The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a very important book. It's something much more influential and significant than an average contemporary and its iThe Miseducation of Cameron Post is a very important book. It's something much more influential and significant than an average contemporary and its impact is something I can't fully describe. There's something so powerful about well written, fully fleshed out queer lit - it's something that helps validate our identities. Representation is important, but well written representation can change lives because there's something about a well written queer book that tells us that we're worth the time and effort to make a good book.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is one of these books.
Cameron Post is a remarkable protagonist. She's one of the most fleshed out protagonist that I've encountered, a gemstone of YA lit. Yes, everyone will be able to relate with Cameron Post, regardless of sexuality or gender, the most important thing is that queer kids everywhere will be able to look up to Cameron Post and relate to her and her troubles.
What makes Cameron Post stick out to me is how resilient and headstrong she is. Authors often make the mistake of equating strong characters with unfeeling characters, which is a huge mistake. Strong characters cannot be described in one way but Cameron's strength lies in her resilience. She experiences ups and downs and moments of weakness but throughout her incredible hardships, she perseveres and manages to not only survive it but find light in it too.
The secondary characters are all nicely written and unique and memorable in their own ways. emily m. danforth wrote a bunch of interesting and diverse characters including a disabled lesbian who hides pot in her prosthetic leg and a two-spirit Native American teenager.
emily m. danforth's writing style is gorgeous in a very simple way. It's not flowing or what I would usually describe as gorgeous. There are just some writers that can manage to convey so much more beyond what they said and emily is one of them. It's simple and eloquent and reminds me a lot of the pastels used on the cover.
I can't explain why exactly but pastel is one of the most accurate words I can think of to describe this book. It's summer nights, quiet walks in a park, going out to eat ice cream, fireflies, and pastel colors all rolled up into one. Yeah, it sounds very odd but it's true.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a book that should have been written years ago because there are a lot of queer people out there that needed this book while growing up. But at least, kids like me can look at it and say, "yes, this is who I am and there's no problem with it." Hopefully, emily m. danforth's will make a change for the better in YA lit, opening us up to queer storylines with beautiful prose and even more beautiful characters....more
Brutal Youth tells the inspiring story of three teenagers, each with their own troubles. While, technically, Brutal Youth was written as an anti-bullyBrutal Youth tells the inspiring story of three teenagers, each with their own troubles. While, technically, Brutal Youth was written as an anti-bullying book, it doesn't feel like the average one. Most of the books I've read have extremely heavy messages that bog down the actual story and taint the overall experience. Often the characters are weak and flimsy as well. At the end of the day, the message fails to make a lasting impact with the reader.
However, Brutal Youth doesn't seem to want to go with the flow and instead tells one of the most brutal and harsh stories I've ever read with characters abounding with personality and a story that really resonates with the reader. It's one of those once in a blue moon reads that I'll treasure for a long, long time.
The three main characters -Peter Davidek, Noah Stein, and Lorelei Paskal - were all incredibly realistic and well developed. I couldn't really call any of them likable in the traditional sense, but I enjoyed seeing the story through their eyes. Their individual strengths and weaknesses added yet another layer to the book.
Lorelei was my favourite character in the book, and also one of the most complex characters I've ever read about. Nothing is ever simple with Lorelei. She's selfish and self-centered and an all around awful person. But she's also incredibly pitiful and weak. She is bullied mercilessly by her peers, yet she also does a lot of the bullying herself.
One of the shining aspects of the book was how Breznican addressed the theme of bullying. There's nothing black and white in Brutal Youth. It's all in shades of grey. Even the bullies are bullied.
The main characters aren't completely innocent, like you'd expect from your average book. They're sympathetic while still being at times awful people. It's really amazing what having realistic, multifaceted characters can do to a story. I haven't stopped thinking about this book since I put it down almost a month ago.
Overall, Brutal Youth is one of the best books I have ever read. It's gorgeously written and incredibly heartfelt. I cannot wait to read any other works by this author. I loved it and I recommend Brutal Youth to anyone looking for a book that is unlike any you've read before....more
The Emilie series embodies all your childhood imagination and excitement about the unknown and supernatural and compiles it all into two nice and neatThe Emilie series embodies all your childhood imagination and excitement about the unknown and supernatural and compiles it all into two nice and neat little books.
It's really amazing how well Martha Wells can just take all these emotions and somehow turn them into books and not just any book but incredibly enjoyable and good books!
Emilie and the Sky World starts off almost exactly where the last Emilie book ended. It wasn't the best start but within the first twenty percent, the book picks up quickly when Emilie and co. go off on another exciting adventure.
Practically all the problems that I had with the last Emilie book were resolved in this book, much to my great delight.
The character relationships, which have always been sweet, got almost even sweeter. This Emilie book seems to focus a lot more on familial relationships - daughter and father; mother and daughter; brother and sister.
The relationship between Emilie and her sibling reminded me a lot of my relationship with my own sibling. Slightly antagonistic but at the heart of it, we do love each other. I think a lot of kids will associate with Emilie and her kid brother.
