I only know of Connor Franta because his coming out was a pretty big deal. I watched that YouTube video. I have only watched a handful since then. I sI only know of Connor Franta because his coming out was a pretty big deal. I watched that YouTube video. I have only watched a handful since then. I say this because I want you to know I'm not a rabid fan.
I loved this book and I'm surprised that I loved it. Connor is only 22 and he's best known for YouTube so I admittedly wondering what he would have to write about. I went into this book thinking it would be fluff. I was wrong. "A Work In Progress" is a thoughtful mediation on life, creativity and being oneself. Bravo!...more
I know of Joey Graceffa because of his two appearances on one of my favorite reality shows, "The Amazing Race". He's also a popular YouTuber. I don'tI know of Joey Graceffa because of his two appearances on one of my favorite reality shows, "The Amazing Race". He's also a popular YouTuber. I don't know why he gets a book deal to write a memoir but I need a little fluff and he's hella hot so I decided why not read it.
This book isn't the best but it has a certain appeal. Joey is so likeable and loveable that his joy comes across the page. I feel that, by coming out and telling his story (alcoholic mom, autistic brother, bullied in school) he'll help a lot of young people. If you're a fan of Joey Graceffa I'd recommend his book. But if you haven't heard of him then it's give or take....more
I'm so torn over this book. I can't give it a starred review. Part of me wants to give it 5 stars because it's Harper Lee and Harper Lee is as brilliaI'm so torn over this book. I can't give it a starred review. Part of me wants to give it 5 stars because it's Harper Lee and Harper Lee is as brilliant as ever. Another part of me wishes that this book would have never seen the light of day, never been published because I feel it destroys my all time favorite book, To Kill A Mockingbird.
Go Set A Watchman starts out lovely, filled with the emotions of seeing an old friend and the sadness of hearing that the ones you adored have gone away. The book has Scout, now going by her proper name of Jean Louise, visiting Maycomb on vacation. Scout lives in NYC but is dating a guy named Henry. Henry is someone that supposedly grew up with Scout but he's never mentioned in Mockingbird. This book is weird because the reader knows of the events in Mockingbird and yet Watchman makes it seem, sometimes, that those events happened to a different Scout. If Scout had meet Henry in NYC and was bringing him for a visit would make better since than expecting me to believe that Henry grew up across the street from the Finches and was such a beloved family friend he now works with the great Atticus Finch. With all that happens in Mockingbird we'd have seen or heard about Henry Clinton. But I digress.
Scout has returned to find Maycomb trying to adjust to the Supreme Court decision of Brown v Board Of Education and the burgeoning civil rights movement. Minor spoiler alert but Jem has been dead for two years and Dill lives somewhere overseas. Aunt Alexandria now lives with Atticus in a new house. The house that Scout grew up in has been torn down and replaced by an ice cream shop owned by a Cunningham. Harper Lee never says which Cunningham but I'm hoping that it's Walter.
So, yeah, the first seven chapters are great but a little weird. Then chapter 8 comes and the legacy of Atticus Finch is destroyed. Like Scout says at the end of Chapter 8, "The one human being she had ever fully and wholeheartedly trusted had failed her; the only man she had ever known to whom she could point and say with expert knowledge, "He is a gentleman, in his heart he is a gentleman," had betrayed her, publicly, grossly, and shamelessly.
Atticus Finch has been my literary hero for many years. He's a character I look up to and have tried to live by the standards he set forth in Mockingbird. Until now, Harper Lee has published very little. I never imagined that they're would be a revisit to Maycomb so I had to envision how Atticus would be as the years went by. Atticus Finch was so noble to Tom, so passionate in his defense of all people I assumed that Atticus would be for civil rights, would have been a member of the NAACP, would have been a supporter of the Freedom Rides, would have used his legal skills to help advance equality. The Atticus Finch in my head is so much better than the Atticus on paper, the Atticus of Watchman.
