Hungry in Ipoh by Various, Hadi M. Nor

It's difficult to convince readers to obtain a novel comprising short stories, unless there is a review which include a brief synopsis of all these stories. I felt that it's important to have a brief introduction to each story, in order to attract more readers to support our local authors.…

Paperboy, Vince Vawter

The story of Paperboy takes place in Memphis in 1959. Victor Vollmer is an 11-year-old boy who can barely say a word without stuttering, even his own name. However, this doesn't mean he doesn't have any other skills. In fact, he is a very talented baseball pitcher who is good…

Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan

The story begins with a brief introduction about the background of Nicholas Young and Rachel Chu and slowly progresses toward their families and friends. From the two main characters, the story develops further to another stage when Rachel agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with Nick which she would…

Q & A, Vikas Swarup

Ram Mohammad Thomas is a teenage waiter from Mumbai. Due to his background, his achievement shocks everyone after correctly answering all twelve questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never gone to school could win…

Lottery, Patricia Wood

The narrator is a 32-year-old Perry L. Crandall who lives with his grandparents since he was a baby. With a measured IQ 76, Perry emphatically proclaims that he is slow, not retarded. He tells his life of how others treated him differently and even called him retarded or stupid. Although…

Maya's Notebook, Isabel Allende

Maya Vidal is a teenager abandoned by her parents and raised by her grandparents in Berkeley, California. She lives with a Canadian astronomer Popo who loves her a lot and a Chilean Nini who likes to participate in protests. Although Popo is not her biological grandfather but he cares for…

When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead

Miranda lives with her single mother who has a nice boyfriend, Richard. Miranda has a best friend called Sal who she knew since she was a small child. They walk back home together everyday. They already familiar with the neighbourhood such as crazy guy on the corner that they need…

Cloudstreet, Tim Winton

This is a story about the life of two rural families live in an old haunted house at Cloudstreet. The two families are Pickles and Lamb. Pickles family believes in luck whereas the Lambs family believes in God. The story involves wide variety of characters and the ups and downs…

The Secrets of a Fire King, Kim Edwards

This book contains of fourteen different stories. Each story contains an eccentric character and most of the stories are very random. Sometimes, I don't really understand what is the main idea that the author wants to tell to the readers. The stories were written in simple English with complicated plots.…