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The War Blog

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  31 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
Paperback, 315 pages
Published December 20th 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
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
Jan 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 02, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
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
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review

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
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
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sigy George
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally recommend this book. Interesting story, easy to read, amazing songs and the issues brought out are important, it definitely deserves its 5 stars.
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
Grant Leishman
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 31, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-read
Premise: Crystal Rose is the product of drug-addicted, abusive parents. She lives with her grandparents, who've raised her when those same drug-addicted parents abandoned her.

One day she starts a blog that calls out female objectification and sexualization. This leads to her and her family going into hiding while her abusive date follows them?

Yeah, it didn't work for me. The premise was strong at the beginning and then 48% of the way in, the book took a nose-dive for the worst. There were so ma
Dec 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Okay YA book

This book is about two young kids trying to change the world in which they live in, in Alaska. I won this eBook through the Goodreads giveaways. Thank you to the author, and publisher for the giveaway. I was not asked to leave a review, but it is the right thing to do. The opinions are my own. Happy reading 😉
Jamison Douglas
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful Book

Got this book as a Goodreads giveaway book, and couldn't be happier. I have read a book in a day before, but it wasn't this long. This was two days, with me reading it mostly today. I loved every minute and didn't want to put down my phone. Reading it as an ebook, did help me read quicker, I believe. Would love a sequel soon.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley, ya-books
Sadly not a book for me.
I couldn't finish the book
Sean Talbot
This book wasn't easy to get into and I just didn't find much that I could relate to.

While it did have great moments I just found this okay.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. Let's start with the positives:

1) I loved the message! Women are more than their bodies. Not only is it important to rise up against the mysogonist ideas that plague our society, but we need to do it collectively.

2) I think it was very cool that the book included a website where you can listen to the songs that the protagonist, Crystal Rose, writes and performs. That was a really creative and interactive feature.

3) The setting. Small villages and towns in Alaska, I feel, just live b
Glen Sobey
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

Reviewed by Lesley Jones

In The War Blog by Glen Sobey, Crystal and her younger brother have been raised in Alaska by their devoted grandparents since the death of both their parents in a car crash 15 years ago. When their father suddenly makes an appearance, Crystal discovers that her father has just been released from prison after causing the death of their mother. As she tries to come to terms with the return of her malicious and racist father and the deception of her grandparents, Crystal rea
rated it it was amazing
Nov 13, 2018
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
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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 a forest cat. 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. Though he has written many mus ...more
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