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Belinda's Rings

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Half-Asian teenager Grace (but she’d prefer it if you called her “Gray” instead) is dead set on becoming a marine biologist rather than being anything like her mother, Belinda. She’d leave that role to her sister Jess instead, who’s a supermom-in-the-making.

Belinda herself is somewhat obsessed as well, by crop circle books and imagery, and abruptly runs out on her family,
Paperback, 259 pages
Published March 15th 2013 by NeWest Press
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Dec 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian
Explores themes I usually like, but I think the overall effect was muddled down by information which while reading seems fine but when looking back over the narrative whole seems a bit much.
Kat Duncombe
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Belinda's Rings was really easy to get into and hard to put down. I especially liked the voice of Gray and Belinda's obsession with crop circles. However, it was hard to like any of the characters. I liked Gray some of the time, but she and the other characters were so selfish and dysfunctional, that sometimes I thought "What is wrong with these people!?" I especially didn't like Jess. The fact that the characters were so flawed, however, makes the book very realistic.

There were times when I sim
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book made me laugh, cry and wince in embarrassment. Very powerful imagery!

Also, as someone who grew up in Calgary during this time period... so many funny memories surfaced. Oh how I hated "Mad Minute" tests in math class... haha.
B. Mantler
Dec 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
I kept waiting for something to happen and nothing did. The ending seemed more like the author wasn't sure how to continue it than having a climax. I wanted to like it, but this is not my kind of book as I prefer action and plot in the stories I read.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I was skeptical to read this. Not based on what it was about. I actually probably would have been drawn to it based on the cover alone. I was skeptical because first off I never even heard about it until my mom started ranting and raving about it. And why she was raving about it? My childhood friends sister (who used to live on the same street) wrote it. You know what that means? I actually know a published author! I
Steven Buechler
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The voice of the coming-of-age novel is stereotypically one of a single teenager trying to deal with some issue. But Corinna Chong has brilliantly melded two voices together trying to deal with strong personal issues in her novel Belinda's Rings.

Page 24-25
I try not to look in the mirror too much, because I feel like I never see what I actually look like. I see what my brain thinks I look like, but it's different than what I actually look like. You know when you see yourself on video or in a pic
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-my-possession
Belinda’s Rings was a great read with a lot of heart. I really enjoyed it from beginning to end, particularly Gray’s voice – honest and gregarious and earnest. I loved the wordy chaos of it. As Gray delves further and further into the problems of her family, and of her mother’s own selfishness (although simultaneous selflessness for committing herself to house-wife drudgery), we discover the fragility of family. And the wonders that any of it can work out.

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Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a great little novel. Told from the points of view of Gray and her mother Belinda, who has just left her family in Canada to research crop circles. No one, not even Belinda, knows whether she intends to return. While I wouldn't say this is a "YA" novel, Gray is only 17, and her mother has some growing up to do as well, so this will definitely appeal to readers who like contemp YA stories.

Reminded me a bit of Magnified World, and The Indigo Notebook.

May 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I really enjoyed this book by first time novelist Corinna Chong. I liked the voices of the two main characters; one of whom was Eurasian. I also thought the relationship between mother/daughter was well described and liked the reoccurring images of crop circles and marine life. I'm going to write a column about this book.
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