My Boyfriend Describes My Favourite Books

I am a huge bookworm, but this isn’t as true for some of the people I surround myself with. My boyfriend, for example, is not as avid a reader as I am. He’s suggested me several books, and I’ve given him some gentle tips too, but our reading tastes don’t exactly match up.

With that in mind, I wondered how he would see some of my favourite books from across my life. How does he do at judging a book by its cover?

Candy by Kevin Brooks

What he thought it’s about

It could be really fucked up and could be about child abuse, but then it would be a different tagline. I think it’s more like Along Came Polly. A girl comes along and messes up the guys life, but in a good way.

What it’s actually about

Joe meets and falls in love with Candy, a teenage prostitute. He becomes caught up in her world and in the struggle  between Candy and her pimp, Iggy.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

What he thought it’s about

That’s your favourite isn’t it? I’m guessing it’s about someone who reads books and wants to read them for themself. They steal the books because they’re too poor to go to a book shop to buy them.

What it’s actually about

Liesl, who is adopted by the Hubermann family, steals three books during the course of her stay in Himmelstraße during the Nazi regime in World War II Germany. The family also take in and hide a Jewish man who is fleeing from the terror of the regime.

Only Ever Yours by Louise O Neill

What he thought it’s about

Is it about a feminist dystopia where women are owned? And there’s parallels to the real world where you can see it’s not too far off.

What it’s actually about

frieda, a 16-year-old girl, lives in the academy with her classmates. They are all being prepared to become companions to the boys born at the same time as they were manufactured, or if not suffer a fate as concubines – or teachers. The world is full of peer pressure, self loathing, and bitchiness.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Allbertalli

What he thought it’s about

It’s about a guy who’s punk. He likes to take an air horn and go *air horn noises*. He dies, because the system is too powerful. Also he doesn’t have a head. Classic Simon.

What it’s actually about

Simon is closeted, and one day is blackmailed by a classmate threatening to leak emails between Simon and Blue, another schoolmate for whom Simon has fallen. Blue knows who Simon is, but Simon has no idea who he’s fallen for.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

What he thought it’s about

I’m guessing it’s about a couple, called Eleanor and Park. They haven’t really understood how music streaming works. So they just put one headphone between them. But they actually like it, and I support that decision.

What it’s actually about

Park meets Eleanor, a new girl in school, on the school bus, and the pair bond over a love of comic books and 80s music. Eleanor’s home life is a fractured one, and Park is the perfect antidote to her overbearing step father.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

What he thought it’s about

That could be the book for that Anne Hathaway film where she becomes a princess overnight. She discovers she’s heir to a throne, or in line to a throne. In German it’s called Plotzlich Prinzessin.

What it’s actually about

Mia Thermopolis is 14, 5’9, lives in New York with her mother and cat Fat Louie, and is the class freak at Albert Einstein High School. What could be worse than her mother hooking up with her Algebra teacher? Perhaps her father re-entering her life to tell her she’s the heir to the throne of a small European monarchy.

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