Back when I was a teen, Judy Blume was as real as books targeting that age group got. I still love me some Judy Blume but once I hit a certain age (14Back when I was a teen, Judy Blume was as real as books targeting that age group got. I still love me some Judy Blume but once I hit a certain age (14? 15?) her books started feeling like a very watered down version of reality.
Today teens have stories like "We Are the Ants". Stories that tackle the toughest issues; from not understanding the person you may or may not be dating to suicide to miscarriages to sexual assaults.
The main character, Henry, is LGBT but honestly it doesn't feel like that matters. He's bullied but not for being gay. In fact the person with the biggest problem with Henry's sexuality is someone who he's been with.
For me (and most people I know) the teen years and into my twenties were the worst. Oh you may still have a bad moment here and there beyond those years but some of the worst of the worst things happen to you then, when you're least prepared to deal with them. This book tackles those worst of the worst in a realistic way. Your mom or best friend cannot just talk you into getting over it all. New love interests don't magically wipe away the heartache of past relationships and losses. I'm so very glad teens today have books like this. I could have used it back I hit the Judy Blume isn't my reality stage of teen dramadom.
If you're looking a mermaid story, keep looking. Despite the cover, title, and tease of a description this is not a mermaid story.
If you're looking foIf you're looking a mermaid story, keep looking. Despite the cover, title, and tease of a description this is not a mermaid story.
If you're looking for the story of a young lady trying to come to terms with her own story instead of focusing on everyone else's version of her story then this is a pretty decent read so long as you can get beyond the slow start....more
Honestly I threw this one on the library to read pile back when everyone was talking about the movie. I only kind of knew what it was about. Then it bHonestly I threw this one on the library to read pile back when everyone was talking about the movie. I only kind of knew what it was about. Then it becomes available while we are dealing with own makes the news kind of adoption journey. Probably not an ideal time for me to read this, but I also didn't want to get back in line so, why not?
I'm glad I listed to it. I wish the story was more focused on the time that the author can remember instead of on the times he doesn't, especially since adult him is so focused on how little he truly remembers. That said, this story is amazing. Sad and happy both.
For a child to go from a fairly modern yet Dickenesque life on the streets to living in a comfy home as the member of a happy family is a story worth telling. Add in the twist that the author and his birth family were only separated due to a random series of events that could have happened to anyone (at least that feels true of pre-internet poor communities) and it becomes even more compelling and sad.
If you get tired of political troll comments everywhere and wonder what the internet is good for? It made this story possible. Seriously Google Earth and FB have never had a better ad.
Despite the adoption aspect being too sensitive for me right now, the happy ending was a nice thing. We need more true stories with happy endings....more
I am torn as to what to give this book. I feel like there are things that could be done better but it's also a classic and I am not sure how much publI am torn as to what to give this book. I feel like there are things that could be done better but it's also a classic and I am not sure how much publishers want to update a book like this. I'm going with 4 stars (if half stars were available I'd put it at 3.5).
If you don't know how to tat you'll want to load YouTube and start searching. Though there are instructional images, I personally don't find them very helpful (For what it's worth, I find this to be the case with most craft instructional books). Same with the text. It might help with clearing up an image but it makes tatting look overwhelmingly difficult. So if you don't yet know how to tat, trust me about the YouTube thing.
The patterns are gorgeous and easy to follow. This book has been around since the 1980s so by now any errors should have been fixed (I have not tried every pattern so I cannot say that for sure). I needle tat instead of using shuttles though I am working on improving my shuttle skills. Most patterns work well with needle tatting if you do find it easier than the shuttles. I've tried to find patterns that I didn't think would translate well to needle tatting but honestly most tatting patterns do translate well once you figure out how to do rings, split rings, and chains. The rest is really how to connect it all.
My biggest gripe with this book may or may not exist in the final copy (I had a review copy). They went old school and left the original pictures. Unlike modern craft books that tend to limit images to maybe three projects per image, at least one of these had 15 projects in an image. Small "medallions", but still it does mean flipping back and forth between the pattern and the image of what you're working on if you like to compare as you go.
I do feel that almost anyone could make all of the projects so long as they have the basics of tatting down.
It will feel dated in that it is an older book. If you're looking for more modern tatting projects like jewelry, face masks, etc you won't find that here. You will get an idea of what you can do with tatting so I would probably recommend it for most tatters collections....more