Genre: Fiction

Blue Window by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Blue Window by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Posted February 28, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Hmm.  Mixed feelings about this book.  On one hand, Blue Window was a really neat idea about five siblings who fall through a window and end up in a strange world where they have to find their way home and also not get destroyed by the strange looking humanoid inhabitants of that world.  It was a fun ride with nuances of The Chronicles of Narnia […]

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

Posted February 22, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  I know that this is about a romance and a boy and a tragic ending, but I cannot move past the slurs. I believe people with influence have the responsibility to encourage a community of respect.  If this was a book about how racist a place can be, how homophobic a place can be, how sexist a place could be… it would be different.  There would be a lesson buried.  But it isn’t. How does having a character who calls a character “negro”, having that POC character steal, and justifying it through having that same racist character say “some […]

American Panda by Gloria Chao

American Panda by Gloria Chao

Posted February 19, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments

  First and foremost, this is an #OwnVoices novel.  American Panda follows the story of Mei, a first generation Taiwanese-American, in her first year at MIT.  Her parents was her to be a doctor, but she has no stomach for the human body, and germs make her sick.  What we must understand about Mei is that her culture is different than American culture.  Her culture promotes obedience and respect, reveres tradition and errs to the side of caution when it comes to superstition.  When Mei’s parents say she is going to be a doctor, it isn’t a suggestion.  It is […]

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

Posted February 11, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment

  “Explaining why you love something is one of the most important jobs on earth.” Well. Now because of this book I take an immense extra pleasure in discussing a good novel.  A good book wraps you up in a warm, cozy blanket and gives you magnificent hot cocoa and homemade chocolate cookies and says in that soft, familiar voice: “I love you.” How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran punches you in the face with a dildo and makes you listen to The Cure on repeat until either your brain explodes or you are in love.  It is […]

Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Posted February 8, 2018 in Reviews // 9 Comments

  I think I need to come to terms with the fact that gaming books are not going to be a great genre for me. And that kills me because I LOVE IT when it’s done right.  But when it’s not… I feel like I spend a lot of time going “you imbecile, NOBODY calls them ‘non-player characters’!!!” or flailing that nobody has a gorram health potion and OMG do writers not research MMORPGs before writing about them please just stop. Otherworld was super frustrating for me.  First of all, I wanted to like it because I like Jason Segel as […]