Recent Reads (2)

Posted July 6, 2017 by Bekka in book review / 2 Comments

Recent Reads (2)Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing on March 8th, 2016
Genres: graphic novel
Pages: 109
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

Are you a special snowflake?

Do you enjoy networking to advance your career?

Is adulthood an exciting new challenge for which you feel fully prepared?

Ugh. Please go away.

This book is for the rest of us. These comics document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas, and wondering when, exactly, this adulthood thing begins. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life.

I’m sure you have all heard of Sarah’s Scribbles, and if not, follow this link to read one of my favorite short panel comics ever.

There’s not a whole lot to say here except that I laughed out loud more than once and I related to far too many of these comics. I think if you’re a woman in your twenties, you’ve experienced at least half of what Sarah depicts in this tiny little book. There’s everything from your pet silently judging you, the evolution of the fucks you give about shaving, and of course, menstrual crises. It’s hilarious and quick and fun.

Recent Reads (2)Bad Girls Throughout History on September 6th, 2016
Genres: nonfiction
Pages: 216
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Aphra Behn, first female professional writer. Sojourner Truth, activist and abolitionist. Ada Lovelace, first computer programmer. Marie Curie, first woman to win the Nobel Prize. Joan Jett, godmother of punk. The 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed. From pirates to artists, warriors, daredevils, scientists, activists, and spies, the accomplishments of these incredible women vary as much as the eras and places in which they effected change. Featuring bold watercolor portraits and illuminating essays by Ann Shen, Bad Girls Throughout History is a distinctive, gift-worthy tribute.

This book is stunning, there is no getting around it. I picked it up from the library on a whim simply for its beautiful cover and eye-catching title. The illustrations were gorgeous; I absolutely love Shen’s art style and I’d hang her work on my walls. I hope she creates more books in this same vein because this one was just that beautiful.

Another thing I appreciated about this was how succinct and to the point the essays were. They were just a page long, a quick introduction to the woman at hand. The writing style was easygoing and made for a fast paced, one-sitting read.

However, I wish this was more diverse. Despite what the cover may be selling, there were very few women of color in this collection, and fewer still that weren’t from America. There are a lot of familiar names and faces in this book and I wish Shen had drawn on the rich and beautiful history women around the world have to offer.

Recent Reads (2)One of Us is Lying Published by Delacorte Press on May 30th, 2017
Genres: contemporary
Pages: 360
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.

Sports star Cooper only knows what he's doing in the baseball diamond.

Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.

Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.

And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won't ever talk about any of them again.

He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it's no accident. All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right?

What really matters is how far you'll go to protect them.

Ughhh, I have absolutely nothing nice to say about this book so brace yourselves. I hated everything about the little bit that I read.

First of all, I felt like the author was an alien dropped onto earth, sent to an American high school, and forced to interact, and her only source for How to Be a Human was Breakfast Club. These characters didn’t look anything like real people. I haven’t been in high school for a few years, I know, but I still cannot recall a single teenager riding a motorcycle. I’m sure there were probably rules against it with regards to student parking. Also, this same character carried a flask of Jim Beam for god’s sake. I was definitely one of the kids who would drink or smoke weed, but there was NO ONE in my social circle (the “bad kids”) who would carry around a flask. What teenagers is this author talking to? Similarly, all the other characters were stuck into these stifling caricature-shaped boxes. They were One Thing and only that thing, and even reading from their points of view didn’t help flesh them out any further.

What made me really stop reading though was the exoticization of a Filipino character and finding out that Simon’s sexuality was used as a plot twist. No, thank you.

Recent Reads (2)Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on January 23rd, 2018
Genres: contemporary
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

Days before Corey is to return home to the snow and ice of Lost Creek, Alaska, to visit her best friend, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town's lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she's a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter...

I do have a full review of this written and scheduled, but since it doesn’t come out until January, I didn’t want to post it quite yet. But I had to mention it because it was fantastic. Absolutely brilliant and one of the best books I read all year. It’s probably one of my favorite books ever.

This book is so many things at once but here are some high points: pansexuality and asexuality mentioned and described on the page; beautiful, lyrical prose; compelling mystery; setting so rich it feels like a character itself; fabulism at its finest. Seriously, this book is without a flaw. You all need to pre-order it immediately.


2 responses to “Recent Reads (2)

  1. Ugh, I’m so disappointed with how many negative things I’ve seen about One of Us Is Lying, but also incredibly grateful for the people who have mentioned all the problems with it. I had actually planned on buying it soon after it released, but I’m very happy that I decided not to.
    I’m also very glad to see you loved Before I Let Go so much! I’m really looking forward to that one.
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