Perhaps eArc was not the best format to review this in. I usually read most eArcs on my cell phone, but the***Received copy of eArc thru Edelweiss***
Perhaps eArc was not the best format to review this in. I usually read most eArcs on my cell phone, but the graphics were so tiny that I had to use my ereader (no big deal, and honestly, graphic novels/mangas/comics are better in physical form anyway). The point is, that I may have missed some of the content because of the weird format.
As somebody that has a lot of anxiety, and is an extreme people pleaser, I could relate to this book. I feel bad for a lot of my thoughts and actions, and sometimes I feel bad that I feel bad... it's a vicious cycle.
Auslander really lays it all out there for the reader- showing the worst of herself (and of all of us) with frazzled graphics and snarky comments.
The downsides is that it's pretty negative, which for is both validating (I think that too!) and depressing (because, really, I do that too). But sometimes it's nice to know that there's other people that are just as messed up as you out there. ...more
First impressions: I liked A Good Idea, but I didn't love it. It held my interest and I really wanted to know what happened to Betty, so it made for aFirst impressions: I liked A Good Idea, but I didn't love it. It held my interest and I really wanted to know what happened to Betty, so it made for a quick read. I was irritated by the constant drug and alcohol consumption by the main character, but mostly because it seemed like that much usage should have resulted in more physical harm (it certainly does explain some of Finley's less than smart actions). The ending was bittersweet, but really the whole story is. It definitely caused me to think about some dark things, and it took me right back to the small Northern town where I lived in my teens....more
The writing is good, and the story was interesting- the audioook was well narrated. I would have liked it more if the main character hadn't been so...The writing is good, and the story was interesting- the audioook was well narrated. I would have liked it more if the main character hadn't been so... I don't know, she was like a plastic bag floating in the wind most of the book, in the shadow of her amazing (but selfish) mother and her amazing (but selfish) best-frenemie Tracey- I listened to the audiobook so I'm not sure that's how it's spelled... in fact it took me longer than it should have to realize that the main character never gets a name. Which, honestly, seemed fitting. She never really makes any real decisions until the end, when she kind of burns down her life, and then the book ends just when she starts to become a real person.
Here's what I really liked: Loved the dancing! I really wish there had been more of it. I loved the movies the MC would watch, studying dance. I wish we had "seen" more of Tracey's dancing career. I loved the stuff with her activist mother, who was such an interesting character, even if she wasn't the best mother or partner. The insights into race and poverty in Great Britain and West Africa were thought provoking, and I especially liked the, albeit brief, mention of cultural appropriation. In another author's hands Tracey and her mom could have just ended up cartoonish, instead Smith really gives them the complexity they deserve. The Aimee chapters were less interesting, although I do think Smith did a good job of showing the vast divide between the haves and have nots with Aimee's crew in West Africa, and how out of touch you can become when you have that kind of wealth (like Aimee wanting to get all the students laptops when they really needed books and paper and basic essentials).
Here's what I didn't like: Tracey's sexual abuse is mostly just hinted at and never really discussed. A lot of stuff is brought up and never really resolved. So many of the characters want and long for things and then just don't act on it. I honestly enjoyed the characters who made poor decisions (Tracey, Aimee, and pretty much every other female character that wasn't the MC) to those who just float through life *cough* Lammond *cough*. A lot of issues are brought up and never revisited or expanded upon, causing me to feel at as loose ends as the MC.
Overall, I liked the book. The audiobook was great because the narrator nails the accents and voices of all the diverse characters. It might not be Smith's best work, but it's worth the read- although I'm totally recommending the audiobook version. ...more
Full review to come later but here's my first impressions:
It's a super fast read. I was so into uncovering who was behind Kyle's take down that I hatFull review to come later but here's my first impressions:
It's a super fast read. I was so into uncovering who was behind Kyle's take down that I hated that real life got in the way of my reading. I liked that Kyle was flawed in realistic ways. I liked that all the characters were complicated, and that friendships and relationships were portrayed for the crazy mess they can be. I liked that while it was set in the near-ish future and full of technology, it wasn't unrecognizable.
Here's what kept it from being a 5 star- Kyle's constant use of Slut or Skank. I get that it's kind of part of her journey, but I wish the ending had included some hint that she was done with the hypocrisy of slut-shaming. Also, I'd like to think that slut-shaming will not be part of the future... but who am I trying to kid?
My final verdict is that this is such a readable YA mystery. The main character is flawed, and there are things I loved about her and things I disliked- which made her a lot more human than most heroines. Loved the futuristic NYC setting, loved the diverse and interesting characters, loved how much I flip flopped over whodunit, and loved the drama and mystery....more
A beautiful children's book that shows how mistakes help make us who we are. Gorgeous illustrations and a message that we all need to hear- mistakes cA beautiful children's book that shows how mistakes help make us who we are. Gorgeous illustrations and a message that we all need to hear- mistakes can lead to something beautiful! ...more
That moment when you're feeling pretty smug that you guessed the twist of #BehindHerEyes and then BAM! Pinborough delivers a #WTFthatending that leaveThat moment when you're feeling pretty smug that you guessed the twist of #BehindHerEyes and then BAM! Pinborough delivers a #WTFthatending that leaves you floored, but really pleased. Well played!...more
I'm so glad Skloot wrote about Henrietta Lacks and helped make her a well known person- not just a cluster of cells growing in thousands of labs underI'm so glad Skloot wrote about Henrietta Lacks and helped make her a well known person- not just a cluster of cells growing in thousands of labs under the name HeLa. Can't wait to discuss it at book club tonight! Full review will be up soon on my blog! ...more