Hello everybody! Happy April! As it’s my birthday month, I fully intended to be loading up my BOTM box, and just assumed I’d be getting more than one. And have you guys seen that new YA section they have?? I kind of want… all of them… BUT a lot I had already preordered. I ended up going with two books:
Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson
Duty. Honor. Country. That’s West Point’s motto, and every cadet who passes through its stone gates vows to live it. But on the eve of 9/11, as Dani, Hannah and Avery face four grueling years ahead, they realize they’ll only survive if they do it together.
Everyone knows Dani is going places. With athletic talent and a brilliant mind, she navigates West Point’s predominantly male environment with wit and confidence, breaking stereotypes and embracing new friends.
Hannah’s grandfather, a legendary Army general, offers a stark warning about the dangers that lie ahead, but she moves forward anyway, letting faith guide her path. When she meets her soul mate at West Point, the future looks perfect, just as planned.
Wild child Avery moves fast and doesn’t mind breaking a few rules (and hearts) along the way. But she can’t outpace her self-doubt, and the harder she tries, the further it leads her down a treacherous path.
The world—of business, of love, and of war—awaits Dani, Hannah, and Avery beyond the gates of West Point. These three women know that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But soon, that adage no longer rings true—for their future, or their friendship. As they’re pulled in different directions, will their hard-forged bond prevail or shatter?
Beyond the Point is a heartfelt look at how our closest friends can become our fiercest battle buddies. After all, the greatest battles we fight rarely require a uniform.
Normal People by Sally Rooney
At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school soccer team while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her housekeeping job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers—one they are determined to conceal.
A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years in college, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. Then, as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.
Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a story that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship.
Why I Picked Them:
Normal People was an easy pick for me – I’m in such a contemporary kick that it doesn’t take much to convince me to add to my collection. I’m not really sure why that is, but I am really struggling with fantasy right now, an contemporary seems to be the only cure. As for Beyond the Point, the synopsis was all it took – it really captured my interest and I immediately added it to my cart. There isn’t more to it than that.
As for why I didn’t go with a third option, two of the other available books were a memoir and a thriller. I’m not huge on memoirs, and as I’ve probably mentioned, I have a bad habit of stocking up on thrillers that I never read, and I’m trying to break that. The third book just didn’t really hold my attention much.
What books did you pick from BOTM in March? If you haven’t tried BOTM yet but have been thinking about it, here’s a link that I believe gets you a free book with your first try!