Fantastic illustrations, and a story that has rhyming and excitement that will captivate any little boy or girl. Bonus is that Blue Boat's captain isFantastic illustrations, and a story that has rhyming and excitement that will captivate any little boy or girl. Bonus is that Blue Boat's captain is a woman. My daughter loves Blue Boat! Exciting, fun story....more
This book is both boring and confusing, such a shame! With better editing I think it could have been pretty good. Is it a love story? A story about thThis book is both boring and confusing, such a shame! With better editing I think it could have been pretty good. Is it a love story? A story about the little guys fighting to save their town? Something else? Halfway through I gave up because it was bloated and meandering. And I was also turned off by a sort of violent moment from the love interest that wasn't dealt with. Overall, cool idea and some nice passages, even the characters seem pretty real, but I could not get on board with the meandering confusing storytelling....more
Reads like Wonder (the book) and Lucas (the movie) with a nice triangular friendship/love story at the center without being obnoxious.
Finally, a bookReads like Wonder (the book) and Lucas (the movie) with a nice triangular friendship/love story at the center without being obnoxious.
Finally, a book I couldn't wait to continue and finish reading. These days with fiction, I read a third to half a book and just don't care any more. Was not the case with this, which reminded me of the true pleasure of reading.
Fantastic character-based book about a teenage agoraphobe and the girl who wants to use him for her professional advantage by befriending and helping him recover. What I loved was that the characters were smart, funny, and well rounded (a jock who loves Star Trek and that is presented without comment? Love it).
Very enjoyable read and it felt real. I kept wanting to return to spend time with the characters. Did this book blow my mind? No. But I really appreciated that it didn't try to. The author invites you to spend time in a world and I really appreciated that in a world of over-the-too melodrama.
This book has an amazing cover. Gorgeous. It should have been whimsical but grounded, inspiring, and mysterious.
Unfortunately, this book was boring.This book has an amazing cover. Gorgeous. It should have been whimsical but grounded, inspiring, and mysterious.
Unfortunately, this book was boring. It was neither character driven nor plot driven. It sets up to be all magical in the beginning with Monty and her Mystery Club, but instead turns out to be a story about Monty's lesbian moms and religious intolerance and presumed intolerance. It was boring and felt dated and was just really really boring. There was some potential at the beginning, but it was not quirky enough, not smart enough, not adventurous enough. So that leaves us with a great cover and a real feeling of disappointment because This One Summer was really good....more
This wasn't even published when I was pregnant, but I wish it had been! Still only part way through, but this is a fascinating analysis of the scienceThis wasn't even published when I was pregnant, but I wish it had been! Still only part way through, but this is a fascinating analysis of the science behind recommendations and practices for infants, from the vitamin k shot at birth to where babies should or should not sleep. Written by mother and scientist in nutritional biology, this is readable and reveals how much science can and sometimes can't tell us about childrearing. I'm riveted!...more
If this book is Lost at Sea, don't send a lifeboat! Sad, navel-gazing lonely girl is lost in the world and soulless, looking for her soul in the eyesIf this book is Lost at Sea, don't send a lifeboat! Sad, navel-gazing lonely girl is lost in the world and soulless, looking for her soul in the eyes of the many cats she encounters while on a road trip with classmates she doesn't really know. This book tries very hard to be profound, but has so little going for it other than wistfulness, loneliness, and looking at the stars. I did not care about this character and didn't learn enough about her to care. The only fun part of the book was when she gets her new friends to help search for her soul by catching cats at night. More of that weird fun could have saved what was ultimately and undeveloped book about loneliness in the universe when you are a teen....more
Wonder was absolutely wonderful, heartfelt and absorbing. These three novellas give us insight into three of the characters from Wonder. I guess I expWonder was absolutely wonderful, heartfelt and absorbing. These three novellas give us insight into three of the characters from Wonder. I guess I expected the stories to focus more on Auggie, and I was surprised when they really didn't, especially the last novella, Shingaling, from Charlotte's perspective (which was also the longest). I kept thinking, why am I reading about intermixing girl friend groups, sleepovers and a dance recital? It was so far removed from Wonder that it seemed odd. The best and most connected novella was the middle one about Auggie's childhood friend, Christopher. This seemed like the one worthwhile expansion of the Wonder story. The tale of Julian the bully was just ok, and I was kind of bothered that the main emotional thrust of the story centered on his French grandmother's Holocaust story--it just seemed like lazy storytelling to me.
Overall, a fine read to learn more about the characters in Wonder, but ultimately disappointing like going to a class reunion and realizing you don't really care to learn much about what's going on in your former classmates' lives....more
Honor Girl captures that achey feeling of first love that feels like the old "Missed Connections" section of the personal ads in the newspapers (you kHonor Girl captures that achey feeling of first love that feels like the old "Missed Connections" section of the personal ads in the newspapers (you know you are young if you have no idea what I'm talking about). For me, this graphic memoir captures the feeling of an all girls camp, from collectively crushing on the few men who are there just because they are the only thing available, to the meditative freedom of the riflery range, to swooning over the probably lebo counselor who sings and plays the guitar.
It's sort of a summer camp, lesbian romance version of Dirty Dancing, minus the dancing. The love is never going to work out. They are in different worlds, it's a forbidden connection socially, and when camp is over, they will never get more moments like the few they shared. Who didn't feel that kind of frustrating achey-ness at some point as a teenager?
The artwork is a little flat, but the sentiment is there. Worth reading....more
Finally read this and it did not disappoint! This is a fascinating and complex memoir. Yes, it is about coming of age, exploring masculinity and cominFinally read this and it did not disappoint! This is a fascinating and complex memoir. Yes, it is about coming of age, exploring masculinity and coming out, and is about the author's relationship with her father. But it is also so much more. The book is incredibly archival, and explores the unreliability of artifacts like diaries and letters. The book is a struggle for the author (and for us) to try to understand her father and her relationship with her father. It is incredibly literary, in the sense that it discusses and draws parallels between the memoir action and events in literature and the lives of authors. So much discussion of Proust, Joyce, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald could come off snobby and irritating, but it doesn't because it is so integral to the story (the author's father was an English teacher and her own tale is very much about reading her way through life as she tries to figure it out.) I have a feeling if I had read this when I was 15 I would have gone to the library and checked out all of those books and tried to tackle them. As an adult, it's interesting to watch the story unfold through references to so many books that I have read. And it's not just books. There is great attention to detail in the letters and drawings, so much that it reads almost like a historical document. There are maps, excerpts of books, visual details, lines from musicals and songs, etc. that you know are well researched and accurate. I hear the line from A Chorus Line and knew it was written verbatim.
For me, this was a very personal read, from the struggle to understand familial relationships to realizing that your fascination with reading about homosexuality isn't just an intellectual endeavor. This book goes beyond navel gazing, and really achieves thought provoking literary status, and weirdly almost reads like a mystery, looping back to details as the narrator pieces together her own narrative through artifacts and draws conclusions. One of the most successful memoirs I've read, and the most complex and satisfying graphic novel I've read, too. Almost makes me want to try reading Ulysses again. *Almost*...more
Written by an NYT finance columnist, this book reads as a series of great stories and examples about how families have succeeded and failed in talkingWritten by an NYT finance columnist, this book reads as a series of great stories and examples about how families have succeeded and failed in talking to their children about finance. Brings up many common questions kids ask, like "How much money do you make?" or "Why is that man homeless?" And deals with how to raise responsible, financially savvy kids, with many really great stories. Not a how-to in any sense, and definitely breadth rather than depth in the topics. This is a fascinating read and provokes a lot of thought about money, even for childless adults....more