This was dumb, I really didn't enjoy reading it. When Rosa comes into the diner with flyers that save "Save the Library" I slammed the book shut. Is tThis was dumb, I really didn't enjoy reading it. When Rosa comes into the diner with flyers that save "Save the Library" I slammed the book shut. Is there any surer shortcut to showing that someone is beyond reproach as a person, besides perhaps an animal shelter or an orphanage? I love libraries, but come on.
I guess the silver lining is that gay teens are starting to get books written for them that are as low quality, formulaic and predictable as the ones cishet teens have enjoyed for decades....more
Violet Markey and Theodore Finch are two very different teenagers. Violet was a confident, popular achiever with a hot boyfriend, until her sister's dViolet Markey and Theodore Finch are two very different teenagers. Violet was a confident, popular achiever with a hot boyfriend, until her sister's death in a car accident saddled her with crippling grief and alienated her from her friends. Finch swings between being disruptive drama-factory at school and not being able to get out of bed for weeks on end. He most likely has bipolar disorder but his family would rather look the other way than acknowledge he has a problem.
They meet for the first time on the school bell tower. Violet is considering suicide, Finch is just doing his thing, which is also considering suicide, but not necessarily with immediate intent. Violet freezes up and Finch helps her safely down, but she gets credit for saving him, because she's perfect Violet Markey and he's always doing crazy things.
They are assigned to work on a geography project together and soon become close friends, then more than friends. Their geography project, which involves visiting and documenting unusual Indiana landmarks, becomes like a personal mission to them.
I had this on good recommendation from someone I trust, but reading the synopsis I was still worried it was going to be bad. But it actually works. It felt similar to Paper Towns, especially towards the end, but in a way that didn't seem as contrived (I didn't much care for Paper Towns)....more
Middle-class busybody Madeline and her best friend, fabulously wealthy and gorgeous Celeste, have young children about to enter kindergarten in a beacMiddle-class busybody Madeline and her best friend, fabulously wealthy and gorgeous Celeste, have young children about to enter kindergarten in a beach town in Australia. As Madeline is driving her daughter to the orientation, she gets out of her car to yell at some kids for texting while driving. She twists her ankle in her high heels, but is helped by Jane, a young single mom who is driving her son to the same orientation.
Madeline and Celeste take Jane under their wing, and the three of them become fast friends. There is a lot of drama and politics between different factions of parents a the school, but the three of them are a team. They stick up for Jane when her son Ziggy is accused of bullying the daughter of a rival mom. Ziggy is such a sweet boy, he would never do that...right? Jane secretly wonders if Ziggy is, in fact, a bully, because Jane harbors a dark secret about her past.
Celeste has a dark secret too, and it turns out, this struggling single mom in her cheap apartment and gorgeous Celeste in her fabulous beachside home may have more in common than it seems.
Everyone's problems come to a head at a school fundraiser, where something awful happens, and there is...a MURDER INVESTIGATION?
There's the suspense hook, but you don't actually find out who dies until the last couple of chapters. And why do all the parents, when interviewed about the murder, just gossip about pointless side dramas?
For awhile in the beginning of this book, I wasn't enjoying it, because I didn't care about a bunch of kindergarten moms and their clueless husbands and dumb problems. But then, things started to happen. By the last quarter of the book, I couldn't put it down.
There is a bit of heavy stuff in this book, but it's more than balanced out by some light humor. In fact, the ending kind of sneaks up on ya because the book seems pretty comedic. But I definitely enjoyed it. I'll check out more of this author's work when I'm in the mood for a light mystery....more
I really enjoyed Chester 5000 XYV, so was delighted that a second volume got made. This one has a little bit more going on plotwise, but still plentyI really enjoyed Chester 5000 XYV, so was delighted that a second volume got made. This one has a little bit more going on plotwise, but still plenty of juicy weeners and that kind of hot stuff.
I'm a reader, not a looker. I watch movies and TV with the subtitles on no matter what. I've kind of been off of comics lately because I find myself skipping the pictures to rush to the next bit of text, and that's not the way to enjoy a comic. But this book doesn't have much text. The dialogue is all little pictograms, you have to imagine your own words. It really worked for me, forcing me to really look at the pictures and all that....more