Small Circles   Small Circles

“….the four of them were friends, and it became apparent that they needed each other. More than any of them knew just yet.” Pg. 45 Small Circles by Megan Duke

“It was idea that he could forget about the life he was a part of and become a piece of his own puzzle-a puzzle he created in his own mind. In that puzzle, everything fit together perfectly.” Pg. 75 Small Circles by Megan Duke

“The amount of emotions one can feel and the variety of thoughts one can imagine are endless. And no one has to know, unless you want them to.” Pg. 99 Small Circles by Megan Duke

“It’s okay to be happy.” Pg. 151 Small Circles by Megan Duke

Goodreads Synopsis:

Small Circles is the story of four friends over four years of their young adult lives in Tennessee. Starting in their sophomore year at a boarding school and continuing through their freshman years at different universities, the friends face the same trials most teenagers face today, as well as a few other things. This inspiring story touches base with the struggles of defining oneself in spite of homosexuality, drug addiction, suicide, and heartbreak. Most of all it sends one message: it’s okay to be happy.

My review:
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars

First off, thank you Megan Duke for sending me a copy of this fantastic (and for signing it too!)
“Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up, heart and soul.”Joanne Harris
This quote encompasses how I felt after reading this book.
Right from the get go I was hooked into the story and into the lives of these characters. I really enjoyed the smooth transitions between each character storylines and how each of their stories intertwined in someway. I also liked how at the end of each “chapter” was a closure of each year for the characters. I have always been a fan of contemporary novels, but this book takes this genre to a whole new level through her fantastic writing and her ability to depict the scenes as vivid as a movie. I could really picture myself watching the story unfold in my mind. It was great how the story mainly focused on these four characters rather than including an onslaught of supporting characters.
I loved each character and I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite. The characters deal with many things that people may struggle with or come across on a daily basis. Megan Duke truly does an amazing job putting it into perspective that it is “ok to be happy”, regardless of circumstances thrown your way. This book is a great book about finding out what you are made of, even if you may run into a few bumps along the way. I would highly recommend this book and I look forward to reading more from Megan Duke.