The Books I Read In My Childhood

So I’ve been an avid reader since I was a kid. I mean my parents owned a bookstore when I was to three to the age of five so how could I not be? Honestly for the most part  I cannot for the life of me remember the books I read but there are some that stick out. I actually didn’t read Harry Potter until I was about 11 and even then I did so out of order ( I read Order of the Phoenix last). Anyway HP wasn’t a huge part of my childhood but here are seven books/ series that were.

  1. Little House on The Prarie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

These were one of the first long books that was read to me and later as the series progressed, that I read myself.   Whenever I think of it, it brings back lots of nostalgia. I know that if I were to read it now, I’d probably find lots of things because the pioneers were racist af but as a child I didn’t see that and merely enjoyed the story.

2.  The Trumpet Of The Swan by E.B White

I loved all  three of E.B White books about animals but I think that The Trumpet of The Swan was the best one.  There’s just something so interesting and unique about a trumpet that plays the swan which enthralled me as a kid and does to this day. White truly knows how to write emotional and wonderful stories about animals.

3. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.W Lewis

These books used to be my favorite thing ever. I love them so much, loved reading about Narnia and Aslan and the kids and every book was amazing.  I didn’t realize that it was an allegory to the Bible and I’m kind of scared to ever go back to rereading them because I feel like it could ruin the magic of Narnia for me.

4. Animal Ark by Ben M. Baglio

Okay so I’m really sure if these books are something that many people read as a kid but I just remember having a bunch of these about different animals and devouring them. It was basically about a girl whose parents owned a vet clinic and each book would have a different conflict with a different problem. They were so much fun!

5. Holocaust Books

Idk if this is just a Jewish kid thing but I used to love Holocaust’s books when I was like 8-9 years old. They weren’t necessarily popular books, just books that my dad would find at a charity store. One of them that stood out was Clara’s War By Kathy Kacer. It’s been such a long time since I read it but the plot of the book is still very much imprinted in my mind. It definitely was a heavy read for someone as young as me but I think that it’s important for everyone to read.

6. The Baby Sitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin

These books were the SHIT. They were so cool, I loved them so much. Also I heard that there’s going to be a T.V series?? I’m so down. It was such a cool concept with some really interesting characters and I loved it so much. They were the best young entrepreneurs and they’re probably running the world right now.

7. Nancy Drew by Carrolyn Keene

I am a Nancy Drew stan first and a human second. These books are probably my first fandom. I still have about 15 old ass copies of the books, a huge guide to Nancy Drew, a couple of how to guides about Nancy Drew and that Nancy Drew movie with Emma Roberts (which was soo cool!!) I love this series so much and Nancy Drew is such a badass.  She is the reason that I’m still terrified of black widows.

What About You? What Books Did You Read As A Kid?

 

 

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In Which I Talk About The Music I Love

So though I pretty much listen to the same song over and over again ans my music taste is very basic,  I’d thought I’d write a post about the type of music I enjoy. I love to listen to music while studying, doing homework, writing and reading and it just really helps me destress,

 

Favorite Albums

 

1. Blue Neighborhood by Troye Sivan

I’ve been following Troye Sivan for quite awhile and used to love to watch the videos he made when he was still a frequent youtuber. I remember listening to Happy Little Pill when it first came out and really liking it but I only really got into his first album and I love every single song on it. Troye writes such raw and emotional songs and they break me everytime I listen to them.  He’s coming to Montreal in the fall and I’m seriously considering going.

2. Love, Simon Official Soundtrack

At this point my brand is stanning The Book Thief and Love, Simon so  I just had to mention something Love, Simon related. This soundtrack is so lit. Literally every single song is perfect and I love listening to it because then I get to think about the movie. I’m never going to hear I Want To Dance With Somebody without thinking about that glorious dance number.

3. Hamilton Official Cast Album

Two years later and I’m still as obsessed with Hamilton as I am when I first started listening to it. Lin Manuel Miranda is a genius and I envy him for being so amazing with words. All of the songs in this musical are perfect and create such a beautiful story. Eliza Hamilton deserved better.

