This is the Leia we needed to see a bit more of in the movies (terms of action and being headstrong) but as this takes place in between, this is a reaThis is the Leia we needed to see a bit more of in the movies (terms of action and being headstrong) but as this takes place in between, this is a really awesome bit of Leia history.
Every little girl, every woman, needs to read this book to see that woman who aren't superheroes can also kick ass and take names....more
Um.......Wow. + I don't want to wait another year. *whimpers*
This book takes place right after the last and when I mentioned that something was going4.8
Um.......Wow. + I don't want to wait another year. *whimpers*
This book takes place right after the last and when I mentioned that something was going to happen and it wasn't going to pretty in my last review, well, I was right.
Oddly enough this is one of those books that you can't help but root for the terra indigene and not the 'humans'.
This book is many layered. I'm not going into the details because if you've been reading from the beginning, you know this. I'm not doing a book club analysis but I will point out that from the get-go, the title, to the destruction caused by humans, to the cassandra sangues prophesying....... it all leads to the biggest question of the book: "How much human do we want to keep?" then translated to "How many humans do we want to keep"?
It's a very interesting book when you read it like that. It's something that Simon struggles with, Meg, and to an extent the Others/Elders.
Though it seems that the large portion of the plot seems to have been dealt with in this book, the fate of Lakeside and it's humans are still undecided. Meg is still trying to figure out how to be herself and what that means. She's testing her boundaries and her limits and in the process, everything is sort of shaken up. Including Simon. Who is also coming to terms, and starting to realize, certain things about the way he deals with humans and Meg. Especially Meg.
The only downside (for me) was that there needed to be more Meg and Simon. As well as more Henry and Sam.
Also, some of the descriptions were very descriptive and I lost the train of thought a few times.
I've also developed an even bigger fear of open water.
PS. What does the sharkgard call a ship full of humans?
This book should be a sequel and also, this book is not your typical YA. The book broaches topics that are addressed in books geared for older crow4.8
This book should be a sequel and also, this book is not your typical YA. The book broaches topics that are addressed in books geared for older crowds (sex, sexual teasing, one-night stands, alcoholism) and has some sexy time and innuedo. If you aren't into that or don't want to read about it, you shouldn't have read this and you SHOULDN'T read this.
I on the other hand, couldn't put it down. I read this in about 4 hours and devoured every bit of it despite the 15 year age difference between myself and Bianca.
Why? I'm the Duff or can be. Or was. I'm not fat and I don't particularly think I'm ugly but ... compared to my girl friends?
I wish I had this book when I was a teenager. I can so strongly relate to Bianca that it's weird. Granted, I wasn't sexually active (I was sort of the DUFF. Tall, gangly, funny, sassy with crazy curly hair, glasses, and a very weird fear of commitment/relationships) and my parents divorced when I was younger but yeah, her inner voice could've been my inner voice.
Despite being called the DUFF by Wesley, super hot, promiscuous Wesley, Bianca doesn't read that way. She is smart, self-aware, vulnerable, tough and at that point in her life when everything seems like it means more than it should.
Wesley, as arrogant and frustrating as he can be, is just as damaged and vulnerable as Bianca and I thoroughly enjoyed the way these two wound up.
It was Wesley who gave Bianca the moniker of Duff and took to calling her Duffy and it was because of this that both of their eyes were opened. Name-calling is not ok.(even though I really believe that Wesley thought he was being funny, and Bianca being tough didn't really let it show that the name bothered her) and neither is slut-shaming or just generally judging someone very harshly.
Both of these two develop into stronger people because of each other. There is something bigger and better than pride and prejudices toward each other.
OMG. Is this Keplinger's version of P&P because, that just hit me.
Above all of that, this story is about friendship. About being open and learning to let go of fears and valuing those friendships. True friends are rarer than gold and with that comes the responsibility and the joys of having someone's trust and care. Casey and Jessica are her best friends and as she comes to realize, they are her Duffs sometimes and sometimes she is theirs but that's ok because "We are all fucking Duffs." and it means that you have friends.
Bianca is struggling with a lot throughout this book, her feelings, the way she handles them, her family, what she should be versus what she is and then her slut-shaming herself.
One of the best lines of the book, ironically enough comes from Wesley, "Bianca, whore is just a cheap word people use to cut each other down," he said, his voice softer. "It makes them feel better about their own mistakes. Using words like that is easier than really looking into the situation [...]" (pg 176)
And that's the honest to god truth.
This book ends rather neatly for a book about a messy and confusing time in life. However, I'm not going to complain....more
Imagine if Hogwarts was in the middle of a Nigerian forest/town/condemned area and imagine that is populated with ghosts,spirits, "demons", and shit tImagine if Hogwarts was in the middle of a Nigerian forest/town/condemned area and imagine that is populated with ghosts,spirits, "demons", and shit that can and will kill because they can or that is simply their nature.
Now imagine that your protagonist is a 12 year old albino girl who has a dual nature. Literally.
This book is about balance and what it takes to keep it in place. It is also a reminder that that world, regardless of your hopes and dreams, will do what it wants. As it is so repeated in this book, the world is bigger than you. If you die the world will still turn.
While reading you also get a small glimpse into African mythology (something I liked learning about in High School) and Africa as it is today. The character that seems to wind through everything in this book is Nigeria herself.
What people forget is that while Nigeria has a lot of strife (this book was written in 2011) and some of it mentioned, it is also a country full of cultural and history that is both known and unknown to us. It is also a land, where it is hard being different. Whether that is "Akata" (outsider) or physically different, kids in school still deal with bullying and all that shit.
At the heart, this is a book about a young girl struggling for balance in her world after it has been ripped open and magnified with things that cannot be unseen.
It's a great book about friendships, balance, acceptance and a little girl who is more badass than she knows.
There are some issues with this book. A few typos and not enough explanation for those of us not privileged to know more about the Igbo and Nigerian cultures or pantheon but overall this book rocked....more