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This week, I posted:
–Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my reviews for:
–Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating pride.
[***] There’s lot of literary fun in this alliterative adventure of a picture book when two couldn’t-be-more-different-from-one-another creatures realize they have things in common after all.
[**] A sublime story of how an adventure seeking sparrow helps create a new experience for a young girl halfway around the world.
[***] At first I wasn’t going to read this because I wasn’t a fan of the illustrations. And I was quite unsure of what to expect even after the first two stories (each of the four stories is a different season) but I loved how silly and crazy and odd it was. I also enjoyed the full circle-ness of it.
I wasn’t ever going to read this book at all despite my boss’s high recommendation of it and despite me liking Absolutely Almost because I’m always wary of kid’s books that has death as the catalyst of a character’s story. It always sounds like a manipulative emotional ploy.
Here, we have Trent who accidentally causes the death of another kid during a game of hockey. Traumatized by the experience he lashes out at the world around him. But a chance encounter with the town’s oddball- a girl with a mysterious scar on her face- leads into an unlikely friendship full of movies, bad jokes, and lessons in forgiveness and empathy.
At first, I was frustrated by Trent’s selfishness and cluelessness but I was also able to understand where he was coming from. Aside from being a great read, I would recommend this to teachers who’ve ever had a problem student- not as a guide to how to treat them but just to remind them how they (can) change lives everyday.
I’m calling this a Must Read YA of 2015.
I wonder if there’s something about teen novels with two perspectives that make me like them more. Like All the Bright Places, Eleanor & Park, and I’ll Give You the Sun, just to name a few, We Are All Made of Molecules alternates between point of views. Stewart is a gifted yet socially awkward boy whose mother had died of cancer. Ashley is a popular mean-girl aware yet unaware of her reputation whose dad just came out of the closet. They are forced into each other’s lives when their parents decide to move in together.
Memorable characters, beautiful writing, and captivating storylines make this a great read. Someone said fans of Wonder who are ready for a more mature read (subject-wise) will like this. I agree.
I would also pair this with Rebecca Stead’s upcoming Goodbye Stranger. They both touch upon an alarming issue that girls seem to have to worry about now with technology and cell phones. I’ve got to say some parts toward the end made me feel uncomfortable, which in a way is good.
And, to get on a soap box for a moment, as I finished this book I couldn’t help but think the following: Let’s respect girls. Let’s model good behavior for boys to make them respect girls and their privacy. Let’s respect one another and be examples of good behavior.
To quote a quote by Einstein shared in the book: “The world is a dangerous place to live,not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
An unflinchingly honest look about a girl growing up, her relationship with her father who she finds out is gay after his death, and her own sexuality. Taking place in a funeral home and with a background of books, it offers an insightful look into the complicated intricacies of families.
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
Have a great reading week!