August 2014 Wrap-up

(blurbs from Goodreads)

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Blurb:

“Dead girl walking”, the boys say in the halls. “Tell us your secret”, the girls whisper, one toilet to another. I am that girl. I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through. I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame. Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit. In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

Review:

Laurie Halse Anderson, is a very talented writer. The prose was haunting and scathing. The protagonist, Lia, scarily clever and extremely good at hiding her disorder after returning from therapy. I think many teenagers, especially girls of course, can relate to this book for everyone has probably experienced some sort of negative self-image, self-conscious thoughts at some point in their life. However, like in The Impossible Knife of Memory with Hayley, I disliked how she portrayed Lia. She was so insensitive and unappreciative of both sets of parents, her father, her stepmother, and her mother. In addition to that, the way Anderson wrote and described these relationships, and surprisingly Lia’s friendship with Cassie, was flat and kind of lackluster. I think the main reason why I wasn’t too affected by this story, was that the root of her distorted thoughts and actions wasn’t really explored. Overall it was a solid book, but it was a little to cut and dry for me. I did enjoy Anderson’s books Speak and Fever 1793 though. But again, meh.

Movies!

Starred Up is so gritty and violent and completely destroyed my stereotype of English people. Amazing movie.images

Begin Again was also a great and pretty cute hipstery.

Happy Labor Day Weekend,

Selina

 

 

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Coup D’etat!

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This post will not be related to books. I just finished watching the Royal Affair and I found out that at age 16, Prince Frederick overthrew Høegh-Guldberg’s government along with his sister. I’ll probably still be a derp just reading books at that age, which is quite depressing. Which country would you overthrow? I think I’d pick North Korea. Just in a purely hypothetical situation.

Read:

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First of all, who puts a picture of themselves on their own book? That’s totally humble and like not kind of conceited at all.

Anyway. . . I have finished Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, I think I’ll be posting a review of it as well. Soon. Probably. I’m currently reading required summer reading for school, The Catcher in the Rye and Things Fall Apart, and Girl Runner, one of my ARCs.

Awesome bookshelf alert!

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Happy Monday! (But not really though)

-Selina