Wilson is doing a really good job writing through this Marvel apocalyptic reset. Love the relationships in this one (Kamala with her parents, Nakia, &Wilson is doing a really good job writing through this Marvel apocalyptic reset. Love the relationships in this one (Kamala with her parents, Nakia, & Bruno)! I still can't with the ending!! odjfiosofjsf...more
Marvel Subscriptions made me wait so long for this; I finally got it in the mail and gotta say that (view spoiler)[ the handsome love interest sure tuMarvel Subscriptions made me wait so long for this; I finally got it in the mail and gotta say that (view spoiler)[ the handsome love interest sure turned out to be shady really fast :( and (hide spoiler)] I am heartbroken 4 Kamala and also 4 Bruno!! ;__; Loved the scene between Bruno and Aamir....more
This novel is paced very quickly with short scenes and chapters and a tension that builds up to a series of horrific events, each more heart-wrenchingThis novel is paced very quickly with short scenes and chapters and a tension that builds up to a series of horrific events, each more heart-wrenching and traumatic than the one that came before. I couldn't stop reading and stayed up 'til 2am to finish it because I was so emotionally tied to Naila and shocked by all of the things that were happening to her. Parts 2 and 3 kind of transform the novel from straight-up realistic fiction into realistic fiction with fairy tale elements (view spoiler)[ Nasim & Saba are evil stepmother & stepsister, and Saif is a prince (hide spoiler)] which intensifies the drama and makes the happy ending (view spoiler)[ i.e. Naila is rescued by Saif (hide spoiler)] possible. I feel that this real-world fairy tale worked well, and I do not mind the happy ending (in fact I am deeply relieved that there is one!), but what was lacking to me was the resolution. I think we were supposed to feel satisfied with (view spoiler)[ Naila being rescued (hide spoiler)] as the resolution, but the novel would've been so much stronger if it had a Part 4 that went into Naila's confrontation with her parents and included, regardless of the outcome of the confrontation, part of her path toward healing. That to me would've been a true resolution to the story. Instead, the book ends with a philosophical statement about love that would mean a lot more had we gotten to hear more about Naila's relationship with her parents in the aftermath. So it felt like there was a whole part of the story that we didn't get to hear but needed to hear.
Some random thoughts that I have are
-- I wonder how my reading experience would have been different had the book jacket not revealed three of the major plot points. (DON'T READ THE BOOK JACKET U GUYS! OR THE GOODREADS SYNPOSIS WHICH IS THE SAME THING)
-- Naila's parents and Amin were such complicated characters, I am still processing everything. What they did out of love that was so harmful and that is so scary and sad. Amin especially stood out to me as an interesting and sympathetic character.
-- As I read it struck me that this book seemed to be written not for high schoolers but rather for the younger end of the YA demographic, grades 6-8. I never would've thought of them as a target audience for a topic like forced marriages and I think that the author was brave to write about it for younger readers. But, warning: There is a rape scene. The note at the end of the book makes clear that what happened to Naila is a real phenomenon: Girls around the world are being forced into marriages. Before reading Written in the Stars I wasn't aware of this problem in the world, and now I am. Naila's story is heartbreaking but hopeful.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Just finished reading this yesterday and have been thinking about it since. It is definitely one of the best YA novels (and novels in general) that I'Just finished reading this yesterday and have been thinking about it since. It is definitely one of the best YA novels (and novels in general) that I've had the chance to read thus far in life, and better than almost every novel that we read in adolescent literature class, so I'm really happy OMG. I just had all these feelings of admiration and delight when the characters, relationships, plot, pacing, and writing were strong all the way through the final page. I think Meg Medina has this great economy of words, like you know that most every sentence that's in the book needs to be there. She doesn't waste words or details, which I think is part of what makes her storytelling powerful. Sometimes the narrator, Piddy, waxes poetic, but it's not in a way that is self-consciously literary which I appreciate because in many other novels with young narrators this often gets in the way for me. Piddy has a great voice. Everything is reaL. For example, I really liked how Piddy (view spoiler)[didn't completely understand at first about the domestic abuse happening in the Halper home but after her experience with Yaqui was able to understand and learn from it and feel solidarity with Mrs. Harper (hide spoiler)]. And the ending! I remember the last novel for young readers that I read and really loved (Wonder--it's been a while) also looked at bullying, and the last ~100 pages were preachier than and not as strong as the rest, but oh man, the resolution to Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass was really well done! The only thing that worries me is (view spoiler)[WHERE DID THE MAMA CAT GO?! DID SHE DIE?? (hide spoiler)]. Anyway I feel like this review has turned out to be rambly and accidentally focused on technical things even though my primary experience of the novel was an emotional one. I want to apologize also for my multiple tense changes, I hope they're not confusing, I think I am just emotional. In conclusion I gotta say that I laughed. I cried. I had a few heart attacks. And I really felt the hope and empowerment at the end for Piddy post-trauma. It was a literary experience I will never forget. 100% would reread!...more