Buch lebt wohl zu einem großen Teil davon, dass man die Figur Michi kennt und deren Humor versteht. Dennoch sind seine Stilmittel und Bemerkungen wohl universell gut geeignet, um auch dem ernstesten Menschen ein kleines Kichern zu entlocken. Seine Vergleiche sind wohl die Glanzstücke seiner Pointen sind und das was für mich am meisten herausgestochen ist.

Die einzigen Schwierigkeiten, die ich mit diesem Buch hatte, bestanden darin, dass es nicht besonders viel Neues zu erfahren gab. Michael positioniert sich im Internet und vor allem in seinen Hass-Listen sehr deutlich, weswegen ziemlich alle Themen im Buch keine allzu großen Überraschungen waren.

Was mich am meisten störte (oder was ich sogar hasste), war das letzte Kapitel vor der Danksagung. Nach kurzer Recherche scheint es dieses Kapitel auch in die finale Version geschafft zu haben. Mein Problem damit: es ist fast eins zu eins übernommen von einem Artikel, den Michael Buchinger bereits Ende 2015 für Vice geschrieben hatte. Frech, oder? Ein zusammenfassendes, in-die-Zukunft-blickendes oder von mir aus sogar ein absolut hasserfülltes abschließendes Kapitel hätte vor der Danksagung wohl (für mich) besser gepasst, um das ganze Werk runder erscheinen zu lassen. Daher erhielt es von mir auch nicht alle 5 Sterne, was es sonst wohl bekommen hätte.

Alles in allem ein gutes Buch, angenehm geschrieben und wegen seiner kurzen und prägnanten Kapitel auch unterwegs gut lesbar. Falls ihr ein Problem mit einem ungeliebten Freund schlusszumachen, euch im Dschungel der Selbsthilfelektüre zurechtzufinden, mit Romantik in der Beziehung, Dickpicks, Manieren oder Zucker habt – Michi steht euch mit Rat und Tat und Schmäh zur Seite!


Ambitious July TBR

Ambitious July TBR

After a long time, it’s finally time again to set up a TBR for the month. The current semester just ended more or less and now I’ve got more time on my hands to read. Therefore I wanted to take the time and plan out my reading for the month, since I am also currently binge watching all of Elementary. All in all, I wanna read an amount of 12 books this July. (which is a lot for me, but probably not for most of you)

Straight From The Bookshelf


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi | 320 pages


I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo | 336 pages


The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer | 200 pages


Shadow Creek by Joy Fielding | 384 pages

Because I’m Worth It by Cecily von Ziegesar | Gossip Girl #4 | 234 pages

I Like It Like That by Cecily von Ziegesar | Gossip Girl #5 | 224 pages


Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

On The Kindle


When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre | 54% done

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle | 51% done

Listening To

Zerschunden by Michael Tsokos | Listened to 1 hour and 30 minutes already

Misterioso by Arne Dahl | Listened to 30 minutes already

Wrap-Up | June 2017

Awkwardly enough, this post was automatically published today when it was not yet done, but now I’ve found the time to complete it. For June, I’ve done better again reading-wise. During June I managed to finish 7 books, 4 of which were audiobooks.


Lying Out Loud | Kody Keplinger | 368 pages | YA, Contemporary | ★★★★★

Citrus Vol.2 | Saburo Uta | 180 pages | Manga, Yuri | ★★☆☆☆


Songs of Our Breakup | Jay E. Tria | 183 pages | New Adult, Romance | ★★★★☆



The Vegetarian | Han Kang | 192 pages | Fiction, Contemporary | ★★★★☆

Into The Water | Paula Hawkins | 388 pages | Mystery, Thriller | ☆☆☆☆★

From the Under Suspicion series by Mary Higgins Clark:

Down The TBR Hole #1

Welcome, avid reader! This amazing bookish meme is exactly my cup of tea. Let me start of by honourably mentioning Lia @ Lost in a Story who created this meme. In hopes of conquering my TBR pile I am doing this (maybe) weekly quest.

Here is how it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

My to-read shelf

There are currently 121 books on my to-read shelf. The first book was added to it on Dec 11, 2014, the latest one was added a few days ago on Jun 16, 2017.

