The only problem with this book is that it is severely geared toward the idea that women either have or want children. When Sandberg says family, she...moreThe only problem with this book is that it is severely geared toward the idea that women either have or want children. When Sandberg says family, she doesn't mean extended family, pets or spouses. She means a spouse and children or that those are the goal. Not all women want children of their own, but we still value family time. I personally want to spend time with my boyfriend and my nephews, but work places don't tend to view those relationships as important as even the family that Sandberg mentions. If work places have difficulty granting time (and women have trouble asking for time) for traditional definitions of family, then what about the rest of us? This book doesn't really offer many solutions. Even for the traditional family, the big suggestion is to simply speak up until the bosses hear you. For anyone who isn't an extrovert or who isn't very assertive, that sort of tip is pretty useless whether you are male or female. I do agree that more good female leadership will improve work places, but you have to add that qualifier. Women aren't automatically better than men as leaders. Women are just often more qualified and better suited than the men promoted ahead of them. There are cases where the women in charge are the problem in the work place, but at least they might have been promoted fairly.(less)
After seeing this book on the Colbert Report, I came to GoodReads to see what the reviews looked like. At the time, they were mostly rages against Ms....moreAfter seeing this book on the Colbert Report, I came to GoodReads to see what the reviews looked like. At the time, they were mostly rages against Ms. Bazelon for her coverage of the Phoebe Prince case, which made me hesitate. I was considering suggesting the book for my library because so many parents were asking for books about bullying, but a reporter illegally revealing mental health records was concerning. I researched a bit more and couldn't find anything conclusive. I didn't really like the tone of the original articles on the case, but the book had sounded fascinating. So, I got it from another library to read before buying it for mine.
This book troubles me a bit because it distills bullying into such simple terms that I can't really reconcile with my own middle school experiences. Middle school was when I got teased a lot and I wasn't the kid that got it the worst. I still remember most of those taunts and it's difficult to read a book where the author says that there has to be an actual power imbalance between the kids for it to be bullying.
What kind of power are we talking about here? Social power could be the kid who has friends versus the one who has one or two, or it could be the rich kid versus the poor one. It could be the huge kid that no one can stand up against or it could be that little weasel that always has one last word to say to send you home crying.
For kids who don't have very many friends to start with, bullying can cause all sorts of problems. I just can't agree with the conclusion that suicide isn't at all linked to bullying because those bullies can sometimes be all the straws necessary rather than simply the last one.
I might still get this book because it does present some solutions that the parents in my area might like to have, but I would be hesitant to recommend it rather than just have it on the shelf. (less)
This one wasn't as good as the authors' take on Hunger Games despite this book having more scholarly impact. There is much more substance to this book...moreThis one wasn't as good as the authors' take on Hunger Games despite this book having more scholarly impact. There is much more substance to this book and the chapters I did enjoy were exceptional, but some of them were boring.
Expect excerpts to contain spoilers as well as the same level of violence as the trilogy.(less)
While this was probably what would be considered a liberal biased presentation of facts, I thought that Presidents from both sides were treated with t...moreWhile this was probably what would be considered a liberal biased presentation of facts, I thought that Presidents from both sides were treated with the same amount of respect and derision. I also think that the military was given credit for what it does well and that Maddow attempted to explain the reason behind some of the failures that have occurred.
Maddow is easy to listen to and she speaks in a voice that neither talks down to people nor uses excessively complex language. Her reasoning was easy to follow and I largely agreed with her. If I disagreed, it might have been more difficult to keep listening, but there were a couple of instances were my opinion and hers weren't exactly the same. That said a conservative or someone who never wants to hear anything about the military being too large probably wouldn't like this.
There might have been a few curse words for dramatic effect, but this is adult non-fiction written by a TV news reporter. No real sexual/romantic content because the subject is the military so any talk about women is about gender roles, support of the military and advertising to recruit people into the military. There is talk about what occurs in war zones, but it is to a large degree factual, distant and not very detailed.(less)
I have to admit that this book read a bit like it had a health agenda and a grudge against overweight people and current lifestyles (fast food, soda a...moreI have to admit that this book read a bit like it had a health agenda and a grudge against overweight people and current lifestyles (fast food, soda and less exercise than we probably should). Cat is determined to be a scientist when she grows up. The first step towards that is to get a good grade in this class with this project which she also hopes to win the science fair with. She got a picture of hominids around a dead animal. Insects she would have great ideas, but this she was initially stumped.
