I read this in one sitting. It was captivating and chilling all at the same time.
Obviously, we can infer what specific incident this story is based ofI read this in one sitting. It was captivating and chilling all at the same time.
Obviously, we can infer what specific incident this story is based off of. And yet at the same time, we know that it was NOT the only one like it.
Rape culture is a thing, and this book addresses it. Even in the comments, reviews, and questioned asked here on this goodreads page, it is apparent. This is NOT a book to "prepare your daughters about date rape drugs." It is NOT nor should be labeled adult, because it revolves around a gang rape.
That is why this very topic is a thing. I work in a school, and sadly I know that kids here, in a middle school, don't understand that being drunk =/= you even have the CHOICE to decide yes or no. I have seen them 'rate' their peers, or make comments like "someone deserved something."
This is WHY we need to help kids see that their role PLAYS A ROLE, even if they 'not doing anything' excuses it from it. In a middle school, we have a sexting problem. Unsolicited dick pics. A student was shamed by her peers for turning him in. IN A MIDDLE SCHOOL.
This story shouldn't have to be told, but at the same time, right now, it does need to be.
This specific book questions the comment of "It wouldn't happen to you/me" / "She did SOMETHING to have this happen to her." It doesn't matter. If I acted like a male, dressed like a male, etc. And I passed out, does that make it ok for someone to cut my hair into a shorter male-dominant cut? Doesn't that sound stupid? And this is a book to put into teens hands to help affirm how STUPID slut-shaming, rape culture, and 'doing nothing' is.
Obviously, I have a lot of feeling about the topic at hand. The book itself is great. It will be a tad dated with time due to pop culture being included, but it's a story that should be told and read. ...more
I love historical romances, however I can say I burnt myself out of them a year or so ago.
I have tried to read one many times, and I start one, put iI love historical romances, however I can say I burnt myself out of them a year or so ago.
I have tried to read one many times, and I start one, put it down for one reason or another, only to never pick it back up again.
This was a random purchase at a book outlet store. A whim. And I actually read it in less than a week. (Lately romances are my bath time read, so it can take a good month or so. A week is highly unlikely!)
I felt the romance was not insta-love, and I loved the teasing throughout the book. It's a romance, and does follow certain cliches and stereotypes, but I REALLY enjoyed this one. I will be checking out others by this author, for sure. :) I'm glad to finally have found my interest again in this delightful genre. ...more
So, while this book has taken me awhile to finish, it's only because this was the book I chose to read during our state testing. (Meaning, I was readiSo, while this book has taken me awhile to finish, it's only because this was the book I chose to read during our state testing. (Meaning, I was reading in literally 3 minute intervals.)
This book is another win for Rainbow. Rainbow's writing is flawless. Yes, I was a fan-fic skipper in Fangirl. Yes, this book starts off slow.
BUT. The magic in her writing is that it doesn't necessarily feel 'slow.' Not until do things pick up, and you realize you are already 200 pages in, do you realize it.
It's not a love story, and it's not fantasy. It is both, but man. MAN. I forget that it is romancy, until I get to a part. And then I melt. 'This is definitely a Rainbow book!' And then the fantasy swings, and I'm drawn back in to that.
I think we all can agree that Rainbow knows love, and writes it SO well. Now we get to see her fantasy mixed in, and it was a great blend.
Rainbow Rowell is once again, firmly affirming her place in my top 3 favorite authors. ...more
Easy, cheesy, and I'd call it the stepping-stone into romances. Which, I will say I started to read in middle school. Yes, all-out, bodice ripperCute.
Easy, cheesy, and I'd call it the stepping-stone into romances. Which, I will say I started to read in middle school. Yes, all-out, bodice rippers and all. This would have been a better book for me, at the time, as it was very much a romance, without the sex scenes.
I know several of my students who are looking for this type of book, and it's actually quite nice to have an appropriate book to recommend. ...more
This wasn't the most well-written, but the story sure hits home.
It's hard to explain internet safety. It was hard when the internet was new, and equalThis wasn't the most well-written, but the story sure hits home.
It's hard to explain internet safety. It was hard when the internet was new, and equally hard now with kids who grew up with it.
What I liked most about this book, is the honest feelings of the victim feeling guilty. She had been victim blamed, and started to feel guilty for her own actions that helped lead to this point- although we all know she is NOT at fault for what transpired.
Internet safety is not just about trusting our kids, it's about trusting the OTHER people on the internet. ...more