Have you ever experienced a moment while reading in which your emotions roll and tumble inside you, rage burns like a fire and your sight goes red. Suddenly you find the book or (god forbid) e-reader – that just a moment ago had been in your hands – violently colliding with the face of your neighbor.
Violence is not the answer, my friend.
So much rage – and all because of the words written in a book. Yes. We’ve all been there before. To show that I share and understand your feelings, I have listed a number of the various things that get my blood boiling when they occur in the books I read. The list comes complete with my reactions thanks to the help of a few troubled child actors, The Princess Bride and various other kooky gif people. Enjoy! (Or rather, don’t enjoy…) Continue reading →
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It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.
Before, Brynn had a group of best friends, a loving boyfriend, a growing talent for pottery. She had a life. And after…she had none.
When Brynn lost the boyfriend who never loved her, the friends who feel she betrayed their trust, and the new life just beginning to grow inside her, she believes her future is as empty as her body. But then Christian, the boy next door, starts coming around. Playing his guitar and pushing her to create art once more. She meets some new friends at the local community center, plus even gets her dad to look her in the eye again…sort of.
But can Brynn open up her heart to truly find her life’s own beauty, when living for the after means letting go of the before?
I’m writing this as I impatiently await the mail delivery for today. I’m expecting so many things in the mail, it’s not even funny. What is funny is how this becomes a common book blogger problem (you know, stalking the mail deliverer and UPS guys, and all…)
But seriously, come on, mail people!!!
In the meantime, here are some posts you may have missed on the blog this week:
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