emily webster and the class of 1912 are graduating from high school. for emily's friends, it's the beginning of a new chapter in their lives as they p...more emily webster and the class of 1912 are graduating from high school. for emily's friends, it's the beginning of a new chapter in their lives as they prepare to go to college. but not for emily. despite her love of learning and her academic achievements, she will be spending her next year at home. she is an orphan whose only living relative is her elderly grandfather and she feels it is her duty to take care of him. when her classmates leave home, emily becomes lonely and depressed during her "lost year." but with a little dedication, emily eventually finds that learning can take place outside of the classroom and you don't need college to grow as a person. [ foreveryoungadult ]
i still felt alone. i still fended off grief every day, but it didn't take me by surprise anymore. it was a dull ache all over, not an acute physical hit every time i thought of her. if it wasn't for the fact that the others saw him too, that he was made of flesh and bone, i would have suspected silence was my invisible guardian angel. since the attack on joe, he'd started sleeping in the room i shared with carrie and bree. the first night he crept in, i was unnerved. the second, i was resigned. by the third i was comforted by his presence and i missed him if he wasn't there. we found peace in each other and nobody else seemed to think it was strange that he watched me all the time.
i thought he was waiting to see when i'd leave. without him. that was what he expected -- to be left behind.
sometimes he knew what i was thinking before i knew it myself. he left me food when i was busking. offerings, like a cat might leave on your doorstep --a cinnamon doughnut, a bunch of grapes, a bag of nuts, a fresh bread roll. [ p 143 - 144 ]
matthew mcconaughey represents a certain type of romantic-comedy hero that i’ve come to loathe. the man-pig. the bad boy. the douchebag. the guy who has to be tamed or fixed – or by-true-love cured. when it’s not matthew mcconaughey in this role, it’s gerard butler. or josh duhamel. it’s always somebody who looks good with his shirt off because that’s what this character has instead of redeeming qualities – a really spectacular chest. it’s supposed to be disarming, i think. but it’s not.
for me, there’s nothing romantic – or even darkly irresistible – about a roguishly handsome guy who treats women like kleenex. when one of these characters comes on screen, i always want katherine heigl to run the other way as fast as she can. (it’s always katherine heigl, isn’t it? someone in hollywood loves watching katherine heigl fall in love with lower primates.)
this stereotype – the guys who hates women until he finds the right one – isn’t just gross; it’s kind of a dangerous lie. i’ve never met a creep who was just one kate hudson encounter away from being a great catch. it’s insulting to men, i think, to imply that they need kate hudson to turn them. that they have to be tricked into wanting love at all. and it’s insulting to love to imply that this is the point. falling in love isn’t about turning a bad person good.
bumped up to 4 stars thanks to the interior book design (minus the horrible cover) and illustrations. if you liked the illustrations you might want to...morebumped up to 4 stars thanks to the interior book design (minus the horrible cover) and illustrations. if you liked the illustrations you might want to look at raul allen's artwork since his stylistic choices resemble that of bartolo [ click ](less)
"all of the characters and storylines in this work are fictitious."
not so far from the truth afterall ... graham young, (1947-1990), an english serial killer. he is notable for his obsession with the use of poison, and for having been imprisoned for murder in his teens, only to kill again after his release. he was fascinated from a young age by poisons and their effects. in 1961 at 14 he started to test poisons on his family, enough to make them violently ill.
"none of the information enclosed is for practical use and is in no way intended as a guide."
oh, but it is.
"plant poisons can be dangerous when used incorrectly and should only be handled by a qualified professional. the moral of the poison diaries is that plants can kill."
A whimsical and refreshingly honest coming of age story about the blossoming sexuality of a teenage girl, based o...morefilm pairing:
TURN ME ON, (GOD)DAMMIT!
A whimsical and refreshingly honest coming of age story about the blossoming sexuality of a teenage girl, based on the novel by Olaug Nilssen.
15-year-old Alma (Helene Bergsholm) is consumed by her out-of-control hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to down-and-dirty daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on. Alma and her best friend Sara live in an insufferably boring little town in the hinterlands of Norway called Skoddeheimen, a place they loathe so much that every time their school bus passes the sign that names it, they routinely flip it off. After Alma has a stimulating yet awkward encounter with Artur, she makes the mistake of telling her incredulous friends, who ostracize her at school, until Sara can’t even be seen with her. At home, Alma’s single mother is overwhelmed and embarrassed by her daughter’s extravagant phone sex bills and wears earplugs to muffle Alma’s round-the-clock acts of self-gratification. Throughout, the complexities of Alma’s burgeoning sexuality are compassionately rendered by Systad Jacobsen with a frankness that always rings true, as does first-time actress Helene Bergsholm’s funny and moving performance as Alma.