4. Badlands by Halsey

Honestly the first time I listened to this album I wasn’t a huge fan and only really checked her out because everyone was talking about her. I found it really crude and just not my thing but her songs have really grown on me. I don’t really relate to anything that goes on in her songs but there’s still bops and I love all of the songs on this album.

5. Mania by Fall Out Boy

Though I love all of their album’s, I’m pretty sure this is my favorite. They’ve really grown since their first album while still keeping that weird quirky vibe that makes them so amazing.  There’s a really large variety on this album and  though I wasn’t a fan of all of the songs at first, they’ve all grown on me.

Favorite Songs

 

1.American Pie by Don McLean.

I only really just got into this song but I love this song so much. It’s very long and kind of repetitive but that refrain is A+. Also I love this song 1000x more after reading They Both Die At The  End and will always think about my precious children Matteo and Rufus.

2. Evermore From Beauty and The Beast Live Action.

As for as I know this is the only original song that wasn’t in the original animated version and I love it so muchy. It’s so raw and emotional and just aghhhh it gets me everytime.  The BATB live action is beautiful and this song just makes it all the more beautiful.

3. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

This song is a ride from start  to finish and is such a mood. I love how there are so many parts that really shouldn’t work together but they somehow fit perfectly. Queen is a legendary band and Bohemian Rhapsody just proves it.

4. Bouncy Ball From Bad Lip Reading.

Okay so this one isn’t that serious( except it kind of it and I love this song so much) but basically bouncy ball is part of this larger video that this youtube channel Bad Lip Reading did of High School Musical. It’s like a minute long and it’s so catchy and hilarious and I really love it. My music tastes are really weird I don’t even know.

5.  JetPack Blues

This is definitely my favorite Fall Out Boy song. It’s so melancholic and beautiful and emotional  and perfect and I love it so much.

Favorite Bands

 

1.Fall Out Boy

FOB is my favorite band of all time and I just love them so much. All of their songs are so interesting and different from everything that I’m used to hearing. I love that you never know what to expect when listening to a Fall Out Boy song and while they kind of have a distinct style, each song is very different from one another. They’re truly amazing and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

2. Imagine Dragons.

I had this weird phase when I was in grade seven and eight where I said I didn’t like music???? Idk I was weird. Anyways Imagine Dragons was pretty much the only music I listened to for a long time and while I’ve kind of grown out of them and don’t listen to them as much as I used to, I still really love them. Demons and Radioactive are classics and I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of them. They’re one of the few people I’ve seen in concerts so they really mean a lot to me.

3.Panic! At The Disco

Okay so i know that P!ATD is only comprised of Brendon Urie now but I still consider it a band. Panic is another band that is really unqieu and different and I just like their songs a lot. Brendon Urie’s voice is A+ and I’m so excited for his new album to come out.

4.ABBA

Who doesn’t like ABBA? All of their songs are fucking amazing and bops and I truly believe that heaven is a non stop dance party with only ABBA songs. Mamma Mia is the best thing  ever and I’m so excited for the sequel. Also ABBA is coming out with new music this fall and I’m dying because 2018 is truly the best year.

5. Mumford & Sons.

Though I’ve always been familiar with their popular songs like Little Lion Man and I Will Wait, I only just discovered their other songs and I really really like them. They’re very soft and restrained and they’re really comforting to listen to.

Favorite Singers.

 

  1. Dua Lipa

I’m not exactly sure what it is about her that I love so much but once I listened to New Rules, I had to listen to all of her other songs and I love all of them. She has a beautiful voice and her songs are really catchy and fun.

2. Shawn Mendes

Not only is he cute and Canadian, he’s also a really good singer. His songs are really nice and almost have a sort of lullaby vibe to them if that makes sense. They’re just really soothing and I really enjoy listening to his songs.

