This is one tightrope of a contemporary young adult book, let me tell you.
Mercedes provides a service of sorts to her classmates. Virgin high schoolerThis is one tightrope of a contemporary young adult book, let me tell you.
Mercedes provides a service of sorts to her classmates. Virgin high schoolers come to her to lose their virginity, she gives them tips in order to improve their relationships and not be a disaster in bed with their girlfriends. She keeps detailed logs for her records, has strict rules in place, and everything. It seems like the perfect scheme until things get a little rough around the edges.
I really got worried initially that this would be some sort of attempt at an after-school-special cautionary tale, or that it would turn into some weird sex farce, and neither of these things happened. As the story panned out, we learned a lot more about motivations and empowerment and sexual politics for teens, and, in the end, it ended up being a pretty decent read. There's a lot I could quibble with, but in terms of what really ended up being a unique plot, I can't fault a lot of the different choices made along the way.
Overall, I don't know if this is a book that would necessarily speak to anyone. Sexual empowerment is a weird subject to tackle for this age group anyway, never mind handling the darker sides of sexuality in an appropriate, non-preachy way. As a decent, left-of-center tale, though, it's one I'm actually glad I got my hands on. ...more
In one sense, it's a shame this book has to exist at all. But, on the other hand, with a lot of apolitical people joining the scene in the last 7 or sIn one sense, it's a shame this book has to exist at all. But, on the other hand, with a lot of apolitical people joining the scene in the last 7 or so years, there's a benefit to a television pundit that conservatives might know giving some tips about the best ways to make conservative arguments.
As someone who's been doing this for a decade and a half, this isn't going to give anyone but newbies anything significant to chew over, and if you find Gutfeld grating (and I'm neither a Fox News guy nor a *Red Eye*/*The Five* watcher), this book might not change that, but if you're new to the conservative movement and are looking for some pointers for those awkward holiday meals or summer cookouts, there's little out there like this to offer up.
Worth it if you need it, but skip it if you're experienced....more
Man, I didn't love the first two books in this series, but revisiting it for the third really shows how this series kind of slowed into a mishmash ofMan, I didn't love the first two books in this series, but revisiting it for the third really shows how this series kind of slowed into a mishmash of overly familiar plotting and the tire Bonnie and Clyde thing. Given the struggles with the first two I had, throwing in the towel on book 3 made sense for me even if Elisa Ludwig is forging her own interesting path in the greater YA genre....more
I am not fond of the first book in this series, which is really just a 200 page extended setup to this book, which is much, much better. It still hasI am not fond of the first book in this series, which is really just a 200 page extended setup to this book, which is much, much better. It still has a lot of flaws, but the teenage space survival story is at least in full swing here, and the teenagers actually sound and act like teenagers.
The flaw, again, is how little happens. A lot of mystery doled out over a long period of time without enough reason to keep going. I almost wish that the first book was condensed into about 25 pages and we just dove in here to get to the meat of things.
Overall, still a pass, but less so than with the first book....more
loser to a 4.5. There's no dearth of YA dystopias, and plenty of science fiction novels as well for the same group. Burning Midnight was definitely moloser to a 4.5. There's no dearth of YA dystopias, and plenty of science fiction novels as well for the same group. Burning Midnight was definitely more unique than some of the more recent reads I've had. It's got a nice, edgier Brandon Sanderson vibe to it, which really just sets us up for a fun time.
The story takes place in a nearish future. At some point, a bunch of spheres arrived on Earth. No one knows where they came from, but it was quickly figured out that you can take a pair, "burn" them, and you get different abilities or improvements to yourself. The story follows a teen boy who sells spheres and a girl that he meets who is very good at finding them, and the way their world turns upside-down when they discover a never-before-seen golden sphere.
It's hard to fully discuss this without giving away the ending, and I'll do my best, but the way that the concept behind the spheres is revealed is absolutely wonderfully insane, and turned an already-riveting read into something a lot cooler. The story has so many little elements that it juggles well, and perhaps only falters a bit in the sense that the book doesn't feel all that modern from a setting standpoint, especially in the almost throwback treatment of the sphere market. Still, my complaints about the book are more nitpicky than anything else, as this is a rock-solid read that deserves some attention. Just a lot of fun and unlike a lot of what I've read...more