This book is super cute and a lot of fun. It's definitely a fairy tale type of a story, but that is part of its charm. It will be one I know kids willThis book is super cute and a lot of fun. It's definitely a fairy tale type of a story, but that is part of its charm. It will be one I know kids will enjoy. ...more
This was fun. I enjoyed the banter and the characters if some of the situations they found themselves in had me rolling my eyes. I must have gone to aThis was fun. I enjoyed the banter and the characters if some of the situations they found themselves in had me rolling my eyes. I must have gone to a very different college though because the whole college experience here had me snorting in amusement. ...more
I don't review graphic novels on the blog very often, which is in no way a reflection of their importance in the Painter home. Bit is a huge fan of graphic novels. Baby Mouse was integral in her early chapter book reading years. She owns and reads the Amulet books, anything by Raina Telgemeier, and the Zita the Spacegirl books regularly. She has declared Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson the best graphic novel she's ever read. She insisted I read it. Then she proceeded to plop it in my lap every time I sat down. And constantly asking if I read it yet. My own child was stalking me with a book. So I read it and I wholeheartedly concur. This is a fabulous book.
Astrid's mom takes her and her best friend, Nichole, to a roller derby match one night, and Astrid comes away with stars in her eyes. When she discovers there is an opportunity to go to a derby summer camp, she jumps at it. Astrid assumes Nichole will be there with her, but Nichole has already made plans to go to ballet camp. Worse, Nichole seems to want to spend more time with Astrid's worst enemy talking about make-up and boys. As the summer begins, Astrid's life seems to be spiraling out of control. She has lost her best friend and roller derby doesn't come as naturally as she assumed it would. But Astrid sticks with it, and learns just as much about friendship and teamworks as she does about skating.
Astrid's story is one of discovering passion, persevering when things get hard, learning to atone for mistakes, and friendship. It's also an empowering book. Astrid is brave and hardworking, but she is also selfish and headstrong. She steamrolls Nichole a lot and doesn't realize it. She also mocks the things Nichole is interested, not realizing this is as belittling as when she is mocked by Nichole's ballet friend. I liked the way the book highlighted the different interests of the girls without making one better or worse than the other. Yes, this book has a lot of roller derby in it, but Nichole is as strong and sympathetic a character as Astrid is and her interest in ballet is shown as important and valuable too. The feeling of fear about entering middle school, their changing relationship, and what the future holds are realistically demonstrated in both girls. But this is Astrid's story and it is through her mistakes and bold action, defeats and victories, that Jamieson tells an amazing story of the power of teamwork and forgiveness.
The way Jamieson explains roller derby is brief, through, and folds well in to the rest of the story. The art is vivid and colorful. The whole book is a treasure from start to finish. It's a must have for MG readers....more
I have to turn this in to the library tomorrow, and I'm only on page 87. Maybe I can try this again this summer,*hopes fervently Beth doesn't hate me*
I have to turn this in to the library tomorrow, and I'm only on page 87. Maybe I can try this again this summer, but....I'm. Just. So. Bored. Not by the politics, because I LOVE the politics. If the book had more politics, I might be having a better time. It's Meg I find completely uninteresting. She is sometimes snarky-funny, but I've already had enough of her apathetic ambivalence to everything. She has no personality beyond being a candidate's daughter. There are these really long internal monologues she has too, which are basically just family backstory info-dumps. I'm looking for any excuse I can find to not read it so I'm taking a break. ...more
I just don't like any of the characters and I'm so bored. I've been attempting to read this for four days because I just can't get into it so I've decI just don't like any of the characters and I'm so bored. I've been attempting to read this for four days because I just can't get into it so I've decided to stop wasting my time when it's clearly not for me. I really liked Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake but liked each book in that trilogy increasingly less. That trend seems to be continuing with this one so I think I'll just quit now. ...more
For people who love these types of books (small southern town, stand out girl trying to find community, tragic past, etc.), this book will be guaranteFor people who love these types of books (small southern town, stand out girl trying to find community, tragic past, etc.), this book will be guaranteed to please. I'm not a huge fan of these and so this was just another in a long line of them that was an adequate reading experience, but nothing special. ...more
Soooo....black sheep here in a big way, but I"m completely at a loss to explain why this has an average of nearly 4.5 stars. I actually ALMOST gave itSoooo....black sheep here in a big way, but I"m completely at a loss to explain why this has an average of nearly 4.5 stars. I actually ALMOST gave it 2 stars, but thought maybe I was being too nitpicky about the biggest problems I had with the book (see below). I still might come back and do that, but thought I would give myself some time to consider.
ETA: DAYS of considering this book in more detail has convinced me that I can't leave this at three starts so I've dropped it to my original thought of two.
