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review 2017-07-15 14:52
Unscripted Love - Aimee Nicole Walker

Unscripted Love is the first book in a spin-off series of the Curl Up and Dye Mysteries. And it went pretty much like the first book in Curl Up and Dye as far as the relationship part goes: One amazing guy chasing after a somewhat flighty one who runs hot and cold on him for most of the book. It drove me nuts then and it drove me nuts here.
And Unscripted Love didn't have a murder mystery to go along with the drama so I basically ended up feeling cheated. I had hoped for more, but I will probably still read the next one as there are some interesting characters waiting to get their story.

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text 2017-07-13 09:20
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Unscripted Love - Aimee Nicole Walker

Kyle inhaled deeply through flared nostrils like he was working to calm himself. I expected him to yell, or walk away from me, but never would I have guessed that he would toss me over his shoulder caveman style and carry me out of the party.

 

Off to a very good start, I’d say :)

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review 2017-07-03 04:27
What would you do to save yourself?
Every Ugly Word - Aimee L. Salter

 

People do what they want. They love who they love. No one else can change that.

The only thing you can control is you.

- Chapter 5

 

That was the last straw. I breathed too hard, then I broke. All the pieces inside snapped apart and fell away, tinkling to the floor of my life and leaving a yawning hole where my heart should have been.

- Chapter 28

 

It might not get better tomorrow, but it will get better.

- Author's note

 

This book is heartbreaking, and yet hopeful. Teenage main character Ashley is in love with her best friend Matt, but he thinks of her as just a friend. He is popular at school and Ashley is constantly teased and bullied. In the first chapter, we find Ashley speaking to her psychiatrist and hoping to be released from the institution she resides in. He is asking her to recount the events leading up to "the incident" which resulted in her stay at the institution. We find out that Ashley sees an older version of herself in the mirror. Older Ashley gives her advice and tries to help her change her life. Older Ashley wants Ashley to have a better life than she does. But, she leaves out details in the hopes of protecting her younger self.

 

That might seem a bit confusing, but the book is not. We see Ashely's attempts to be strong and we worry about what will happen to her. Ashley's mother is almost as bad, if not worse than the kids at school. Her mom treats her as if she is the one doing something wrong. If she could just be more normal, then she wouldn't get bullied or if she could just fly under the radar and not do things to aggravate the other kids. Seriously?? Bullying is never the fault of the victim. Ashley's mother should have been her protector, not someone who makes her feel worse.

 

I liked this book. I felt bad for Ashley, and yet hopeful that she would find the strength to survive, despite everything and everyone who hurt her. At the end of the book, the author talks about how bullying is a form of torture and that she was a victim herself for many years. She talks about how she wants readers to know that they deserve help and gives them phone numbers and websites to use for help.

 

I read this for the Electric Company space, author's first and last name contain all the letters in "Tesla"

It has 282 pages and is worth $6.00

 

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text 2017-06-28 13:06
28th June 2017
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender

My genes, my love, are rubber bands and rope - make yourself a structure you can live inside.

 

Aimee Bender

 

Happy 48th birthday, Aimee Bender! The American author writes books marked by surrealism and light, that still manage to stab the reader in the heart.

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text 2017-06-27 02:29
BLopoly Electric Company Read
Every Ugly Word - Aimee L. Salter

So, I landed on the Electric Company - Read a book where a main character is in STEM, or where the author's first and last name contain all of the letters in "Tesla".

 

 

I decided to go with author's first and last name contains the letters in "Tesla." The book I chose is Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter. I found it on my Kindle tbr list. :)

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