5 stars for the story, 4 for the book (I found the dialogue kind of clunky at times, and there were two grammatical errors in there).
But this was my f5 stars for the story, 4 for the book (I found the dialogue kind of clunky at times, and there were two grammatical errors in there).
But this was my first Octavia Butler book, and I LOVED it. I didn't want to put it down, which, of course, is always the sign of a winning read.
I also think she did a stellar job of showing the complexities of human relationships, especially in such an oppressive society. Rufus was the biggest asshole of a character I have ever encountered, but even I found myself able to forgive some of the stuff he did. Which made me angry with myself, because, as I mentioned, he was SUCH A TOOL.
Anyway. This book is awesome. It was published in 1979, so I don't know why it took me 'til now to find and read it....more
I read it for a different reason than most, I think. Most readI have really mixed feelings about this book.
It wasn't at all what I expected it to be.
I read it for a different reason than most, I think. Most read it because Esther is the girl who inspired _The Fault in Our Stars_. Although I have read TFIOS, and all of John Green's books, Esther's connection to it was not my main reason for reading this.
I love reading people's journals. I am nosy. :) I especially like journals written by young women, because hey, I am one myself.
But this book wasn't really penned by Esther. Her blog posts and diary entries were included, yes. But the best writing in here didn't actually come from her. I have to admit that I learned more from John Green's intro, and the guy from Harry and the Potters who explained the significance of the Harry Potter Alliance (I have to admit that I learned a lot from that particular piece).
I'm sure Esther was a really nice person who had a profound impact on those who knew her. But I have to be honest when I say that I don't see what was so remarkable about her writing. She sounded exactly like I sounded at 15, which his to say, a certain kind of excitable that borders on the annoying.
I don't know. I feel like an ass saying this, because how can you review the collected writings of a 16-year-old who died of cancer?
But I feel kind of badly for all the trees that died to make this book. That's not to say that I don't think this book should have been made. I just think it belongs to a smaller audience than it was given-- her close friends and family. A commemorative object. Not a whole published book.
Also, all the God stuff really turned me off, so I'm also admitting that my review could totally just be a matter of personal opinion. But.
Ugh. Sorry, Esther. I prefer Rachel Corrie's journals to yours....more
I was born in 1988, so missed Sassy entirely due to being too young. These days, I'm a little obsessed with Rookie (I'm a bit too old for that, but whI was born in 1988, so missed Sassy entirely due to being too young. These days, I'm a little obsessed with Rookie (I'm a bit too old for that, but who cares?). Rookie was co-founded by Tavi Gevinson & Jane Pratt (although the project was eventually totally handed off to Gevinson). So I just wanted to read this to gain an understanding of where Rookie got its inspiration.
Rookie, btw, was founded in 2010, and this book was published in 2007. So it was interesting to me to read the last chapter, in which the authors state that they don't think "today's teens" even need a magazine like Sassy, because they can so easily connect with each other via MySpace (lol) and Facebook. Knowing how much Rookie has affected people, I know that of course, something Sassy-esque is always needed.
I'm also really happy to see how objectively this was written. The title is _How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time_. And yet, the authors do not shy away from talking about the struggles and bullshit that ultimately caused Sassy to fold in 1996. I think a lot of Sassy fans don't want to hear that, because it kept them sane. But to me it adds a human factor to it. Like, these writers and editors are just as flawed as anyone else: No one has all of the answers. And I love that....more
1) The way that Molly described her mother's politics as "to the right of Genghis Khan." That is perhaps the best lHmm.
Things I liked about this book:
1) The way that Molly described her mother's politics as "to the right of Genghis Khan." That is perhaps the best line I have read, ever. Which is important because I generally think that this book was terribly written, and that the dialogue wasn't realistic at all.
2) How anti-marriage and anti-having children this book is. Because I'm an asshole who doesn't want to get married or have kids.
3) The fact that Molly didn't graduate from college and become wildly successful. I wanted to root for her, but at the same time, I didn't want it to be this whole cheesy "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" novel. And it wasn't. And that was cool.
Things I didn't like about this book:
1) Even though I said above that I liked how anti-marriage and anti-having kids this book is, because I'm a jerk, I think it was a little too black and white in just saying, "I hate men; who needs 'em?" Basically, as someone who read this in 2013, this book just reeked of second wave feminism. Which is fine because it was written in 1973. But still. How quaint. :)
2) The dialogue. Please. No one talks like that.
3) The fact that literally everyone Molly ran into, both in Florida and in New York, turned out to be gay (even her cousin?!). I wish that happened in real life. I want to have all the sex too, I mean. Come on.
4) Similarly, the ways in which everyone was just so polarized. There was no coming around on Carrie's part-- she remained a right wing asshole all the way through. The characters seemed really flat as a result of this.
So, yeah. Two stars for this book. Because I mostly really didn't like it (does this mean I'm going to have my queer card revoked?), but it had its moments. And I really wanted to like it. And that kept me reading until the end....more
Rachel McKibbens, along with Mindy Nettifee, gave a reading last October at my friend Stephanie's arts collective in Chicago. Reading their books makeRachel McKibbens, along with Mindy Nettifee, gave a reading last October at my friend Stephanie's arts collective in Chicago. Reading their books makes me wish I'd been there that night instead of in class in Michigan....more