Overall this book is fine. It's a little long for the story it's telling. (I'm always amused by the irony of a book written about a dyslexic student that a dyslexic student would break out in hives at the thought of being made to read it.) There are places where it reads like an American Girl movie (if the girl of the year ever came from a working class family) minus the musical numbers. Mostly I felt like it was more of a book for teachers. Or students majoring in education. With an incredibly unrealistic look at how bullying works and is resolved.
My (possibly) nitpicky major issue: I'm a military brat myself and I was majorly distracted though the majority of this book by how WRONG Hunt got that. I must add the disclaimer that I'm an Air Force brat, but my father was once stationed at a base on an Army post so I'm fairly familiar with Army culture too. Problems: *Army families do not PCS every year. It would be every two years AT MOST. (one year deployment, one year on post for the active duty member). And the Army actually changed that policy in 2013 to every 3-4 years so families would have more stability. *WHY was Ally the only military kid in her class????? Laughs forever at this. Even off post schools in a system with a military presence have a TON of military kids in them (and they tend to stick together). (And not all posts have DoD schools.) Seriously. If you've ever been to a military town, you know how much it affects the entire town's culture. Which leads me to... *Where were they living? There is absolutely no mention in Ally's family of things that are par for the course to military dependents. If they weren't even living at/near the post where her father was officially stationed, why were they moving so much? Why did they have to go to a friend's house for internet? *Unless I'm much mistaken (and I did double check to be sure about this), Army tanks don't have captains. They have commanders. (They wouldn't call it a captain because that is an officer rank and there are no officers in a tank crew. The commander of the tank is the highest ranking enlisted person on the crew.) And you can't fob me off by telling me Ally might be confused. When you are the kid of a career military person, you know their rank and their job. *Maybe Ally's dad was National Guard called to Active but that REALLY doesn't explain why the family was moving every year. And even then a tank commander is usually a sergeant (I believe) and that's not a very high enlisted rank. And if you don't make your next rank in a certain number of years, you have to get out. Judging on Ally's brother's age, her dad can't be super young. But maybe he jus signed up later?
I know people will say it doesn't matter but it was a MAJOR distraction for me. (As you can probably tell.)
Minor (possibly) nitpicky bother: OF COURSE it was a male teacher who rode in on his white horse to save the day. Because the women teachers are too distracted by their babies and what not. Blech all over that. ...more
There were parts of this that were truly funny and enjoyable. I didn't really love Richard and Amy so that hindered my fully loving the book as they aThere were parts of this that were truly funny and enjoyable. I didn't really love Richard and Amy so that hindered my fully loving the book as they are the main character of the historical part. I also felt the whole thing was a tad too long. I am interested in reading the next book in the series though. ...more
I've had Susanna Kearsley's books recommended by several people so I jumped on a chance to pick an ARC of her latest, A Desperate Fortune at ALA MidwiI've had Susanna Kearsley's books recommended by several people so I jumped on a chance to pick an ARC of her latest, A Desperate Fortune at ALA Midwinter. I had a hard time getting into the book at first due to the way the main character of the modern tale described her Asperger's and the way she related to the rest of the world. It didn't feel like the genuine way a girl would think about her self in her own head. But once the historical part of the story began, I was fully invested and in for the rest. I ended up falling in love with the contemporary story as well (I really adored Luc's character) and can't wait to read more of Kearsley's novels now. ...more
Seriously, why are these books so boring??? I'm beginning to think someone else is writing them than the person who wrote the original series. I've alSeriously, why are these books so boring??? I'm beginning to think someone else is writing them than the person who wrote the original series. I've always suspected these were packaged based on their copyright information, but I may be wrong about that. If Stephanie Laurens is indeed one actual person, she has clearly given up caring. I don't think I will be able to resist reading the last Cynster duology though, because I've come this far. ...more
This is slightly better than Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue mostly because I was enchanted that Eliza was so different from every other Cynster eThis is slightly better than Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue mostly because I was enchanted that Eliza was so different from every other Cynster ever. She can't ride a horse and she enjoys embroidery. Jeremy was also different from the typical Laurens' hero. The book was still pretty boring though. Basically Eliza and Jeremy walk through Scotland while looking at maps a lot. ...more
I used to enjoy Laurens' novels, but lost interest during the Black Cobra Quartet, but that was during my romance genre-fatigue period when I wasn't rI used to enjoy Laurens' novels, but lost interest during the Black Cobra Quartet, but that was during my romance genre-fatigue period when I wasn't reading any romance so I thought I'd come back and finish the rest of the Cynster books. This one is fine, just mostly boring. ...more