The Books – Added in 2014

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

Why did I add it? Apparently, there was a time when I added lots of zombie related novels. Over time, I ditched all of them and only this one stayed. I always thought this would probably be really cool to read and be helpful, sometime. Max Brooks, the author, has also written World War Z? I didn’t even know that until now. Neat!

Do I own it? No

Pages: 270

Keep / Discard

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls

Why did I add it? Because of the beautiful cover and the title that sounded really interesting. I am still also fond of the synopsis, so this definitely won’t go. I’m all in for a good YA mystery.

Do I own it? Yes

Pages: 337

Keep / Discard

Tokyo Heist

Why did I add it? The cover and the synopsis, again. It just sounds so intriguing to me, I cannot possibly ditch it. Am I even doing this right? haha

Do I own it? No
[Update 2017-08-21: I bought it as an used hardcover library copy]

Pages: 364

Keep / Discard

All That Is Solid Melts into Air

Why did I add it? I don’t even know anymore. The topic of Chernobyl sounded interesting and I hadn’t read anything like it before. However,  I don’t think I am that interested in historical fiction at the moment.

Do I own it? No

Pages: 400

Keep / Discard


3 books kept this time
1 books discarded this time

3 books kept overall
1 books discarded overall

Additional books added to my to-read shelf in the process: 1

Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t Yet | TTT

Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t Yet | TTT

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted and created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a bookish topic for which one can create a list of 10 (or more or less) items that fit said theme! This week’s amazing topic is:

June 20:  Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t (topic originally done March 2013) — anyone else have a mile long list of series to start like I do??

For each series, I will only mention the first book in it and the name of the series as found on Goodreads. Let’s get into it!

A Study in Charlotte | Charlotte Holmes

Brittany Cavallaro | 321 pages | Mystery, YA | 2016 | Goodreads

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.


Am I Normal Yet? | The Spinster Club

Holly Bourne | 448 pages | YA, Contemporary | 2015 | Goodreads

All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…

But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?

Last year I bought all three of them for my Kindle and I haven’t yet gotten to them. I’ve only heard good things about them. I think that once I’ve started them I won’t be able to put them down, that’s how excited I am about them.


Stray | Stray

Monica Hesse | 352 pages | YA, Science Fiction | 2013 | Goodreads

Lona Sixteen Always is not herself – quite literally. She lives her life virtually through the experiences of Julian, a boy who was chosen as a role model for the Pathers of Quadrant 1 – troubled children who have been ‘rescued’ by the government and put ‘on-Path’. But one day Lona finds she can think for herself. And on top of that, the face of a familiar boy appears on her screen – Fenn, who she thought had moved on to a different stage of the Path last year. But he didn’t. Fenn and other rebels like him have strayed from the Path, and now Lona must stray too. But life off-Path is strange and difficult, and Lona uncovers a secret that will threaten all their lives. Can there really be life after the Path?


The Program | The Program

Suzanne Young | 405 pages |YA, Dystopia, Romance | 2013 | Goodreads

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Only when making this post did I realize that The Program wasn’t just a standalone with a pretty cover, but a whole series of books with beautiful covers. Out of all the books in this list, the covers of these are my favorite.


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer | Mara Dyer

Michelle Hodkin | 456 pages | YA, Fantasy | 2011 | Goodreads

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.


Six of Crows | Six of Crows

Leigh Bardugo | 462 pages | Fantasy, YA | 2015 | Goodreads

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.


The Lightning Thief | Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Rick Riordan | 377 pages | Fantasy, YA | 2006 | Goodreads

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.


What about the remaining three series for this list?

It was quite hard to find even seven titles for this list. I do enjoy series and I’ve read many in the past, but at the moment I just cannot seem to find any that sound interesting enough to me. So I thought, that maybe you could all help me out a little with finding series I didn’t even know I wanted to read! Please recommend series you’ve loved to me and if I haven’t yet read them and they sound interesting, I will add them to this list (with a note of who recommended it to me of course) and my TBR. Thanks a lot in advance!

Which series have you not gotten to yet? Let me know by leaving it or a link to your TTT in the comments! I’ll be happy to know what you all chose for this topic. Have a nice day!

