Jo and Barney make me all wibbly wobbly. It gave me chills. Lumberjanes is doing HUGE things for the LGBT communitALL OF THE STARS! ALL OF THE FEELS!
Jo and Barney make me all wibbly wobbly. It gave me chills. Lumberjanes is doing HUGE things for the LGBT community, and it's doing it in a subtle and honest and so real way. It's not in your face, you get to know these girls as people first, and the sexuality after. I couldn't believe what I was reading, but I was so so happy to be reading it. I hope every little kid reads this, both kids struggling with identity as a way of learning they are not alone, and straight cis kids as a way of learning about different gender identities and how you can be friends with them and they are people too.
This is a powerful issue. Lumberjanes continues to break stereotypes and boundaries and is one of the most important comic series being published today....more
This is probably my favorite issue so far. The humor is really fun and we get to dive a little deeper into the characters, especially Daisy and Susan.This is probably my favorite issue so far. The humor is really fun and we get to dive a little deeper into the characters, especially Daisy and Susan. I really want to see how Daisy grows as a character and I'm very curious about Susan's past. Hopefully we'll get some answers in the next few issues!...more
This was a fun novel. I really enjoyed the concept of telling the novelist's life story as well as their novel. I did find myself more interested in DThis was a fun novel. I really enjoyed the concept of telling the novelist's life story as well as their novel. I did find myself more interested in Darcy's life, but Afterworlds had a fantastic beginning and ending. I also really appreciated all of the minorities, we have prominent Indian and gay characters and that's awesome.
I did have a few issues with the overall writing though. After the really fantastic beginning, Afterworlds really lagged for me. I don't think the underworld was presented in a very interesting way and as I got further into Darcy's life I found it hard to figure out if the novel was pre or post edits. It felt like it was pre edits and I found myself wishing Nan's comments were incorporated. I honestly would have liked a little less "YA hotness" and a little more death cult/serial killer. (view spoiler)[ Although I suspect this novel is way self aware of real life YA paranormal romances and I think he purposefully used tropes of the genre to influence Darcy's story. But even if his intentions were to have commentary on current YA trends, I still wanted Afterworlds to be an interesting book in it's own right, and unfortunately that wasn't always the case. (hide spoiler)]
I thought both relationships to be very insta-love (though it was worse in the novel) and that made them very unbelievable. I really had issues believing Darcy's relationship because she didn't really have any inner turmoil over it but she'd never really thought about it either. Everyone in her life was totally ok with it too, and I wish there had been just a little more introspection and discussion. And Darcy never really had any major conflict with people in her life, she just stressed about writing. I really liked the writing world stuff, especially as someone who has followed the YA publishing world very closely for 4+ years, but I would have liked more general life growth as well.
Even though I had some issues with the execution, I loved the concept of Afterworlds and I'm really hoping we will get a sequel. I personally would love to read Pyromancer and I hope that happens.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Loved this volume. Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune make their first appearance and I really like their characters in the manga. In particular SailorLoved this volume. Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune make their first appearance and I really like their characters in the manga. In particular Sailor Uranus is very strong, I love that she doesn't stick to one particular gender role and is very upfront with her flirting with Usagi. I worry what that will do to her relationship with Mamoru down the road, but it's fun to read about. The ending has a huge cliff hanger, I have to get started on vol 7 asap!...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
This is by far the best book I have ever read on Christianity and homosexuality. I was thoroughly impressed with how the author handled this very tou This is by far the best book I have ever read on Christianity and homosexuality. I was thoroughly impressed with how the author handled this very touchy subject. There is no moral of the story crammed down your throat, no secret agenda. It's a story of a girl dealing with the loss of her parents while on the brink of womanhood, and it is told beautifully, honestly, and lovingly.
One of the aspects of The Miseducation of Cameron Post that I have to comment on is the writing style. It is a lot more like adult literary fiction than YA, but for this type of story it works well. The writing could have easily overpowered the story, making it feel heavy handed and slow to read, but Danforth does an excellent job painting a complete picture. It's easy to get completely submerged in her writing.
I really appreciated how honestly Danforth handled Cameron's sexuality. Nothing about it was overdone, it was understated and shy and exactly what so many kids go through when they get their first crush. Straight or gay, I could completely related to the confusion and excitement of young love.
I also really liked how the Christian characters weren't one dimensional villains. I think it could have been very easy to make these characters judgmental and cruel, but instead I could understand where they were coming from. I wanted to hate Ruth, Rick, and Lydia, but I understood those characters and realized that in their mind they were trying to help Cameron and her classmates. It's fairly obvious that they weren't very successful with their methods, but Danforth doesn't outright condemn them either. It is possible for good people to do very bad things without realizing it.
Overall The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a fantastic addition to the growing LGBT themed books in the YA community. It shows how sexuality isn't a black or white issue and I hope it will raise awareness that people are people first, and their sexuality and religion second. This is a fantastic book for parents and teachers to start a dialogue about tolerance for different sexualities. ...more
How have I not reviewed this yet!? Mega fail on my part! I read Stephanie Perkins's other book, Anna and the French Kiss, and while I enjoyed it, I waHow have I not reviewed this yet!? Mega fail on my part! I read Stephanie Perkins's other book, Anna and the French Kiss, and while I enjoyed it, I wasn't in OMG LUV like so many other readers. Well, I can say that with Lola there was a lot of OMG LUV. Much more than with Anna.
Firstly let's discuss this PERFECT cover. This is what all book covers should be, a reflection of the story within. We know exactly what this book is about because of the cover. We know it's about a girl with a cool fashion sense, the setting is in San Francisco, and we even get Cricket's bracelet/writing on his hands habit and that their relationship is based around their bedroom windows (they're sitting on a window sill).
