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REVIEW | George by Alex Gino

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george alex gino

BE WHO YOU ARE. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part. . . because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte – but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

REVIEW:

Okay, this received a rarity: a five star rating. All reviewers know just how difficult reviewing a book that you adored can be so I’ll try my hardest to make at least a little bit of sense.

This…

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eARC REVIEW | Flying With a Broken Wing by Laura Best

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flying with a broken wingSynopsis

Cammie Deveau began life with a few strikes against her: she’s visually impaired, abandoned by her mother at birth, her father was a casualty of the Second World War—and if all that isn’t enough, she’s being raised by her bootlegging aunt. 

No wonder she dreams of starting a brand new life. 

When Cammie learns about a school for blind and visually impaired children she becomes convinced a new life is waiting for her in Halifax, but how will she ever convince her aunt to let her go? 

With the help of her best friend, they devise a plan to blow up the local moonshiner’s still. But Cammie has not managed to change her luck, and things get worse than she ever imagined

Trigger Warnings: 

  • An abusive guardian
  • Ableism
  • Drugs/drug addiction
  • Alcohol/alcohol addiction

Review:

So I want to make it obvious right now that this is not an #OwnVoices book…

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REVIEW | Release by Patrick Ness

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release patrick nessSynopsis: 

Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.

Trigger Warnings: 

  • Sexual abuse/assault
  • Homophobia
  • Abusive parents

Review: 

I’ll just be honest here, I don’t know how to review this book. It was short, yes, and I think it happened over the course of 24 hours but…

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If I Had a Book Club

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Hey!

if i had a book club

So, although I’m not in a book club and never have been, I planned out a years worth of reading for one just for fun and thought it might be cool to share this. If I was to actually host a book club, I’d probably edit this a little bit to be more inclusive and interesting. I think book clubs are just an awesome way to share the books you love, and to introduce new books into your life that you might have otherwise not given a second glance.

I am thinking about doing a little one-book-a-month “book club” next year (really, just setting myself a book to read once a month and other people can join in too because I’ll talk about it on here more than meeting up in an online group chat to talk about a book) but this was just fun to do more than…

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