Laced with warmth and quirky humor, Turn Me On, Dammit! is a light-hearted take on a story that is told so often about boys and so rarely about teenage girls. [ click ] [ review ](less)
somewhere along the lines of the virgin suicides, only with a less detached point of view and also more positive, i think because of it's hopeful note...moresomewhere along the lines of the virgin suicides, only with a less detached point of view and also more positive, i think because of it's hopeful note and the promise of good things to happen.
and if that doesn't win you over, hold still has wonderful little doodles scattered all over the book by mia nolting!(less)
i wish the book had been longer, because if you actually hold it in your hands ... - it's pretty thin. i inhaled the story. the book cover added to th...morei wish the book had been longer, because if you actually hold it in your hands ... - it's pretty thin. i inhaled the story. the book cover added to the story's sinister tone. ♥
some people complained about it being too slow. i sort of agree. twas slow, but not an unbearable slow, rather an enjoyable slow. i also think the slowness was necessary, so as for the reader to take in enough background information, in preparation for the line#2.
kate is an appealing but not overly-idealized heroine, and a smattering of eastern european and roma (gypsy) folklore and tradition gives the book sh...more kate is an appealing but not overly-idealized heroine, and a smattering of eastern european and roma (gypsy) folklore and tradition gives the book shape. mostly, though, it’s about human nature: suspicion, desperation, family loyalty, mob mentality. to an adult reader, it’s a mite predictable, but not in particularly frustrating way; it didn’t feel like kate was being daft by not putting things together, it just felt like the reader had a longer view of the situation. kate had immediate concerns to distract her; the reader is looking for the big picture. the only significant flaw is the ending; it feels a bit too neat, and there are enough sudden changes to make the reader feel a bit jerked-around. still, it’s a beautiful, gripping novel. [ thebooleyhouse ] (less)
secrets is a beautfully illustrated picture book, but certainly not only for children. minimal text passages accomany secret's pages. encouraging peop...moresecrets is a beautfully illustrated picture book, but certainly not only for children. minimal text passages accomany secret's pages. encouraging people to step outside & leave behind the real world.
cat wants to win with her project in fizer's special topics research science class badly, because it would mean green light for getting a rec...more3.5 stars
cat wants to win with her project in fizer's special topics research science class badly, because it would mean green light for getting a recommendation for college applications and eventually even winning scholarships. basically a freet-ticket to reaching her dreams. problem: cat's topic for her 7-month project is about something she's totally NOT interested in.
stone age. neanderthals. hominids. homo erectus.
cat hates herself. cat hates her body. but cat finds an interesting topic for her project to work on. she uses it, to experiment on herself.
and that when i realized: i wanted to be her. not her in the sense that i wish i had to fight saber-toothed hyenas just to get a decent meal, but her in looks. i want --and i know this sounds incredibly shallow, but science requires the truth-- i wouldn't mind for once in my life to actually look ... good.
or at least better than i do right now. maybe even pretty, if that's possible. when i wake up in the morning, it's like i'm wearing this giant fat suit, and if only i could find the zipper, i could step out of it and finally go start living my real life.
turning < fat cat > into < cat >.
CAN MODERN HUMANS BENEFIT FROM RETURNING TO THE EATING & LIFESTYLE HABITS OF THE EARLY HOMININS?
proposal: over the course of seven months (207 days), researcher will act as own test subject & attempt to duplicate as closely as possible the living conditions of early hominids.
she loses pound after pound, even guys begin noticing & asking her out. it works! cat feels better than ever.
i thought the book would be fun. so, yes i was a little bit more than surprised at its deepness.
how do we see ourselves? how do others see ourselves? what does beauty truly mean?
these and more questions are explored in this book.
once upon a time, i saw this episode in mtv made about a filled-out girl wanting to win a model contest. and there was this mentor (?) of hers who told her: "don't love yourself fat? then you won't love yourself thin either!" which i thought was a good statement.
skin confidence leads to self confidence when you believe in yourself and science, miracles can happen.
I finished reading the last page. Closed the book. Got mad & felt sad. Then got mad for feeling sad.
Bea (Robot Girl) & Jonah (Ghost Boy) both we...moreI finished reading the last page. Closed the book. Got mad & felt sad. Then got mad for feeling sad.
Bea (Robot Girl) & Jonah (Ghost Boy) both were sweet, quirky (in a good way), innocent & naïve, being the way they were. Weaving stories, giving imaginary places names, meaningless things meaning, making the whole story cozy & colorful. Which is why I wanted to read it in the first place. The book even has a few colored pages (black, pink, blue), which makes it stand out even more than it already does.
I'm mad at Jonah for being so selfish at times. But also mad for him, all those things happening to him ... The horrors he had to go through ... *shakesHeadSadly* No one should have to go through things like these. His father definitely was an as*, I'm not sure what he did was forgiveable in any way. Apparently Jonah saw it the same way.
Bea's mother was awful, calling her OWN daughter a heartless robot, every time Bea didn't feel or act the same way she did (her father isn't without faults either), though she (aka Bea) did a few times remind me of a certain someone ... You might know her (or not)
evie doesn't believe in magic anymore. after all, if magic were real, her mom would still be alive. but when evie moves to beaumont, new york, where her...moreevie doesn't believe in magic anymore. after all, if magic were real, her mom would still be alive. but when evie moves to beaumont, new york, where her father has brought a withered apple orchard that the townspeople whisper is cursed, she learns about a lost girl, receives a mysterious seed, and meets a boy who claims to be dead. before long, evie finds herself in the middle of a fairy tale. and this one is real.
what an enchanting little story! it reminds us of how nothing ever dies. only changes. a subtle fairy tale for both children & adults who crave for magic. or maybe just a good book with valuable lessons. (less)