I listened to the audio book for Size 12 is Not Fat almost a year ago, but with the release of the 4th installment in this series (Size 12 and Ready I listened to the audio book for Size 12 is Not Fat almost a year ago, but with the release of the 4th installment in this series (Size 12 and Ready to Rock) I thought I would go ahead and do a quick book review.
The initial thing that drew me to this book was the title. I have had weight issues my whole life, and was a size 12/14 when I first heard about this series. I wanted to read it because I wanted to read a book about a protagonist that looked like me and dealt with the same issues I deal with.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved listening to Heather's inner monologue (it's so like my own lol) and I loved reading about the antics that all of the college kids get up to. The murder mystery is also really well done, I had NO idea who the killer was and was thoroughly surprised as the different twists were revealed. I also really liked the commentary on weight in the media and how gaining weight doesn't reduce your value as a person.
Honestly, I can't pinpoint the exact thing that made this book so enjoyable for me, it really was everything. Size 12 is Not Fat is a cute and fun story that is a perfect summer read. ...more
Zany, wacky, silly, hilarious, empowering, awesome. All adjectives that can describe Libba Bray's satire on modern beauty stereotypes and women's roleZany, wacky, silly, hilarious, empowering, awesome. All adjectives that can describe Libba Bray's satire on modern beauty stereotypes and women's roles in today's society as well as consumerism, racism, LGBT issues, and politics. This is a perfect book for fans of Drop Dead Gorgeous, Miss Congeniality, and Legally Blonde (AKA me).
I really enjoyed all of the girls on the island and their unique personalities. What I liked was how each girl started off with their own preconceived notions, their own mold that they were trying to stuff themselves into (in particular Mary Lou was amazing). As the book progressed they learn how to let go of society's demands and expectations of them and to become the girls that they truly are. I think this is a lovely message for the book and I really enjoyed the delivery.
The humor in this book is pretty out there, I will admit. I consider my sense of humor to be pretty dry, so this over the top slap stick humor was a little too much for me at times. Other times this humor was right on point and had some very poignant undertones. Beauty Queens has varying levels of humor, so don't be surprised if you find yourself simultaneously rolling your eyes and laughing out loud.
Overall Beauty Queens is a very funny satire that comments on beauty and how we try and contain it and give it structure and definition instead of letting it be the wild exciting thing it is. While the humor doesn't always hit the mark for me, when it's on it's SO ON and speaks truly about sexuality and growing up. ...more
I love treasure hunt type stories. Like, really really love them. When I was a little kid I would make up treasure hunts for my younger siblings and II love treasure hunt type stories. Like, really really love them. When I was a little kid I would make up treasure hunts for my younger siblings and I would spend HOURS drawing maps, hiding clues, and creating decorated boxes for the "treasure" (usually some apples or something, what I was only 6, don't judge). I've always daydreamed about finding a hidden passage, a secret diary, and some sort of clue trail of my own. I just LOVED the idea of finding a secret message tucked into the stacks of my favorite bookstore. It is my ideal adventure.
I absolutely loved the two main characters, but I think I connected more to Lily. I loved her kooky style and her brother and her dog and her freaking majorette boots. I also loved how she was the one to initiate the journal. She is more bold than me, because while I dream about finding a secret, she creates one and puts it out into the world.
Overall Dash and Lily is an adorable romance. It's an excellent tale about how the idea of a person may be different that who they really are, but that doesn't mean they still aren't right for you. It has a great theme that fairy tale prince charmings and princesses are wonderful, but they're only fairy tales. Real life relationships aren't as perfect, there are things that will frustrate and annoy you, but they're real and that is magic....more
Let me start off by saying I freaking LOVE zombies. They're my favorite horror genre, and I am very protective of them. I'll pretty much read or watchLet me start off by saying I freaking LOVE zombies. They're my favorite horror genre, and I am very protective of them. I'll pretty much read or watch anything that has to do with zombies, but I'm also extremely critical. With that said, Bad Taste in Boys is a super cute zombie read (how often do you get to say that?). I'd say it's more of a middle grade book that is great for kids who want to read a zombie book but don't want to read anything too scary.
There are lots of cliches and over-the-top dramatics, but I still really enjoyed this book. I think if you go into Bad Taste in Boys wanting a serious and scientific book you will be sadly disappointed. I'm surprised I liked it as much as I did because I am usually a huge stickler for proper science in a zombie novel. I would recommend taking this book for what it is, fun and light hearted. Don't try and read too much into it or think too hard about how ridiculous the science is. Just go with it.
Overall Bad Taste in boys is a silly little zombie romp. Definitely more Shaun of the Dead then Dawn of the Dead. There are some great quotes from the book, and one of my favorites is “Excuse me if I feel skeptical,' I said. 'Coach's foot fell off. How exactly do you propose to cure that? Superglue?”. LOL!
