I picked up this book off the library shelf based on the cover art alone. I'm a sucker for gnomes and I thought what the heck. I was not disappointed....moreI picked up this book off the library shelf based on the cover art alone. I'm a sucker for gnomes and I thought what the heck. I was not disappointed.
When the acknowledgments section makes me grin I am eager to get into the actual plot.
I'm not going to summarize the plot, I'll leave that for other reviews and blurb writers. It's a funny and touching read that I found I just couldn't put down.
I like Cameron, from his apathetic initial existence to his crazy ride in search of life and living. Bray's take on what it is to live as well as what is reality were fun to explore along the way.
I may never look at a gnome the same way again.(less)
**spoiler alert** On the very enthusiastic review of my cousin, a librarian with excellent taste in books, I picked this book up. I am so glad I did....more**spoiler alert** On the very enthusiastic review of my cousin, a librarian with excellent taste in books, I picked this book up. I am so glad I did. It is amazing.
It's a story about two teenage boys, one gay, one straight and both named Will Grayson and their explorations of love and friendship and the rules through which they interpret the world. As well as the fabulous Tiny Cooper. And no I don't use fabulous just because Tiny is gay. It's really the only word to describe him. Fabulous.
Written by two authors you wouldn't expect it to work as well as it does, but it works so well. The chapters switch smoothly between the Wills so you never get mixed up with which Will is speaking. This is aided by the lack of capitalization from one will.
Ultimately is an amazing story of love in all forms, self love, family love, romantic love, and best friend love all while accompanied by some amazing song lyrics. I wish I could hear them. All the while I read this I kept wishing I could see Hold Me Closer live. I sounds amazing.
I love this book and will wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone and everyone I see. For the first time in my life, this book made me sad that I am the only Michelle Strattard out there. (less)
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Going Bovine by Libba Bray I decided to go and give these a try.
It's a good book and a quick read. Did I love it a...moreHaving read and thoroughly enjoyed Going Bovine by Libba Bray I decided to go and give these a try.
It's a good book and a quick read. Did I love it as much as Bovine? Not in the least. I was however entertained.
Most of the plot and characters are pretty predictable. Victorian English boarding schools must be a bit of a cliche for a reason right? Many who grew up in the 90's will recognize great similarities to the plot of The Craft. New girl comes to school with all the power, she is the key, others talk her into forming the club. Though in Gemma's case it doesn't take much. They get intoxicated by the power and fail to think things through. Etc.
Overall, it's a good book and took up a pleasant afternoon. I'm intrigued enough to go get the sequels because I am curious about what happens to the girls.(less)
**spoiler alert** Wow, I spent most of this book wanting to scream at Gemma and her friends. For all she's supposed to be a bright and clever girl she...more**spoiler alert** Wow, I spent most of this book wanting to scream at Gemma and her friends. For all she's supposed to be a bright and clever girl she seems so woefully oblivious in this book. While it is a great attempt at the follow up to A Great and Terrible Beauty the first is much better.
Things I had issue with: Gemma's mother warns her in the first book to not trust appearances which she seems to have forgotten through this book because it's exactly what she does.
Was it really so easy for a young girl in Victorian England to visit Bedlam so much without an escort? Sure her brother brings her a number of times, but to let her into the wards without him seems to be counter intuitive to protecting a well born young woman's sensibilities. Also the notion of public dances so people could mingle with the downtrodden and insane in the hope of civilizing them or really laughing at them? I would like some footnotes on that.
The broad hinting but never saying of the issues between Felicity and her father? Does he touch her? Does he have sex with her? It's a little vague but clearly inappropriate. And on the subject of Felicity? How is her mother all of a sudden back from France? I must have missed that.
Over all while entertaining at times and informative as to what happened after the first book ended I was disappointed with how long it took to arrive at what was glaringly obvious relatively early on in the book.(less)