Everyone deals with grief differently and in Maybe a Fox, Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee explore some ways that grief may manifest. It is a beautifulEveryone deals with grief differently and in Maybe a Fox, Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee explore some ways that grief may manifest. It is a beautiful look at loss, what we want out of life, and the invisible thread that connects us. Highly recommended.
(view spoiler)[I love the idea that your friend can be your "Happily Ever After" -- in fact, I'm living that exact fairy tale right nNope. Just, nope.
(view spoiler)[I love the idea that your friend can be your "Happily Ever After" -- in fact, I'm living that exact fairy tale right now. But, apparently, the sequel had to ruin that idea, make girls yearn for princes, and emphasize the fact that women only want to look attractive for the benefit of men. Grrrr. Maybe it gets better, but my blood pressure won't allow me to finish the book.
PS. I would have loved to read a book about the new dean as the hero, not the villain. Down with princes! (hide spoiler)]...more
**spoiler alert** Abandoned at the half-way point in the novel.
While Lisbeth Salander is a fantastic feminist hero, the fact that every woman in this**spoiler alert** Abandoned at the half-way point in the novel.
While Lisbeth Salander is a fantastic feminist hero, the fact that every woman in this book is deemed "attractive" or commented on in a sexual/romantic way by male characters, really pisses me off. I read one article where the book was lauded for calling out misogyny (in the case of a female officer being tasked with caring for a child), yet the scene could have easily had a female officer in charge who delegates the task of caring for the child to a male officer. Gah. ...more
**spoiler alert** It seemed as if the book wanted to do a few things: --Prove that the way you are on the inside is worth more than the way you look o**spoiler alert** It seemed as if the book wanted to do a few things: --Prove that the way you are on the inside is worth more than the way you look on the outside. --Emphasize that girls should be given the opportunity to save the day, be heroes, etc. --Demonstrate that love is good and conquers evil.
But, for all the "oh look, an ugly girl is a princess and a pretty girl is a witch" chatter, there was quite a lot of emphasis on attractiveness. I think "fairytales" spend too much time telling girls that "pretty is as pretty does" when really the message should be " are you ugly, but a good person? -- rock that!" The end-all and be-all of existence shouldn't be if people find you attractive or not. The book tried to make it seem like it didn't matter, but the better a person was, the more beautiful they became and the worse a person behaved, the uglier they grew. Those things should not be connected. Even Agatha tells a teacher at one point, "If I was beautiful, I'd be happy" -- and Agatha was the one I thought would throw expectations of beauty right back into the patriarchy's face -- but then she is never given the opportunity to be happy & ugly! (If you're happy and you're ugly clap your hands, CLAP CLAP).
And yes, the book has the amazing girl-power scene at the end where one friend sacrifices herself for another (go jump off a cliff, princes!). They even share true love's kiss! Yassssss! However, we are constantly told throughout the book that good people get love (romantical kind, y'all) and won't die alone and the fate of evil people is to never get love and to die alone. Sure, maybe the book was trying to say in the last scene that we're all human, and not completely good, and not completely evil and that we all deserve love and are capable of love and yadda yadda yadda. But with quotes like "If a girl ends up alone, she might as well be dead" and the fact that if a girl doesn't get asked to the ball she FAILS school, but a boy only gets half marks for not taking anyone, I was really hoping the book would directly address the fact that it's totes cool if you end up being unmarried with cats. But it doesn't.
'Cause guess what? Love doesn't always find its way to people. AND THAT'S OKAY.
Please tell me this shit is tackled and resolved in the sequels . . .