As you might guess from some of my other posts, I am enough of an Internet Old that this was a re-read for me. I thought it held up beautifully.
My previous review was for Sisters a biographical graphic novel about the relationship between the author, Raina Telgemeier, and her younger sister Amara. Before she wrote Sisters, Raina chronicled the difficult and awkward time of middle school through the transition to high school in Smile. Poor Raina, at a time when you can feel your most self conscious she had an extra complication of braces and dental work on a level I had never heard of before. At eleven years old an unfortunate accident knocked out one of Raina’s top front teeth and shoved the other one up inside her gums. At first they tried […]
Raina Telgemeier took her childhood struggles with her sister and adapted them into this funny, and at times touching, graphic novel about the joys and angst of sisterhood. I have two sisters, however with a twelve year age difference between my first sister and myself, and a fourteen year age difference (plus the complexities of autism) between me and my second sister, with the added complication that I moved away from home when they were seven and five respectively, I’ve never had what I consider a “normal” sister relationship. One might argue there is no such thing as “normal” sister […]
I was so reluctant to start this book. The cover just screams “twee” and “manic pixie dream girl” but someone here, who knows who, had written a sufficiently glowing review that it made it to my TBR list and well – there are rules. Once it’s on the TBR, I have to at least try it. But believe me, I wouldn’t have otherwise. And man would I have missed out. Weird Girl and What’s His Name is such a sweet, tender, funny book. The pace doesn’t exactly gallop along but it doesn’t even matter. Lula and Rory are so real […]
What would you do if you were informed that you had less than a day to live? This is a rhetorical question you may have heard at some point (or many) in your life, whether just posed as a discussion topic or perhaps something to truly face in the circumstances of life. In They Both Die at the End, Adam Silvera explores this question through the eyes of two teenage boys, in a world wherein a new system called “Death Cast” will at midnight predict everyone who will die within the next 24 hours, and alerts these individuals of their upcoming […]
The more I think about this story, the less I like it. At first read, The Cruel Prince is a pretty standard supernatural fantasy for teens. It’s got the Fey girl raised human and two human girls raised Fey, and all 3 are sisters. Taryn and Jude are the human twins, and VIvi is their slightly older Fey half-sister. Vivi of course prefers living as a human much to her Fey father’s annoyance, while Taryn wants to fit in with the Fey, and Jude isn’t quite sure what she wants. Most of the story is from Jude’s perspective, and she’s […]
I’ve definitely seen Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda reviewed a number of times by Cannonballers in the past few years, and was always interested to read it but for some reason never did. Enter my best friend who surprised me with an early birthday present of some books, with this among them. And immediately after receiving it we went to a movie and what do we see? A preview for the upcoming movie adaptation called Love, Simon. Talk about coincidence, especially since I was insanely enamored by the cuteness that appeared in the preview. But did that apparent sweetness […]
There were 13 reviews posted of this book in CBR9. There isn’t much more I can say about this book that hasn’t already been said by all of those wonderful reviewers here. While my life experience could not be farther from Starr Carter’s, I’m thankful to Angie Thomas for giving me the opportunity to spend some time with her. The basic premise of the story has been discussed at length here and just about everywhere, so I’ll just list some of the things that will stay with me long after I write this review. Parents being torn between protecting their children […]