Then she comes up with the idea to use herself as a test subject for determining whether modern lifestyles are worse for our health than hominid life styles. She cuts out all technology, processed foods and Diet Coke (her salvation). This means she prepares all her food, walks everywhere and spends less time getting ready for school.
As her project continues, she loses weight, her skin improves and boys start to notice her. She's still stuck on the guy who used to be her best friend though. Something happened at a science fair that changed their relationship and she still hasn't forgiven him.
With all the eat healthier and you will feel so much better. If you walked more, you would lose weight and your peers would be interested. At least the author finishes with the important people having liked her before and after her project. If that hadn't happened, this whole book would have been a wash rather than an after school special. It was mostly an entertaining one, but it definitely lost points for the agenda.
There was some cursing, but no f-bomb that I remember and very little cursing otherwise. The sex factor was pretty low although as she loses weight Cat does attract more attention from guys. There was absolutely no violence aside from scientific talk about how hominids got meat.(less)
When I saw that this was a prequel to the Dresden files, I was hoping that I would get to see Harry as a teenager (and you do, briefly). Unfortunately...moreWhen I saw that this was a prequel to the Dresden files, I was hoping that I would get to see Harry as a teenager (and you do, briefly). Unfortunately, for me , this takes place not long before the events of Storm Front and gives you an idea of how Harry and Murphy got used to working together (even though it still isn't about their first case together). The story is well designed both graphically and in respects to plot. It was a bit too short for my tastes, but it did have to fit in a limited number of pages.
There isn't any sex although there were a couple of innuendos. There was some language, but I can't remember if it was the kind of language from the beginning of the series or from the later books. After about book 7, the f-bomb starts making an appearance and not always in a context that is entirely necessary to the flavor of the scene (at least in my opinion). There is violence, and since this is a graphic novel the blood is visible to the reader which may irk some parents. It's not terribly gory, but it is definitely there.(less)
This book was way too long and drawn out. The author had whole sections that she could have cut out and the reader wouldn't have missed anything. In f...moreThis book was way too long and drawn out. The author had whole sections that she could have cut out and the reader wouldn't have missed anything. In fact, some of the descriptions were simply repetitive or just overly detailed.
For the most part, I enjoyed the story until the final battle (view spoiler)[and Kartik's sacrifice. I knew he was going to die because I had accidentally read something that said so, but to die like that was just disappointing; and it didn't even make that much sense. I guess someone had to die in order to win the battle, but she could have explained it better. As it was it just seemed like the cycle would begin again. (hide spoiler)] The pacing was fair though a bit sluggish with the balls, Ann struggling to find herself and Gemma finally deciding between Simon and Kartik. The Realms just seemed to take a backseat to these things for the first half of the book which seemed a bit silly given the ominous dreams and such going on... It wasn't the end to the trilogy that I would have hoped for, but it wasn't so tragically bad that I couldn't finish it either.
This book includes dead bodies, looting from dead bodies, murder, talk of sacrificing people and animals, actual sacrificing of souls, an epic battle at the end after several smaller battles and small mobs wanting to fight each other. Gemma dreams about Kartik fairly graphically and may actually do more than just kiss in in person. Pip and Felicity are revealed to have romantic feelings for each other, which felt more like manipulation on Pip's part to me, but could be true for Felicity (could also be the result of the abuse Felicity suffered and her distrust of men). Either way the kiss between her and Pip as well their closeness might make parents uncomfortable. There may have been a minor curse (or there may have been one well placed f-bomb that I'm vaguely remembering but I could be wrong), but no real cursing otherwise.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I think this book could definitely cause some people to experience negative psychological effects. It is that well researched and written. It can also...moreI think this book could definitely cause some people to experience negative psychological effects. It is that well researched and written. It can also have a positive impact on someone that needs to read it. I think a teen that needs it will know that they will help rather than hurt them.
