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I saw this in the bookstore and the title of the spine caught my eye. Took the book and the cover created me curious. Looked it up in GR, and saw the awesome rating and reviews. And I was sold!Macy is one of those unreliable narrators. I'm not sure if it's because of the dictionary format, or because it was just her side. But nonetheless, I sunk into her words. Her little poems, and the method she is being so unapologetic is amazing. I have to admit, if I was her age, I cannot be mates with her. It's mostly because I do not know her life. I don't know the feeling of having a dad in jail, or a mother that has a fresh guy every is is why I like reading. It let's me experience other lives, and it frees me from being sheltered. Though this book is fiction, it doesn't mean that her life is fiction to true girls.Anyway, besides Macy, the other characters are interesting. Alma is wonderful, George's personality makes me HEART him too, Miss Black is amazing... Very well written and e story was quite dragging but it definitely shares thoughts about police brutality, trafficking, poverty, and so on. This book covers serious items and the method Macy sees it she writes it.Did I also mention that it was hard for me to imagine a hero like Macy? The shaved head, baggy clothes, nose piercing are easy. But I didn't know her skin color, the sound of her voice, or her race. Especially the race, it clued that she might be latino/hispanic, but that's Alma. It dawned on me that Macy can be anyone. She can be caucasian, african-american, asian or latino. Her story can be anyone's story... She was just there sharing it. Living in a tough situation is not defined by is is such a thought-provoking story dealing with a lot of serious issues. I'm glad I read it.
I read the review on Kirkus and had to see for myself. It’s everything the reviewer said it is. This book is amazing. Macy, the main character, is a force all her own. This book is REAL. Macy’s voice is disjointed and raw, and some readers won’t obtain that. I couldn’t place it down! Can’t wait for Ramos’ next! Thought I’d add this review from Horn Books that just came out: According to her school’s records, Macy Cashmere is compulsive, learning disabled, and emotionally disturbed. But blunt, opinionated Macy doesn’t it: “Who I am is something I do?” she asks. “Seems to me who I am isn’t much about what I do, but a whole lotta things that’s already done.” At fourteen, Macy has lived out of her family’s car, seen her father jailed, and evaded kid protective services after they “kidnapped” her brother. Nothing in her life is stable, but Macy rolls with punch after punch without apologizing or accepting help; instead, she relies on her cherished best friend, Alma, and her own prodigious wit and reckless resolve. Macy tells her story through electric-voiced, slang-laden entries in her “dictionary,” a journal in which she distills her chaotic life into alphabetically arranged vignettes. (“[email protected]#$%ing-way, you’re reading this because I’m missing or dead or in a nuthouse, or CPS stole it, and maybe you don’t know I’m standing right behind you, motherfoe.”) Macy’s no-holds-barred retellings of her impulsive adventures around city sit alongside evocative memories of her experiences with hunger, parental neglect, and abuse; this juxtaposition is uncomfortable but adds compelling, empathetic depth to Macy’s character. When Alma keeps a risky secret from Macy, the already-intense narrative takes an even darker turn, but Macy’s aggressive resilience and her irrepressible passion for her loved ones ultimately prevail in this strong debut. jessica tackett macdonald
Macy and Alma's characters might not be your reality but it is true life for a lot of teenagers in America. The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary is raw, attractive and gut checking. If you have experienced first hand or worked with a broken justice system, CPS, foster care, meal stamp and insurance struggles, single parent prison life, ,GBTQ, road living, low income schooling, bars on your bed room windows etc you will be touched by this book and should definitely have this on your shelf. If you don't have any experience with the above than YOU DEFINITELY need this on your shelf. This book will inspire you, break you, challenge what you think you know and create you wish to be a better teacher, parent, friend, sibling and citizen for the love of humanity. Obtain the coffee ready, roll up your sleeves and prepare to dive into this book and not place it down until the latest page.
I purchased this book because I work with “at-risk” teens. I enjoyed this book SO much. This books forces you to both laugh and cry. It forces you to take a amazing look at yourself and the choices you make. There is a lot of swearing in this book but my students seem to appreciate the authenticity of Macy’s voice. I highly recommend.
The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary is unlike any YA I’ve read in 2017. A raw, unflinching, and surprisingly hilarious book, it’s organized as a series of definitions, like a dictionary, but with vignettes instead of sentence-long explanations. This is an ambitious book with a concept that is effortlessly pulled off, and it has one of the most compelling and authentic voices I’ve come across in a long time. The entire book is presented as the writings of Macy Cashmere MYOFB in true time, and I never once questioned it; that’s just how amazing this story is. Macy is self-aware of her challenging predicaments—a mother who seems to care more about the men who visit her than her own daughter, a brother stuck in another family’s home due to a CPS intervention, a father in prison—but the book is vibrant in discussing such weighty issues. As dark as this book gets at times (I flat-out bawled the final thirty pages or so), Nonieqa Ramos never lets this book fall into despair. No, Macy is unbelievably alive, and the energy conveyed through Ramos’s immersive writing is one of a lot of things that makes this a compelling, electrifying read. There’s a chapter here where Ramos manages to reference a machete, Fabuloso, and Agüeybaná in the span of a few pages, and not once does it come across ere’s no mistaking how vulgar and gritty the text feels at times, but it’s all part of the convincing, believable globe that Ramos builds. These people feel so real, so completely fleshed out that you start to ache for them before you’re halfway through The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary. And the bulk of that sympathy lands on Macy. While Ramos doesn’t shy away from portraying the full experience of a young girl with ADHD, compulsive behavior, and who has been deemed “emotionally disturbed,” I can only imagine the sheer power this must give to people like Macy who have never seen themselves in a book, allow alone as the protagonist. Simply put, this book feels larger-than-life, the kind of endeavor you’d expect from someone who had been publishing novels for years. Somehow, this is Ramos’s debut, which makes me eager to see what they’ve got up their r now, though, this is a book that is simple to devour, but will haunt you long after you [email protected]#$%!. It is unique, shocking, and heartbreaking; it is also the kind of novel I wish children everywhere to read. It is certain to be one of my top recommended novels for 2018.
I was granted the ARC by Netgally. It took me a bit to obtain into the rhythm and style of this very special book, and when I did... BAM!! I was getting up in the morning before everyone else so I could read more about disturbed girl Macy. As a teacher I felt sad for her yet frustrated. Reader be aware, the content and language is mature but completely appropriate to the situation. Again, thank you Netgally for this , Macy Cashmere, a high school girl living in the margins of society. Obstinate, noncompliant and she knows very well that she emotionally disturbed. She’s a issue that no one can break through, whether at home or at cy is a kid of neglect, abuse and poverty. And... Macy’s writing her own book—a secret dictionary that lays out the terms of the globe as SHE views and understands cy’s had to grow up quickly. Her father is in prison. Home is chaotic, and primary necessities—from meal to heat to a put to sleep are always at issue. Kid Protective Services removed her younger brother and would like to take Macy too. Macy is old enough to create that decision herself and she her own voice we view Macy going through her school routine. Although a issue student, Macy is nonetheless deeply engaged—in the well-being of her best friends, Alma and George. Her mother implies her daughter has no friends. Just one of the ways she is always wrecking her daughter’s self esteemHer blunt, no-nonsense voice lays out her most gruesome and disturbing circumstances she is forced to endure. She tells her story with an honesty that's both hilarious and fearsome.
This book. I can’t even. When I posted that I had just finished an awesome and attractive book that was going to stay with me long after I finished it - THIS WAS THE BOOK!! That is the author’s debut is wonderful to me and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next! The only other fictional hero that [email protected]#$%! me this hard and wormed her method into my heart was Bullet from the award winning series The Killing played by the phenomenally talented Bex Taylor-Klaus. Why have Bullet, and now Macy Cashmere have had such an impact on me? Because not only did their creators create them come to life in attractive and vivid ways, but because both of these girls have come through my classroom. These are MY kids! The ones who need a small additional love. The ones who will try my patience to the breaking point. The ones who refuse to be broken. The ones who still have hope no matter what obstacle you place in front of them. That is Macy Cashmere and that is why I love her. Macy’s life sucks - there are no two ways around it. She has endured things I could never imagine. Life is a everyday struggle for survival. Her father is in prison and her mother, who gave birth to Macy when she was 15 and in prison herself, has no idea how to be a mother. The only method her mother knows how to survive is to search a man to take care of her, of course that situation always comes with a price. A that Macy refuses to pay. It seems that macy is the only one who cares about getting her younger brother Zane back from the CPS workers who “kidnapped” him. When Macy’s BFF, Alma, stops talking to her Macy begins to hold a dictionary of her life. She is not satisfied that we are reading her dictionary as she reminds her “Dear Reader” that she will kick [email protected]#$% for stealing her dictionary! I love that Macy talks directly to the reader throughout the book. Her observations are often caustic and darkly humorous. Despite the fact that Macy has been given every label a person can be given - emotionally disturbed, learning disabled, and ADD to name a few - she is far more intelligent, loyal, and caring than anyone gives her for. While Macy’s mother has done absolutely nothing to earn her daughter’s love Macy loves and protects her nonetheless. When Alma finds herself in a heap of problem Macy knows that as her best mate it is up to her to save Alma from a life of misery. I have read that some readers did not connect with this book because of Macy’s dialect and that is a shame. Macy is a product of her environment and a school system that has failed her in so a lot of ways, she’s not going to be speaking the Queen’s English! Macy would not be as authentic a hero if she did not speak the method she does. It is her dialect that brings her to life and makes her tangible! It was her voice I heard in my head as I read and not mine. Anyone who can’t figure out what Macy is trying to tell them just isn’t listening hard enough! This book will have you laughing at Macy’s dark sarcasm through the first two thirds and sobbing through the last. When I was done reading I sat for 10 minutes, with tears streaming down my face, just absorbing the story of Macy Cashmere.