Bad Taste in Boys is the first in a series, with the second book Bad Hair Day set to come out November 2012. I will definitely be reading the next one! ...more
This is fun light and fluffy but not very deep read. It's like Twelfth Night meets Never Been Kissed. I can see how it would help teens figure out howThis is fun light and fluffy but not very deep read. It's like Twelfth Night meets Never Been Kissed. I can see how it would help teens figure out how to relate to each other but in the end there's nothing very riveting about the story. If you want something simple and cute I would recommend this book....more
Spoiled was a fun and fluffy read. It started off pretty shaky but I eventually grew to like Brooke and Molly. If you're interested in a sweet parentSpoiled was a fun and fluffy read. It started off pretty shaky but I eventually grew to like Brooke and Molly. If you're interested in a sweet parent trap-ish story with some fun celebrity culture satire I would recommend Spoiled. It really turned out much better than I expected....more
UM OK....it was just starting to get good and just starting to get beyond all of this pro preg crazy stuff and it literally ended mid scene. Pretty glUM OK....it was just starting to get good and just starting to get beyond all of this pro preg crazy stuff and it literally ended mid scene. Pretty glad I have a copy of thumped or I'd be pretty annoyed. ...more
The Friday Society is simply a fun read. What I loved the most about The Friday Society was the girl power vibe. Cora, Michiko, and Nellie were all smThe Friday Society is simply a fun read. What I loved the most about The Friday Society was the girl power vibe. Cora, Michiko, and Nellie were all smart, independent, and resourceful but still had different shortcomings they had to overcome with a little help from their friends.
The three main characters were the best part of this novel. It is incredibly refreshing to read a YA that has girls working together to solve a problem, not fighting or swooning over some boy. I think The Friday Society has just the right balance of boy angst in that it's there, but it's not the main focus of the novel. This kind of relationship between girls, friends helping other friends, is really important in YA and sadly very lacking. I also loved how the three girls start off as assistants, but throughout the course of the book they find their own agency and really take control of their lives.
The actual story is cute. It's not anything wildly substantial, but it's entertaining and exciting and would make a super fun teen movie. I wouldn't have minded some of the science to be more fleshed out, but I'm really picky about science and understanding how things work in a novel. I did find some of the technology in The Friday Society to be a bit convenient so I really had to stop questioning it and just let it happen. There's a lot of just silliness in the book (they dress up in super hero costumes at the end to go fight the bad guys) but I just kind of had to be like Michiko and go along with it, even as I rolled my eyes.
The biggest negative was that the book was written with a very modern voice despite the historical setting. However as I continued to read the novel I enjoyed it more and more. Sure the book is set in Edwardian England, but I could completely related to these girls and was really cheering them on.
The Friday Society is a cute and silly novel that I think would work well as an introduction to steampunk and alternative history. I think it's a perfect book for a middle school aged reader and has a great message of team work, friendship, and a healthy dose of girl power. ...more
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is Fantastic (yes with a capital F)! It's so hilarious I was literally loling through the entire book. It's kind of likMe and Earl and the Dying Girl is Fantastic (yes with a capital F)! It's so hilarious I was literally loling through the entire book. It's kind of like if John Green was a sarcastic a-hole (and I mean that in the most affectionate way possible). Most of the time I find rambling tangents kind of annoying, but I loved the humor, even though sometimes it got to a place that made me more than a little shocked.
No seriously. I was mostly cracking up, but every now and then I'd be like "Oh dear God!"....but mostly laughing hysterically. A word of warning, the humor is a major part of the book, and it is NOT kid friendly, so if crude humor and swear words aren't your style, approach with caution.
One of my favorite aspects of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is the stylistic choices. The story is told in a variety of ways including bullet point lists and screenplay style, which makes it so much fun to read. I also just really enjoyed the writing style. Greg is very self deprecating and there are a ton of silly interjections that just made me laugh out loud.
However, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl isn't all dirty jokes (I promise). I think there's a pretty deep message too, maybe not a happy one, but a message all the same. It talks about how not everyone is a fighter, and not everyone has profound moments when faced with death. Sometimes people just die, and even though you may know that person, it doesn't mean your life will be all that changed. There's a lot of pressure on people to feel SO SORRY that someone is dying, that everyone has to drop everything because they know someone who is sick, even if that emotion is fake and forced. And a lot of times people care more about the guilt they feel about not caring then they do about the actual dying person. We make a person's death about us, and we'll do things we think they'll want (such as make a movie commemorating their life) without really considering who the dying person actually is and what they would want. This message isn't hopeful or heartwarming, but it's way more honest than a lot of other illness and death books out there.
So basically, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl will appeal to a select audience. If you're looking for a sentimental coming of age story where the MC learns a profound lesson through the death of a manic pixie dream girl, move along, this is NOT your book. However, if you're looking for a realistic view of how effed up death can make you and how it's not something that can be tied up in a neat little package of revelations and self discovery told in hundreds of pages of laugh out loud ridiculousness, then run (not walk) and get Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. ...more
I found out about My Life as a White Trash Zombie from Felicia Day's Vaginal Fantasy Book Club. This was my first read for the club and I have to sayI found out about My Life as a White Trash Zombie from Felicia Day's Vaginal Fantasy Book Club. This was my first read for the club and I have to say that while I don't think it was a vaginal fantasy MLasWTZ was a thoroughly enjoyable read.
