"They show up at school the next day bruised and scratched after spending the night brawling and screwing - a phase they call 'breaching.'" -- full re"They show up at school the next day bruised and scratched after spending the night brawling and screwing - a phase they call 'breaching.'" -- full review on unadulterated.us: http://www.unadulterated.us/pink-me/2......more
There is no reason this book should work. The authors (the writing team of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings) admit as much in their AcknowledgementThere is no reason this book should work. The authors (the writing team of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings) admit as much in their Acknowledgements. They say something like "monster house + lots of kissing = WHA?"
Because that's what it is. It's a 17-year-old boy who has been raised by his House - fed by Oven, warmed by Blanket, and sometimes stalked by Hall Table - falling in love with the weird girl at school. Is House ok with this? House is not.
It SHOULD seem kind of dumb - all those Capitalized Objects. The romance SHOULD make me cringe. But instead, I kept reading. There's kind of a Disney Beauty and the Beast call-out when Tray rolls up with a pitcher of lemonade and two glasses. House is both Bod's graveyard and Mowgli's jungle, and this slight fairytale atmosphere fits quite well with Gavin and Delilah's headlong tumble into breathless lust and love.
And there's some quite respectable coming-of-age stuff going on with Gavin's discovery that he is beginning to need things that House cannot give him. Privacy, for one thing.
And daaaang - Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings are the team that writes the Beautiful Bastard erotic romance series, and they are total pros. It is nice to read a YA novel that is both sex-positive and love-positive and doesn't make me want to gouge my eyes out with its clunky, fumbling make-out scenes.
The ending is surprisingly pat, given the book's willingness to experiment, and I wonder if this is an artifact of the authors' romance habit....more
One of the most important points he makes is this:
"As a teacher in a school that engages in no direct instruction, but rather bases its curriculum on the evidence of how children learn best, which is through their own self-selected free play, I'm here to tell you that conflict stands at the center of how learning happens. Our entire school day, is, for all intents and purposes, recess, and yes, much of what the children are doing while playing both indoors and out is bicker."
What's the most important thing we learn, ever? How to get along with each other. And how do you learn to get along with someone else if there is no conflict? This book is one of the rare ones that realistically models the sometimes nonsensical ups and downs of preschool friendship.
Does it look like a semi-hallucinated movie about insane people? Yes, yes it does. Have you SPENT any time with preschoolers lately? I think it's likely that Emily Jenkins and Marie-Louise Gay have.