This book has everything you are looking for. The characters come to life and you search yourself holding your breath to search out what happens next.I truly did not wish to place it down. I have loved all her books and Never Smile at Strangers is still my favorite with this being a close tie with it. You must read it or you will be sorry. Thanks Jennifer for another amazing book. Please hold them coming.
Ok so I am going to begin with an admission here. I managed to obtain this one early. Usually the author does a cracking job of keeping me guessing right until the end but on this occasion, thanks to something else I had recently read, I beautiful much had this mostly place to bed much earlier than perhaps I should have given the clues. Of course, I spent the rest of the book on my toes waiting for me to be wrong but happily, or sadly maybe, I was we have Chelsea, sole survivor of a Halloween slasher attack in her apartment that saw two of her mates killed, surviving by playing possum in the bathtub until the perpetrator had gone and the police arrived to save her. Now five years later, she is still living with the memories. I say memories, the main problem is that she can't actually remember what happened that night. She has no idea who committed this heinous crime. All that she does know is that the main suspect disappeared that night and has never even been questioned allow alone brought to justice. She has one friend, Elizabeth, a nurse from the hospital she recovered in. Other than her interaction with and occasional excursions out with her, Chelsea beautiful much lives as a recluse, never far from memories from her past. But then her past becomes her show when she sees a familiar face. She then suddenly starts receiving messages. Disturbing ones that refer to that Halloween night, ones that mention things that no one has ever spoken about, things that only the assassin knows. This leads to the feeling of being watched, being targeted, being very unsafe. Is the assassin back and are they about to complete what they failed to do five years ago? How much danger is Chelsea in? After all, she can't remember anything...Firstly, this book is set in Boston. Boston is the only put I have been to in the US and I absolutely loved it there. So, this book scored a point before I had even started it, and continued scoring them every time a put was mentioned that I was familiar with!Plotting is, as always for this author, extremely tight and well done. If my spidey senses hadn't already been tuned to a certain something, I would never have worked it out. Just poor timing but there we are, can't change anything. I did however not trust my own instinct and kept an begin mind for the rest of the book (just in case) and so I did have a few more inklings and suspicions as I went on which did hold me guessing aracterisation was also excellent. Boy does this author write some cracking characters. All so very simple to connect with in some way, shape or form. Not always positively I hasten to add and there are definitely a few wrong 'uns e tone of the book was also, for the most part, rather claustrophobic. This added to the overall creepy / scary atmosphere given by the narrative. There are some really amazing descriptive passages throughout the book which really lifts it up a notch as it enabled me to really see what was going on - kind of created me feel part of the action rather than just being an observer. For a book of less that 300 pages, it really didn't feel that short. But then again there is absolutely no padding. In this book, every word genuinely means something and they all add something to the ongoing story rather than just being included to obtain the word count l in all, a cracking read. One that is a worthy inclusion to an already impressive back catalogue cementing this author firmly on my list of favourites. Can't wait to see what she serves up for next thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the possibility to read this book.
Talented Jennifer Jaynes returns following The Stranger Inside with her recent twisty psychological thriller DISTURBED — a gritty fast-paced standalone page-turner, both chilling and emotional with a mind-blowing conclusion.“You Created Me.”Those were the words on Nov 1, 2010, the morning after Halloween. Three women who attended Springfield College. 911 was called. The young officer Brandon was the first girl was left alive in the tub. Multiple stab wounds. One of them deep in the side of her abdomen. Blood , Oct 4, 2015 —Four years and eleven months enty-three-year-old Chelsea Dutton is safe and sane. She is still paranoid and fearful. No one is out to obtain her. Not anymore. These words had been her mantra for almost five e Halloween night that her college roommates (Christine and Amy) had been murdered and she had been carved up and left for nce then, she had merely existed. She had been diagnosed with psychogenic amnesia, which created life even more confusing and ere were no guarantees whether she would recover any of her lost memories. A few had come back over the years but nothing of true significance. A flash here, and there. Some scents and settings brought back some memories of the horrible night.Her biological parents had been dead since she was six years old. There were a long string of foster families whom she had lived with until she turned eighteen and started e night of the murders clung to ere had been a boy, Ethan whom Chelsea had invited and his roommate Boyd. Ethan was from a wealthy family. He was gorgeous. What caused him to begin the brutal killings?She had left Springfield and moved ninety miles east of Boston after the murders. She would be safer there. However, she had wondered why he had spared her. Would he return to finish the job?She did not wish to play the victim elsea has a close mate Elizabeth. She had been her salvation. They had met nearly five years ago in the Springfield psychiatric hospital where Chelsea had been held for three months after following the attacks.Elizabeth had been one of the nurses assigned to her pod. She was older, but they had stayed connected and when she had transferred to a Boston hospital, Chelsea tagged along. With her scars, she had a new start. Elizabeth was her rock.When she runs into Boyd she thinks it may be nice to be around someone who was there that night. Even though Elizabeth was great, she was intimated by her. With Boyd, she was on more of an even playing ever, shortly afterward, there is a notice left at a murder stage with the same message. Lang (detective) takes up temporary residence at a motel in Southie.He remembered Boyd. The child had been a drug user. He is determined to solve the case. Was it Ethan? Why come back to torment Chelsea now after all these years?Whom was the notice meant for? One of the victims? Were the killings retribution for something? Motive?Another message: “You’re going to create me do it again, aren’t you”?Detectives Lang and Garcia are on the case and Chelsea is worried her attacker is back. Whom can she trust?Halloween, the fifth anniversary of the murders, takes on a fresh twist. Who is really the assassin (then and now)? Or is there something more dark and sinister at play?As always, Jaynes keeps her readers in suspense with twists and turns. A thrilling ride to very dark locations of the human psyche. Disturbing, intense, and suspenseful to the final mind-blowing shocking om beginning to end, Jennifer creates a sense of foreboding, paranoia, fear, distrust, and lurking darkness. You know there is something beneath the elsea is a complex character. She continues to live with the consequences of her violent and painful past, which continue to plague her. However, is she an unreliable narrator?As a reader, you will question e author does an exceptional job in keeping you glued to the pages. She knows how to emotionally hook the reader. Without any spoilers . . . nothing is as it appears. Jaynes’ fans will have fun another twisty, edgy psychological thriller to add to their collection.Highly recommend all of the author's books. She never disappoints. For fans of James Hankins, Jennifer Hillier, and Lisa Unger.A unique thank you to the author, NetGalley, and Thomas & Mercer for an advanced reading copy.
Five years ago on Halloween night Chelsea Dutton and her mates were celebrating a birthday in the group when things went horribly wrong. Chelsea is found barely clinging to life in the bathtub while a couple of her other mates nearby were brutally murdered along with an ominous notice left that was never released to the public. The boyfriend of one of the girls, Ethan, was always a suspect but nothing could be proven and he’d disappeared without a trace leaving the case to go Chelsea is doing the best she can to go about her life as she struggles with anxiety even with no memory of what had really happened that night. She has her best mate Elizabeth that she met during her recovery that helps her cope and move on from that horrific night. When Chelsea runs into Boyd that had escaped that night by leaving the party early to go to work she finds it’s nice to have someone who understands her pain. Shortly after meeting and beginning a relationship with Boyd however Chelsea finds a note with the same notice left at the murder stage which let’s the detective begin the case back up again.Disturbed is the second thriller I’ve read from Jennifer Jaynes and just as with the first book she had no issue wowing me with her story within the pages. This one is definitely one of those intense reads that you just don’t wish to place down until you know exactly what happened and who is to blame. There are plenty of twists and turns and for me an outcome that I just didn’t see elsea is one of those characters that carries a lot of emotional scars from her trauma but yet determined to move on with life. However as quickly as I began to feel for Chelsea I just as quickly began to suspect everyone around her and wonder just what would happen in this girl’s life now. Never quite putting my finger on the outcome this would be one thriller I’d definitely recommend checking out.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
I read many, MANY serial killer, action, murder mystery books but this is the first one that I've thoroughly enjoyed for a long time. I finished it in 2 days. Unfortunately, because of all the comments and reviews regarding "I never saw this coming" and "the end just was so twisted I never expected it" etc, I guessed early on who the assassin was in the book. However, there was another aspect of it that I did NOT see coming and therefore was pleasantly surprised. I guess once you read a lot of these books you just tend to know what's going to happen but Jennifer is amazing at what she does. Not an overall creepy book as others have said, but well worth the of admission. I'm going to look at her other books right now!
