I got this book in the mail yesterday and knew I wanted to read it immediately and in one sitting so today I puWhat I did for like 45-50% of the book:
I got this book in the mail yesterday and knew I wanted to read it immediately and in one sitting so today I put my other book aside and dedicated the day to Joey. I even wore one of my Joey shirts.
I've been watching Joey for a few years now on YouTube. He was the first YouTuber I ever subscribed to, heck, I think he was the first YouTube account I ever subscribed to. When he announced he was writing a book I knew I was going to buy it and read it. And then he said it was going to be about his life...I never thought it'd hit me as emotionally hard as it did.
For the first 6 chapters I just basically sobbed most of the way through. A lot of his school experiences I could relate to, so not only was I feeling for Joey's experience but I was also feeling for mine. I would read something that happened to him in school and it would instantly bring up the same thing that happened to me. I hated school. Every day I would wake up and get ready for school and feel like I was going to die from the amount of anxiety I had about it. I'm extremely shy and it was hard for me to make friends, I still don't know how to make friends. Every day I would go wondering if I'd have someone to talk to and sit with, most days it was a yes but there were some days I'd go to school and not talk to a single person and my so called friends would ignore me. I went to a school where you knew everyone from preK all the way to 12th grade, every now and then someone new would move to our school but you basically knew everyone your whole life. So my school experience was basically the same all thirteen years of it, I was ignored, practically invisible. Which isn't as bad as Joey's experience with getting teased but still bad because in a way it is a form of bullying, my self-esteem was being destroyed because I wasn't worth noticing, I wasn't worth being paid attention to. Like Joey I never had a partner for projects seriously having to go up to your teacher and tell them that you don't have a partner is incredibly embarrassing and I always worried about where I'd sit at lunch there were times where I'd sit at a table all alone cause no one would let me sit with them.
His story about his mom also made me an emotional wreck, especially with the little backstory about how she grew up. At times it was hard to read about him dealing with her disease. I'm glad she's doing better now and proud of what she's accomplished. Go Joey's mom! I had family problems growing up too mostly involving my brothers. I can still hear the screaming, sounds of things shattering, and see the lights of police vehicles on my ceiling while I tried to sleep through it all and pretend it wasn't happening. I was always wondering what a normal family was like too and I feel like a lot of people do. People that have a good family life don't realize what they have and take it for granted.
And then we get to Joey's reveal.
"Being called gay as an insult had left me emotionally scarred. And although I knew I would probably never speak to any of those kids again in my life, I still felt that I had to stand my ground against them. When it came right down to it, I just didn't want to be gay. And part of me was frustrated that just because I acted feminine, everyone automatically assumed I was gay. Sure, it was true, but I didn't want to feed into a stereotype just because I was acting in a way that came naturally to me."
Whenever I would try to share my love of Joey with others in real life family members one of the things they would always ask me was if he was gay...only based on the way he acted in his videos. I hated the fact that they were judging him on a stereotype and would always defend him stating that it doesn't matter if he is or isn't gay, that's just the way he acts. It's ridiculous that that's how we judge people. Just because they don't fit the primary definition for male or female doesn't mean you can make assumptions about someone. I'm a girl but that doesn't mean I like makeup and typical girly things just like if you're a boy it doesn't mean you have to like sports and be into cars. That doesn't define who you are, people are made up of a million different things and you can't fit them into neat little rows and checkboxes.
Joey was so real and open in this book. A lot open, I did not think we were going to get all that dating info. I was hoping for a glimpse but what I got was a lot more than I ever imagined. Joey taught me a lot more about dating in just 3 chapters than I've ever learned from watching tv or reading in other books. It was real and honest and covered everything I wondered about. I've never been on a date, never had a boyfriend, and I've never been kissed so all that is still new territory for me and it was really helpful to see that Joey had all the same thoughts and questions I've always had.
Joey is more than just someone I watch on the internet. He's like a friend. Someone I can always go to when I'm feeling down and need cheering up, someone I can go to for advice, someone I can laugh with and cry with. He's relatable and inspiring and I'm glad he's been a part of my life. I'm proud of what he's accomplished and I can't wait to see where he goes. Pyschopath for life! <3...more
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely loved Powerpuff Girls: Super Smash-Up. The story follows the Powerpuff GI received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely loved Powerpuff Girls: Super Smash-Up. The story follows the Powerpuff Girls and Professor Utonium who take a tour of Dexter's Laboratory. Of course Dexter's sister DeeDee is always lurking around nearby to accidentally cause trouble. DeeDee ends up on a multi-dimensional adventure taking her to other Cartoon Network shows and it's up to the Powerpuff Girls and Dexter to track her down and bring her back.