Watching calories like that and seeing your body like that despite counseling and drugs; her thoughts were too familiar about certain things in some instances. I think a lot of people will recognize themselves in Lia at one point or another. I saw myself when she wondered what the point in getting up and getting good grades and getting a job was. I saw myself when she asked whether the therapist was a quack because the therapist actually believed life was worth living. At that age, I didn't see the point either. It seemed like I was gearing up for an endless grind with no relief. At least I wasn't cutting and anorexic along with it. Her parents were one of the worst parts for me. They kept fighting with each other about Lia and never acknowledging that they were making things worse. It soured their realization that she needed to be hospitalized again for me because it felt like it was their fault for not noticing her tricking them about her weight and eating. Granted she should have been trying to get better or at least telling the psychiatrist why she didn't want to get better.
There was at least one f-bomb, but not much other cursing and the f-bomb really fit the context if it is where I remember it. There was cutting, anorexia, bulimia, drug use (mostly for weight loss) and gambling. There isn't really any violence, though the descriptions of Lia's cutting and her body's condition is pretty gruesome to someone who has never been exposed to the idea of anorexia or cutting.(less)
Gets an extra star for "dark" Yugi being less creepy and for the creator starting to be a bit more creative with keeping "dark" Yugi a secret from Yug...moreGets an extra star for "dark" Yugi being less creepy and for the creator starting to be a bit more creative with keeping "dark" Yugi a secret from Yugi's friends. Same level of violence and language, and still a bit more mature than the audience of the American TV show.(less)
I was disappointed in this book because there were so many points where there was potential for something better to happen. The journal could have bee...moreI was disappointed in this book because there were so many points where there was potential for something better to happen. The journal could have been an interesting resource. Finding another cursed being could have been something other than a justification for a love triangle (view spoiler)[(though I do have to give the author props for the idea of a hundred years old monster hunting chicks by using their curses and true love against them; that was fairly clever (hide spoiler)]. Most of the novel focused on teen drama and angst rather than mermaid/siren mythos. If I had wanted teen drama, I would have picked up a realistic fiction book that wasn't advertising sirens... At least it was a quick read and it wasn't boring.
There isn't any sex, maybe a little language, and only one big fight between the bad guy and the protagonist. The fight scene takes place in the water, and is similar to the mentions of other drowning deaths in the book.["br"]>["br"]>(less)
My biggest problem with this book is that the story takes too long to get from point A to point B. There are lots of unnecessary side trips (mostly at...moreMy biggest problem with this book is that the story takes too long to get from point A to point B. There are lots of unnecessary side trips (mostly attempting to convince the reader that the girls are not overlooking things that are obvious). I was already convinced in the previous book that something was up with one of the characters that the girls didn't suspect of much, but nothing was revealed until the end. I have a feeling that the next book will be even worse about this. Unfortunately, the build up isn't really constructive in my opinion so much as it is time consuming. The prose is truly beautiful, but I think that I would be skimming most of it if I were reading it instead of listening to it.
I was also greatly disappointed by both male characters at certain points in the book, but I guess they were just behaving normally. I also really wanted to kick Tom, what does it take to start a courtship? Why didn't he initiate anything when he thought Ann was worthy of his time?
This book contains the same sexual contradictions of the previous one with Gemma struggling to fit into a society that demands submission and extreme modesty while still desperately wanting both Kartik and Simon (both for different reasons). Of course this struggle is typical of the Victorian Era and isn't nearly as sharp as Felicity's with the implications of her abuse by her father, her neglect by her mother and what is currently happening to her young cousin. Simon definitely touches Gemma more than a kiss, but no more than her shoulders as far as I remember. Other than talking about the nymphs stealing skins and the disease of the Untouchables (and the deterioration of the Garden and a certain someone which includes eating poor animals) there isn't much violence in this one. The Rakshana threaten violence and do actually do a bit, but nothing terribly serious. There isn't really any language to speak of although there is still quite a bit of cattiness among the girls.(less)