One year on Halloween, Chelsea's college roommates were brutally murdered and Chelsea was left clinging to life. After being taken to the hospital, she awakes with not much recollection of what happened that night, but is told that her boyfriend Ethan is being implicated in the murders, but has fled and hasn't been found. Now, almost five years later, Chelsea has relocated to Boston with her best mate Elizabeth, a nurse she met at the hospital after the attack, and is doing her best to move forward in her life. After she reconnects with someone from her past, Chelsea starts receiving threatening notes, and constantly feels like someone is watching her. She thinks she sees Ethan at random places, and she grows more paranoid that she's in danger...I absolutely loved this book! I'm a large fan of books where a hero is being stalked, or feels like they are being stalked, so Disturbed was right up my alley. I absolutely loved Chelsea as our protagonist, and most of the book was told from her point of view, though there were a few extra POVs, especially at the end of the book, but I think they worked really well in this book in lending to the creepy nature of the story. The book starts off with a bang and ends with one too. I was immediately drawn into the story, and ended up finishing it in just one sitting! I got powerful 'Final Girls' vibes, which was another book (written by Riley Sager) that I just adored, so that created me even more excited to see how this one would end and compare it to Final Girls. I had a lot of theories from really early on as to what happened that Halloween night, but I wasn't able to correctly piece everything together, which I loved. The ending took me by surprise until it [email protected]#$%!&ing me in the face, and I thought it was perfect!The middle of the book seemed to take a various pace, and focused a small more on Chelsea's relationship and the problems that came with it, and for a small bit I thought it was odd that the book was taking that direction, however everything tied together in the end, and it all created sense, so if you read the book and begin thinking it's losing its thrilling edge, just you wait! All in all, this book was a fast read, and was gripping from beginning to end. This was the first book I've read by Jennifer Jaynes, and she's got a fresh fan in me! I can't wait to read more of her work! I'd definitely recommend this one for thriller fans who are looking for a fast creepy read. If you liked Final Girls, I think you'll especially like this one!
I was really tired the night I read this book. I thought I'd just read a small of it then fall asleep. Each chapter I'd tell myself "just one more." I was sucked in and couldn't stop reading. I had to search out what would happen next. Even when I was certain I'd figured it out I kept reading. Needless to say, I hadn't figured it out. Jennifer manages to make intriguing stories with the most unexpected endings. Part of the magic is that her characters are so believably real. Even characters that I don't particularly like, engender some sympathy in me. This book is a stand alone but could easily have a follow up. I can't wait for her next novel!
I received a digital copy of this book for my honest I've read every book that Jennifer Jaynes has written. I'm already a fan. But this particular book has just shot her to the front of the line of books I will ALWAYS pre-order, e story follows Chelsea, a college student whose roommates were murdered while she was left for dead. The murderer escapes and Chelsea loses her memories ... not only of that day, but also of most of her life. She didn't exactly grow up happy-go-lucky, but thankfully she has her best friend, Elizabeth, to support her cope with stresses and blackouts. Each page entices you to hold going until you finally obtain to the end and freak out because it's guys, this book is PHENOMENAL. I thought I loved her previous books, but she has completely outdone herself with DISTURBED. I didn't wish to stop reading. I was captivated from the start. Not to mention that the end completely floored me. I wasn't ready for it to end. I'm still mourning the fact that there's nothing left for me to read.
OH MY GOODNESS!Seriously, just when I thought Jennifer Jaynes' writing couldn't obtain any better she writes Disturbed.I kind of hated Chelsea, she drove me crazy and missed all the huge signs. But then I kind of loved her, for being unapologetically ere is so much more to this story than meets the eye, and it easily just bumped up to my number 1 read of the year!Seriously, as soon as this is live (9/20/17) you must it and read it. And then harass Jennifer for a sequel. 😍
This book kept me riveted from beginning to end. Chelsea, the main character, tugs on your heart strings and makes you believe she is powerful all at the same time. The other characters are well written and contribute in major ways to helping the story unfold. The story itself is a thriller, suspenseful, and has just enough twists and turns that you are interested but not lost. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book continues the story of Charlotte who was once known as Lisa when she was first sent to England as a German refugee. When the latest book ended she was getting married and this story picks up with her as a young mother still living in the little village of Wynsdown. Very briefly the novel touches on the characters in the village that we are familiar with but in far more detail we are introduced to the squire's son Felix and his fresh wife Daphne. Unfortunately Daphne is a hero that I could have done without. I want the author had focused more on the interesting characters in the village, like Avril and her sister Caroline, but we never obtain to search out anymore about them. I really want that Harry Black had not been brought back. I think his abrupt departure in the latest book for Australia was enough for his character. If we required to read about characters outside of the village I [email protected]#$%! could have been about Charlotte's foster family Dan and Naomi. After spending so much time on them during so much of the latest book they are barely mentioned becomes very clear where the novel is going and if you wish Charlotte to avoid further tragedy do not start this novel, although I will say she does pick up the pieces in typical Charlotte fashion. Also if you are the kind of person who hates a novel ending with a cliffhanger then this one might not be for you. I'm not sure if the author intends a third novel with these characters or not but the novel ends very abruptly without the future being very clear for its most necessary characters. I wondered how the author could write a follow up to a novel that centered so much on battle and its consequences and unfortunately I found this novel to be lacking a lot of what created the latest novel so interesting. Charlotte was never very evolved as a character, but that was explained by the circumstances of her life, however without that background this novel required to develop its characters in a method it never did. I received this book for from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
What can I say about THE MARRIED GIRLS by Diney Costeloe? Well for starters I can start with how much I love this beautifully endearing, at times devastating, and overall captivating, e author effortlessly transports you back in time to Wynsdown after the war, and we are immersed in little village life, which is not as quiet and laid-back as one would imagine. Charlotte is blissfully satisfied with her husband and their two children, but when a blast from her past returns looking for her, will it encroach on her happiness? When Felix returns to his childhood home with the woman of his dreams, Daphne, he longs for a peaceful home and a family to adore, but Daphne is not exactly who she says she is, and as happenings take an unexpected turn, will Felix be able to live with the truth?With a lot of unexpected, shock happenings throughout the story, THE MARRIED GIRLS by Diney Costeloe kept me reading into the wee little hours of the night as I longed to see how life would unfold for the main characters. I cried, I smiled, and I became a part of it all as the narrative is so exquisite and detailed. I loved Charlotte and Billy from the beginning, and Felix grew on me as his life opened up on the pages in front me, but it was the community itself that was the most endearing - even with its pitfalls of nosy neighbours and gossip. THE MARRIED GIRLS by Diney Costeloe has love, happiness, tragedy, friendship, and hope at the heart of its story, and while it with a lot of serious topics, the author weaves it all magically together in such a method that will really spark your emotions. A unbelievable novel!!!!*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher
I struggled with the rating for this novel; it's hard to "like" since its characters are themselves so unlikeable, even the protagonist, Evie. But it's better than merely "okay." Cline is a amazing writer who successfully creates an atmosphere of existential menace for her fictionalized "Manson family." Through them, she explores what it meant and means to be a "girl" in a man's world, a theme that also plays out in the show day as a 50ish Evie hosts the son and girlfriend of a former lover in whose house she is living. The heart of the book, though, is Evie's experience in 1969 and her near miss being part of the popular murders that drive the plot forward. Could she have participated or would she have turned away in horror? That's part of the question it's not clear she herself can even respond so a lot of years e "girls" of the title are a band of disaffected and aimless women in their late teens, mostly runaways from troubled homes, who fall in with a Manson-like charmer and live a communal life in squalor, doing dumpster dives for meal on a regular basis. The slow build-up to their murderous rampage is interesting; the violence that lurks just below the surface of their otherwise routine existence erupts almost without context. It's just the method they are. The phrase "the banality of evil" kept hitting me as I read, and the story sent me back to reading bits about the true Manson girls to test to understand something that's really not understandable.Where the book fell down for me was actually Evie, the main character. In 1969, she's 14, about to go away to boarding school and at loose ends during a summer when her mother is busy dating and finding herself after a divorce. Evie falls under the spell of the 19-year-old Suzanne in particular. Although the author seems to suggest there's a powerful component here, that's not really developed (other than one time when they participate in a threesome with a popular male rocker). Nor is present-day Evie gay, so her fascination with Suzanne never felt true to me. And since that relationship is central to the story, the story itself came to feel a bit artificial and manufactured. Still, Cline's talent with language is clear and the look back to that era in history brought back all kinds of memories for this older e
Could not support but think of how scary it must have been during the Manson murders while reading Emily Cline’s THE GIRLS. This lonely teenage girl is literally sucked in to a globe of others just like herself and you can feel the draw. What an intensely depicted novel of a time in a young girl’s life, both in her globe and in the world, when there is such upheaval. It is creepy, it is eerie, it is good.
