1. If there is an active shooter situation, run. Flee. Get as far away as you can. 2. If you cannot flee, hide. 3. Never try to disarm or attack the sh1. If there is an active shooter situation, run. Flee. Get as far away as you can. 2. If you cannot flee, hide. 3. Never try to disarm or attack the shooter. Exception: unless you are in a position where you cannot flee or hide, do anything you can to survive. 4. Never play hero. Do not attempt to save or help anyone else. Just get out. 5. Once you are safe, call for help. 911.
This book is a horrible portrayal of active shooters, active shooter situations, and its tragedy. This is a black and white representation of a terrible tragedy that does not attempt to develop or explain itself. The characters are flat, the villain one-dimensional, and much of the dialogue is unbelievable. (Really, who thinks about dating the hot girl he has a crush on when an active shooter is in the room?! or make Star Wars jokes?) And let's not get into the debacle of fair representation of diversity and inclusion...
This story reads like a poor action movie that had no consideration for the reality of its serious subject matter. It had potential to discuss rape, inclusion, abuse, alcoholism, and more, yet it fell flat and hard....more
A quick, easy, and relatable story. A sixteen-year-old is told that a tough girl at her new school wants to beat her up. I read the story in one sittiA quick, easy, and relatable story. A sixteen-year-old is told that a tough girl at her new school wants to beat her up. I read the story in one sitting, but I found some of the main character's choices unrealistic at times. It's hard to imagine another person's actions completely effecting another person's character. The story seems to spiral. I like that the author brought her perspective to the story, as she had a similar experience as the main character. The story was messy and imperfect, and it resonated with me, because that is how life goes sometimes. It's not always wrapped in a pretty bow, and this book was honest about that....more
Your neighborhood superhero could be your average Jane at your local high school. Say whaaaat? Yes, it may be true! I like that the beginning of thisYour neighborhood superhero could be your average Jane at your local high school. Say whaaaat? Yes, it may be true! I like that the beginning of this comic features a nontraditional main character - teenage, female, Muslim. Love it! Plus, there is a message in here about being yourself (but it's a little difficult to find/interpret). Fun, relatable, easy read. ...more
I was trying to find an angel story to keep up with Unearthly, but unfortunately, this did not do it for me. The paranormal aspects of tUgh. Spare me.
I was trying to find an angel story to keep up with Unearthly, but unfortunately, this did not do it for me. The paranormal aspects of the story get lost in the dry love triangle. The main character is a vapid, clueless, plain, and not-so-unique female character who is more concerned with the "bad boy" rather than discovering any sort of plot. When the story finally gets around to some interesting points, the book ends. I'm not sure if the author even knew how to wrap it up. The ending says, "Yes, main character. There is a reason for all is, but it is too soon for you to know. Please refer to book two, and maybe then, I'll have figured it out." Sorry, book one, but I'm not interested in book number two. I would not recommend. I wanted to like the book, but I just couldn't....more
While this was hilarious and had great adolescent voice, I found this title lacking the depth I would expect from a cancer story. It wasn't a very easWhile this was hilarious and had great adolescent voice, I found this title lacking the depth I would expect from a cancer story. It wasn't a very easy read for me, and the profanity was wayyy over the top. I would not recommend the story, but I do appreciate its honesty. ...more
3.5 stars out of 5 This story had a lot of promise. For me, it was a bit disappointing, like expecting exploding, sky-high fireworks and only getting hand-held Sparklers. Still bright, fun, and mild amusement, but not a showstopper with the gawking, clapping, and ohs-and-ahs.
Summary: Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret that no one else knows, except for Stuart Harris, a death-row criminal in Texas, who has read her post. Zoe confesses her story of romance, betrayal, and murder to the man in America through written letters. Putting her story on paper allows Zoe to acknowledge and accept the haunting choices she has made that have changed everything she knows.
I might have been expecting more, since this book has been nominated and won many literary awards. I listened to the audiobook version of this story, and I was impressed by the voice of Zoe. The voice actress truly captures the personality of the character, tone of the story, and conveys the events with spot-on inflection. I have no reservations in recommending the audiobook, as this book translates well into that format.