Books I’ve Added To My TBR Lately

Books I’ve Added To My TBR Lately

You know, I haven’t posted in a while and apparently that’s my usual starter for all of my posts now. I just really wanted to share the following books that have found their way on my TBR with you. Discovering new books and sharing them is exciting to me and maybe you’ll also see one you haven’t seen before. Of course, as one is, I am also really looking forward to reading all of them sooner or later. Hopefully, rather sooner than later. I’ll leave the synopsis rather short for a reason and maybe it will get you hooked.


The Book of Unknown Americans

Written by Cristina Henriquez. Published in 2014. | 286 pages | Goodreads

A dazzling, heartbreaking page-turner destined for breakout status: a novel that gives voice to millions of Americans as it tells the story of the love between a Panamanian boy and a Mexican girl: teenagers living in an apartment block of immigrant families like their own.

The Nakano Thrift Shop

Written by Hiromi Kawakami. Published in 2016 | 256 pages | Goodreads

When Hitomi takes a job on the cash register of a neighbourhood thrift store, she finds herself drawn into a very idiosyncratic community. There is Mr Nakano, an enigmatic ladies’ man with several ex-wives; Masayo, Mr Nakano’s sister, an artist who has never married; and her fellow employee Takeo, a shy but charming young man. And every day, customers from the neighbourhood pass in and out as curios are bought and sold, each one containing its own surprising story.

Burn for Burn

Written by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. Published in 2012 | 356 pages | Goodreads

Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.

The Sleeping Beauty Killer

Written by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. Published in 2016. | 288 pages | Goodreads

Casey Carter was convicted of murdering her fiancé—famed philanthropist Hunter Raleigh III—fifteen years ago. And Casey claims—has always claimed—she’s innocent. Although she was charged and served out her sentence in prison, she is still living “under suspicion.” She hears whispers at the grocery store. She can’t get a job. Even her own mother treats her like she’s guilty. Her story attracts the attention of Laurie Moran and the Under Suspicion news team—it’s Casey’s last chance to finally clear her name, and Laurie pledges to exonerate her.

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir

Written by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich. Published in 2017. | 336 pages | Goodreads

Crime, even the darkest and most unsayable acts, can happen to any one of us. As Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky’s childhood. And by examining the details of Ricky’s case, she is forced to face her own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, and reckon with a past that colors her view of Ricky’s crime.

Girl Up

Written by Laura Bates. Published in 2016. | 352 pages | Goodreads

They told you you need to be thin and beautiful.

They told you to wear longer skirts, avoid going out late at night and move in groups – never accept drinks from a stranger, and wear shoes you can run in more easily than heels.

They told you to wear just enough make-up to look presentable but not enough to be a slut; to dress to flatter your apple, pear, hourglass figure, but not to be too tarty.

They warned you that if you try to be strong, or take control, you’ll be shrill, bossy, a ballbreaker. Of course it’s fine for the boys, but you should know your place.

They told you ‘that’s not for girls’ – ‘take it as a compliment’ – ‘don’t rock the boat’ – ‘that’ll go straight to your hips’.

They told you ‘beauty is on the inside’, but you knew they didn’t really mean it.

Well I’m here to tell you something different.

Which books have you recently added to your TBR?

What I’ve Been Up To

For exactly a month I have not posted anything on my blog once again. I feel ashamed, when thinking about how much of my time I put into it in contrast to now. I claim to love this. Am I even allowed to say I love this whole experience while neglecting my blog the way I do? It’s not even on purpose, I swear. 

This post, What I’ve Been Up To, is not even being written in the usual environment. I am in bed, it is late and I am typing the words on my phone. In a way, this is my late night emotional text message to you. Just chatting, updating you on my life. I might be a little depressed in this one, so if you feel like that will ruin your mood, please read something else. I am also not going to look up any words or idioms, so beware of bad writing. 

What sparked my emotions to be this out of place again was just a little insignificant thing. Somehow, I got hold of the fact that the Bout of Books readathon started today. Bout of Books used to mean something to me. My first readathon was a Bout of Books one. My most beloved ones are, too. How could I have missed this? Already being late a whole day I don’t feel like I can participate this time. It’s just not a good time. I am not in a good state of mind currently. 