Marie Bostwick is a born story-teller. Her characters in The Promise Girls are totally special and captivating. Three sisters considered prodigies in three various artistic fields were all convinced through sperm donation. A daunting mother, sisters devoted to each other, a documentary in the making and mermaids all add to a captivating read. Ms. Bostwick’s male characters are men I’d like in the world. Well done! Do yourself a favor and spend an afternoon with The Promise Girls!
Unbelievable mystery/thriller/suspense t so much a roller coaster ride as it is a seat on a speeding train that’s carrying a time bomb that continues to go *tick-tock-tick-tock-tick…*In a lot of ways it reminded me of a Dan Brown novel, (only MUCH better written) as we are led from zone to zone trying to unravel the mystery before the possibly life-threatening deadline. Perhaps we don’t visit exotic European areas with popular art, but we are brought all through Alabama and a amazing collection of quirky southern mountain e story is about four generations of women who all appear to lose their minds and die on their 30th birthday. Althea is the current woman in line, and her life has not been an simple one as she struggles with the knowledge of what will happen to her in a mere two weeks. The story moves back and forth easily between Althea’s find for a possible cure for her upcoming madness, and then to her amazing grandmother Jinn and what led up to her 30th birthday. The effect is a family full of secrets that affect each generation even worse than the one before.Jinn’s story begins in a time and put where a woman is her father’s property until she is literally “given” to her husband to do with as he chooses. The author really brings history to life and brings us so closely inside Jinn’s mind that we understand why she cannot consider leaving, even if we cannot comprehend living that life in this day and age.Drug-addicted Althea takes us on her adventure as she seeks out the answers and the truth, and her shenanigans bring some humor to the story. But always in the background is the old insane asylum where her mother and grandmother were locked up until death. I had visceral feelings of dread in my gut whenever Althea set foot on the hospital property during her find for the truth, and it is not often that a book can create me feel like that.We only know Althea for a couple of weeks, and it wasn’t enough for me. Although the mystery of the Honeysuckle Girl is solved in this story, I hope we can read about further adventures with Althea and the a lot of other characters we meet in the story. It’s been hard to give this book up; as scary as it was, I just didn’t wish to leave Alabama and the characters in this ank you so much to NetGalley for giving me a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Professor Cobbs brings her historian self to this factual acc of the women who literally were in the trenches in WWI! It is a fascinating and simple to follow story of American telephone operators recruited by the U,S. Troops to connect telephone lines and dispatch messages between troops and command posts in France while under fire! Denied proper pensions and compensation for a lot of decades and visibility through proper military channels for almost a century, Cobbs is perfect in telling the story of very brave American women. We are still in there fighting, Girls!!! Know that professor Elizabeth Cobbs has your interests at heart.
I cannot say enough about how necessary this book is to history. As a teacher, I feel it is necessary to recognize all the contributors to the battle effort in WWI and the Hello Girls were overlooked for decades. My students are always surprised when they learn of the history of the Hello Girls and how necessary their contribution was to the success of the battle on the Western Front. A amazing read with lots of valuable historical information.
As I read this book I found myself with a bunch of almost random thoughts, and I'm going to place them down here in no particular a hobby I run a little community theater. When we announce a play I am invariably asked if it is suitable for high school kids. I've never known how to answer. As this book clearly proves, the children have all heard and said the popular 'F' word. But does this mommy (or daddy) wish to admit it. If it's said by an actor, what does the child think? What does the parent think? Would it be OK for each of them if they were by themselves but embarassing if they were together?I remember Martin Luther Kings 'I Have a Dream' speech where he said his dream was that 'little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with small white boys and while girls and walk togeather as sisters and brothers.' Of the young authors of this book, one appears to be black, the others white, and no huge is created of it. Dr. King's dream seems to have come to pass, at least here with these kids.I don't think that growing up has ever been easy. Certainly not as simple as we parents think it should be. I'm glad that these children created it through high school, their experiments with sex, drugs, and alcohol formed part of their personality. Now they are all off to college. I think they all have survived what Fresh York Town could throw at them. They will do well in their future I recommend this book. Yes. To parents, yes, it will give you some idea of what your children are really going through. To kids, yes, it will allow them know that they are not alone in experiencing their own problems. And while Fresh York is different, here in little city Nevada we have drugs, underage drinking, teen pregnancies. Fresh York may be different, but the people are about the same.
I enjoyed this book for the relatively honest look at four girls' during their first 2 1/2 years at a magnet high school in NYC. Each girl definitely has their own voice, and goes through their own rebellions, own relationships, and with their own periods of maturity. You might flinch at the regular teasing they give each other and their mothers, but in general, all are fairly kind and open-minded as each of them grows and changes. Some highlights contain private discussions of body image, same-sex relationships, and accepting each other's roles in religious groups. The main negative is the weird change in tone towards the end - it begins to sound as if the writing is being watched by the parents who helped them obtain published. Obviously, we couldn't read all of this if they hadn't had support getting it published, but in the latest fifth or so of the book, there is a change in the topic matter: a decrease in the discussion of drugs and sex, and an increase in flowery reflection on their experiences as mates and their difficult experience on 9/11. Even if unintentional, it feels like a parent is encouraging them to write about heart-tugging situations in wrapping their story up, and frowning over the drug content much earlier in the book. Teens face choices about sex, drugs, body image, and homework every day, so I would still put this book in young-adult. However, hold in mind that as a diary, it isn't (and shouldn't be) held to literary standards of any work of fiction written about high school. Have fun it for what it is: a diary shared among four girls trying to be cool and be themselves at the same time, and you'll obtain a lot out of it.
This is one of the more well rounded YA books I have read lately. Yes, much of the book occurs at school or at school functions, but we obtain the characters in home and family life as well. It provided a more realistic base for their motivations and ese characters were so simple to like and so simple to root for. I really fell in love with Nick- how could I not? He is forging his own path through some beautiful tough terrain. He's pushing versus social norms, standing up to his grandfather and putting everything into getting the girl of his dreams. He is determined, resilient and patient. Oh, and he is kind. I am such a fan of kind boys. 💙There is a slow burn romance here but I loved every min of it. I could picture all the moments of this book in my head like a movie. (and some were really funny!) The story was engaging and I was really invested in everything from beginning to end. This was such a cute book! I can't wait for the next ntent (from the author): This book includes kissing along with limited/mild swearing and minimal inuendo/crude humor. No explicit language or references to sex.
As an English teacher, I cringed. The writing and dialogue lacked any kind of depth and even flashbacks were sterile, forcing stereotypical characters that were prematurely diving headlong into the climax...or what should be a climax. In some chapters (especially towards the end) I’ve read better writing from my 6th grade students. What a disappointment. The plot seemed so interesting at first, but it quickly fell flat. By the end with the wonderful “plot twist”, I just wanted it over with. A amazing writer pulls you in and makes you feel for its protagonists no matter how flawed they are or how the storyline ends. These characters never quite pulled at anything.
The concept that a person can live in a cabin with 3 girls and hold them ignorant of life outside the forest was extremely interesting. The girls believed their mother and did what she said. At first going back and forth chapters between the two women was hard to understand at first, I couldn't see how they would be connected until the realization they were in the same forest. A very satisfying book.
But sadly I didn'e author is right, the stories of the ATA and WASP pilots are extraordinary and need wider acknowledgement and I guess quite a few readers will like this version. The author has done a lot of research, made an interesting cast and given a lot of thought about these women who dared to be various and had to work there times as hard as men to do what they dly though I found it a total struggle to obtain to the end of. The author uses a passive voice which never allow me feel what the characters were feeling.And while she has obviously done a lot of research I don't think she had this read by an actual pilot. As a pilot and aviation enthusiast quite a bit of the language was slightly off. I admit I come to this with a various view point to most of the author's readers, but I could easily have skimmed those bits if the story had sucked me in. Mostly it didn't. I wanted to smell the oil, feel the fear, not be told that the girls smelled and felt that.I did love the epilogue, with the 90year old ex ATA pilot flying with her Air Force grandson in a restored Spitfire, and finding her initials carved into the cockpit, something I know is based on fact.
