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My non-reader best friend guesses book plots | or: is my non-reader best friend really a non-reader¿

I recently came across this Instagram post from kaylareadsbooks and really loved the idea of this. I decided to try this out with my non-reader best friend!

The idea of this is that you show your non-reader friend a book cover, and according to that book cover your friend will try to guess what the story is about. I can tell you that I had a lot of fun!


Book 1: The Giver of Stars – Jojo Moyes

Synopsis:

Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.

What happens to them–and to the men they love–becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they’re committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives.

My non-reader friend’s synopsis:

“Okay so it’s definitely about a woman, let me say she’s a high class lady who goes horse riding every day, or wants to be able to. But she is the only one in the group who is not good at it, and this actually extends to all areas of the rich life, she feels excluded from it. So the other ladies think she is an outsider. Until one day she meets someone (boy or girl whatever bc no stereotypes here) and helps her get what she wants to become! And that person brings her to a level in her life that she feels like she has a purpose and those stars on the cover are therefore symbolic for the goals she achieves in life. Let’s not forget to add: and she and her lover leave on horseback towards the horizon, to the life she really wants.”

Originality: 8/10

Accuracy: 8/10


Book 2: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder – Holly Jackson

Synopsis:

The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?

My non-reader friend’s synopsis:

“This is about a girl who is investigating after several murders occured in her home town, because she does not believe the police and they have given up and accused someone to be the killer, but actually the real killer is still around. Maybe the person who was murdered is her sister or someone close to her and therefore she cannot let go of that case.”

Originality: 8/10

Accuracy: 8,5/10


Book 3: Uncoupling – Lorraine Brown

Synopsis:

Could one split second change her life forever?

Hannah and Si are in love and on the same track – that is, until their train divides on the way to a wedding. The next morning, Hannah wakes up in Paris and realises that her boyfriend (and her ticket) are 300 miles away in Amsterdam!

But then Hannah meets Léo on the station platform, and he’s everything Si isn’t. Spending the day with him in Paris forces Hannah to question how well she really knows herself – and whether, sometimes, you need to go in the wrong direction to find everything you’ve been looking for…

My non-reader friend’s synopsis:

“This is about a lady who’s on the train every day and she meets someone there. But she actually already is in a relationship but she talks to that person on the train every day and they fall in love but she doesn’t know what choice to make. In the end she does not choose anyone and goes to paris, because she’s a strong independent woman!”

Originality: 9,5/10

Accuracy: 6/10


Book 4: Confess – Colleen Hoover

Synopsis:

Auburn Reed is determined to rebuild her shattered life and she has no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to become deeply attracted to the studio’s enigmatic artist, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is hiding a huge secret. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything Auburn loves most, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it—but can she do it?

My non-reader friend’s synopsis:

“A man or woman (I do not know who the main character is) has a secret but cannot share it so he/she fully focuses on other things in life. But at a certain point he/she can no longer hide this and must reveal her/his secret in order to stay alive/or to get where that person wants to get with his/her dreams/goals? And because that person cannot express himself, because of that secret, he is also lonely and has a hard time with the social environment because his/her social environment is mad that that person is not honest. So that person is really lonely. Oh yes: the cover screams: art .. so let’s say that the main character focuses on art and confesses in it.”

Originality: 8/10

Accuracy: 7/10


Book 5: Everything After – Jill Santopolo

Synopsis:

Two loves. Two choices. One chance to follow her dreams.

Emily has come a long way since she lost her two passions fifteen years ago: music, and Rob. She’s a psychologist at NYU who helps troubled college students like the one she once was. Together with her caring doctor husband, Ezra, she has a beautiful life. They’re happy. They hope to start a family. But when a tragic event in Emily’s present too closely echoes her past, and parts of her story that she’d hoped never to share come to light, her perfect life is suddenly upturned. Then Emily hears a song on the radio about the woman who got away. The melody and voice are hauntingly familiar. Could it be? As Emily’s past passions come roaring back into her life, she’ll find herself asking: Who is she meant to be? Who is she meant to love?

My non-reader friend’s synopsis:

“This is about a couple living in New York. They have lived happily together for years. And because the cover says “Two loves” I have something in mind like: in other words, she doubts between her boyfriend and someone she is going to fall in love with and she cannot choose, but that choice determines her happiness. Or, because of the print on the cover, she’s on the verge of doubting between her lover and something she’s passionate about, but can’t stay with her boyfriend if she chooses her passion. So, should she stay/get married to her boyfriend or should she take the opportunity to live her passion? All of this in the wonderful city of New York!”

Originality: 8/10

Accuracy: 7,5/10


I hope you all enjoyed this post! At least: I did! It was so funny to see the stories my friend made up and sometimes I really thought: omg I would definitely read that book if this were the synopsis!

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