3. Halsey

I pretty much said everything I wanted to say about her when I talked about Badlands but I just really love her songs and her voice and the subjects she broaches in her songs. She’s a biracial bisexual icon and I love her.

4.Taylor Swift

I know everyone hates on her but idk why because her songs are fucking great. I remember me and my friends making up dance routines to You Belong With Me and though I kind of forgot about her as I grew older, I recently started listening to her older songs and I really love them. They’re just really fun to listen to and she’s a great singer. It’s also really interesting to see her evolve.

5. Hayley Kiyoko.

I fell in love with Kiyoko’s music and everything she does when I first watched the Girls Like Girls music video and my love has amplified for her ever since. I love how queer her music is and she’s such an icon.  I stan  the beautiful Lesbian Jesus.

What’s Your Go-To Music? Do You Like Any Of The Music I Mentioned?

 

 

What To Do When You Are No Longer The Intended Audience of The Books You Love.

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So I’m 18 and a half and while this has sparked tons of terrifying thoughts about the future and responsibilities, it also has made me realize that the majority of the books I read aren’t marketed towards me and aren’t about people my age which is frankly kind of weird. I never thought that I’d be in a position where I look at characters who are in their junior year and think to myself “wow they’re so young”. I always thought that I’d relate to their stories but high school isn’t my reality anymore so when I read about people going to prom or graduating, it’s  disconcerting for me to compare it to my own experiences. These moments  always seemed so far away to me but I’ve lived them and they’re over and that’s so weird. I think it’s especially bizarre for me because I live in Quebec and though in any other province or state, I’d be getting ready for University in Quebec instead we have a two year program that’s called  Cegep. So I’ve been living on my own for a year now and sometimes I wish that we didn’t live in such an American Centric society because I would have loved to read a YA book about CEGEP so I could feel a little bit better about my situation. Who knows? Maybe I’ll write one one day. Anyway all this to say I thought that I’d write a discussion on my thoughts of no longer being able to relate as much to the YA books I love so.

I’m never going to stop loving YA books. I mean sure I read adult books and I love a lot of them but I find that there’s just so much more books that I enjoy that are in the YA demographic. YA books are amazing cause they portray so many different experiences that I’ve never seen being portrayed in adult books. Plus there’s nothing quite like the cure of a good contemporary YA novel to get me out of a reading slump. Young adult books will always be the books I reach for and I can’t wait to see how they evolve as the years go on.  I also know that there’s going to come a time where I’m going to look at these characters and their decisions and maybe I won’t be as empathetic as I used to be. I just hope that when that day comes, I will realize that that’s because I’m no longer a teen and I won’t judge them for being young. It has already started to occur and I’m trying to be as introspective as possible. I also hope that if I continue to write reviews on this blog that my reviews will not be jaded.

This is not as applicable to me  because I really don’t interact that much with the people in the bookish community but it’s also really important for adults to respect teens boundaries. This is first and foremost their space and for adults to butt in is and act as if they’re far superior is really annoying and immature. An Adult can enjoy Young Adult books while respecting the actual teens who read YA.

What Are Your Thoughts? How Do You Feel About No Longer Being The Intended Audience Of Books You Love?

 

How We Roll By Natasha Friend Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:

Quinn is a teen who loves her family, skateboarding, basketball, and her friends, but after she’s diagnosed with a condition called alopecia which causes her to lose all of her hair, her friends abandon her. Jake was once a star football player, but a freak accident—caused by his brother—he loses both of his legs. Quinn and Jake meet and find the confidence to believe in themselves again, and maybe even love.

My Rating:4/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This Is How We Roll is the type of book I would have fallen  heads over heels with when I was in grade seven. Even though I’m way older than the intended audience, I still really enjoyed it. Though the protagonists are on the younger side ( I think they may be in their freshman year). I still really loved them and thought that they were well developed.