Historical fiction that you will fall in love with.I have read multiple historical fiction through the years, and yet I never read anything like THE SPITFIRE GIRLS . I read it in one day because I could not force myself to place this book down. THE SPITFIRE GIRLS is one of things that I love about historical fiction, and it is inspirational book which you will search yourself thinking about, long after you reach the latest page. I fell in love with May, Lizzie and Ruby’s stories and I wanted to know what would happen next. I wasn’t fond of Lizzie in beginning, mostly the method that she acted, as if she was better than everyone. I had a feeling if she kept acting like that and treating everything like it was a tournament that it would obtain her in problem one day. I felt as if she did not even care that there was the battle going on, I know that she did, but the method she acted. I was wondering how long it would take her to realize, that it not all about and that acting that method is not okay. I was glad to see her finally place into her place. Afterwards, it was as if she was a completely various person, she still had her moments. I do believe that her change is what brought her closer to May and Ruby. In beginning, I did not know how they place up with her, I would lose my patience a long time ago. I loved that no matter what, in the end there were always there for each l three of them, were powerful and brave, with everything they had to face. I can’t imagine having to fly without instruments and radio. I did not even know that it could be done until I read the book. I know that it makes flying a lot more dangerous. However, that did not stop them from flying. Besides Lizzie, Ruby was one of characters that I saw a significant change in through the book, and she was one of my favorite characters in the book. You could tell in beginning that she did not have that much confidence in herself, and constantly May had remind her, to believe in herself, in her skills. As the book progressed, you could tell that she started to obtain more confidence in herself. I hated her mother in law, and how she convinced Tom that it wasn’t a amazing idea. I was hoping that he would come to his senses, see how amazing of flier she is and she can do it. I am glad that he finally did, and that they finally got their wedding. Ruby went through a lot, and yet she never gave up, not once. May, I loved her too and I was glad that she was finally available to reunite with her parents. I am glad that she found Ben, she required someone like Ben. I was hoping she come to her senses and see how much Ben cared about her, he was always there when she required him, always checking on her. Those two belonged with each other.I had no idea that THE SPITFIRE GIRLS was based on real story until the end of the book. I loved every chapter, every page. There isn’t a single moment where it won’t hold your attention, where you won’t be on edge of your seat. It did not take me long, to fall in love with the story and the characters. THE SPITFIRE GIRLS is a story that will stay with me, forever. A story that I will one day return to. If you love historical fiction, mixed with romance, pick it up today. A book that deserves more than five eathtaking, heart aching. A masterpiece.
I highly recommend this book for its memorable characters and satisfying storyline. There's a range of interesting material for book groups to discuss, from women's friendships to different aspects of battle that people never think about, like the morale boostering the Clubmobile girls provided.
This is a tough book to read. It's wonderful the conditions forced on an entire country. The author tells the story with truth even when that truth is painful. The hero development and settings are developed but not overdeveloped. I now have a better understanding of human trafficking and how it happens. And I appreciate the crushing debt and hopelessness that a lot of Chinese families endure. I visited China in the early 80s and I remember our female tour tutorial treating us with contempt because us Americans couldn't understand why boy babies were more valued than girl babies. This story brings that sentiment to life. Nice job, Ms. Lui.
A lot of thanks to Netgalley, Carolrodha and Jennie Liu for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced li has turned 16 and is turned out from the orphanage where she spent most of her life. She is off to the huge town to meet up with her friend, Yun, who left the year before. Yun has a factory job and has promised to support Luli search a job and obtain settled. Although it is backbreaking work, it is better than staying to work at the orphanage looking after the babies. Luli can see how much Yun has changed in the one year since she left the orphanage. She has a stylish haircut, fresh clothes, disposable money and a boyfriend. Luli learns that Yun’s boyfriend is poor news. He might be involved in trafficking women. Luli tried to warn her friend, but Yun doesn’t believe it. Soon Yun finds herself pregnant, alone and discovers that what people have been saying about her boyfriend is true. But she needs him to support for the abortion. The one kid policy and the fact that she is unmarried, will create it impossible for her to hold the baby. At 16, she doesn’t wish the responsibility. She is only just starting her life. Luli wish to support her mate but how can she help her terminating the pregnancy or even worse, having the baby and giving it to the orphanage. The book explores the subjects of family, friendship, coming of age, love, unwanted pregnancy and the One Kid Policy in China through though the lives of these tow young girls as they navigate life on their own.I have mixed feelings towards this novel. I thought that it did an awesome job of illustrating how difficult life can be in China. Being an orphan is tough. Having to help yourself at 16 is even harder. Getting pregnant at 16, with no family and having to create very tough decisions seems almost impossible. But when you discover these problems through the lens of another culture it really is eye opening. I had heard about the One Kid policy, but I never considered what that entailed. I was very aware of the fact that girls were being abandoned, or worse killed, in to have the “preferred” sons. I was also aware that it made a gender imbalance that has had large ramifications for that society. I did not realize that if you did have a secret second baby they would not be considered a citizen and therefore wouldn’t be able to go to school or search a job. I was mildly aware of the deplorable conditions in the orphanages, but Liu brings to light so a lot of problems that I hadn’t considered. She also did a amazing job of examining difficult problems through the lens of another culture. There were so a lot of things in the story that created me feel if you were unlucky enough to be a pregnant orphan at 16, you were still method better off to be in North America. The. backbreaking work in the factory, being fined for having a baby that would take you most of your life to back, the prejudices versus anyone outside of the norm makes for a very oppressive ere were a few things that didn’t work for me. One was the alternating chapters between Yun and Luli. This didn’t work for me at all. I search it disrupted the story and the transitions were awkward, even jarring, at times. The largest downside for me was the language. I’m not sure why but the best method I can explain it is that it seemed too simplistic. It almost felt like a translation. I don’t think it did the story any justice. It kept bothering me as I was reading and it took me out of the story. I’m not referring to the dialogue between characters. However, the structure was sound and the happenings flowed nicely. Overall, I think this was an necessary story to tell and I would recommend it to others.
What so likable is that the sister are so supportive of each other and not jealous of each other. I love how you can relate to each of the girls. Such a quick pace book. One thing I didn't like is as soon as a love interest is introduced that's when the one of the girl fell like everybody should just accept them. Some of the scenes remind me of a lady name Kate from holes like omg. The girl will do anything to obtain their freedom is the is high. It's worth fighting for even if it's mean doing a lot of risky e writing is very simple to follow. It's so funny to learn about all these other girls and how they all come to the welcome house and learning secrets. Go obtain your copy now
I really enjoyed the storyline, the method it kept secrets from the reader about the other characters, offering enough to spark the imagination and outline a hero so the reader was familiar, but left wondering. The questioning of self and how easily one could be influenced by another, all for the attention of their affections. The neediness of all in our stories called life.
It starts well. And it goes on being a decent mystery spiced up by tips of something magical for, oh, half the book, more or less. Also, Carpenter deserves praise for cutting back and forth between two time periods while keeping us involved with both parts of the story; most novels that do this leave me feeling that one timeline has no amazing reason for being in the book. But sooner or later, all writers need to wrap up the loose ends of the plot and allow us know what's going to happen to their characters...and that's when the honeysuckle starts to wilt.I'll test to resist the temptation of spoilers, so allow me just touch on a few points: Some info that are heavily stressed as making an necessary pattern fizzle out into coincidences. There's a drawn-out stage of horrific gory violence that required a bit of foreshadowing - as it is, the incident comes out of nowhere and provides nothing but shock value. And the heroine (who, frankly, doesn't seem to have the inner strength, allies, or to have a prayer of surviving the forces versus her) spends the first two-thirds of the book finding her investigation stonewalled, but after that everyone she questions helpfully provides plenty of information; there doesn't seem to be any reason for this change except the need to wrap up the at latest flaw brings me to the largest issue with Burying the Honeysuckle Girls - it's not sure what type of mystery it wants to be. Is it set in a globe that's so corrupt that only a tough, experienced, determined investigator has a possibility of finding out what really happened, and even then can't come close to righting everything that's wrong? Or is this a cozy mystery, full of basically decent people living in a trustworthy society that's been disrupted by one poor person, a globe where everything will be all right once the villain is identified and removed? This book starts out wanting to be a story of far-reaching corruption, and stays one until nearly the end...then suddenly the secrets are revealed, the villains are punished, and the surviving victims obtain to live happily ever after.If the heroine and her allies had unearthed the family secret but knew that it would take years of work (that might not succeed) to finish cleaning up the mess, this would have been a amazing story. As it is? It's too easy. It doesn't work.
