The Little Bookworm Set in a small, rural poor Southern town, Shine tells the story of Cat. After her best friend from childhood is the victim of a ho The Little Bookworm Set in a small, rural poor Southern town, Shine tells the story of Cat. After her best friend from childhood is the victim of a horrific crime because of his sexuality, Cat decides to come out of her shell and find out who would harm her friend.
This was a beautiful and haunting book. Cat's voice comes through loud and clear though she is a introverted character. It is interesting to watch her progress from self-inflicted outcast to a strong young woman through her investigation of the crime against her friend. Cat has a good reason for her introversion and that is tragedy itself. While I wanted more resolution for that, I also feel like sometimes, in real life, there is no resolution when bad things happen to people. So it was fitting.
As for the mystery aspect of the story, well, we all know I like a good mystery. Cat does the mystery proper, interviewing people, trying to figure out the timeline and exactly what went down the night that Patrick was attacked. Through the investigation, we learn a lot about the small town Cat and Patrick have grown up in and to anyone who has experienced tiny rural towns, it felt very real. It was pretty dead on in its exploration of the mindset and the social structure of a small town. Also through the investigation we see how Cat became current day Cat and what happened to end her friendship with Patrick and all of her childhood friends. Patrick seems like a great guy and what happened to him was horrifying. The resolution of the mystery was bittersweet, but the book ended on a good note and I walked away from it glad that I had read it and sorry to see Cat go. But I think she will be alright....more
The Little Bookworm Convinced that her older sister is a lesbian, Roz "comes out" at school to try and force Eva out too. But her plan backfires and noThe Little Bookworm Convinced that her older sister is a lesbian, Roz "comes out" at school to try and force Eva out too. But her plan backfires and now Roz must deal with the consequences as she tries to figure out what sexuality really is and what it means.
I really enjoyed it. It was a quick read and I liked the questions that Bjorkman brought up regarding the nature and fluidity of sexuality. That Roz came out on a dare, but learned the hard way that it is ok to be gay or bi-sexual and that you can still identify as a heterosexual and be attracted to another girl or you can just be homosexual and have no feelings about the opposite sex.
I wasn't that fond of Roz. I found her to be a bit grating, but that was the point of her character. To be too obtuse to understand about her sister and not understand that is the exact reason why her sister won't open up to her. I was glad to see her character grow and change. And, of course, I love the happy ending that everyone gets....more
It was interesting to see the subject of faith and homosexuality explored. Vincent is bought up to think one way and so cannot fanthom anyreview here
It was interesting to see the subject of faith and homosexuality explored. Vincent is bought up to think one way and so cannot fanthom any other ideas about what he is. He is afraid of what his parents will think and what God thinks and tries over and over to repent but cannot understand why God won't take the gay out of him. Vincent's faith is a huge part of this book. And I liked the fact that he never loses that faith even when he accepts his homosexuality is not sinful; that he never feels like God has abandoned him, that He is on his side. In a way, Vincent's relationship with Robert is almost secondary. But Robert is a good guy and they are so wonderful together. It is a very sweet. And I love the story that goes with the very pretty cover. ...more
Alex is gay and he knows this but no one else does. Alex loves horses and he is good with them and has a lot of nOriginal post at The Little Bookworm
Alex is gay and he knows this but no one else does. Alex loves horses and he is good with them and has a lot of natural talent. He rides Western-style to please his father but really wants to ride dressage, loving the precision and style of it. Alex is afraid to tell his father about both his sexuality and the dressage. He is a very introverted boy, afraid of doing the wrong thing, that people will think the wrong thing about him. His family is very dysfunctional. His mother left their family and his father lives in an RV in the driveway and is drunk about 95% of the time. His aunt lives in the house with him and his twin ninja-wannabe sisters. Finally when Alex meet Cleo O'Shea he is able to come out of his shell (pun intended) and realize that life is not about hiding what you are.