Most of the shows included in this graphic novel I watched as a child which I like to refer to as "the glory days of Cartoon Network". It was great to go back and remember the shows, a few of which I had forgotten about. I can wrap this review up into one word for me, childhood.
The art work was so colorful and beautiful and really reflected the styles of the shows involved.
It was a really fun read and I think anyone would like it. Whether you are like me, a young adult still in the stages between growing up and actually being an adult, or a child yourself you will find this entertaining to read.
I really enjoyed this book. I'm currently in the middle of another Smallville rewatch so you could say I found this book at the perfect time. Lois hasI really enjoyed this book. I'm currently in the middle of another Smallville rewatch so you could say I found this book at the perfect time. Lois has always been a favorite of mine and Gwenda Bond did a good job at writing her, she had all the elements I admired about her. And the conversations between Lois and "SmallvilleGuy" had me squealing with the cute shipper feels. I really liked her Scoop crew too and hope we get more of a look into them in the next book....more
When I started this I did not know it was teaser/novella for another book. Basically I just went in seeing the words "LI got this story from Netgalley
When I started this I did not know it was teaser/novella for another book. Basically I just went in seeing the words "Lois Lane" and being like heck yes. Few pages in I went to make a status about it on here and that's when I learned it's a teaser for the upcoming book Lois Land: Fallout, which makes a lot more sense.
It was a nice, quick story that really did leave me wanting the actual book right at that moment. It was really easy to picture Lois and her voice while reading it. This story doesn't really focus on Lois, more so the couple at the chemistry station next to her and the events that unfold from their breakup which Lois can't help but become involved in. It explores more about her attributes from what I've read on other reviews, the first short story (which I've yet to read) exploring her smarts and this one giving us a view of her courage.
From what I've read this is the Lois I know and love. Will definitely be checking out the book Lois Lane: Fallout.
5/10/15: WHAT?? I never wrote a review for this the first time I read it! What was I doing with my life.
I believe this one was my favorite (either th 5/10/15: WHAT?? I never wrote a review for this the first time I read it! What was I doing with my life.
I believe this one was my favorite (either this one or the first book). America finally makes a decision and isn't all back and forth between Maxon and Aspen this time around, although she does still make frustrating decisions and I'm just like WHYYYYY. I liked how the girls finally came together and started to understand each other and make friendships. Still surprised by how much I ended up loving Celeste. Ugh, I can't wait to start The Heir.
I swear I wrote a review for this...
Update, found the review.
This book had me on an emotional Rollercoaster, I was up I was down, I didn't know what I was. Things happened, I liked characters I previously didn't like, some still annoyed me. But I friggin loved the conclusion, although I would have liked an epilogue to the epilogue....more
I received this as an ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
"I tried to make sense of what had happened: a magic potion, a fallen ob I received this as an ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
"I tried to make sense of what had happened: a magic potion, a fallen object from another world or dimension, a dying boy brought back by true love's kiss. The stuff of storybooks or movies..."
Emma's boyfriend Lucas is dying from cancer. As the only one still holding on to hope, Emma spends her days and nights beside his bedside praying for a miracle before making a trip to the local "witch" in town in the hopes of helping him survive. One potion and a crash-landing later finds Lucas miraculously coming out of his coma cancer free. Only there's a catch...Lucas isn't acting like himself. Turns out an intergalactic traveler (Scout) has hitched a ride inside his body. Soon enough government agents are knocking at the door and it's up to Emma to help this lost soul and get her boyfriend back.
I really enjoyed this book. Emma was a pretty strong character even if she didn't fully realize it. Here she is, this teenage girl in high school with a boyfriend who's been diagnosed with cancer and she's stuck by him this entire time and still managed to keep up with her school work. Not to mention that his parents don't like her. I felt so bad for her whenever his mother would make rude remarks about her and where she's come from. Just because she was raised by a single mother and has never met her father doesn't give them the right to judge her on that. She's done nothing but try to be nice to them and no matter what she does their opinion of her doesn't change. I loved how Lucas would stick up for her. He'd did that for his brother (Eric) too who didn't live up to their parents expectations like Lucas did.
Eric was a welcoming surprise. At first I thought he was just going to be one of those characters who are mentioned but we don't really see. His reaction to Lucas waking from his coma cemented a place for him in my heart. I really wish he could have gotten to go on the road trip to help Scout reach his people.
Speaking of Scout...He was just the cutest, most innocent, shy little nerd alien baby I've ever heard of. Getting to read the chapters in his perspective and see what he thought of the human race was really interesting and amusing. Throughout the book his views on humans change through getting to know Eric, Emma and others. Hope someday we get more about him perhaps in a novella or something.
It had a real Race To Witch Mountain feel when they were trying to help Scout get in contact with his people and eluding the government agents which I genuinely enjoyed. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a lighter sci-fi read.