My favorite part of this book was seeing how the characters evolved and grew more confident as the story progressed. I liked seeing Quinn dealing with her alopecia and moving to a new school and an incident back at her old school and I’ve never read a book with a character who has a condition like Quinn’s so it was a really interesting and unique perspective. I also enjoyed the family dynamic and how Quinn feels about being pushes to the back burner do the fact that her younger brother has autism. I can’t speak for the autism rep but from what I though it was depicted very tactfully and there was no problematic elements.

One of the thing that I found very refreshing was the new friends that Quinn made at her new school. They were very much described as being popular and I was really scared that this would cause a conflict later on where past events would repeat themselves but they didn’t and I’m really glad. While there are definitely popular kids that are complete assholes they’re not all evil and it was really nice to see them being depicted as positive friends for Quinn. They were not put down for being superficial and it was very refreshing from what is usually portrayed.

The key to a good fluffy contemporary that has any romantic element is a great love interest and Nick was a great one. I loved seeing their friendship develop and really  enjoyed seeing how they helped one another. It was very endearing and Nick was just such a sweet and loving character. I also really liked how the ending was sort of ambiguous which isn’t often seen in YA contemporaries so I really appreciated the open ending.

 

Like Never And Always by Ann Aguirre

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Goodreads Summary:On a hot summer night, a screech of brakes and shattering glass changes two lives forever.

Liv wakes in the hospital, confused when they call her Morgan. She assumes it’s a case of mistaken identity, yet when the bandages come off, it’s not her face in the mirror anymore. It’s her best friend Morgan’s.

Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life, yet Liv must navigate endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety—and a romance that feels like a betrayal. Torn between the boy she loved as Liv and the boy she’s grown to love as Morgan, Liv still has to survive Morgan’s last request

My Rating:4/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:

Honestly I think some of my favorite books to read are those that maybe aren’t the most edifying or deep but are just really fun and grab me in and don’t let go until the very end. I don’t believe in guilty pleasure reads: if you enjoy reading it you shouldn’t be guilty about it. My reading tastes are so eclectic that one day I’m reading a classic and the next I’m reading the fluffiest contemporary out there and I don’t hold one to a higher standard than the other. I love all books regardless of genre or content.  All this to say that Like Never and Always was such a wild ride and I’ve honestly hadn’t had that much fun reading a book in a long time. It was a total blast and if you’re in the mood for a great page turner this is the book for you. No it wasn’t life changing but I  enjoyed every second it so at the end of the day I think that’s all that counts.

One of the really great things about this book is that it is constantly throwing twists and turns at you. You think you know where the book is going and then it just does a complete 180. Pretty much every chapter ends on a cliffhanger so if you’re going to read this book, you better clear your schedule because you’re not going to want to put it down.  While Like Never and Always does remind me of a couple of books I’ve read, it does something completely different and unique and will definitely surprise you.  I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where a girl wakes up in her best friend’s body.More than once I had to put the book down just so I could process what I had just read.  I

I really liked all of the characters, and there was definitely some really interesting dynamics.  I liked how how though Morgan was popular, she wasn’t depicted as a completely vapid girl and had a genuine passion for the arts. I also really appreciated Liv’s love or science and liked seeing her persevere despite obstacles and all the other problems she had to deal with.I also surprisingly really liked the romance in this book. I really misjudged the love interest at first but once I grew to know him, I really loved him. I love the trope of bad boys who are actually softies.

I only have two problems with this book. The first being is that it was hella white and hella straight beside the token gay character and a couple of PoC minor minor side characters. The second is that there were a lot of plot points that kind of come out nowhere and never get truly resolves which was a little frustrating.

What’s your favorite “Guilty” Pleasure Reads?”

 

 

 

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say by Leila Sales Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:

Before we go any further, I want you to understand this: I am not a good person.

We all want to be seen. We all want to be heard. But what happens when we’re seen and heard saying or doing the wrong things? What then?

When Winter Halperin—former spelling bee champion, aspiring writer, and daughter of a parenting expert—gets caught saying the wrong thing online, her life explodes. All across the world, people knows what she’s done, and none of them will forgive her.

