Genre: Health

Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

I would like to open this review by touching briefly on how much I liked Morgan Parker’s writing style.  This novel is poetic without being flowery and it all flows together so well.  There was such an amazing balance of description, dialogue, and events and I never felt like I was being “told” something. There’s a lot of pop culture references here, as the book is partially autobiographical.  Morgan Parker also has a great, if subtle, sense of humor that comes through in the constantly-falling-flat jokes.  Nobody in the book seemed to think she was being funny, but I thought […]

Posted September 13, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

I’ve been meaning to re-read this book for an age, so thank you to the Reading Rush for getting me kickstarted on that. I particularly appreciate Girl, Interrupted because it’s a book that speaks to me.  I remember reading it years ago and my initial impressions were 1.) this is nothing like the movie; and 2.) it was one of the first books I’d ever read where I felt like the author heard my experience.  And honestly, that’s a bit snobbish because I haven’t gone through anything like Susanna Kaysen went through.  I was definitely never institutionalized.  But I discovered Girl, Interrupted […]

Posted August 2, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

My brother got me this book for my birthday, because he read it and it’s one of his favorite books ever.  He loves it with a fiery passion and I’m so happy about that, because my brother has never been a heavy reader.  For myself, I am not quite so in love with Jane, though I did enjoy reading the book. I find Jane Sinner, as a character, frustrating.  She’s selfish and destructive.  In many ways, that works well but as a reader there were times I had difficulty connecting with her as a character, because she is so intentionally […]

Posted November 19, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves

Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves

I really, really, really wanted to love this book.  I think the name is brilliant.  I adore the cover art.  I loved that it was a book with a bi (possibly lesbian? Jury’s out because Danny herself isn’t sure yet) character and eating disorders.  All sorts of really heavy, important topics and I wanted it to be really good. It just… wasn’t good.  It wasn’t the fit I was looking for, though I can’t really decide if it’s because the book wasn’t well-written, or if it just wasn’t what I wanted from it.  I guess I’ll go with the latter… because it’s quite possible […]

Posted September 12, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Aza is almost definitely probably for sure going to die of C. diff. She doesn’t have it yet.  Or maybe she does.  She doesn’t think so.  But she could.  Probably.  Her mind is an ever-tightening spiral of reminders that her body isn’t her own but really she’s just an animated corpse and everything she does is actually at the whim of the millions of microorganisms that make up the physical being that is her.  Meanwhile, her best friend Daisy is in a new relationship and this guy she knew as a kid has recently lost his father.  And by lost – […]

Posted October 16, 2017 in Reviews // 8 Comments //