The zombies in MLasWTZ aren't standard zombies in that they retain their humanity as long as they consume brains on a regular basis, as opposed to the usual mindless re-animated corpse. In this way Angel is more like a vampire, especially like the vampires in the Daybreakers movie (with Ethan Hawke and Sam Neil, am I the only person who's seen this movie?). As long as she has brains she can pass off as human. This didn't bother me at all but some people were squicked out by the eating brains and the idea of undead sexy times (even though physical romance is very light), so be warned if you're squeamish.
I have to say that my most favorite part of MLasWTZ was Angel and her inner monologue, which is hilarious and sarcastic and awesome. She also goes through so much transformation, both physically, emotionally, and mentally. Angel starts off as an unambitious pill head with a dead beat boyfriend and an abusive father. Throughout the book though she really comes into her own. She starts to care about her situation and she realizes that she is not only capable of more, she is worthy. The Vaginal Fantasy Book Club usually reads romance novels, but as one commenter so aptly put it, this is a story about Angel finding love for herself.
Ultimately I don't think that Angel is white trash. I think that just because you're living in poverty or have an addiction problem doesn't automatically make you white trash. I think that white trash is a state of complacency, a willingness to stay in your current situation and not work to try and change it.
Overall I really loved My Life as a White Trash Zombie. It was quirky mystery and a great introduction to The Vaginal Fantasy Book Club. I'm really looking forward to the second book in the series and to reading more VFBC selections. ...more
I liked it, but I didn't love it. It's very funny, but I feel like it's the same type of humor that gets a little old after a while. I think this bookI liked it, but I didn't love it. It's very funny, but I feel like it's the same type of humor that gets a little old after a while. I think this book is best read is small doses. Jenny Lawson is a blogger and I suspect that this book was written like her blog. However, blog posts come out once every couple of days and this book is all at once. It's a bit overwhelming.
However Let's Pretend This Never Happened is still very funny in a random and silly kind of way but with more sincere moments as well. I recommend this to fans of her blog or anyone who enjoys humerous memoirs. ...more
I think I've discovered a genre love I never knew I had. I love reading contemporary YA with a male protagonist. Some of my favorite books such as JohI think I've discovered a genre love I never knew I had. I love reading contemporary YA with a male protagonist. Some of my favorite books such as John Green's Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, Jesse Andrew's Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Evan Roskos's Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets feature hilariously awkward and endearing main characters. I can now add Andrew Smith's Winger to that list. Ryan Dean, the main character, is charming and vulnerable and very authentic.
Winger tells the story of Ryan Dean, a 14 year old kid who has the book smarts to already be a junior at a private boarding school, but still has the street smarts of a 14 year old kid (ie, not many). This leads to some hilariously embarrassing interactions because all of his friends are 2 years older than him and are often exasperated at his antics. His immature 14 year old mouth often gets him into trouble. Even though Ryan Dean spends a lot of time thinking that he's a loser, don't believe him. He's athletic, smart (maybe not the most wise but what 14 year old is?), and very charming. He is a complete joy to read.
I really loved the character Joey. He was like the great voice of reason with Ryan Dean. Ryan Dean would go off on some crazy tangent or get himself involved in some crazy scheme and Joey was there to slap some sense into his head. I absolutely loved the friendship that developed between these two characters, it was so endearing and cute and (without spoilers promise) made the ending even more sad.
I am very excited to read this for a second time. There is a lot of subtle development underneath all of the jokes about balls and I'm really excited to re-read it and see what I can catch. It's very artful storytelling and I think the words chosen are a lot more deliberate than they seem. That's very difficult to achieve, and I think Andrew Smith is brilliant for it.
So overall I loved Winger. It's funny and touching and has a great balance between poignant moments of friendship, love, and personal growth and jokes about balls. I highly recommend Winger and I think it's a perfect addition to your YA collection. ...more
I have a confession. I love Jersey Shore. I mean, freaking LOVE it. I don't know why, but I can't get enough of this fist pumping, hair poofing, GTL-iI have a confession. I love Jersey Shore. I mean, freaking LOVE it. I don't know why, but I can't get enough of this fist pumping, hair poofing, GTL-ing mess of a show. If you're like me and have no idea why you love Jersey Shore as well, then A Shore Thing will be a great summer read for you.
A Shore Thing may be a fictional story starring Gia and Bella, but it reads like any episode of Jersey Shore starring Snooki and J-Woww, the obvious inspirations for the characters. In A Shore Thing Gia/Snooki and Bella/J-Woww get a house on the Jersey Shore for the summer to party and hook up with hot guido gorilla juice-heads, but nothing ever goes smoothly for these two. I had a lot of fun reading about all of the crazy antics Gia and Bella got up to and I also loved how they were able to charm their way out of pretty much everything.
A Shore Thing isn't a perfect book by any means, the plot is ridiculous at times but always predictable, the writing can be a little clunky, and let's be real this isn't going to be winning any great literature awards anytime soon, but it does address topics like confidence and body issues, friendships and healthy relationships, and what it means to be independent women, and it does it a lot more smoothly than I expected. If you're looking for a funny summer read with a heart A Shore Thing may be just right for you. ...more