Happy Sunday, trendy readers! It’s been a busy one here in Chicago with the marathon and the gorgeous weather! The city sure is buzzing with people and fun things to do at this time of year. I’m excited to be posting a new book and look for you this week! Hope you enjoy!
BOOK: Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
Frances and Bobbi are young best friends living in Dublin, writing and performing poetry while trying to become part of Dublin’s art scene. After yet another poetry reading, Bobbi and Frances meet Melissa, a famous photographer, and instantly find themselves enthralled with her world. The two start hanging out with Melissa, her friends, and her actor husband Nick, whom Frances finds mysteriously flirtatious yet standoffish at the same time. Throughout the novel, Frances’s friendship with Bobbi is on the rocks, her relationship with Nick is secretive and weird, and her connection to her parents is strained and guilt-stricken.
There is definitely a lot to love about this novel, but there are also some things that could have been better. Like Nick. I did not understand him at all. He just seems weird and socially inept at all times, so I didn’t really get the allure. I guess I didn’t really find the characters as a whole to be very relatable, but I did enjoy following their lives for 300 pages. Sometimes it is nice to read about lives that are completely different from my own. I loved the fierce friendship between Bobbi and Frances—their history is palpable throughout the whole novel. Rooney’s writing style is fun and light, yet full of make-you-think and tug-at-your-heartstrings moments. If you liked Marlena by Julie Buntin, I think you’ll like Conversations with Friends, too.
RATING: 3 out 5 Stars
LOOK: Top: 522 Envy
Ruffle sleeves, anyone?! I didn’t know how much I liked some good sleeves until I bought this shirt. I am living in it this fall (if you can call this weather fall), wearing it with shorts, jeans, and even black pants for work! I am always worried about shirts like this being too boxy or short, but this one fits just right! Not to mention it is from girlboss @windycitykristi’s online shop! Kristi is just amazing, so I highly recommend checking out her insta and her shop, 522 Envy! I picked this top up from a ShopBUZZED event–what’s better than shopping with friends while sipping on yummy cocktails?? Probably nothing.
Have a great week, everyone! Check back soon for more books and looks!