With her friends gone, her future plans cut short, and her identity in shambles, Winter is just trying to pick up the pieces without hurting anyone else. She knows she messed up, but does that mean it’s okay for people to send her hate mail and death threats? Does she deserve to lose all that she’s lost? And is “I’m sorry” ever good enough?

My Rating:3.5/5 Star

Disclaimer:I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:

While I love the internet with every fibrer of my being and it has pretty much shaped me into the person I am today, it also kind of sucks.   Though it’s used to spread joy and kindness and love, it’s also used to spread hate and venom and vicious words that would never be spoken in real life. People so often forget that there’s a person behind the user they attack which produces a really toxic environment. Another really great thing about the internet is that it’s a easy way to spread information and teach people about a variety of issues. Unfortunately some people take it upon themselves to teach those who are in the wrong a lesson and aren’t always the nicest. Instead of calmly explaining why what  was done was problematic and allow that person to learn from their mistakes,  vicious words and threats are thrown around. I’m sorry but your words don’t help a thing especially when that’s your first response.  It’s disgusting especially when done to minors. If You Don’t Have Anything To Say discussed this issue in a really interesting way and I’m so glad that I picked this book up because it allowed me to think a lot about the internet and my role in it.

I’m going to start off this review by saying that while I enjoyed the large majority of this book, the internet post that sparked the public shaming kind of rubbed me the wrong way and I just feel like it was never talked about properly. Due to the fact that we never saw the moments leading up to her posting it, we just had to take her word for it that she didn’t mean it offensively. Basically what happens is that the  main character,Winter, was a Spelling Bee champion when she was like in seventh grade  and then a couple of years later  she posts about that year’s Spelling  Bee Champion who is black and basically says that she’s surprised that a black person person won. Though she insists throughout the novel that she didn’t mean to be racist, it still rubbed me the wrong way. There’s also lots of moments where she realizes how much oppression black people deal with which is just so frustrating because how sheltered do you be to not realize that black people are oppressed? So that aspect of the novel really prevented me from enjoying it as much as I could have.

I don’t know why but I really love stories that feature people in rehab. I find the dynamic super interesting and it’s fun to see how people who are forced to be together interact with one another. Winter goes to a “rehab” of sorts for people who have suffered public shaming which was nice because that allowed me to get different  perspectives of people who get publicly shamed. While I didn’t entirely agree with everything that was said in this book, it opened my eyes to an occurrence that I had not thought about previously. I truly think that for the most part it’s not people’s jobs to shame others no matter what they did. You condemning them among a sea of thousands is doing shit fuck all and it’s a waste of time. Maybe they do deserve it, maybe they are horrible people but there’s no point in being so cruel. Words are beautiful things but you ruin that beauty when you tell people to go kill themselves.

What Do You Think About Public Shaming?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Do I Rate The Books I Read?

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So I just finished Female Of The Species by Mindy McGinnis and as I went to mark it as read on Goodreads, I kind of had a crisis. I really liked the book but it wasn’t five-star worthy but it was better than a four star. I finally gave it a 4 stars because curse Goodreads for not having half stars. But I was thinking about it some more and I really wouldn’t give it a 4.5 either. This sparked a huge bookistential crisis.

I am not happy with myself when I get a 80%. Obviously this is something totally personal and really depends from person to person and I’m not saying that 80% is a bad grade at all. It’s just for me personally when I get such a grade, it makes me upset and makes me want to work harder. ( Again i Can’t stress enough that this is my personal reaction). Anyway if I’m disappointed with such a grade why should I rate books that I genuinely like and just have a few minor problems with 4 stars? It’s really not an accurate description of how I feel about the book but what else can I do? Do I really want to be that annoying person who busts out ratings like 86.6576% ? At this point it’s kind of established in the bookish community that ratings are out of five but it’s not really established what each rating means. Everything has a different rating system and for some people a three stars is really good but for others it’s the worst possible rating you can give a book which brings me to my next question. How important are the ratings book bloggers give the books we read?