The minor characters added another dimension to the book and all of them made a nice addition to the story. I don't know what is it about her about I just adore Ms. Marlende. She's such a strong character and a wonderful mentor for Emilie.
The world is just as beautifully constructed as in the first installment. While not as 'out-of-this-world' and fantastical as the Hollow World, the 'Sky World' is charming and wonderful in its own way. From the flora to the fauna (and everything in between), Wells proves yet again her skill in creating lovable and unique worlds.
Emilie and the Sky World is a delightful installment to the Emilie series. I enjoyed the first book a bit more but it's obvious that Wells' skill in writing definitely improved. The characters are more defined, the relationships more substantial, and the story is better paced. I definitely recommend both Emilie and the Sky World and Emilie and the Hollow World....more
Searching for Sky is an incredibly unrealistic portrayal of a girl lived away from all civilization and brought back into the US. I'm not exactly an 'Searching for Sky is an incredibly unrealistic portrayal of a girl lived away from all civilization and brought back into the US. I'm not exactly an 'expert' in psychology or anything like that but even I could tell exactly how stupid Cantor's take on this 'reverse dystopia'.
I feel like all Sky's psychologists and doctors failed to do their job. This is a girl who was raised on an island almost all her life. She had no idea what a toilet was or even a door. There were no buildings on her island. Her psychologists didn't do a single thing to help her adjust to her new world. They didn't even tell her what a door was for gods sake. She spent quite a few pages calling it a 'coming in place' instead of a door.
If you take a look at When We Wake, Tegan's rehabilitation and introduction to the new futuristic society is slow and gradual but comprehensive. The doctors basically told her that "Here you go we've got different things here off the island. Here's a toilet. Figure out how to use it. Have fun, lmao."
That's not how anyone would do it and it completely ruined any immersion for me. I just felt like I was yanked out of the story every time Sky doesn't understand a concept. Do you really think no one would explain to her the concept of using money in exchange for goods, or even just bartering?? No one would just expect Sky to handle everything on her own!
Sky's characterization was incredibly weak. Her entire character was based off of the fact that she is from an island and knows nothing. Basically every page somehow talks about how 'Ohh! Poor Sky! She doesn't know anything!" I understand how hard it is to go from one environment to a radically different environment, and especially without any real help but having that as her only character trait isn't going to make me feel anything for Sky, regardless of her situation.
Her romantic relationship with her, for all practical purposes, step-brother was mildly disturbing and not romantic at all. I definitely viewed their relationship as more fraternal rather than romantic. Their parents were an item and it seemed like they were raised more as siblings than friends so when their relationship turned romantic I checked out.
Overall, the book wasn't impressive and I regret the time I spent on it. I definitely don't recommend it - nor am I planning on reading any other books by the author....more
If you found movies like Inception and the Matrix or games like Catherine even slightly confusing, good luck with White Space. Confusing doesn't evenIf you found movies like Inception and the Matrix or games like Catherine even slightly confusing, good luck with White Space. Confusing doesn't even begin to cover this book. The plot is so intricate and elaborate. Reading it is truly amazing simply because the amount of work that Bick put into the plot is jaw-dropping.
Thankfully, unlike many books which try to do something similar, everything in White Space eventually makes perfect sense. There aren't any plot holes (that I could find at least and I may have spent many hours obsessing over every part of this book). Every single part of this book fits together - from the character relationships to the writing style.
I've never really been a fan of Bick before this book. But if you spend any time at all in the YA circle, you'll know her name. Ilsa J. Bick is one of the most prominent YA horror writers currently. White Space definitely proves their writing prowess.
White Space starts off with an incredibly confusing chapter with new, strange words that are given no translation till much later in the book and a scene that makes you feel like you've skipped the first couple of chapters. The chapter is very oddly placed, but it makes sense why Bick chose to put it there. While I was okay with its positioning, I know a lot of people are not and will not be as okay with it as I was.
White Space is an incredibly hard book to get into and an even harder one to like. From what I can tell from the reviews, it's a very polarizing book. The lack of concrete answers for most of the book and length of the novel are just two of the common complaints.
Yes, these are two very problematic aspects of the novel (at times), but the payoff in the end and the chase towards the payoff make it, in my opinion, completely worth it.
It's hard to say anything worthwhile without spoiling the book. I have to carefully tiptoe around not only the plot but the characters because everything can be considered a spoiler. (view spoiler)[Even that can be a spoiler. (view spoiler)[
The characters and character relationships are incredibly important to the story, but first and foremost, White Space is a plot driven book. While I understand why Bick needed to go for a more plot driven book, I do think it would have been nice if the characters had more time to mature and grow. Then again, the book is already pushing 600 pages.
Granted, I would have preferred the characters to be more memorable or distinct, but the intricacy of the plot and writing made up for it.
I'd rather not say anything about the plot because White Space is definitely a story that you want to go into with the least possible amount of spoilers or information. I really knew nothing about the book and that made it 100% better.
White Space is a fantastic and original ride that'll take you places that you couldn't have imagined before. Throw everything you ever took for granted out the window and prepare to have your mind completely blown. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more