Happy to report that it's just as good as I'd remembered. Reason? Flynn has a reasonably compelling character in his hero, but it's his side characterHappy to report that it's just as good as I'd remembered. Reason? Flynn has a reasonably compelling character in his hero, but it's his side characters who steal the show. I'd never in a million years have dreamed up the casting hey went with for this movie, but Michael Keaton may actually be up to the task of one of my favorite thriller characters ever.
NB: if you're looking for diversity, this is never going to be the series you want to read. It's 100% white heroes with a lot of foreign terrorists. Total gruesome torture, white hero shoot-em-up movie fodder....more
Writers, beware. If you read this book, you will despair the rest of your days that you will be unable to match the perfection of ThI need more stars.
Writers, beware. If you read this book, you will despair the rest of your days that you will be unable to match the perfection of The Hate U Give. Readers, you may quit reading after this one.
I find myself jealous of a literary agent for the first time, jealous that Brooks Sherman got to read this before anyone else, jealous that he saw it and had the eureka moment of finding this gem and shepherding it to what will undoubtedly be its forever status as a classic. It must have been what finding S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders was like.
All those starred reviews should tell you what I'm most likely stumbling over: This book is miraculous. From the very first words to its perfect ending, not a word, not a phrase, not a single subplot point is out of place. Thomas has given us a heartrending glimpse into the life of black teenagers in the U.S. From the agonizing mantra Starr repeats to herself of how her parents taught her to react if she was ever stopped by the police to the unflinching look at racism in all its forms, from overt to overlooked, you'll find yourself reading it and thinking "I can't believe this exists." You read of authors opening veins to bleed on the pages only to read this book and see the reality of that in all its viscera.
Everyone, EVERYONE, needs to read this book. And I challenge all my fellow white people, both those who view themselves as allies and those who think everything is A-okay in America right now, to read this, to examine our privilege, no matter how much of it we think we have or don't have. And to listen to every nuance left between lines of this incredible book. There's a message in The Hate U Give that we all need to hear....more
This was so much in my wheelhouse I'm jealous that I didn't write it myself! Annie and Baxter are the children of two bats**t insane performance artisThis was so much in my wheelhouse I'm jealous that I didn't write it myself! Annie and Baxter are the children of two bats**t insane performance artists and spend their formative years as part of their parents' "art." As they grow older and strike out on their own -- Annie as an actor and Baxter as an author -- they have some initial success before their lives simultaneously implode and they end up moving back in with their parents to regroup. Their parents disappear not long after in what police suspect was a murder and Annie and Baxter suspect is their parents' latest performance.
I described this to a friend while reading as "a Wes Anderson movie in book form." The characters are delightfully insane without losing their realness, and the plot not only kept me guessing about the Fangs' disappearance but also waffling on how *I* wanted it to turn out. It's a rare book that can keep me that invested in the outcome along with being alternately laugh-out-loud funny and poignant. I'll give absolutely anything else this author writes a shot....more
This is Hunter's story, a prequel telling of the events that lead up to what Hunter reveals to Becca in Storm.
While it's nice to get this little slicThis is Hunter's story, a prequel telling of the events that lead up to what Hunter reveals to Becca in Storm.
While it's nice to get this little slice of Hunter's life before the events of Storm, Fearless is super-short and only gives us the tiniest taste of Hunter's life before. For readers who've already read Storm, there isn't much new information, and the story is too short and introduces characters who don't reappear.
It wouldn't make much difference if readers skip this one....more
This short story is included at the end of Storm and gives the basis of the back story of how the Merrick brothers came to be orphans, with oldest broThis short story is included at the end of Storm and gives the basis of the back story of how the Merrick brothers came to be orphans, with oldest brother Michael's relationship with a girl that led to the death of his parents.
As most readers will have undoubtedly read Storm first, there really aren't any spoilers; you know what's coming right from the beginning of the story. Still, this helps us understand Michael a bit better, a man who's sole relationship prior to becoming guardian of his three brothers ended in unmitigated disaster.
The story does help with establishing some empathy with Michael, who comes off much as a totalitarian dictator in Storm and even most of Spark, unless you spent your adolescence obsessing about S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders, that is, because Michael is a lot like Darrell. Readers can likely skip it and still catch most of the gist of the back story from the other books, but it's already there for a quick read....more