Hilarious and a bit disgusting. I literally almost vomited while reading the first few chapters. Luckily it was all downhill from there. We moved on t...moreHilarious and a bit disgusting. I literally almost vomited while reading the first few chapters. Luckily it was all downhill from there. We moved on to talk about her anxiety and being a person who is already dealing with irrational anxiety, I know have more things to worry about. Also, last night I dreamt that there were scorpions in my house. I live in New Hampshire where there aren't wild scorpions, but thanks to Jenny Lawson they now will infest my dreams. A great summary for this book was actually hidden within this book. "So yeah. It's a goddamn mess in here." This book did not seem to follow one train of thought or even any real story arc. It doesn't really matter though because this book was totally hilarious. If you aren't giggling out loud while reading this then maybe you don't like nice things. (Mostly kidding, but maybe we shouldn't be friends.) I found this book a complete delight and very much look forward to book 2, or ya know...reading her blog.
First Line: "This book is totally true, except for the parts that aren't."
Favorite Line: "Which is a pretty smart move on his part, because my vagina is wily."(less)
First Lines: "Wolverhampton, April 5, 1988 Here I am, on my 13th birthday. I am running. I'm running from the Yobs."
Favorite Lines: "'I want my entire re...moreFirst Lines: "Wolverhampton, April 5, 1988 Here I am, on my 13th birthday. I am running. I'm running from the Yobs."
Favorite Lines: "'I want my entire reproductive system taken out and replaced with spare lungs, for when I start smoking. I want that option. This is pointless.'"
"The transformation of my body from something that does little more than poo and do jigsaws into a magical department store that will, one day, vend babies takes up nearly all my time and worry."
"It also turns out that husbands do not read Grazia, and no matter how magnificent or loving they may be, they can't help themselves from sporadically saying '£225! For a purse! JESUS CHRIST!" as if you've just stabbed them quite violently in the balls with a fork, left the fork there, and then hung your coat on it while you go and have a bath."(less)
Gross, but informative. Presents the facts about the deaths of quite a few historical figures. Something teen boys might enjoy. Definitely not for tho...moreGross, but informative. Presents the facts about the deaths of quite a few historical figures. Something teen boys might enjoy. Definitely not for those with a weak stomach, they do not hold back in the descriptions at all. (less)
So I'm going to be reviewing the movie and book sort of together, because they are pretty much the same thing. The documentary took four of the girls...moreSo I'm going to be reviewing the movie and book sort of together, because they are pretty much the same thing. The documentary took four of the girls from the book and followed them around during their treatments and such in Renfrew. I'm not sure how I feel about Renfrew. I mean it seems okay at times, but having never been to a facility like that, I don't really have much to compare it to. The therapist Adam seemed like the best person in that whole place. He was one of the few who seemed to really care about the women and whether or not they got better. The thing I enjoyed most about the book versus the movie was the variety of women and ages. I feel like the girls in the movie, were all practically the same, whereas the book had much older and young women in it as well as an over eater. One thing that seemed strange to me about Renfrew was the overweight staff. Some of the nurses and such were quite fat. It seems like that would scare the girls more than it would help them. You're supposed to show them a healthy alternative to what they are currently at. I think that when they see these overweight women it would just make them feel even more uncomfortable about eating and gaining weight. The photographs were amazing, some were completely breathtaking in their raw intensity and truth.
Here's a tamer example of the photographs inside. That's the same girl. On the left is when she first arrived and the right is ten months later. It's crazy to think of how small some of these women came in at. Under 80 pounds some of them! I've always been fascinated with eating disorders. There is such a stigma around them. Many people don't believe it's an actual disease. I think very often it is. It's usually not the only problem either. I think the documentary and book both showcased the disease in a different light. It showed the struggle each of the girls face, not only in treatment but afterwards too. These are very eyeopening and I hope many people will look at and watch Thin. It is powerful and honest.
First Line: "Every girl is affected by the desire to be thin."
Favorite Lines: "I feel like I shouldn't even have this disorder. There are people here who have been sexually abused and come from parents who are just horrible. I had a wonderful childhood."
Dear Bully is an anthology of seventy authors writing about their experiences with bullying. Some were bullied and some were bullies. Some watched bul...moreDear Bully is an anthology of seventy authors writing about their experiences with bullying. Some were bullied and some were bullies. Some watched bullying happen and stood by, others took action and stood up against the attackers. Not all people are equal, but all of them were shaped by these moments. What they did or did not do and what did or did not happen. Every moment matters.