At the moment, I am on my way to stop taking my SSRI. After a while they just stopped working and all they did was giving me nasty side effects. So back to being sad and so on. 

Time is running away from me, I cannot get ahold of it. There is never enough time for me to do anything. I am behind on each and every part of my life. 
Nothing is really going well. 

Am I in a reading slump? Maybe. I don’t know what to read next. I am having a hard time deciding on audio books. My Goodreads isn’t even up-to-date, which says a lot considering how much I enjoy the service. The last book I listened to was The Couple Next Door and it was great in my opinion. 

I have had a brief love affair with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I am so deeply and passionately in love with it, you wouldn’t believe it. The second book lead to a case of DNF, so that’s that. Ugh. 

Rambling on some more … 

I am currently seriously ill for the third time on two months and my throat is killing me. But there’s also deadlines at work and university and no real way to take a break. 

This community is amazing and yet unforgiving. Not posting in a while definitely results in a lot less attention and caring from everyone. Es ist einfach so schnelllebig. I don’t know. 

A year ago, all of this started. In May of 2016 I started Nefarious Reader. Maybe I will be motivated enough to write something concerning this, but probably I won’t. 

For now, I don’t know what to say anymore, but I will leave it at that. Thank you for caring. 

I’m In Love With Audio Books Also Known As March Wrap-Up + Quick Rant

Late, and yet here we are again. Since I did read a lot of books in the month of March, I wanted to share my progress with you. Sorry that I have been so inactive lately. It’s all just too much. Anyway … First of all, let’s take a look at my Goodreads Reading Challenge.


I feel like being that many books ahead of schedule has never happened to me before. So I got that going for me, which is nice.

Next up, what did I actually read?

Read in March

Audio Books (9)

Body, Mind and Soul by Audrey Carlan. Read my review in German for Soul here.

Calendar Girl January & February by Audrey Carlan. After reading and – honestly – loving Body, Mind and Soul, I was looking forward to reading this so much! January was pretty much okay, but starting with February, I was so annoyed and disappointed. It was disgusting. Racist, misogynistic, mean, boring and ignorant. There was no development of anything at all. The only good thing that January offers is Wes and not even he seems to be destined to stay. After finishing February, I started reading the chapter summaries on Bad Books Good Times for the following books in this series. Wasting any more money on this would be so stupid. It made me question my love for the Trinity series, I’m not so sure anymore. Ugh, I don’t even know, what did you think o it? /Rant over

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

She’s Not There by Joy Fielding

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

AchtNacht by Sebastian Fitzek

Not my favorite Fitzek, but pretty much okay. 

Paperbacks And E-Books (3)

Clumsy by Jeffrey Brown

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel My review can be found here.

Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick Find my review here.

Currently Reading

The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

Songs of Our Breakup by Jay E. Tria

Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo by Christiane F.

What did you read in March?
Let me know in the comments of leave me a link to your posts!

Trinity – Tödliche Liebe | ɢ

As I already mentioned on my new page for all my reviews, the ones marked with a ɢ are written in German. So now that you know, have a nice day for now (if you’re not going to stay)! I’m still going to publish reviews in English on here, but I thought that it would be nice to try and write some in my mother tongue as well.

Goodreads | Audrey Carlan | 304 pages | Romance, Erotica, Suspense | Published February 2017


Im Gegenzug für eine ehrliche und faire Review erhielt ich dieses Buch als E-Book auf NetGalley.

An und für sich ging ich davon aus, dass es sich bei diesem Buch nicht um das 3. in einer Serie handelte. Das kam wohl in der Beschreibung nicht wirklich rüber, tja. Klarerweise macht es da Sinn, auch die ersten zwei Bücher dieser Serie zu lesen. Und ich muss sagen, ich bereue nichts! Für dieses Buch auserwählt zu werden war wohl eine glückliche Fügung des Schicksals. Ich hätte wohl nicht gedacht, Trinity so sehr zu mögen.

Spannend, aufregend und dunkel ist der 3. Teil der Trinity-Serie. Im Gegensatz zu den beiden vorhergehenden Büchern ist die Atmosphäre viel gedrückter und angespannter. Mit der Sorgenlosigkeit der Charaktere ist es vorbei. Aber genau das hat es im Endeffekt nicht langweilig wirken lassen.

