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The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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Rep: Romani wlw mc, Romani characters

CWs: murder, violence, implied sexual harrassment, attempted sexual assault

• oh god can we talk how badly the author researched Romanian - using a plural form in place of a singular, using a singular form in place of a plural, MAKING UP a singular form for a word, getting the plural form of a word wrong, using a definite noun where an indefinite one is needed, deciding randomly to show that she knows how Romanian definite articles work only to go back to using "the [noun]" three pages later - and not to mention the randomness of chucking a few Romanian nouns in when they are IN ROMANIA, they are SPEAKING ROMANIAN, and then ITALICISING THEM (also side note, there are definitely typefaces that can deal with ţ and ş and ă without making them seem like monster letters)

• the translations are all ever so slightly off, like they're sort of in the right ballpark, but missing the nuances that the words have (listen, if you can, wordreference >>>>> google translate, and for romanian in particular, is always useful)

• the author's note seems to imply that KMH decided to write Romani characters because her family was from northern India & Romani people originated from there, so yeah. okay.
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Reading Progress

September 10, 2019 – Shelved
September 10, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read-unpublished
September 10, 2019 – Shelved as: sapphic
September 10, 2019 – Shelved as: lgbt
September 10, 2019 – Shelved as: vampires
September 10, 2019 – Shelved as: ya-lit
October 2, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
December 29, 2019 – Shelved as: retellings-or-adaptations
January 27, 2020 – Shelved as: up-next
February 5, 2020 – Started Reading
February 5, 2020 –
page 12
3.95% "they could have at least picked a typeface that doesn't treat ă like some kind of monster letter"
February 6, 2020 –
page 35
11.51% "circled every instance of this book getting the romanian wrong so far and.....there's a lot"
February 6, 2020 –
page 108
35.53% "so glad this is a short book"
February 6, 2020 –
page 164
February 6, 2020 – Shelved as: non-white-characters
February 6, 2020 – Shelved as: romani-characters
February 6, 2020 –
page 205
67.43% "kmh: [proves she has some idea of how romanian definite articles work]
kmh: [persists in getting it wrong still]"
February 6, 2020 – Shelved as: 1-star
February 6, 2020 – Finished Reading
July 24, 2020 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
July 24, 2020 – Shelved as: paranormal-horror
September 21, 2020 – Shelved as: uk-and-ireland

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message 1: by Mary (new) - added it

Mary Katerine Thank god I've read your review because as a romanian the wrongly used romanian would have bugged me endlessly

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