After chapter 8 I felt I was in a bizzaro Mockingbird. Atticus Finch is a former member of the KKK. He reads racist literature. He's an opponent of civil rights and believes that Brown v Board Of Education was wrong. To make it worse, when Scout goes to visit Calpurnia, her former maid/mother figure treats her like a stranger. All of the beloved characters of Mockingbird have been cast in unflattering light.
I wish this book had the same story but different characters because Watchman is brilliant and the timing is impeccable. Harper Lee had a crystal ball that told her the country would still be talking about race relations (Ferguson), the odd pride that Southerners have (the Confederate Flag debate) and the power of the Supreme Court to set law (marriage equality).
The narrative is great and it's a great conversation starter. The hope is that this book will start a much-needed discussion. But I don't know if people will be able to look past the glaring personality change that Atticus exhibits. I barely can. It's not fair to Harper Lee or Go Set A Watchman but To Kill A Mockingbird is a bona fide American classic and Watchman will be judged using Mockingbird as the standard....more
I don't usually do audio books but audio version is currently the only version I can get this newest offering from Stephen King in so I bit the bulletI don't usually do audio books but audio version is currently the only version I can get this newest offering from Stephen King in so I bit the bullet.
The narrator was spot on. The story is about a yearly fireworks war gone wrong. Listening to the story I almost pissed myself. The further the story went I could picture the docks and the trumpet player taunting and the mom getting more and more pissed off. My family presents a fireworks display each 4th of July and I could picture my brother getting into a not so friendly feud with a neighboring street....more
I love T.S. Eliot but I've actively avoided reading Love Song. This poem plays a big part in Marisha Pessl's "Night Film" so I was compelled to finallI love T.S. Eliot but I've actively avoided reading Love Song. This poem plays a big part in Marisha Pessl's "Night Film" so I was compelled to finally read it.
Certain things come into your life at certain moments. I believe this is the time I needed to read this poem. The call to live life to the brink is one I need to heed. "Do I dare?", hell yeah I dare....more
Whether you can be gay and Christian is a discussion being held in churches all over the United States. This book gets into the heart of the matter byWhether you can be gay and Christian is a discussion being held in churches all over the United States. This book gets into the heart of the matter by focusing on the handful of Scripture verses used against the LGBT community and looking at them in context.
I'm gay, a former "Christian" and I found this book informative. I'd like to buy copies for those in my life that preach the doctrine "love the sinner, hate the son" but I don't know if it would change their mind....more
I spent 12 years in choir, took drama in high school and was in drama club. I don't have the talent but I still found a place in the theater. This booI spent 12 years in choir, took drama in high school and was in drama club. I don't have the talent but I still found a place in the theater. This book is a glance at a season at the famed Stagedoor Manor. I found it entertaining. I never went to summer camp as a kid so I was able to pretend I did while reading this book....more
I tried. I really did. I've given this book 3 tries but I'm done. "Pride and Prejudice" is considered a literary classic but I found it a snore. All tI tried. I really did. I've given this book 3 tries but I'm done. "Pride and Prejudice" is considered a literary classic but I found it a snore. All the book contains are boring descriptions of dinner parties and balls and house calls. I got to a point where I wanted a flood to happen or have one of the girls accidentally set the house on fire. Hell, I'd settle for a drunken bar brawl between the militia men stationed in town. It's summertime and there are so many great books out there to read. I got to chapter 19 of Book 1 but gave up for the CliffNotes version....more
I recently re-watched "Pitch Perfect" and I noticed in the credits that the movie was based on this book. When I watched the sequel I again saw that iI recently re-watched "Pitch Perfect" and I noticed in the credits that the movie was based on this book. When I watched the sequel I again saw that it was based on this book. "Pitch Perfect" has become one of my favorite movies so I decided to read the book.
If you like the movie then read this book. I wasn't aware of how cutthroat the a capella movement could be. The book follows 3 groups and the author relays their triumphs and their tribulations.
I read a lot of books and it's pretty difficult to impress me but this book impressed me. The world of a capella was funny and heartbreaking and a little crazy....more