I have read and enjoyed all of Marie Bostwick's books.and this one is at the top of my list. The characters were true enough to be believable but quirky enough to be interesting. For anyone familiar with the Seattle area, the local references draw you in to the story even more and create it seem like you might have met one of the Promise sisters in passing at your favorite cafe or bookstore. The imagery is beautifully crafted, Bostwick has a remarkable talent for painting a vivid stage or describing depth of emotions the characters experience with her words. I loved the surprise ending and would love to see more books featuring these characters. Honestly, who doesn't love a Mermaid? This book is definitely worth a read.
Our book club won copies of The Promise Girls by Marie Bostwick from our planning website, Bookmovement. I enjoyed this story. Reading it felt like I was being wrapped in a warm, comfortable quilt and being fed my favorite comfort foods. The Promise Girls was a feel-good read that is heartfelt, uplifting, and filled with insightful observations and comic gems (“If people came into the globe as teenagers, the globe would be filled with nothing but only children….”). I would not recommend this book to readers who prefer serious literature, but I would recommend it to readers looking for classic women’s fiction/chick-lit that is better than e novel focuses on the bonds of family and how they are not easily broken even in the face of tragedy and betrayal. The Promise Girls are three sisters who experience a difficult childhood but bond together to make fulfilling adult lives and ultimately learn the power of forgiveness and redemption. A central theme in the novel is choices and consequences. Minerva, the girls’ mother, states “of course, if I knew then what I know now, I would have done a lot of things differently… but life isn’t like that. We create the choices we make, at the time we create them, and we have to live with them - and suffer the consequences.” I have felt like this on a number of occasions and I think discussing this idea with book club members would provide a deep and intimate conversation topic. One of the characters in the novel does obtain a “redo” in a sense. It is enlightening to see what she does with it and to contemplate what I would do with eative and artistic talent in different forms is also a central idea in this novel. Each sister has their own creative talent and their perspective on it. For example, middle sister Meg states “that inside every person there is an artist waiting to obtain out … comparison, competition, and perfectionism - the toxic trifecta that is certain to corrode and, in time, destroy one’s God-given, joy filled, natural desire to create.” As I have a number of artists in my book club, I thought this would be an interesting subject to discover and discuss. Another passage worthy of discussion is when younger sister Avery states “People wish to believe in what’s magical. Even adults. But it’s easier with children… Children have faith. That’s our natural mindset, the thing that makes poets pen verse and inventors invent. But somewhere along the way, most grown-ups default to doubt.”Another subject worthy of exploration in this novel is being yourself. A lot of of the characters play a “role” in this story. Walt role-plays characters in historical reenactments, Avery takes on the persona of a mermaid, Joanie acts as everyone's mother, Minerva presents a public life story that differs from reality, and each of the Promise sisters plays an interesting but stereotypical birth role. At one point, Avery indicates that it is easier to play a role than to be oneself. I think there are times when that is real and sometimes necessary. Those occasions and why/why not would create for a lively discussion as even while this book appears to be an easy, comfortable read, there are some deep themes here that are worthy of exploration and discussion. The careful, thoughtful reader of this book will be rewarded.
Marie Bostwick is one of my favorite writers. She can carry a series quite well, as well as stand-alone stories, as this one is (so far!). She is a master at developing her character's and they are all so varied and interesting. It is so simple to become immersed in her plots and in her characters' lives. Reading one of her books is like sitting down with a amazing mate whose company you thoroughly enjoy. I hope she keeps 'em coming!!
This is one of those feel-good sweet high school romances that totally took me back in time. Daniels has a talent for creating a realistic teen stage with believable characters who my teenage self wants to be mates ck's football career doesn't seem to be taking in off the bench much, so he decides to test out for the cheerleading team, since he's a amazing tumbler. That and it will obtain him closer contact with his crush. Okay...what kind of high school boy has the confidence to break the social barriers and stereotypes? He's the first male to test out and it's beautiful groundbreaking, especially as he with teasing a lot. So when you add that to the fact that when he is within range of his crush, he acts completely normal and starts as friends, well, wow! This guy is a man with some self control and knows just how to go after what he wants!As for Mia, the co-head cheerleader...she's not your typical girl. In fact, this whole squad is full of personality and loyalty, and although there is one who is a small brash, they're a group of kind, fun, and dedicated girls. I adored Mia and the method she grows from her experiences.A slow-burn romance, all full of sparks and subtle chemistry, is my favorite and this story is definitely enchanting. I enjoyed the method everything played out and loved the secondary characters too, as they really added to the book. I hope Sean gets his own story, tip hint. This one was so much fun!Content: mild romance; mild innuendo/crude talk; mild language.*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given with no compensation.*
One of the Girls by Robin Daniels was so refreshing! It's been a while since I've read a High school romance that didn't involve cheating or petty items like that. Also, I surprised myself by loving this as much as I did. I mean, Mia and Nick's story sucked me in beautiful much form its first chapter, and I've loved every second of it! I especially enjoyed their characters, and how they're not your (stereo)typical jock and cheerleader. I found myself rooting for Nick from the beginning, and can I say just Wow to his ability in gymnastics? It was amazing! As for Mia, I loved her being sweet and the captain of the cheer squad, but also her not being excellent (i.e. the need to ban her from dating till she could learn to say no). Plus, the side characters were just excellent and added sass, humor and a touch of drama when required (Stacie and Cass for Mia, and Sean for Nick).Oh, and that ending was just perfect!! :3Completely recommended! 4.5 stars. And believe me, this is method better than a cheerleader film ;)
Robin Daniels brings humor into the teen crush in this sweet high school romance. Full of angst, friendship and miscommunication this book is fun through and through. What happens when a second string quarterback joins the cheer squad? He becomes “One of the Girls”. Nick has been crushing on Mia for years. When he finds out cheer tryouts are coming up he decides to check it out. He’s done gymnastics his whole life so maybe this is his possibility to obtain to know her. There are two problems—his Grandpa is the football coach and when he makes the team, he’s stuck in the mate zone. Mia has always been famous and never lacked a date. The issue is she’s a pushover and doesn’t wish to damage anyone’s feelings, so she dates all the wrong guys. She’s never dated a guy like Nick, but she finds herself thinking she’d like to. Too poor she’s squarely planted in the mate zone. This book was given to me courtesy of the author through “Clean Wholesome Romance.” This is my honest review.
The Notebook Girls is good, clean, um, good, dirty fun. It's not going to obtain 5 star reviews because adults who review books on Amazon won't be giving 5 stars to a notebook kept by four 15-year-olds when the children were in high school. Mostly those who go skinny-in-the-nose over this type of thing will feel compelled to review it. Fuggedaboutthem. If you've come this far you're interested in the book so go ahead and add it to your cart. It's fun and it's I'd like to a caution to the struggling immigrant kids who were at Stuy when the girls were keeping their notebook (and who are now, presumably, in amazing colleges)--OOB#1: Beware. When you finish grad school and enter the high-paying professions and have children, those kids will not have struggling immigrant kids status; they will be--shudder--privileged. In America, people don't like privileged people. They like struggling immigrant people who are working to become privileged, but as soon as you've created the transition from struggling immigrant kid to privileged ivy league graduate they will hate you and turn their attention to the next group of struggling immigrant people who are working to become privileged ivy league graduates. And so on and so e amazing news is that the people who hate you now (you know, because you aren't true Americans and don't look like us)will like your kids because your children will be true Americans and won't have accents and will victory high political positions because they can tell stories about how hard it was for their parents when they went to Stuy with privileged people who wouldn't share their stash with them. So I guess it's a wash. Carry on.
I echo what other reviewers have said that this is written at a fifth-grade level, is historically inaccurate, and is a not good excuse for a romance novel instead of a dynamic historical-fiction novel about the awesome women who actually flew these aircraft and created significant contributions to the battle effort. There is hardly any reference at all to actual FLYING! I saw a latest British documentary on the Spitfire, and they reunited the actual warrior plane with the woman who ferried it. Now that was amazing. This "book" does a large disservice to the courageous women who took to the skies during Globe Battle gardless of how I feel about it, once I begin a book, I am committed to finishing it. This is one of the very few that I battled through the first half to finally fling it across the room in disgust, never to pick it up again.Just plain awful. To give it any stars is a misrepresentation, rather I want I could award negative stars.
