As much as I liked learning Asuna's backstory, I didn't like the way the story does not match up with the events of the original manga/story. I also aAs much as I liked learning Asuna's backstory, I didn't like the way the story does not match up with the events of the original manga/story. I also agree that Asuna's character is not left intact here....more
Painless is a very interesting concept, and it will make you look at life through a whole new lens (sweaters = potential death2.5 Read as digital ARC.
Painless is a very interesting concept, and it will make you look at life through a whole new lens (sweaters = potential death traps). What I liked about it: the adventuring, the pondering/discussion relating to CIPA and humanness in general. (For instance, the need to learn that pain, which you can't feel, can be felt be others. Mind kinda blown.) The concerns: it's not the type of book you will want to read while eating and I didn't especially connect with it. Still, I think it's very important that books like this exist. I feel like humans are trying really hard to understand one another right now. I think it's important to understand the struggles of a select few, and it's also important for showing you what you might be taking for granted....more
I found Cut Both Ways to be an addictive and extremely interesting read. I see other reviewers commenting on the “blunt” writing sRead as digital ARC.
I found Cut Both Ways to be an addictive and extremely interesting read. I see other reviewers commenting on the “blunt” writing style, but I found it to be really refreshing. It made Cut Both Ways read like someone's real life, the way a guy (and not a writer) might actually think and it wasn’t so heinously-sex-driven that it completely terrified me, like other stories have. You get the feeling that Will does really care about these people. I appreciated that greatly.
This read came at a perfect time for me as I recently rejoined the dating scene and launched a giant investigation of "what's normal?" and the only answer I could seem to get out of people was: everything is normal or there is no normal. So, it was interesting to see the way these relationships developed--so different from my high school relationships for a variety of reasons. I think it’s important to normalize teenage relationships and sexuality—having it presented in non-VC Andrews-type stories, showing condom usage, the looming risk of being labeled a sexual predator due to age differences etc. It’s so important for this kind of story to be available for teens who don’t feel comfortable talking with anyone. I’d love to see more from this author in this same kind of vein—featuring all sorts of relationships.
Meanwhile, that missing star is because I felt that there was so much more potential for shit to hit the fan, and I kind of wanted to see it.
-I think it's extremely interesting that Will never says I love you back to either of them. (Not that I remember anyway.) -I even kind of respect that way it ended--it felt like mid-sentence, honestly. Ending with burning down—very metaphorical. Now we must rebuild! Or can we? The creative writing major in me was like, “YES.” The reader in me was like, “But…I want more!" ...more