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Linas kvÃ¤llsbok 2
by Emma Hamberg
Title translated to English: Lina’s Nocturnal 2
For the A-Z reading challenge.
ISBN: 978-91-0-011399-5 (in the same volume as Linas kvÃ¤llsbok 1)
First line: Jag har inte skrivit en rad sedan den femte juni.
Back cover blurb:
I Linas kvÃ¤llsbok 2 lÃ¤r Lina 16 Ã¥r oss om det hÃ¤r med att vÃ¤lja. Tryggt eller vilt? Cello eller hasch? KÃ¤rlek eller passion? PojkvÃ¤n eller Ã¤lskare? Singel eller bigamist? Hur mycket kÃ¤rlek kan ett hjÃ¤rta innehÃ¥lla innan det sprÃ¤ngs? Och hur mycket fÃ¥r den man Ã¤r fÃ¶rÃ¤lskad i dricka och skolka egentligen? Och hur mycket mÃ¥ste ens pojkvÃ¤n veta om saken…
Very short synopsis in English: Lina writes a journal, except she calls it a nocturnal since she almost always writes in it late at night. This year, she moves away from her parents and her childhood home, to start secondary school at an agricultural boarding school. In her class is also Kevin, gorgeous “bad boy” and an almost irresistible temptation. But at home is Ivar, her boyfriend…
Thoughts: I’ve read this once before, last fall (a couple of months before I started this blog). It’s not a terribly good book, but it’s a pretty easy read, so when I was in a slump and just wanted a feelgood novel, this was the one I chose. As usual, this is a pretty angst-ridden story, but then all my feelgood novels are.
The biggest reason I went back and read it again, however, is that it reminds me so much of my time at secondary school. You see, I too went to an agricultural boarding school, so I recognise so many of the things that happen in this story. It’s a little insane, really. Mostly because I didn’t really like it all that much there! Though I think in part I made myself think it worse than it really was while I was there.
In fact, just today (31 March, which is the day I’m writing this. Back-dating all the way, baby!) I got a phone call from my friend L., who is the only person from secondary school that I still keep in touch with, and there’s a reunion this May for all old students, and since it’s five years since we graduated, it’s supposed to be extra-special for us. Or something. Either way, I’ve decided that I’m going. Why not, right? L. kind of wanted me to come and it could be fun to catch up with others, even if I was the weird kid in the corner for all three years. Apparently a ton of the others have kids already. This is quite Scary, if you’re me. (This one bloke, T., who really reminds me of Kevin in Linas kvÃ¤llsbok 2, apparently has a four-year-old daughter. And doesn’t know where he lives. He always was a little creepy and scary, though.)
But back to the book: it’s decent enough, but not brilliant, so a C rating it is.