Friday, 27 November 2015

Book Review : Benchmark by Joanna Louise Wright

* A copy was given to me *

Title : Benchmark
Author : Joanna Louise Wright
Rating : 4.5/5



Alana Leevy, entangled with unhelpful emotions from a damaging relationship, falls in love with a man who's 'out of her league'. Follow her journey, over ten years, as she sets out on a quest to write Ben Rutherford out of her head. Will she be successful? 

"A truly inspirational read. As you take this journey with Alana you will experience and feel every emotion alongside her but, I promise, you will come out ready to take on the world. Never underestimate the power of a courageous, determined and beautiful human being." 

Loraine Hastings 

"Beautifully written and an inspirational read. I highly recommend this amazing story of heartache, soul searching and the powerful transformation of a fearful young woman into a strong, confident and determined lady. Brilliant." 

Tammy Bate

My Review



" What do you want ? "
Almost immeadiately I answered,

" I want to be happy "
" I want to find myself "

This is definitely one of the best books I have read in a while! It drew me in from beginning to end and it made me look at myself in ways I had not done before. I am a 20 year old girl that struggles with rejection, perfection and anxiety daily. This book was a book that blessed in so many ways. I learned a lot about myself and how I can better deal with my fears. I always assumed someone or something supposed to make me happy. I WAS WRONG. Being happy is a very personal thing. Nobody can make you happy but yourself. Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket!

The book is told in the first person point of view. The language is basic and the plot is fairly brisk. I personally thoroughly enjoyed every part of this book. I felt very close to Alana Leevy, the main character in the book, as I read it. First person point of view is the most intimate way to write your story! From the very beginning, she lets me into part of her personal life. Joanna's use of sarcasm and irony is hilarious and beautiful! As I read through each chapter I found myself highlighting funny, sarcastic things Alana would think or say. As you read, you get to be inside the narrator’s head, and watch her transform into a strong lady.

Alana spends a lot of time crushing on Ben Rutherford...As for Ben? I don't like his character. He was really annoying and super lame. It was blatantly obvious that he would make a horrible partner for Alana. He was just too weak to make his own decisions. This book is about Alana finding her voice, growing stronger, by herself. You cannot grow stronger if you are constantly around someone who makes you weaker.

It wasn't just the story but the themes in this book that spoke to me! Maybe some people won't realise the power of this book, but underneath such a modest storyline there is a magic in there. This book will remind you of what is really important, and encourage you to never underestimate yourself. The writing is beautiful, funny and  always compelling!

A great and moving reading experience and one that I give my HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!