Book Report - "The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry" and "Never Let Me Go"

I recently read The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro for my 2015 PopSugar Reading Challenge. The first marked off "A book you started but never finished" and the second marked off "A book with a love triangle".

First off, Kathleen Finn's, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry. I started this book for a book club a few years ago, but for whatever reason, never finished it.
When 36 year old, Kathleen Flinn, loses her job, she makes the "now or never" decision to move to Paris and attend the original Le Cordon Blue cooking school. She hardly knows a soul and doesn't speak the language, but Kathleen is determined to make it through the grueling program. Intense chefs, competitive students, and a whole lot of recipes; The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry gives the reader an inside look at the world's most famous cooking school.

Sometimes, there is nothing better than a good memoir, and The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry was a really good memoir. We can all relate to the idea of leaving the real world behind and pursuing a passion. So, few of us actually do it though. I found Kathleen's journey to be so inspiring. Plus, as a self-proclaimed Francophile, I loved her explorations of Paris as much as her experiences at Le Cordon Blue. Kathleen's story is a great reminder to all that it is never too late to follow your dreams. I'm so glad I gave this book another try.

Next up, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.
Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy all attend the exclusive Hailsham boarding school tucked away in the English countryside. It's a school of strange rules and the children are constantly reminded how special and important they are. They're being prepared for a life beyond the walls that they don't truly understand. As adults, the three find themselves together again. As Kathy looks back on the childhood they shared and their current situation, she tries to find meaning and hope in what appears to be hopeless situation.

There was an eerie feeling and mystery in this book that really hooked me early on. I had to know what was going on. Once it was revealed though, it lost that energy for me and really slowed down a lot. The writing was great though, but I wish it had been able to keep its earlier momentum all the way through. That being said, it was a really interesting story with really well-written and complex characters. In addition, it's a great book for discussing such ideas like morality and what it means to be human.

Have you read either of these? What did you think?

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