Da diese Serie in einigen Kreisen wohl von einigen als das neue 50 Shades Of gehandelt wird, habe ich mir Mühe geben, problematische Inhalte zu erkennen. An und für sich wird schnell klar, dass Chase ein Problem damit hat, Kontrolle abzugeben. Er kontrolliert Gillian und ihr Verhalten ständig. Darauf wird er aber von ihr, ihrem Therapeuten und ihren Freundinnen aufmerksam gemacht. Gillian lässt sich das nicht so leicht gefallen. Auf der einen Seite kommt es dann so rüber, dass er im Endeffekt doch alles mit ihr machen kann, was er will, nur weil er reich und gutaussehend ist. Andererseits könnte man wohl streiten, dass sie es einfach doch immer will, weil sie ihn unsterblich liebt. Unabhängig davon wurde die sexuelle Orientierung eines Charakters abhängig von seinem Kleidungsstil und seinem Auftreten angenommen. Nicht cool.

Achtung Spoiler! Das Folgende ist weiß gefärbt, sodass es markiert werden muss, um gelesen werden zu können. Von allen Dingen war es am Ende das Schicksal von Kathleen Bennett, das mich ganz ehrlich zum Weinen gebracht hat. Was ihr zugestoßen ist und wie es ihr sowohl emotional als auch körperlich zu schaffen macht, war einfach zu viel. Zum Glück gibt es aber einen 5. Teil dieser Serie, der sich anscheinend ganz auf Kathleen konzentriert! Ich bin wirklich froh. Und dann hat dieses Buch auch noch 450 Seiten! Was könnte ich mehr wollen? 

Die ersten paar Seiten des Epilogs waren meiner Meinung nach sehr unpassend. Es wird direkt vom tragischen Ende aller Ereignisse zu einer absolut nicht jugendfreien Sexszene geschnitten. Nach dem ganzen Tumult der stattfand, schien es einfach nicht richtig.

Trinity hat mich auf eine sehr positive Art und Weise überrascht. Ich war angetan von der brisanten (sexuellen) Spannung zwischen Chase und Gillian, der besonderen Beziehung zwischen Gillian und ihren Seelenschwestern, aber auch der exzelleten Mischung aus Romance und Suspense, den dunklen Elementen gemischt mit unendlicher Leidenschaft. Von mir ergibt das 5 von 5 Sternen. Deswegen freue ich mich schon sehr auf Calendar Girl und die weiteren, ergänzenden Bücher der Trinity-Serie.

Anmerkung: Wie bereits von Audrey Carlan angemerkt, ist dieses Buch als 18+ gekennzeichnet. Es behandelt Themen wie häusliche Gewalt und Misshandlung. Außerdem kommen explizite Sexszenen vor, sowie eine ordinäre Sprache.

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel

Powerful, heartbreaking and yet hopeful.

Goodreads | 176 pages | Fiction, Contemporary

I received this eArc on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The main focus of the book lies on the dynamics of the family. Although the reader does not get to know the names of the main character, the father, the mother or the brother, they are portrayed by their feelings and certain characteristics. At first One of the Boys is misleading the reader, having them search for the evil that destroyed the family, finding it in different places until the true evil reveals itself.

In contrast to their parents, the main character, but also the brother to some extent, changed over the course of the book. Except for the abuse and violence, this is a part that can be elaborated on well. In a way I feel like it is important to highlight their strength and growth that made them endure their situation.

While the parents seem to have been the same all along while only hiding their true motivations, a change in the personality of the boys is clearly visible. While the MC can be observed as truly loyal, naive and immature at the beginning of the book, these character traits have changed in a whole other direction. He adopted some behavior from the father, leaving the father in the dark about the loyalty and plans of the boys. In the end it feels as if the boys is broken, corrupted by everything they had to endure, by carrying the weight of responsibility for themselves and their father at a way too early time.

Even at its short length, this novel manages to create a strong, loyal bond between the reader and the boys. Their struggle creates feelings of discontent and empathy for them. Due to all of these circumstances, this book very deservedly receives 4 out of 5 stars by me.

Have you read One of the Boys? What did you think of it? Be sure to let me know.