I would never read and strongly dislike asshole alpha male characters in romance novels, so why would I want to put up with a lesbian version? MJ is jI would never read and strongly dislike asshole alpha male characters in romance novels, so why would I want to put up with a lesbian version? MJ is just a total jerk to everyone including her employees and is bordering on sexual harassment with Cassie who is supposed to be her future love interest. Plus, casual bisexual erasure. No thank you....more
This was a super fun romcom that also takes on a more serious tone and themes in the last third. Olive and Ethan are the siblings of a recently marrieThis was a super fun romcom that also takes on a more serious tone and themes in the last third. Olive and Ethan are the siblings of a recently married couple who end up going on their honeymoon due to the newlyweds getting food poisoning. Olive, unfortunately, has hated Ethan ever since he silently judged her with fatphobia. They constantly bicker if they're together. Of course, it turns out he didn't, they are a great match, etc. I liked both the earlier lighter part and the more serious turn near the end (don't want to say what themes cause it would be a spoiler) but it did make for a sort of unbalanced book. I especially liked the stuff with Olive's career, which was a nice addition to the romance plot...more
This is an amazing, diverse collection of personal essays. Topics range from a teenage summer spent in Mexico, to getting really into tarot, becomingThis is an amazing, diverse collection of personal essays. Topics range from a teenage summer spent in Mexico, to getting really into tarot, becoming a writer, the HIV / AIDS epidemic, identities of being Korean American and gay, being a student and a teacher, childhood sexual abuse, and lots more. I loved his voice and how he got to the heart of big issues while sometimes writing ostensibly about smaller, everyday things. Excellently read with precision and feeling as an audiobook.
Some favourite passages:
I was someone who didn't know how to find the path he was on. The one under his feet. This, it seems to me, is why we have teachers.
Why am I telling this story? I am, as I've said, a minor character. Out of place in this narrative. But the major characters from the first ten years of the [HIV / AIDS] epidemic have left. The men I wanted to follow into the future are dead. Finding them had made me want to live. And I did. I do. I feel I owe them my survival. The world is not fixed and the healing is still just past my imagining, though perhaps it is closer than it was. For now, the minor characters are left to introduce themselves and take the story forward.
Your imagination needs to be broken in, I think, to become anywhere near as weird as the world.
It's a strange time to teach someone to write stories. But I think it always is. This is just our strange time....more
This was a super fun friends to lovers romance audiobook! At first I was iffy on the concept of a woman who's "one of the guys" and doesn't have any wThis was a super fun friends to lovers romance audiobook! At first I was iffy on the concept of a woman who's "one of the guys" and doesn't have any women friends (I know those women exist, I just find it hard to identify with). But Millie's emotional intimacy issues and history with unresolved trauma/grief from her mom's death made the situation very believable. I also really liked how this gender-reversed the usual "woman teaches man how to get in touch with his emotions" trope. The parts where Millie actually started dealing with her shit were quite moving.
Oh also you'll have to suspend your disbelief that multiple of these professor characters who are in their late 20s / early 30s already have tenure haha....more