Sometimes I’ll be reading a review and I’ll be like ” oh this sounds like a good book, they seem to really like it ” but then I get to their rating and they rated it like two stars so then I’m just confused.  Obviously the review is the most important part and that should convey how you feel about the book and ratings don’t really matter in the long scheme of things but I feel like they matter to me in my personal reading experiences. I read so many books that sometimes when I can’t remember how I feel about a specific book, I like to look at what I rated it if they I didn’t write a review and then my feelings come back to me. I do wonder though if there was a more precise rating method on goodreads  that I might remember the books I read a lot better.

So I really haven’t come to any conclusions and I’m still very confused about how I feel about the way I rate books.  Well I guess this is better than worrying about my real problems!!!

How Do You Rate Books? Do You Think It’s Important?

 

 

 

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day. On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day

My Rating:5/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

After reading all three of the books that Adam Silvera has published as of yet, I can safely say that he is one of my favorite authors. He really understands human emotions better than any other author I’ve ever read and all of his books are guaranteed to tug at your heart strings. All of his books are very tough reads so you really have to be in the right head space but if you are able to read his books I highly recommend that you do. They’re all gems and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with. ( also I’m lowkey terrified for his collab with Becky Albertalli. The queen of fluff writing with the king of angst??? it’s  not gonna end well that’s for sure)

So I know that the book is literally called “They Both Die At The End” but  I was kind of hoping that there would be some sort of twist where they don’t actually die but nope the title is very truthful. It’s a very interesting experience to read a book and grow to love the characters full well knowing what their fate will be. The entire book I was just bracing myself, waiting for the ax to fall. It was very nerve wrecking but I mean I wouldn’t expect anything less of Silvera. Going into it I was a little wary that knowing how it was going to end would hinder my  enjoyment  but I sill loved it with every fiber of my being. Rufus and Matteo are both precious cinnamon rolls and they deserve happiness and love and curse Silvera for hurting my beautiful children.

I absolutely love the concept of a world where you get a call when you’re going to die. It really made me think about what I would do if I lived in such a world and I honestly don’t know.  On one hand I feel like it’d be nice to know if you’re going to die, but on the other hand it’s kind of terrifying. I really loved seeing how not only Rufus and Matteo dealt with this knowledge but also the people around them. This book is kind of like The Sun Is Also a Star in that though it’s primarily a dual perspective novel, we also have chapters that follow the perspective of people who Matteo and Rufus come across during their day. Honestly those chapters were some of the most emotional ones and I really liked seeing the different views of this world and the events in the book. I honestly would be super down for a sequel in the same world because I feel like there’s so much that could be explored.

As with any Silvera novel, the diversity is impeccable and is #ownvoices. Matteo is  Puerto-Rican and gay while Rufus is Cuban and bisexual.  I kind of guessed that a romance would be inevitable and while I really did love them separately, I honestly feel like the day wasn’t enough time for the chemistry to be properly established. I could definitely see myself loving it if it was given enough time but I’m just not the biggest fan of insta love.

What Would You Do If You Had One Day To Live?

 

 

 

 

Love Simon Book Tag

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So I am absolutely obsessed with Love, Simon and I was thinking about some interesting posts I could do so I decided to combine my two loves to create Love Simon Book Tag. I’ve never created a tag before so bear with me.

Simon:  Name a book that is totally dorky and full of sunshine and beauty.

When Dimple Met Rishi. Dimple and Rishi are the biggest dorks and it’s such a beautiful and cute fluffy novel. Can Sandhya Menon please write me a beautiful love life??

Martin:Name s a book that is annoying and gross and you hate with all of your being.

13 Reasons Why. The book is trash, the author is trash, the show is trash. I hate wit all my might and I honestly don’t completely trust people who like it.

Leah: Name a book that was a little hard to get into, but you grew to love.

Red Rising. I’m that a big fan of fantasies so it was a tough start at first but once I really got into it I was hooked. That trilogy is amazing.

Blue:Name a book that’s very well written and thought provoking.