Luli was finally leaving the Gujiao Children’s Social Welfare Institute 17. It was simply a glorified name for an orphanage where the disabled and unwanted children were tossed. The Institute, as it was called, had been Luli’s home since she was an eight-year-old. She had family, but her grandfather was dying and could no longer care for her. Luli’s best mate at the Institute, Yun, had already left to search work at a tech factory. There would be “no more taking care of babies, mopping floors, washing dishes.” Instead, sixteen-year-old Luli was hoping Yun would search her a job. It wouldn’t be simple because no one wanted to hire , who was a year older than Luli, was already making “charger cords for electronic cigarettes ... a mind-numbing finger-numbing, neck-and back-aching” job. Better than taking care of babies any day of the week and it true money. Yun was one of the lucky ones, even though she didn’t think so. With a pockmarked face and not one, but four totally ugly black marks on her face, she was a social pariah. Orphan, unlucky four ... not exactly a young woman anyone would want. Yun was already dating and clubbing. First it was Ming, the foreman’s son, and then Yong, a purported “bride trafficker.”Of course Yun didn’t believe a word of that bride trafficking items and believed Yong when he claimed he was simply a “bride collector.” Yuli was definitely naive, but listened closely when Ming claimed it was true. “Yun’s boyfriend,” he explained to Yuli, “is a kidnapper ... they kidnap girls and women and them to men out in the countryside.” Ming was probably just jealous, but you never can tell with some people. Yun was getting a bit wild, maybe a lot wild, and was continually late for work. It was no wonder no one wanted to hire orphans and Yun was totally irritating the foreman with her excuses. All the lectures in the globe from Foreman Chen didn’t seem to sink li was Yun’s only family in a method and she knew that Yun was a bit of a faker. I’m “practicing my emotions,” she’d explain when they were kids. Was she faking being sick or not? Maybe, maybe not, but Foreman Chen was sick, sick, sick of all the lame excuses. Fired. Yun had been fired, but this time she really was sick, as in miserably sick. The Modern Women’s Health Clinic bluntly told Yun that “Unless you can the social compensation for having an unauthorized pregnancy, you won’t be able to obtain a birth permit.” Both Luli and Yun were totally shocked. Would the not-so-innocent Yong step in to someone? Just who would it be ... the Yun, Luli, or worse yet, the unborn baby?This was a riveting YA novel I simply couldn’t place down once I got into it. Jennie Liu breathed life into Luli and Yun’s lives, so much the YA reader will search it an emotionally tense read. No doubt most will have heard about China’s One-Child policy, but few will understand the impact of it on teens, their peers on the other side of the globe. There’s a lot of social history to be gleaned from this book, some I wasn’t aware of. For example, because Yong himself was an unauthorized second child, whose family was unable to the fines, there were serious his case “Yong became a non-person. He couldn’t go to school or obtain a decent position without his hukou.” The issues of the One-Child policy become very much apparent in this novel, something that give the reader meal for thought. In the Author’s Note, there is a brief, insightful history about the history and consequences of this policy as well as the newer Two-Child one. In the back of the book are sixteen questions under “Topics for Discussion.” This is not only a fascinating stand-alone read, but an perfect one for a wide dozens of classes from social studies to history and beyond. Very highly erest Level: Grades 8 to Grade 12Reading Level: 6This book courtesy of the publisher (to the library).
Loved this book and similar to it because I was a telephone operator in high school but too young to have served. It is well organized and complete with interesting stories about these unsung heroes. I used this book for a power point; loved the photos. Well done.
Holy Moly...I never saw it coming! This story was so unexpected. I got sucked in from the begin and was definitely invested.Wren and Sage have been raised off the grid. Two sisters left behind in their cabin, when their mother took off with their youngest sister one night to obtain her medical treatment. They never came rced to survive on their own, until they feel threatened by a man who came looking for their family and they flee the only life they have ever known. Luckily they land on the doorstep of Nicolette, a woman who was kind and wanted to support is story was a tangled web. Told from alternating points of view, the story was suspenseful and kept me interested. I was invested in these characters and had to hold reading until I found out their fates. I definitely enjoyed this twisted tale and will seek out more from this author in the future.
The Stillwater Girls, my first book by Minka Kent, is a solid 3.5 stars rounded up to illwater is a forest in upstate Fresh York seemly isolated from the rest of the world. Wren and Sage, have lived with their mother and younger sister, Evie. There are no cell phones, radios, TV, or running water. They never have seen another human being outside of their small family. Their mother occasionally meets up with a "supply man" who sells their homemade soaps and brings them supplies but, for the most part, they are self-sufficient and adequately living off of the land around them. Until their mother leaves the cabin to search medical support for nine-year-old, Evie. Wren and Sage wait....and wait. Weeks, turn into months. Then a man arrives at their cabin and their lives change illwater Girls completely sucked me in to start with. The story of these girls, how they survived, their meagre happiness and their fears. I appreciate a plot twists as well as the next person, those in Stillwater Girls, felt so contrived and unbelievable, like the clues she had left for the ending the author had decided they were too easy, so she had to add another twist on top. I still really enjoyed the story, but it wasn’t a realistic enough ending for me.
I thoroughly have fun historical fiction, especially the novels that with topics that are not well known. Having been in the military myself, I really enjoyed this book. Ms Healey did a magnificent job of developing the characters and telling the story. I thought the book was absolutely excellent.
So, I’m not going to lie. A huge part of this book is Trope-y YA. It’s remarkably related in feel to The Belles.But it’s fun fantasy and it features much of diverse lit is about the diversity itself – not always more than the story, but the diversity is just as important. And I’ll be honest, it kind of threw me that this wasn’t about race or ethnicity or skin color. But then I thought…that’s just the kind of inclusion we need in the book world. A book peopled with POC that’s still just your primary YA fantasy novel! And it is about girl power and also contains queer characters – and they’re just characters!Oh, and despite the YA tropes, I have to place this in caps…are you ready? THERE IS NO LOVE TRIANGLE!!!! (And a million thanks to the author for that!)Really a blast of a book and, though it seems like there could be more coming in this world, it works as a standalone.A very amazing read!
That's what touches the core of me about this story. The Amazing Luck Girls aren't the luckiest by my own definition, but the story, the journey they embark on is filled with so much energy that I cheered them on into the wee hours of the morning after getting this d it!
I have mixed feelings about this book. I picked it up because of the hype (kudos to Cline's publishing team) and the first few pages were really impressive. I don't read a lot of literary items like this, and Cline's words were mesmerizing at first. Every sentence perfectly and poetically constructed. You could take any snippet from this book, post it anywhere, and it would be obvious how powerful a writer Cline is, without even knowing what the story was about.But then it became exhausting. Because while Cline is an incredibly gifted writer, she's not a amazing storyteller, and it got really tiring reading paragraph after paragraph of attractive prose that essentially says nothing. The pacing was soooooo sloooooow. It took pages to describe the smallest details. The story, in a nutshell, is about a girl who becomes part of a cult, and the cult commits heinous murders. The premise is fantastic. But in my opinion, it was told from the wrong point of view. What should have been a fabulous imaginative retelling of Manson fell flat, because the protagonist is only a bystander, and a part-time one at that. She doesn't live with the cult - she goes home most nights. She has no memorable relationships with anyone else in the group, other than the one girl she's infatuated with. But because her attraction is one-sided, the relationship never develops. And other than this one girl, the other characters are barely sketched out. They only exist in her peripheral vision, hazy snapshots at best, and this contains the Manson-like hero himself. The victims, we don't really know at all, so it's difficult to be horrified about what happens to them. Speaking of which, she's not involved at all in the planning of the murders, and she's even not there when the murders happen. All that build-up, and we don't even see the not good thing that's the climax of the e book is essentially one giant flashback, with a handful of present-day scenes telling us very small about the protagonist's life now (but I obtain why Cline choose to do it this method - if the story is told in flashback, she can tell it with added insight and hindsight, using lots of "little did she know's" to tip at what's to come - a method to make tension, but I suppose it's better than no tension at all). In the end, though, it's so completely dissatisfying because we don't know what she's learned, or how she's grown. She tips at trying to support a young girl in the present-day, someone who reminds her of herself, but again, it never develops into is is a story that gets lost in its own words. I'm so disappointed. Amazing premise, amazing writing, weak story.
Hmmmm...not quite sure if I liked this book or not. I was enthralled and read The Girls quickly. At times I was really drawn to it and then I was disgusted or rolling my eyes at the overwritten prose. The story which focuses on the summer of 1969 for 14 year old Evie Boyd is like a psychedelic trip. As she leaves her mundane life and begins to hang out with a cult like group which eventually commits an horrific act, Evie begins to see her life and the globe in a various light. The story is told through flashbacks from a middle-aged Evie and it jostles between show day and the summer of 1969. The story is interesting but the writing is too much, overdone to say the least. It's drippy with metaphors, similes and too a lot of literary devices. It may be a style admired by some but not by me. Though the hero development is actually beautiful well done, I am still not sure how I'm supposed to feel about any of them. I'm still on the fence as to whether I liked any of them or really cared what happen to them. Maybe that was the point. Still, the story is interesting and the author does a amazing job of slowly revealing the horrific happenings and what leads up to it. She gives you just enough to create you hold reading and slowly feeds the reader until the crime just happens. It's not climactic but it's not disappointing either, it just happens like most of the happenings in the book. Perhaps that is the intent, to create the reader experience life like Evie and the other girls where things just seem to happen to them. I would recommend it. It was interesting and a small thought provoking.