As for the story itself, I also expected more from the story, based on the premise that Zoe would be writing to a death-row inmate. I wanted interaction between the two characters. Instead, this story reads like a diary of a young girl who is conflicted with having a relationship with two brothers. I understand she relates to Stuart because of his criminal record, and revealing this to the audience allows readers to reflect on the seriousness of her crimes (until you realize that it’s not as bad as you think).
Aside from that disappointment, I loved the unique characters and most of the dialogue. Max is deeper than you think, Aaron is charming and creative, Zoe is childlike and endearing. I also enjoyed that we see more of Zoe’s family, more than the romance itself. Giving Zoe a struggling, realistic family made this book, and that is where the true conflict for this story lies. Zoe’s parents, the looming idea of divorce, family death, sibling bonds, and parenting are some of the factors that added dimension and appeal to the story. Sometimes being together is hard – life is hard – but somewhere, there is a silver lining to that ketchup cloud.
If you like this book, you may like: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson....more
An angel fell in love with a devil. Tragedy, war, and - O! Godstars - what a match they were.
Laini Taylor gave me a satisfying and electric conclusionAn angel fell in love with a devil. Tragedy, war, and - O! Godstars - what a match they were.
Laini Taylor gave me a satisfying and electric conclusion to this amazing trilogy. While I wanted more Karou and Akiva together (as sexual tension was killing me as I read this), the plot came together in a brilliant way. Pieces of the mystery, resolution to character problems, and a beautiful set-up for another series created a satisfying ending for me. And of course, the ending was perfect. After the disasters from book two, I needed my heartache to be soothed and heartbreak to be repaired.
While I think the book was brilliant, I did find some of the fantasy confusing. Terminology was thrown at me left-and-right-and-up-and-down - terms that were not evident in the first two books, and it took away from my experience a bit. New characters were added, which I liked, but I found it strange that they just suddenly appeared during the conclusion of the trilogy. Honestly, this book concludes the story of the first two books and sets-up for new adventures - adventures I would like to continue reading.
This story had it all for me - lovely narrative, compelling characters, intense romance and action, thrilling fantasy, touches of comedy, and a satisfying ending. Recommended for older teens who enjoy fantasy, angels, chimera, dramatic plot, and love enchantment....more
Powerful picture book illustrated with realistic drawings and told with simple statements. Introduces audiences to themes, such as war, poverty, and cPowerful picture book illustrated with realistic drawings and told with simple statements. Introduces audiences to themes, such as war, poverty, and character death. Beautifully haunting as a serious picture book. Appropriate for children with discussion and guidance, adolescents, and adults....more
First, I love the reality of this book. Tragic, depressing, and explores the prejudice of mixed racial relatioI have mixed feelings about this title.
First, I love the reality of this book. Tragic, depressing, and explores the prejudice of mixed racial relationships, discrimination, and communities in the 1970s. The characters are deeply defined, and readers discover the harshness of each believable person. I'm a character-driven reader, so I enjoyed this aspect.
Second, what I didn't like -- all the damn metaphors. I listened to the audio version of this book, so maybe it popped out more to me. It seemed like every other sentence was a simile or a metaphor of some kind. I was so over listening to that literary device that I lost sight of the story at times.
Third, let's talk about the story now. I enjoyed uncovering the mystery of Lydia's death, but then, I became very frustrated with it. Not to belittle, simplify, or minimize feelings, but I just wanted these characters to communicate with each other. The characters had many community and self-imposed boundaries, and there was a culture of keeping things in instead of communicating, but most of their problems would have been solved by simply talking and expressing themselves. The mystery wasn't as great as it seemed, which was a bit disappointing.
What really kept this together for me was the twist with Jack's character and the reality of prejudice for this family. That made this book. I wouldn't read this again, but I would recommend reading this for exploring the reality of prejudice and interracial families and the consequences of that prejudice....more