As with most of the books I have read lately, I wish I had the time to read a book a week like I did a fOur perception of people is not always reality
As with most of the books I have read lately, I wish I had the time to read a book a week like I did a few years ago. There is not enough time in the day to get everything done I need and want to get done. So, because of my lack of time, I didn't get to read this book in a timely manner to take in all of the layers and deliciousness. To me, it dragged in places, but that could have been because I didn't have big chunks of time to devote to devouring it. I loved the last chapter and culminating scenes. The symbolism of paper girls and paper towns, as well as a vase that is cracked, were achingly beautiful.
The biggest thing that I have taken away from reading this book, is that we need to be careful with the way we look at each other. Our perception of people is not always reality. We must be careful not to inflict our version of a person onto them. This could be a positive or negative version. People, especially young people, must be free to become who THEY want to be, not the way that we perceive them to be.
(BUT I feel like I need to make the disclaimer that it is our job to guide the youth to become the best that they are able to be. Not just let them run around doing whatever they want. This is the mom and teacher coming out. ...more
I liked this book, but I didn't love it. It was nice to have Abby and Travis' Vegas wedding explained. The problem I had with tIt was a good follow-up
I liked this book, but I didn't love it. It was nice to have Abby and Travis' Vegas wedding explained. The problem I had with this book was the logic and plausibility of why Abby asked Travis to marry her. I just didn't buy it. I'm completely certain that they loved each other and would have been married eventually anyway. Just not at all convinced that in the real world, that was a divergent that would have ever worked. I was also hoping that something would have come up to connect the end of Walking Disaster and this book. Oh well. :-)...more
I actually listened to this as my family and I were driving to Disney World this fall. :-) I am NOT into nonfiction books, and especially not into a bI actually listened to this as my family and I were driving to Disney World this fall. :-) I am NOT into nonfiction books, and especially not into a book that revolves around a company/business/organization. BUT the crazy thing is that I keep coming back to some of the more interesting/key points that were discussed in the book. The one thing that I keep thinking about is the concept of having a group of people that come together to discuss the work that they are doing (ie the overall story, one particular scene, animation, etc.). Not sure if this will make sense, but this is no ordinary "think tank" sort of group. The people that take their problems and work to this group know that they will receive unbiased, genuine critiques and suggestions. And they also know that nothing that is said or suggested is to be taken personally. I think this is an amazing concept. YES, this should be how people share and help each other anyway, but it hardly EVER happens this way. Just the way the author wrote about this group and the way it works, fascinates me. Apparently it all came about very organically. In my own life and profession (teaching), I really wish that we could all just be open and honest with each other about our thoughts and opinions, and not have ulterior motives. I know that I can sometimes get my own feelings hurt because of criticism, and I can get frustrated and controlling at times too. These things do not help our/my overall goals. It's a hard concept to adhere to, but man....wouldn't it be awesome to be able to talk through a problem openly without worrying about hurting people's feeling or saying the wrong thing?
I do feel that I also need to mention that I actually didn't completely finish the book, but to me, that doesn't matter. This one concept has been mind blowing to me. :-)...more
Beautiful Disaster is still one of my favorite books. It's been over two years since I read it, so this was a great way to rGreat to relive this story
Beautiful Disaster is still one of my favorite books. It's been over two years since I read it, so this was a great way to relive one of my favorite books and stories.
I can't wait to read the other books in this series. They have been on my list for awhile, and I'm going to read Beautiful Wedding next.
I'm not at all certain how I feel about the Epilogue. It wasn't bad, it just took me completely by surprise. I had to read the first half of it a couple of times to understand what was going on. It was definitely clever the way McGuire went in a completely different direction with these characters! I'm anxious to see where she is going to go with this series. ...more
What a great novella to go along with Maybe Someday. I love Warren and Bridgette! Bridgette is so horrible, but I love her and hLove these characters
What a great novella to go along with Maybe Someday. I love Warren and Bridgette! Bridgette is so horrible, but I love her and her story and the two of them together. I want more please! One disclaimer, this was WAY more graphic than I thought it would be! ...more
I've read this with my second graders for the past two years, and they LOVE it! It has a great variety of silly poems from a lot of different authors.I've read this with my second graders for the past two years, and they LOVE it! It has a great variety of silly poems from a lot of different authors. Our 2 favorite poems are I Thought a Thought and Row, Row, Row Your Boat. It's so much fun to watch the kids share their favorite poems with each other and be practically bent over laughing! :-)...more
I loved the first book, and this was a great continuation of this series. The whole premise of this series really intrigues me. How can someone so eviI loved the first book, and this was a great continuation of this series. The whole premise of this series really intrigues me. How can someone so evil (Alder) come from a family that is so good? It kind of goes back to that age old notion of nature vs. nurture. Adler grew up having everything, material things and love. And Erin Easter grew up with nothing, barely having her basic needs met without any love. And yet, Alder was the messed up one.
The other intriguing aspect of this story is Sam and Julianne. Wow. I can not imaging the turmoil they would have endured. The emotional ups and downs of losing your child, but finding out she really wasn't your child. And then finding out what a horrible person the child you had raised was toward another person, which turns out to be your biological child. I can't imagine the grief and sadness on top of the happiness and pride.
The one thing I don't like about this series/book is that it's broken up into three parts. There were times in this book that I had to go back and search through the first book to re-read parts so that I could fully understand what was happening in this book. Despite that, I still can't wait to read the next book!...more
This is an amazing (and true) story. It shows how sometimes it just takes someone believing in us, and giving us a chance, so we can have the confidenThis is an amazing (and true) story. It shows how sometimes it just takes someone believing in us, and giving us a chance, so we can have the confidence to do something amazing, no mater what our circumstances. As a teacher, it is our responsibility to help our children see themselves as the wonderful and unique individuals they are. This brings to mind a famous quote that I try to remind myself as often as I can (especially when my cherubs are driving me crazy :-).
“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” ― Haim G. Ginott, Teacher and Child: A Book for Parents and Teachers...more