The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender Book Review

I was browsing for baby names one boring day. You do that sometimes too, don’t you? Anyway, I came up with the name Ava Lavender. And that was before I even knew about this book. When I found out that there was actually a character named Ava Lavender from a book, I went to google and read a brief description about it. A girl with wings. Interesting. But I wasn’t a fan of fantasy books so I brushed it off. I came across this book multiple times more and it seems like the universe is telling me to read it. I saw Inky’s post on Instagram saying how beautiful the book is. I was reminded of that book again and I knew I had to read it. And I’m glad I did.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton is about Ava’s family’s misfortunes when it comes to love. Well, that’s part of it. Almost all kinds of love were presented in the book: unrequited, lost, platonic, forsaken, brutal, obsessed, selfish, abusive, passionate, desperate and familial. “Love makes us such fools”, as one line from the book goes. Ava was a winged girl who longs to have a normal teenage life. Her mother sheltered her and her twin Henry who never speaks or only speaks when he wanted to, from the world. Knowing the women in her family’s love misfortunes, she was more cautious but that didn’t stop her from her own. I guess we can’t really control the things that happen to us. Even bad ones. But that also led her to know what real love is and who she really is.

This book is a must read, I should say. First page and I’m already drawn by its writing style. Leslye sure has a way with words. The book and the writing is whimsical, lyrical, magical along with reality in there. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender makes me realized a lot of things about love. You surely look at things differently when you’re not in that situation. Love makes us fools indeed. Well, I don’t wanna spill more details about this book. You just have to read this.

With a beautiful cover like that along with a good and unique storyline, coupled with incredible writing, you will surely love this book as much as I did.


Rating: 5/5

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    Jhecel
    April 8, 2016 at 6:28 am

    I’ve read this book years ago. Up to now I’m still confused. Do you think Ava killed herself?
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      Alissa
      April 14, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Maybe it’s up to the reader to have her own interpretation of the ending. I don’t think she died though. I think she found her true light.

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    Ochi
    April 12, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation! If yo’re into the lines of mystical and magical stories, I’d highly recommend Ms Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children if you haven’t read it yet! 🙂

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      Alissa
      April 14, 2016 at 9:45 am

      I’ve been meaning to read it before the movie goes out. Thanks for reminding me 🙂

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    Jannette
    April 12, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    I do randomly find myself searching for baby names too, even to go as deep as their meanings. haha. 🙂 This book sounds interesting and I feel like it would really tug at my feelings. I’ll add it to my list. 🙂
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      Alissa
      April 14, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Oh it surely will! 🙂 This book will give you so many realizations about love.

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    Joyce
    April 13, 2016 at 1:02 am

    been reading and haring a lot of good stuff about this book. I will definitely add this to my TBR books. Thanks for the recommendations, Ali <3
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      Alissa
      April 14, 2016 at 9:43 am

      You’re welcome! 🙂 Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

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