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What I Read: Never Let Me Go

Hello, lovelies. I changed the blog’s theme again because I just wasn’t happy with the things I couldn’t change in the last one. I’m not totally happy with this one, but it’ll probably last a few weeks at least. Anyhow, since I posted a book cover for Never Let Me Go, I want to tell y’all what I thought about the book.

Title: Never Let Me Go

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Two quick things, first: 1) I saw the movie before I read the book. (Cheating, I know.) The movie was beautiful and amazing so I read the book next. 2) I read this book on my phone and on my computer because Kindles don’t do libraries yet ugh. I used my fancy new NYPL card to get the .epub version. (Amazon: get on the library train already.) Reading on a phone is a huge pain in the rear-end, beteedubs. Now I’m very sad I don’t own some version of it because

THIS BOOK IS THE BEST. It earned itself one of the coveted few 5 stars that I’ve given books on Goodreads.

In Never Let Me Go we’re being told about the Hailsham school by Kathy H., a former student. Kathy H. narrates conversationally, so the details about the world that she lives in are given slowly and casually, as though we already know them. It is beautifully done and reminds me of the narrative of The Handmaid’s Tale. (Except, sorry M. Atwood, this book would take your book out in a contest of beauty and read-again-ability.) Even having seen the movie first, the book was not ruined for me. There’s so much more going on in the book and it’s just so well done that I devoured the whole thing in just a couple of days.

The characters are wonderful and compelling, the subject-matter thought-provoking, and even its movie adaptation is fabulous. Go read and watch. (Probably read first, watch next.) I can’t say much more without spoiling, so just know that this book is awesome. 

My favorite quote, and the inspiration behind the cover that I made:

“[…] when we lost something precious, and we’d looked and looked and still couldn’t find it, then we didn’t have to be completely heartbroken. We still had that last bit of comfort, thinking one day, when we were grown up, and we were free to travel around the country, we could always go and find it again in Norfolk” (59).

P.S. I am so many books behind, blogging-wise. Five books, in fact. Expect more YA coming up, because apparently I can’t shake that habit yet.

Book Cover Project: Never Let Me Go

HEY BLOG. Remember that book cover project I was doing? I finally did another cover, in the theme of the first. (And by “theme” I mean MAP OUTLINES YAY.)

I just recently read Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and it was SO GOOD. I’ll blog about that more later, but right now, check out the book cover it had:

Although it is certainly lovely, and certainly not the only cover edition in existence, I made this one, which you should click on because it looks better when it’s bigger:

The process went like this: First, I wanted this cover to look sort of like the other one I did. I did an outline of all the counties in England because the book takes place there and also because of the whole mythology surrounding Norfolk, which is awesome. (If you haven’t read this book, seriously go read it right now.) Then I put an image of the Norfolk coastline (with edited colors hurrah!) in the background of all this, and the lines of the counties started looking super heavy and lame. Ignoring that, I put the fake Judy Bridgewater (used in the movie) in the Norfolk space, but she looked even lamer. In the end, I went simpler. No county lines, no Judy Bridgewater. To keep with the last cover, same font and overall spacing.

PROJECTS ARE FUN.