Marie has a true bonus to pull the reader into the story! I was born and raised in the Seattle zone but no longer live there. But while reading about the Girls, I was there. I love the pictures Marie paints with her words and the nuances of her characters. If I can't search something fresh to read, I often return to a book by Marie Bostwick. I'm on my third time through the Cobbled Court series. I do often recommend her books to my friends. I look forward to more from her.
I love Marie Bostwick's stories but I gave this one a 4 as I felt the end fell apart a bit. I'm not sure how I expected it to end, but I felt the author closed the book as she just ran out of the story line. I loved the Cobble Court Quilt stories and her other books, and will read whatever next adventure she pens.
What family secrets do you have? Do you share them with others outside your family? What secrets from the past haunt your family in the present? In Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter one family’s secrets pose a threat to the nopsis:Althea Bell’s family has secrets. I mean huge secrets. Women in her family reach their thirtieth birthday, and lose their minds. They are diagnosed with schizophrenia. These women disappear never to be heard from again. Althea is nearing her thirtieth birthday. She has recently been released from drug rehabilitation center. She is recovering from an addiction to pain her mother gave her. Althea comes home to a father who has Alzheimer’s. Her brother is getting ready to run for governor in the state of Alabama. So they do not need her coming home to ruin things. Her welcome is about as warms as a freezer. When she realizes she can’t stay at home she turns to her mate Jay. Althea starts to go down the same path as the other women in her family. Will she be able to place together what happened to these women? Why does it always occur around their thirtieth birthday? Is there an end to this tragic family secret?My Thoughts:I loved this book! At first the main flaw of the protagonist hero was a small bit of a turn off. Althea's drug addiction created me unsure of where the story would go. I was satisfied to continue! I like escape reads. I happened to be recovering from surgery so this book was the excellent book to read while recovering. This book was the debut for Emily Carpenter. It is well written! The story is set in rural Alabama. Each page will leave you wanting to come back for more till the mystery is solved.
As a 23-year-old woman who is six years removed from high school and has since graduated college as well, this book was refreshing. It brought me back to high school, created me remember the amazing times and the not-so-good times. Although I must admit, I didn't have much in common with these girls--smoking up, getting drunk, and messing around with numerous guys at the age of 15 all seems like a bit much to me--however, people shouldn't judge these girls, because I know girls that age and younger are going through/doing the same thing. I'm not sure if I would wish my young kid reading this, but I definitely recommend it for someone who wants a light read that will support you reminisce about the amazing old e one thing I was surprised about was the not good grammar and spelling (especially the spelling)...these young girls debate about all these serious topics, but they can't spell at all...I understand they were 15/16, but they went to one of the best schools in NYC and all ended up going to amazing colleges...I just expected better spelling, at least.
Sadly I was never on the cheerleading team in high school, but I was apart of the marching band and drill team, and what I fondly remember is the camaraderie. Reading One of the Girls created me feel nostalgic, bringing back some amazing memories and making me want I could go back in time and relive that carefree time in my om beginning to end, this book is utterly charming. Watching sweet, lovable Nick go from the football sidelines to the cheerleading squad, staying real to himself, and fighting all the naysayers, is refreshing, not to mention makes you fall head over heels in love with him. Sweet Mia might be his original motivation for joining the squad, but Nick's choice has a positive, yet unimaginable domino affect that brings about some interesting e dynamic between the characters is entertaining and created me want I could've been apart of their group, especially at the football games. There was a small bit of tension, and a touch of drama, which was excellent and expected, and though predictable it was such a fun read and makes me excitedly anticipate the next book in the series!*I have reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are completely honest, and my own.
I was immediately taken and intrigued because of the blurb of this book - a re-telling of Dracula but in a various POV, that of one of the girls who ends up being his so-called 'Bride'.Besides the above mentioned reason that had me reading this book was the fact that the action was taking put in my neck of the woods, a few centuries in the past, of course. I'm always curious to see how an author portrays my country's history, I wish to see my country's past through their eyes.Let me tell you, Ms. Hargrave did it justice. See, we have two sisters, Lil & Kizzy and they are Romany. They travel with their family and they have tamed, dancing bears they form a connection with. Now, the method these two girls, along with their family, are seen breaks your heart. The prejudice, the hate, the rejection... unfortunately, it still exists. Even centuries later this discrimination is still alive, I see it everywhere around me, and it's e writer's style had me turning the pages, even though the story isn't what I expected and what a lot of expected, from what I have seen. This bothered others, but it didn't bother me. Reading about the losses and the heartache and the journey of these two girls was really something else.Hence why I will definitely read other books by this author. 4.5 stars.
In the late 1950's I received a very few hours of Link training from a lady instructor who had served as a WREN during WWII. She was completely professional, very knowledgeable, and helped me understand a lot about instrument flying in the '50's. It was that experience and the amazing memories of Fort Rucker training and the rest of my Troops years that led me to read this book. In spite of the undoubtable strength of the underlying story of these courageous women I would have hoped for a better writer and story-teller. When someone eventually makes their film -- as I certainly hope they will -- I'm sure that the story will be much better told and written than this book. Summary? Amazing story of amazing women, not-too-well written.
I have really enjoyed both The Wives of Battle and The Spitfire Girls. Historical fiction (especially when it is based on real stories) has always been a favourite genre for me. I would recommend both of these books to anyone who likes history, powerful women, action and romance blended with a bit of humor. Anything Soraya Lane writes will be an enjoyable read!
...But some loose ends too. Some coincidences that were difficult to obtain by. The part though about the "big secret"? Come on. That was too heavy and I had to place it out of my mind to obtain through the remainder of the chapters. Why was it included? To tie up loose ends but it felt so totally contrived. But all in all, I'd recommend.
This book follows a diverse cast of characters, ethnically, and personality-wise, as they seek to escape life trapped in prostitution. With a special and magical take on branding, these brave young women venture to search the one person who can remove the tag that stains them.I was intrigued by the premise of this story as it was pitched as a fantasy/western. The book starts off with a bang. The prologue is fast, weighted, and leaves the reader emotionally toiling alongside Clementine as she struggles to survive her "Lucky Night". It is an immediate punch to one's emotional fortitude with a rape attempt and a death. However, as the girls tried to navigate the repercussions of the night, I found myself disengaging from the story. The solution is thought of fast, without much explanation, and goes off without a hitch. The conflict felt empty. I found myself drawing away from the characters and the globe as the story moved on and I didn't care about what was happening.
The Amazing Luck Girls (TGLG) is a distinctive story set in a uniquely built globe (think dystopian wild west) that I literally devoured in a day! The story centers around five girls, Amazing Luck Girls, who have been sold by their families to a Welcome House which is anything but welcoming to the girls that come there. As kids they arrive as Daybreak girls, they are given a Favor – a magical type tattoo that grows as they age and then forced into manual labor until the age of 16. Once they reach their 16th birthday and their favor has fully bloomed, they will have their Lucky Night and are sold at auction to the highest bidder for the night. Then they are officially a Sundown girl, entertaining the Brags (insert Johns here) every night until they age out and then are usually cast out in to the road to starve. This brings us to our five girls:“Sisters by chance. Outlaws by choice. Aster: The Protector, Violet: The Favorite, Tansy: The Medic, Mallow: The Fighter, & Clementine: The Catalyst.”Clementine and Aster are sisters by blood. Aster has been a Sundown girl for over a year and when Clementine’s Lucky Night arrives something happens that sets all five girls on a harrowing trip across the Scab, the harsh wilderness of fictional Arketta where the story is set. With the Welcome House’s henchman, the Reckoners on their trail, they have to hold one step ahead and when they meet Ezekiel, Zee, a Rangeman with his own secrets they form a group of unlikely allies. It’s not just the Reckoners they have to worry about, although these soulless men are to hold each girl in line by invading their mind with their deepest terrors, there are also Vengeants, ruthless spirits drawn to suffering that will rip a person apart with their claws. It’s a risky put and they’ll need their wits about them to survive the trip to search the mysterious Lady Ghost, rumored to be able to remove the magical favors that tag the e globe building in TGLG is phenomenal, truly a various globe yet related to ours in a lot of ways. There is oppression and poverty, and times when I felt a sense of overwhelming despair & hopelessness for their situation and yet, the strong force of sisterhood and courage between the group prevailed in these times, giving me a sense of hope. The characters are beautifully developed and I became emotionally invested in them. The majority of the story is told by Aster and she is a strong hero but flawed with anger by her harsh life.“But anger … anger gets things done. Sometimes, at least. You just have to create sure you’re using it, and never the other method around.”I can't wait for the next book!
Stunning debut!! [email protected]#$% girls reclaiming their freedom! This story has heart, action, found family, and just enough fantasy to hold things interesting!!! These are characters I fell in love with and I can’t wait for book 2!! Brilliantly written and heartfelt!