Words cannot express how bad I wanna read this book. Tavi Gevinson was my IDOL when I was younger. Still is, actually. She's articulate, incredibly smWords cannot express how bad I wanna read this book. Tavi Gevinson was my IDOL when I was younger. Still is, actually. She's articulate, incredibly smart, hilarious and, of course, fashionable. Rookie is seriously amazing, like a extension of Style Rookie but BETTER. It definetly deserves to have its articles and photos collected in a book( which I'm sure will be just as cleverly desighned and pretty as website itself) . Ugh, I just can't wait to read this. Can't you tell? ...more
Pluto's Ghost is a raw, twisty, colourful book filled characters you can't help but love (and a few you can't help but hate). Sheree Fitch's style ofPluto's Ghost is a raw, twisty, colourful book filled characters you can't help but love (and a few you can't help but hate). Sheree Fitch's style of writing is unmistakable-poetic without taking itself too seriously and sprinkled with the occaisonal made-up word. Skye and Jake's relationship was realistic and sweet and imperfect. It always seems like relationships in books get so serious and intense and married-couple-y so fast, there isn't any room for flaws or quirks or actually human behaviour, which is just weird, especially when the book's aimed at teenagers. Its so much better when there's actually emotional development and real problems and feelings and non-vampiric angst, especially because it makes you care so much more about the story. This book nails it. And it also happens to have not only the whole childhood-crush element, but also the super-secret-hidden-love thing, both obviously key ingredients in any angsty teenage love. That last one will probably make you hate a certain character at first, but I can't actually explain anything about it without being really spoilery and am probably being spoilery enough right now anyway so if you read the book just keep at it and DON'T LOOK AHEAD. Don't make the mistakes I've made. I know you will be tempted from the very first page, and probably every page after that, but it's the greatest reading sin you can commit. Fight the evil. There are so many characters in this book that there is bound to be one you really like. Most of the adults are pretty cool and supportive and actually there ( all of which is rare in YA), but there are also lots of terrible parenting/decisions in general if you really hate good role models. There is also cool, witchy woman and a possible prostitute and a guidance counsellor and and a best friend and about a million others. And it's mostly set in and outside of Halifax, which probably doesn't mean anything to you if you aren't Canadian/Nova Scotian but might be a really good selling point if you are. And there is a school trip where ROMANCE IGNITES (I am so sorry). There are no slowe chapters or weird pacing issues and you will never be tempted to fall asleep because even if there's something you don't like, it is never boring. Maybe a tiny bit predictable at some points, though I will never know because I'm a terrible person and looked ahead (see above). I highly recommend this book. And if nothing here makes you want to read it, at least give it a try for its beautiful cover. ...more
the same situation depicted in this book is now happening in my real life nova scotia town, so i have to say something for this book's accuracy. but athe same situation depicted in this book is now happening in my real life nova scotia town, so i have to say something for this book's accuracy. but also, this is absolutely gorgeous and poetic and funny and for everyone everywhere of any age. sheree fitch is a goddess with the power to make you fall in love with every one of her characters. you can feel both like a child and as old as the world while reading her books. im in love. ...more
This book is so, so special to me. I got it on Christmas morning and had it finished by that night. That's right: I spent CHRISTMAS reading this book.This book is so, so special to me. I got it on Christmas morning and had it finished by that night. That's right: I spent CHRISTMAS reading this book. I only took breaks for eating candy and turkey and, you know, spending time with my family like normal people do at Christmas. But how could I possibly tear myself away from such a amazing book? I have never, ever related to any book the way I have to Saving Francesca. Not the big things, like Mia's clinical depression or Francesca's having to move to a formerly all-boys school( which hasn't actually changed all that much)and away from all her friends. But the little details that are so honest and painfully realistic. Things like not knowing who you are, like appearing quiet and personality-less whe nyou really have so much to say, like marvelling over how insanely disgusting the majority of boys are, and so, so much more that I can't even explain. Melina Marchetta really understands teenagers and what they think and feel, and she never tries to gloss over anything or make it seem prettier and nicer than it actually is. You'll probably have a hard time believing this is fiction and not the contents of someone's diary or something. I know I did. Everyone should read this book, no matter what age or gender or taste in books. Some quotes in case you don't really trust the opinion of an overly-enthusiastic, inarticulate reveiwer-who-rarely-reveiws. Which you most likely don't: “I can't believe I said it out loud. The truth doesn't set you free, you know. It makes you feel awkward and embarrassed and defenseless and red in the face and horrified and petrified and vulnerable. But free? I don't feel free. I feel like shit.”
“I miss the Stella girls telling me what I am. That I'm sweet and placid and accommodating and loyal and nonthreatening and good to have around. And Mia. I want her to say, "Frankie, you're silly, you're lazy, you're talented, you're passionate, you're restrained, you're blossoming, you're contrary."
I want to be an adjective again. But I'm a noun.
A nothing. A nobody. A no one.”
“For a moment I can't help thinking how decent he is - that there's some hope for him beyond the obnoxious image he displays. Maybe deep down he is a sensitive guy, who sees us as real people with real issues. I want to say something nice. Some kind of thanks. I stand there, rehearsing it in my mind. "Oh my God," he says, "did you see that girl's tits?" Maybe not today.”