Cleo O'Shea accidentally let her parent's house get robbed. Since they are never around, they send to an equestrienne boarding school. She is a spoiled rich girl who is one of those girls that just assumes people like her or want to hang out with her. She has no concept of earning anything. But she has parents that don't pay any attention to her unless she is doing something negative. Without any direction in life, she falls easilty into the party girl mode. But when she meets Alex Ford, she realizes that sometimes you have to work for the good things in life.
I've had this book for a long time. I just had it. I didn't really know what it was about. It was by Susan Juby and so I figured it had to be good. (Read Alice, I Think)
It was really good. So good that I wished I had read it earlier good but then I couldn't have used it for this challenge good. So good that I was a little teary (in a good way) at the end good. It was told from first person perspective on Cleo's part and third person on Alex's part. I'm not sure why. But it worked. Alex and Cleo are an odd pairing but in the end they help each other realize what is missing from their lives. There's a lot of horse talk but it's not overwhelming. If nothing else, it makes you want to look up dressage. That is some amazing stuff. ...more
n a modern telling of Cinderella, Ash is subjected to the humiliations of becoming a servant to her stepmother when her father diesThe Little Bookworm
n a modern telling of Cinderella, Ash is subjected to the humiliations of becoming a servant to her stepmother when her father dies. In her grief and desolation she wishes to be taken away by the fairies, but when she meets the King's Huntress, her wishes begin to change.
Honestly, you know, the Cinderella tale has never been one of my favorites. She is usually so weak and pathetic, very accepting and tra la la about her situation, just putting up with her stepfamily's abuse. But Ash gave me a different insight. It is about an abused girl who can't just walk away. She has no one else and is usually young when her father dies so there is no where to go. Abused children are helpless because they have no idea how to save themselves. While Ash is not physically abused (well, not really) she is definitely mentally abused by her stepmother once her father dies. Made to work in the kitchens and become their servant to pay off her father's debts, Ash has no way to escape this situation. So she wishes and prays for the fairies in the forest to take her away where it would be better to serve them for many lifetimes than to serve her stepmother for one human lifetime. So she actively seeks out the fairies, when conventional wisdom tell her that it is a dangerous thing to do and meets Sidhean, a beautiful fairy who befriends but does not take her into his world. It is when she meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, that she begins to change her world for herself.
There are several twists in this version of Cinderella. The most obvious one is that Ash falls in love with the King's Huntress and not with the prince. So there is the lesbian element to the story. But it doesn't feel gimmicky or forced. It is the most natural thing in the world for the two of them to become attracted to each other. But Kaisa does have a high ranking so it's not unlike falling in love with a prince. The other big twist is how Ash changes her world herself. Cinderella is usually passive, waiting around for her rescue. But Ash is both the source of her dilemma and her salvation.
At first, though, I was confused with all the talk of the fairies at the beginning and throughout the book. But there is a pay-off for those so, in the end, it added an extra element to the story. And the fairy godmother becomes something much more complex and sinister and fascinating. All in all, it is a beautifully written book. And the cover is actually amazing given the content of the book. ...more
One night at a party, Lissa's best friend leans in for a kiss and Lissa kisses her back. Now Kate is ignoring Lissa and pretendingThe Little Bookworm
One night at a party, Lissa's best friend leans in for a kiss and Lissa kisses her back. Now Kate is ignoring Lissa and pretending nothing happened while Lissa is angry and confused. The two friends use to mean everything to each other and one kiss is getting in the way. But Lissa knows it must mean something. As she experiments with lucid dreaming, Lissa tries to come to terms with what kissing Kate means.
I've only read a couple of things by Lauren Myracle, but I've enjoyed them and when I set about looking for books for the GLBT Challenge, I found this book so it seemed a good match for me. And it was! I really enjoyed this book. No matter if you are gay or not, Lissa's struggle with liking someone who doesn't like you (or won't admit it) is easily relatable. She struggles with the aftermath of kissing her best friend and does not try to write it off. Kate was also interesting. There is a lot of foreshadowing of the kiss, mainly lead by Kate, and even if she doesn't admit it, I think I know what road Kate is going to go down. ...more