This anthology was not as depressing as I though it would be. It had a very hope-filled tone about it. Which may or may not be a good thing. While this anthology was amazing, I felt it was lacking something. None of the stories were brutal enough. I'm not trying to discount anyone's trauma. I just felt like none of these seemed "that" bad. My only fear with this is that a kid who is being tied to a fence and beaten on a regular basis, or raped because of their gender identity, is going to read this and think "Yeah, it got better for you because it wasn't that bad."Everyone handles bullying differently. It's the adults that should be handling it though, and they should do so with an iron fist. Bullying CANNOT be tolerated. Every time you let a snide remark slide, that cuts a person down. Even if it doesn't seem to bother them, it could be. I identified a lot with Lauren Oliver's story, because high school wasn't that bad for me. Middle school was completely horrible, and If I was a weaker kid and had no support system, I may not have made it through. In high school though, it seemed that all that harassment just faded away, it helped to have a vice principal who didn't penalize the victim. I really liked what Lauren said about people just needing to think outside the box more, and accept what they find. If you believe homosexuality is wrong, fine, don't be friends with someone who is gay. That doesn't mean you have to call them names, or follow them home to beat the crap out of them. I think people just need to take into consideration that IT DOES NOT AFFECT THEM! If a guy likes to wear pink, who cares? If a girl likes to kiss girls, who cares? It does not affect you if you just leave them alone. If people weren't supposed to be the way they are, they wouldn't be the way they are. Okay, mini-rant over. This book was a fantastic idea though, and it was touching having these authors reveal so much of themselves. They revealed weakness and guilt and regret. It can be hard to admit that you were bullied, or that you bullied someone or that you stood by and said nothing. Each one of these stories was touching in their own way. Some were even slightly amusing (R.L. Stine). I definitely think every single person who can read, should read this. It will open eyes and maybe just maybe it will stop a few people from bullying, give someone the courage to get out of a bad friendship. Every single action counts, because every moment counts in a person's life.
First Line: "Dear Bully, I'm not sure if you remember me."
Favorite Line: "In the light of a new day, we stand side by side and we tell the world we must not tolerate hatred, able to see it is us who will bring change."
Alexis was lonely. That's most likely why even though it went against he better judgment she took up an online relationship with a man old enough to b...moreAlexis was lonely. That's most likely why even though it went against he better judgment she took up an online relationship with a man old enough to be her father. There were many times when she knew in her gut that it was a terrible idea, but sometimes what you know and what you think you need are two different things.
So it's sort of hard to write a review of somebody's life story. I can't say things like that is so unrealistic or that could never happen in real life because it is and it did. Luckily those are things I didn't think because this was a great book. I was so excited when I heard about Louder Than Words, and couldn't wait to get them in at the library. These are stories that need to be told. Alexis Singer tells her story plainly without much gritty detail, but a lot of emotion. One thing that bugged me a bit about this book though, was the timeline. She would talk about weeks or months passing but then go back to the first day of that time period. "I committed to participating in National Novel Writing Month in November... For a good two-thirds of the month, I was obsessed with it, writing 3,000 words religiously every night." Then the next chapter starts; "The day after Halloween..." I just didn't like how much the timeline jumped around. She kept getting ahead of herself with one thought and had to backtrack for the next thought. It just seemed sloppy. Besides that though, this was a fascinating look into the mind of a girl who was so lost that she sought comfort where she knew she shouldn't. I really liked that she compared her online relationship to being an addict. I can see where she's coming from. Attention somewhere is better than no attention and one can crave that comfort and then not be able to give it up that easily. This is a great novel for teens to be aware of. If it can even help one teen from not falling into a trap, maybe even worse than Alexis', than this book will have done it's job.
First Line: "I wish I had known the future when an instant message (IM) popped up in the top right hand corner of my laptop screen on June 29, 2007."
Favorite Line: "Addicts [feel] okay when they're getting what they need on a regular basis, but withdrawal is a whole different story."
I loved this book. There were aspects of the religion I had forgotten over time and this reminded me of it. This book is laugh out loud funny, even th...moreI loved this book. There were aspects of the religion I had forgotten over time and this reminded me of it. This book is laugh out loud funny, even though it's mostly subtle humor it hits you head on.(less)
If you were ever a young girl, growing up through adolescence, this book is for you. Francesca Lia Block lyrically address the ups and downs of being...moreIf you were ever a young girl, growing up through adolescence, this book is for you. Francesca Lia Block lyrically address the ups and downs of being a teenager, and the things that we think about at that age. Some lives are broken, and some lives glitter, but every girl should know they have a voice. This book is one voice among the masses. If you adore Francesca, you know this has to be fantastic.
I love Francesca Lia Block, so really a book of poems about adolescence was a no-brainer for me to pick up. This one definitely did not disappoint. I had read it a few years ago when it first came out, and recently picked it up again to share at out libraries Poetry Night. All of Francesca's early works were written in the same seamless prose as these poems are, so it was such a joy reading these. I just love the magical world that Francesca Lia Block creates within our regular day-to-day lives. Some of these poems are heartbreaking, others uplifting, all of them are beautiful. I loved the poem 'forty-five thoughts for my daughter and my virtual daughters' I think it represents exactly what I hope every young girl gets to know. This poem starts: "i always believed if i had blond hair, pixie face, big breasts everything would be all right not realizing that culturally idolized beauty is not only foolproof but potentially dangerous" I think this is a great little book to give as a gift, for yourself or for that young girl in your life.
First Line: "i thought my teacher was a nazi"
Favorite Line: "yxta and francesca decided to start a clique for frail but surprisingly strong fairies who had lost their way above ground for burned mermaids and sick vampire girls for wild wolfish women with sharp teeth and leaves in their hair"