There are so many aspects of Lola that I love. I really enjoyed Lola's zaney fashion sense. I am not like that at all (I'm such a tomboy) so it was fun to live vicariously through Lola. I also loved the setting and her family situation. It's so refreshing to see a same sex couple in a completely normal life. Her dads are regular dads, they live normal lives and react like any father would. I have to give major props to Stephanie Perkins for making Lola's parents an important and stable part of her life. I also loved how Lola is a companion novel to Anna, and we get to see some of the characters we love from Anna, but from a completely different perspective.
One of the best things about this book was how I could relate to every character. I have been in Lola, Cricket, and Max's positions in different relationships. I've been in a relationship that isn't working and gotten feelings for someone else, I've been head over heels for someone with a girlfriend, and I've also suspected a boyfriend of cheating (and I think he probably did) and turned into a green-eyed jealous monster. It almost felt like this book was my love life in novel form lol.
Ok now let's talk about Cricket. Oh Cricket, you are soooo my type (way more than St. Clair). Let's see. Tall and dark? Check. Engineering and Science? Check. Shy in a you-don't-know-you're-beautiful way? Check. Hopelessly romantic? Check. Cricket is everything I look for in a YA romantic interest and he totally captured my heart. Lola and Cricket's relationship is believable, it's a slow building love, and it seems completely real. (Writing this review some 8 months after reading it makes me want to pick Lola back up again! Oh why do I have so little time...) ...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
Shine is a very important book that covers the topics of homosexuality, drug use, and small town mentality. It's about how ignorance can breed fear anShine is a very important book that covers the topics of homosexuality, drug use, and small town mentality. It's about how ignorance can breed fear and hate. But Shine is also about overcoming social expectations to do what is right.
I really liked how Shine handled such a wide variety of problems without ever feeling forced. The main story is about a gay hate crime, but as the motivations behind that crime unfold we get to see the fronts put up by everyone in the town fall away. We see that everyone has things about themselves that they are ashamed about. Instead of putting things out in the open where they can be resolved and get help they shove it down where it never gets dealt with and just festers and gets worse. I think this creates a sense of isolation and helplessness.
However I did find parts of the story very predictable. There would be times where I figured out something way before Cat and I would just sit there thinking 'Come on girl, figure it out so we can move on." Eventually she'd figure it out and we'd move on. There were also times where my imagination was way worse that what actually happened. I think that because it was a YA book parts of the story were toned down a bit. I don't have a problem with that but when I was expecting an ocean of hurt and only got a medium sized pond of hurt I felt a little underwhelmed (if that analogy makes any sense at all).
Beyond the who-done-it aspect of the story, I think the most important part is the commentary on how fear causes us to be selfish and act with a fight for survival mentality. We forsake other's well being for our own when fear takes us over. And ignorance and misunderstanding cause fear. We have to all be more tolerate and take an active role to understand each other and people who are different in order ot overcome that fear.
After the cluster-fuck that was the WSJ Article of Doom and the more recent National Book Award fuck up I can only hope that people will continue to read books and make up their own minds about the merits of a book. Shine is a dark book that covers dark topics yes, but overall it has a message of hope and that even the most prejudice of people can learn to accept and love....more
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is the first book written by the duo Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, and it has a witty, punk rock feel that makesNick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is the first book written by the duo Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, and it has a witty, punk rock feel that makes it a quick yet poignant read. It has that same kind of teenage expectation and excitement you get from The Breakfast Club and My So Called Life. (For serious though, there's enough angst to fill the grand canyon and ride a boat across it). There's plenty of teenage antics and some sexy times, but there's also a deeper context too. It's a story where two strangers can come together and have an immediate connection and share parts of themselves that they usually keep bottled inside. It's about letting go of the past and realizing that this time, with this person, it doesn't have to be that way again. ...more
Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a ridiculously hilarious book about high school students trying to find themselves through, friendship, love, betrayal,Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a ridiculously hilarious book about high school students trying to find themselves through, friendship, love, betrayal, and musical theater.
This book is told from the perspective of two different Will Graysons, each written by one of the authors, and gives an interesting reading experiences. The first Will Grayson is written by John Green and is a quite and introspective boy who is often overshadowed by the loud and super gay personality of his best friend Tiny Cooper. We'll call this Grayson BFF Grayson. The second Will Grayson is written by David Levithan and is dealing with being gay and in the closet and the feeling of loneliness that comes with that. I'll call this Grayson emo Grayson.
At the beginning of the book I found myself liking John Green's chapters more, but I soon figured out that it wasn't BFF Grayson that I liked, it was the humor found in Tiny Cooper who is a force to behold. More on him later. When it comes to the actual Graysons, I found myself relating a lot more to emo Grayson. I was a huge loner myself in high school, and I could really relate to feeling like no one understood him and that desperate search to find someone who could love you for just being you. Also some REALLY shitty stuff happens to him which I hated but thought was brilliant.
I love all of the crazy stuff that happens that brings the characters together. There's a lot of great humor and you can tell that the authors not only have similar writing styles, but have a strong friendship. All three of the main characters (BFF Grayson, emo Grayson, and Tiny Cooper) grow so much throughout the book. I really loved Tiny Cooper though. I really connected to him. At first I thought he was going to be a stereotypical gay sidekick character, but he is so much more than that. I think a lot of his personality comes from insecurity, and I love how both graysons help him learn to love himself and in the process, grow as people themselves. I also absolutely loved the ending. Tiny Dancer is everything I hoped it would be, and so much more. I actually teared up at the end which is something I was not expecting.
Overall Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a wonderful coming of age story about people learning to accept their friends for who they are and to love themselves. I highly recommend this book to any gay teen who is feeling lost or alienated and to all teens as a book about accepting those who are different....more