First line: Looking back, none of this would have happened if I'd brought lip gloss the night of the Homecoming Dance, p. 1.
Well it took me awhile tFirst line: Looking back, none of this would have happened if I'd brought lip gloss the night of the Homecoming Dance, p. 1.
Well it took me awhile to get around to reading this book. I heard about it two years ago at What's New in Young Adult Literature and marked it as one that I really wanted to read. But it didn't do much for me.
There are definitely funny parts i.e. "We're not dead," he said, almost like he was talking to himself. "How did we not get dead?" I smiled at him and squeezed his arm. "Because I'm awesome." p. 91. OMG! That sounds just like something I'd say! Unfortunately for this reader there was too much space in between the southern-bell-butt-kicking.
Also, I'm disappointed that Harper's Aunts didn't turn out to be the fates like I was really, really hoping they would. I mean, come on, there's three of them, they disliked Saylor (as if they knew something was unusual about her), they wore sweatshirts with terrible appliqued holiday themes, and played rummy while flinging insults. Awesome sauce!
Well maybe the next book Miss Mayhem will have consistent pacing, and maybe, just maybe the fates. ...more
First lines: Look: I do not know where I actually came from. I wonder, I suspect, but I do not know, p. 1.
Okay, ask yourself, what does a knackery, thFirst lines: Look: I do not know where I actually came from. I wonder, I suspect, but I do not know, p. 1.
Okay, ask yourself, what does a knackery, the distance the Earth travels per second, and the 1928 St. Francis Dam Disaster all have in common? Andrew Smith, that’s what. Smith writes about the strangest damn things, i.e.Grasshopper Jungle, but brings it all together into a humorous and interesting story. Kind of like A.S. King, Everybody Sees the Ants. Sometimes I love it, and sometimes, I’m left blinking rapidly wondering what the hell just happened. 100 Sideways Miles was awesome! I snorted out loud several times and/or groaned at something Cade Hernandez said.
I listened to the audiobook from audiobooksync.com week 3 read by Kirby Heyborne. Hyborne’s voice has disturbed me ever since he read Scowler (straight up horror!), but this recording just might have redeemed him. Anyways, I liked this book way better than Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle that one was really weird, entertaining, but really really weird. And I liked it better than I Crawl Through It by A.S. King. That one I just didn’t get.
I’m going to try Smith’s other books next. I have a good friend who loves Wringer, so maybe I’ll start there.
I’ll leave with this little piece of wisdom via Cade Hernandez. This is what Cade tells Finn right after Cade grabs Finn’s cell phone and chucks out the truck’s window.
Cade added, “Whatever. That’s why you have insurance. Tell them a crazy guy threw it our your car window. You can get a new one when we go back home.” “What if something happens?” I [Finn] was mad. Cade shrugged. “Something will happen. You don’t want to miss it just because you have a cell phone jammed up your ass.” p. 219.
I flipped through the CT scan images, the diagnosis obvious: the lungs were matted with numerable tumors, the spine deformed, a full lobeFirst line:
I flipped through the CT scan images, the diagnosis obvious: the lungs were matted with numerable tumors, the spine deformed, a full lobe of the liver obliterated, p. ?
My good friend Aimee told me about this book. I remember thinking, while she describe it, that this will be a book that will put me in tears. I was okay with that. In the same visit she told me about the book, I also saw it at one of my favorite independent bookstores. So when I found out that it was available to listen to by eAudiobook through my library I jumped on it.
So... I did cry. Everyday all over the world people succumb to disease, both young, old, and far too young. A random selection. I cried because there is a hole where Paul was. An empty space where more of his words should be. But the story is not just a sad tale. I laughed, gasped, and cringed while listening to Paul Kalanithi’s words float into the air. Plus, he got me thinking about life and the purpose I assign to it. I think, ultimately, life is really about living. No right way or wrong way to do it. Just get out there and live it. ...more
ZOOM IN. ZOOM IN MORE. A LITTLE MORE. A BOY, GRAINY. FACEDOWN ON THE PAVEMENT. A MAN ABOVE HIM. FISTS RAINING LIKE STONES. HOWLING. LIGHTS AND SIR
ZOOM IN. ZOOM IN MORE. A LITTLE MORE. A BOY, GRAINY. FACEDOWN ON THE PAVEMENT. A MAN ABOVE HIM. FISTS RAINING LIKE STONES. HOWLING. LIGHTS AND SIRENS. BLOOD ON THE STREET. THE BOYS IS STILL MOVING. AND THEN HE IS NOT.
I picked up this book for a couple of reasons. I first heard about it at the "What's New in Young Adult" conference by Patti Tjomsland, then I read the positive Kirkus review, and lastly one of my 8th grade girls (SW) used this book for an end of the school year project. Three good reasons for me!
So here's a couple of things that stuck with me.
First the cover. In All American Boys there are two protagonists that alternate telling the story: Rashad, an ROTC, African-American high school student and Quinn a white, high school basketball player. Rashad experiences police brutality when he goes into a convenience store, and Quinn is a witness. Okay, my issue with the cover is that it looks like a white kid throwing up his hands in response to police. Why not an African-American kid on the cover since that's what happens in the story? Uhn?
Next, there are some awesome thought-provoking lines in this books.
"Now, I'm not telling you what to do. But I'm telling you that I've been watching the news, and I see what's going on. There's something that ain't healed, and it's not just those ribs of yours. And it's perfectly okay for you to be afraid, but whether you protest or not, you'll still be scared. Might as well let your voice be heard, son, because let me tell you something, before you know it you'll be seventy-four and working in a gift shop, and no one will be listening anymore." p. 245 Mrs. Fitzgerald to Rashad.
