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The War Blog

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Crystal Rose, a 17-year-old high school junior, and her younger brother were abandoned by their drug-addicted mother fifteen years ago in an Alaskan Native village, an event which Crystal resented for years. However, when she learns that her mother was raped in high school, Crystal declares war against a society which reduces girls to their looks, forcing them to feel wort ...more
Kindle Edition, First Printing, 314 pages
Published December 27th 2018 by Black Rose Writing
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Faith Simon
* I received an advanced copy of this title in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley*

Going into this book, I hadn't realized that it was written by a man. This changes perspective for me, because as a woman, it's often more painful than anything to try and read a book trying its very hardest to be a feminist read and pinpoint all the important bits of the feminist movement from the point of view of a teenaged girl. Both of these things are things men know close to nothing about, and I thi
Jan 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this book by Netgalley and the publisher (thank you!) in return for an honest review

Well this was a big yikes

When requesting The War Blog I didn't know this was written by a man, I kinda assumed it was a woman when I started, but when I found out it was written by a man I had a lightbulb moment because um yeah that explains a lot. Not saying that a man can't write a good feminist book! They can! But this guy can't!

I have a lot of thoughts and my mind is all over
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
A 2.5 starrer probably...

I really wanted to enjoy this book because I think we need more feminist YA novels which take on the sexism and rape culture that is so prevalent in the current society. This book tries to give voice to that anger that girls are feeling more and more everyday, and appreciate the author for trying, but the execution is definitely not done well. The writing feels very choppy, there are a lot of issues with continuity between scenes, there are too many characters and their
I'm going to contradict myself by saying I found the premise interesting, but the premise of the book is just not believable enough for me. I was wrong about this one. It's the Alaska thing. Not very plausible that this would ever happen to a girl in the remote land of Alaska. It's not for me. ...more
Paulina (aspiringliterati)
Where do I even start with this utter catastrophe?!

„The War Blog” follows Crystal Rose, a musically gifted teenaged girl living in Alaska with her grandparents and younger brother JD. Abandoned by her drug-addicted parents, she has lived with resentment her whole life. When she finds out that her mother’s lifestyle choices were probably the result of her being raped in high school and her inability to cope with that, with the help of her crush Kato, she launches a manifesto blog that declares w
Apr 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Manon the Malicious
Feb 02, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF at 10%

I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

That was way too cringey...
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
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This book was so not for me. The only few things I did like were the Alaska Native rep and the fact that there's a loving family at the core. However, I had issues with many things:

1) Crystal has a holier-than-thou attitude. Nothing she does can ever be wrong, but she loves to rip people around her apart (particularly girls).

2) Crystal is so patronizing in the way she speaks. I think I found this so annoying because I could feel the author himself speaking
Hira Chaudhary
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I want to start by saying that I really liked the idea of this book. The premise was promising, and I was really excited to read a book like this, especially in the current political climate and with the#metoo movement and everything going on right now. But I think this just wasn't the story I was expecting. Or maybe it was the writing style. Or the characters. Or...everything, really?

This book was
Brittany Lamb
Thank you to Black Rose Writing for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger warnings for this book: excessive accounts and discussion of rape, sexual assault, pedophilia, child abuse, and heavy drug/alcohol use.

“Girls can be strong without needing balls.”

Wow, I am really dreading reviewing this.

Let me start out by saying that I didn’t look at the Goodreads page for this novel until after I’d already downloaded the file for it. That… was my first mistake. I wa
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: a2, a3e, 2018
I really hoped this would be good, but sadly it's not. For a book protesting the male gaze, there's far too much focus on woman's bodies; almost every female is described in terms of her breast size, not just the first time she appears but every time she appears. The phrasing is clunky and there's no explanation for terms the average reader wouldn't know. I respect the hell out of anyone who completes Nanowrimo, but in my opinion this novel is not good.

Receiving an ARC did not alter my review in
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved the characters, especially Crystal, and the surprise ending was cool. The message is very timely. I think every girl in high school should read this book. And the songs are pretty good, too.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
First of all, thanks to NetGalley and Black Rose Writing for approving my request and sending me an eARC in exchange for a honest review.
You have to know English isn’t my first language, so feel free to correct me if I make some mistakes while writing this review.

This is gonna be a difficult review, I already know.
That's because I really had high expectations on this book - over the last year I read several books about this topic and this one had great potential. So, when I read the blurb on Ne
ARC Review: Received for free via Edelweiss+ for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

TW: rape and rape culture, drug and alcahol abuse, binary gender comment, slut-shaming

DNF @ chapter 6

This happened, and then this happened and then she said this and then and then and then...

That's what noped me out of this book. The way everything was discribed, like whole sentences but only half formed.