They Both Die At The End. This book was so so emotional and well written and made me think about so many different things. Adam Silvera did it again

 

Nick: Name a book that whose cover you’re obsessed with.

I just reread the Raven Cycle and those covers are fucking amazing so I’m going to say those. They’re so pretty holy shit

Abby:Name a book that everyone love including yourself.

Aristotle and Dante Discovers The Secrets of The Universe. This book is magic and gets me emotional everytime. It’s easily one of my top five favorite books. I’m so fucking excited for the movie. It’s going to be amazing

Oreos: Name a book with a perfect pair.

I can’t not say say Blue and Simon. They’re fucking amazing and beautiful and adorable and they’re the best literary couple of all time.

Ferris Wheel: Name a book  that makes you feel like one minute you’re on top of the world and the next you’re at rock bottom.

Leah On The Offbeat. This book made me feel so many emotions. I was crying, squealing and screaming. It was just a huge roller coaster of emotions

 

Creek Secrets: Name a book with awesome twists, turns, and revelations

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. All of her books are equally amazing but this one had the best plot twist ever. I’m still reeling three years later.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody: What’s your go to music when reading?

I just have a bunch of music on my spotify which includes everything to David Bowie to High School Musical. My music taste is weird.

I Tag: So anybody who wants to do this tag can do it but I’m going to tag a couple of people.

Lia 

Anna

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The Handsome Girl and Her Beautiful Boy by B.T Gottfred Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:

Everyone assumes that Zee is a lesbian. Her classmates, her gym buddies, even her so-called best friend. So many people think that Zee likes girls, even Zee is starting to wonder. Could they be onto something?

Everyone assumes that Art is gay. They take one look at his nice clothes and his pretty face and think: well, obviously.

But there’s more to Zee and Art than anyone realizes. When Art first meets Zee, he knows he’s found someone special–someone magical. Zee may not be able to see that magic in herself, but Art is bound and determined to show it to her.

What develops is a powerful connection between two people who are beautiful in all the ways they’ve been told are strange. As they explore their own complexities in gender, sexuality, and identity, they fall for the complexities they find in each other. With his trademark frankness, B.T. Gottfred delves inside both characters’ heads in this story about love and living authentically.

My Rating:1.5/5 Stars

Disclaimer:I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts

When I first read the summary, I was so excited to read the book and thought that the concept sounded so cool. You know those books that you get really excited about when you think of reading them? The Handsome Girl and Her Beautiful Boy. Then I read it and….. I was not impressed.

There are some books that I read where I just keep asking myself how on earth the characters are supposed to be realistic, this book is one such read. From the first page, the way the Mcs talked sounded like nothing real people. I mean when they first meet the dude, Art, takes one look at the girl, Zee , and declares to her that he’s in love with her. I am of course no stranger to insta-love but this was ridiculous. I love quirky characters, characters that are different from what I usually read but all of the characters were weird and unrealistic and I pretty much hated every single one of them. The characters were either super weird and everything they did made no sense whatsoever or they were very stereotypical and one dimensional. I honestly can’t name a single character that didn’t annoy the living shit out of me.

The main thing that attracted me was the latter half of the summary. I was very excited to read about “complexities in gender, sexuality, and identity” and thought that this was going to be a diverse book filled with interesting discussions about social norms. And i mean there was kind of stuff like that but I was will really disappointed. I honestly feel like the author included these weak attempts at trying to hash out these subjects because that’s one of the elements that really sells the book but he just really didn’t do a good job of this. It felt very sporadic and random and I’m usually not a fan of saying that there’s diversity just for the sake of diversity because I mean the real world is diverse you know but this was honestly really horrible representation. I honestly wouldn’t classify it as having LGBTQ elements because that’s what really drew me in but I was heavily disappointed. Honestly this might be just a question of personal preference but it made me really uncomfortable and I hated it. The only reason I didn’t give it a 1 star rating was because the writin g style wasn’t horrible and it as an easy read. and there were times hwere I enjoyed myself