Oh man! Powerful. So as we age do we become invisible? Do our voices diminish with age or just the drive to make change happen? I know I don't have as much emotional-energy as I did when I was in my early twenties.
Invisibility is a topic that is brought up a couple times in the book. The first is Battle Royal by Ralph Ellison. The students in Mrs. Tracey's class decide to read aloud the essay as a way of protest, because most of the adults at school don't want to dive into the racism that's going. I haven't read Battle Royal, but I'm adding it to my "to-read-list".
Another reference to invisibility is through the artwork of Aaron Douglas, an artist I had not heard of and am grateful to be introduced to.
Let me describe what his work looks like. Now, imagine that you're looking at them through the thickest fog ever. So thick that you can't make out any actually feature on their bodies, but you can still see their silhouettes. But you can still tell they're black. That's Aaron Douglas's work, p. 144 Rashad.
I don't know if invisibility is really the issue, maybe it is. At the end of the book the characters perform a roll call of African-Americans who are "absent again today". Aiyana Jones, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and Tarika Wilson. I have to agree with Mrs. Fitzgerald, something is not healed in our country. Could it be that we don't see "the person", but something else?
A great novel with lots more to discuss than what I presented. Dual authors, Selma, Family Circus, ROTC, a story that takes place in only a week, Desmond Tutu, "die-ins", and police brutality.
Had our hearts really become so numb that we needed dead bodies in order to feel the beat of compassion in our chests? Who am I if I need to be shocked back into my best self? p. 296 Quinn.
Like all plants, phytoplankton give off oxygen. They release it as a product of photosynthesis. In fact, the ocean contains so many phytoplankton thatLike all plants, phytoplankton give off oxygen. They release it as a product of photosynthesis. In fact, the ocean contains so many phytoplankton that they produce half to two-thirds of all of Earth's oxygen. That means they make the oxygen for nearly two of every three breaths we take! p. 25-26.
This was a really quick read full of interesting information. The book follows three female scientists who are interested in figuring out the effects of plastic on the Pacific Ocean. Starting on page 41 the author includes suggestions for how to personally help keep plastic out of our oceans, and on the following page suggestions on how to help others become aware of the plastic-ocean issues.
First lines: Our new house had a blue door. The rest of the house was painted white and shingled gray, p. 1.
Favorite lines: I remembered that Leo didnFirst lines: Our new house had a blue door. The rest of the house was painted white and shingled gray, p. 1.
Favorite lines: I remembered that Leo didn't actually know Lisette. She had been gone for a long time. And this way at least she would be remembered. It would be horrible if people just forgot you, p. 38.
At the end Miranda's dad, Prospero, talked about how our lives are little. How they're rounded out with a sleep, p. 114. This quote made me think of this song by Rachael Yamagata https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgo2x...
As we came out of the hallway, I pretended that the whole world had secret tunnels, where people could walk straight to wherever they really wanted to be and ignore all the meanness in the middle, p. 137.
But I did have dreams. There. I admitted it to myself, p. 158
It's not right that something so big, your entire life, depends on a million tiny things, p. 211.
I've read Condie's Matched series and stand alone novel Atlantia, and in my opinion Summerlost is her best book yet. As you can see from the quotes above her writing is maturing even though, ironically, her protagonist is the youngest she's written. I'm excited to see what she's going to do next.
This book was paired with Vivian Apple at the End of the World via audiobooksync.com. The audio was full cast and was recorded in front of a live audiThis book was paired with Vivian Apple at the End of the World via audiobooksync.com. The audio was full cast and was recorded in front of a live audience. I enjoyed listening to the different voices and how the audience reacted to things the listener wasn't able to see. The subject matter was also very interesting. Thanks Sync for putting these two together, because otherwise I probably would have never picked this book up....more
First lines: We went wild that hot night. We howled, we raged, we screamed. We were girls - some of us fourteen and fifteen; some sixteen, seventeen -First lines: We went wild that hot night. We howled, we raged, we screamed. We were girls - some of us fourteen and fifteen; some sixteen, seventeen - but when the locks came undone, the doors of our cells gaping open and no one to shove us back in, we made the noise of savage animals, of men, p. 3.
Wonderfully creepy! I had so much fun trying to figure out the mystery behind these three girls, Orianna, Violet, and Amber. My copy of The Walls Around Us is dog eared every couple of pages, but in my opinion that's a good thing. Sums weaves the mystery perfectly, keeping the reader guessing, but giving just the right amount of clues. ...more
Vivian Apple at the End of the World is from the first week of free downloadable audiobooks from Sync. It's paired with The Great Tennesse Monkey TriaVivian Apple at the End of the World is from the first week of free downloadable audiobooks from Sync. It's paired with The Great Tennesse Monkey Trial which I'm now listening to. www.audiobooksync.com
I enjoyed listening to this book. The plot moved quickly and gave just the right amount of clues that something wasn't right with Frick, the rapture, and The Church of America. The ending dragged out and I wish it would have just stopped after the big scene with Peter and then picked up again in the sequel, but it didn't. Personally, I think this would be heaps of fun to book club. "Yeah! America is full of crazy fundamentalist Christians! Are you crazy? This country is made of greedy capitalist CEOs!" That's what I think some of the dialogue might sound like.