I don't know what age group this is supposed to be for, but it reads like it's for 12+ possibly. Don't
Sigy George
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GENRE: Fiction, Young adult
My rating: 4.5/5

I received this ebook as part of LibraryThing Early Reviewers copy. I thank the author and publisher for providing me the copy. This is an honest review and my views are not biased or altered by receiving a copy.
The premise of the story is rather promising and the blurb pulled me towards it. Not every day do we have someone writing about the Rape Culture prevalent in our society, or even how the culture has permeated in to the very fabric of our society
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I think this book needs to be required reading for teens and/or preteens. It does an amazing job of showing what girls deal with every day while still being an entertaining story and never feeling like it's preaching at you. This just might educate some people in just the way the blog in the story tries to.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Totally recommend this book. Interesting story, easy to read, amazing songs and the issues brought out are important, it definitely deserves its 5 stars.
Grant Leishman
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Crystal Rose and her brother JD’s names pretty much sum up their parent’s attention to them. Crystal Rose Rock, named after a drug and JD, named after a popular brand of whiskey. Both children suffered from foetal alcohol syndrome, with Crystal being very underdeveloped and JD afflicted with learning and behavioural disabilities. Their mother was an addict and an alcoholic, while their father was a convicted felon. Fortunately the two children had been abandoned by their mother with their matern ...more
Michael Hartnett
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Inspiring Tale of Empowerment
In Glen Sobey’s marvelous novel The War Blog, our narrator Crystal has a tremendous amount on her plate. With her drug addled parents long gone, she lives with her kind, yet limited younger brother in her grandparents’ home. She’s in love with her best friend Kato, whose romantic interests lie elsewhere. But her challenges soon expand exponentially as the safety of her home is threatened, disturbing aspects of her family’s past are unearthed, and teenage boys aggr
Pat Eroh
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am one of the first few women who broke into a man's world by becoming an aircraft mechanic in the 1980s. While some would say, I am blaming the victim, I am qualified to say that I was frustrated at almost all of the women I worked with because the things done made life so much worse for all of us. Yes, sexism and sexual harassment were not fun. Horrible. But to blame rape for doing drugs and abusing children is a cop-out in this "not my fault I did that" world. It reminds me of my sister - I ...more
Tiffany McCall
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Annette Jordan
This book, set in Alaska, follows the story of Crystal Rose, a seventeen year old girl living with her grandparents and her younger brother. When a secret from the past is revealed it seems like she no longer knows who to trust, as her life has been built on a lie. Aside from all this she is dealing with high school life, with all the teasing, bullying and misogyny that can sometimes entail. Determined to take back control of at least one aspect of her life, she sets up the WAR blog, a feminist ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book via Librarything in exchange for an honest review.
Some books should come with a trigger warning and The War Blog is one of them.
It’s a long book and when the writing doesn’t flow smoothly, it becomes exhausting to read and while this is a great effort for a debut novel, it could use a good run through the editing process again.
It messily deals with sexism and rape culture through the eyes of a teenage girl, Crystal, but written in the voice of a grown man and
Jan 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Nighat Jahangeer
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book contents are as thriller as its title and cover. This young adult novel is written on very different and contradictory topic.
A male author wrote a book with feminist point of view and tried to protest againt the rape culture.
The emotions of women are very fragile and it is not easy to write about them. It is very blunt effort to highlight the issues of women.
Now a days "me too" is a burning issue and this book is a little contribution from Sobey in this war against the male dominant
Sarah Faichney
Apr 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
A young adult novel with 8 original accompanying songs available online. Great concept, poor execution. I had high hopes for “The War Blog” but felt that the writing wasn't up to scratch. The overall impression is of it having been written by an adult who isn't down with the kids as much as he thinks he is. As such, some of the words and phrases jarred. Difficult for a man to take on feminist themes and, unfortunately, Sobey hasn't managed to pull it off. We need allies, just not ones whose writ ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!

Thank you to Black Rose Writing for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

From the outside, this seemed like a book I would enjoy about the tragic effects of drugs and alcohol on society, especially for women. Instead this turned into a book filled with way too many plots without any real resolutions and me at the end wondering what the point was. We really didn't end up anywhere and no progress was made. Truthfully, I didn
Mar 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was just really bad. The dialogue was choppy, the pacing was way too rushed, and there were so many grammatical errors. The book was also highly unrealistic, with very convenient plot devices that added nothing but convenience.

Also, the names of the main characters are Crystal Meth and Jack Daniels. I get that their parents were the "worst" but come on.

I had to force myself to get through this book. It was just bad writing overall and needs so much work.

Also super slutsha
Aubrey Marie
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
I received this book thought Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book has the potential to be such a great book with a powerful message. It is good , but the pacing is too fast and there are too many big reveals. It seems like every girl is a victim rather than focusing on a few stories and building them up. The story was in a way , all over the place. It was difficult to take in what was happening because on the next page , something else was happening. The songs were a great addit ...more
Jerrica Mah
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, there’s some critical reviewers on here. I think ya’ll are forgetting that the author is not Crystal. This book is written from her perspective (a teenage girl) and you all are expecting her to be the perfect feminist. She’s flawed, just like the rest of us. If you go into the book keeping that in mind, you will find interesting and realistic insights into rape culture through the eyes of a 16 year old girl and you will enjoy the book much more than these naysayers, just like I did.
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Glen Sobey taught and lived in Alaska Native villages for many years and continues to live in rural Alaska with his wife, three dogs, and two forest cats. He plays several musical instruments, hikes, kayaks, catches fish (sometimes), builds things, repairs more things, gardens, shovels lots of snow, splits too much wood, enjoys his family, and writes as often as he can.

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