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review 2018-08-12 15:39
All Summer Long - Hope Larson

Austin and Bina have been inseparable friends since they were in diapers. The summer going into the eighth grade everything changes. Austin is headed for soccer camp and Bina has no idea how she is going to fill those, quite suddenly, boring days of summer. This is a coming of age type journey of self-discovery and Bina stretches out of her comfort zone to new experiences and new friendships. She learns to deal with her changing relationship with Austin now that they growing up and she finds a world that is just a little bit bigger than she had been expecting.

 

Somehow or another I have been inundated with graphic novels this summer. My son, a budding graphic artist, of course, insists that they are as legitimate literature as any book could be. After this book and the others that have found their way to me, I have to agree. While I might have avoided All Summer Long, given its format, I actually found it quite easy to read and the story is perfect for middle school teens. The art perfectly captures the feeling of a 13-year-old's summer of change

Source: ireadwhatyouwrite.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/graphic-novels-and-growing-pains
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review 2018-08-02 22:12
Thornhill by Pam Smy
Thornhill - Pam Smy,Pam Smy

This is another book I randomly picked off the shelves when I went to the library for the first time in six months. I was drawn in by the spine. All I saw was it was completely black with Thornhill written in bright white font. Once I flipped through the book and saw it was also told through illustrations, I decided to read it right there and then. And I was not disappointed.

 

Thornhill is told through two perspectives. The first is Mary, an orphaned girl living in the Thornhill Institute during 1982, and is being viciously bullied by one of the other orphans. The second is Ella, a girl living next door to the ruined Thornhill Institute in 2016, who sees a little girl inside the institution and desperately wants to become her friend. What unfolds is a story about loneliness, anger, and pain these two must face in order to find their peace in the world.

 

This story is depressing. Pam Smy does not shy away from showing how terrible being the victim of bullying truly is. It hits the reader hard. Just reading about the pain Mary goes through, seeing her in pain, how lonely she is, it just hurts so much. With the fantastic artwork accompanying the story, brings that hurt alive. Smy is truly talented in weaving both the past and present into one narrative. I am in awe at her abilities to create a story not just through words but art as well.

 

Her characters are so amazing as well. I feel so strongly for Mary the most. She just wants a family to love and appreciate her and because of how quiet she is, she is treated so poorly. Not just by the other orphans, but by the adults as well. But she is such a kind, gentle soul. She loves creating dolls to be her friends and it's truly magical. I adore her. Ella is also kind and gentle. She works so hard in befriending the girl she sees next door and I love that her instinct was to be friends and not to judge her. Smy's characters are lovely and it makes me feel all the more for them.

 

I can't really dive into anything else that happens in this book because it's all about seeing how everything plays out for these two and how the two time periods become interwoven. All I will say that this is truly a tragic story and if there's one thing you take away from reading this book is, if you see anyone being picked on or bullied, please say something. Get help. Being tormented day in and day out is no way to live. Please don't let anyone suffer. We are all on this planet to live as best we can. Let's try to make it a good place for everyone.

 

I really like this book for its art and story, and though it is quite a depressing read, I highly recommend you pick it up. There's violence, bullying, and child neglect involved so keep that in mind when reading this book. However, I do think it's worth the read and worth it for the art as well. It's absolutely stunning!

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review 2018-08-02 21:33
What Does Consent Really Mean? by Pete Wallis & Thalia Wallis Illustrated by Joseph Wilkins
What Does Consent Really Mean? - Thalia Wallis,William Joseph Wilkins,Pete Wallis

This year has been quite rough for my partner and I. As a result, we haven't been going to the library as frequently as in the past. However, two days ago, we decided we needed to get out of the house for a while. Just to clear our minds. So, after six months, we decided to go to the library and just pick up anything that caught our eyes. Whilst browsing the graphic novel section, I spied What Does Consent Really Mean? and I was curious to see how they handled the subject matter. I am quite glad with the outcome.

 

Pete and Thalia Wallis did a fantastic job introducing the topic of consent to a young audience. It's important people understand that when they are being intimate with another person, all parties involved must be willing and able to participate in sexual intercourse. And if anyone seems hesitant, then that means no. It doesn't matter if the person didn't actually say "no." If they don't seem willing, that automatically should be a sign to not proceed any further. 

 

What I like about this book is how matter-of-fact and straight to the point it is. It doesn't beat around the bush about how you should approach someone when it comes to sex. It can seem a bit basic, but for someone who is thinking about having sex for the first time, it's important that books like this exist. You can never have too many resources about giving consent and what it means when someone doesn't say "yes" to having sex.

 

Joseph Wilkins's artwork is quite simple and I think it matches well with the style of the comic. It's a simple way of educating people about making sure all involved are okay with having sex. This book teaches you not to take advantage of someone if they are intoxicated or to post someone's private photos for all to see. And Wilkins art brings these messages alive without distracted the reader from the heart of the book. 

 

I think this comic is amazing. If you have someone young in your life that could be thinking about sex, I think this is a great book for them to read. It doesn't only deal with heterosexual intercourse either. It also talks about having consensual sex between gay and bi people respectively. At the back of the book, there's many resources provided in case you want to find out more about teens questioning their sexuality, if they've been sexually assaulted, or other resources to help teens learn and understand their bodies a bit better.

 

I really like what this book is doing and highly recommend you let a young person in your life read it.

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text 2018-07-31 04:15
July reading wrap up
Cockroaches - Jo Nesbø
Introducing Teddy: A gentle story about gender and friendship - Dougal MacPherson,Jess Walton
Turtles All the Way Down - John Green
Split Second - David Baldacci
Stormbreaker: The Graphic Novel - Yuzuru Takasaki,Kanako Damerum,Anthony Horowitz,Antony Johnston
Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
How to Break a Dragon's Heart (Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III #8) - Cressida Cowell

Totally failed in diminishing the TBR pile. Bought 24 books in 5 day. 

 

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Couldn't really help myself. It is the annual book fair and found so many books that I have missed. 

 

The 8 books read this month is not going to make that much of a dent. 

 

Two 5 stars read in July 

 

Cockroaches - Jo Nesbø  Cockroaches - Jo Nesbø  

Introducing Teddy: A gentle story about gender and friendship - Dougal MacPherson,Jess Walton  Introducing Teddy: A gentle story about gender and friendship - Dougal MacPherson,Jess Walton  

 

Five 4.5 stars read 

 

Turtles All the Way Down - John Green  Turtles All the Way Down - John Green  

 

Split Second - David Baldacci  Split Second - David Baldacci  

 

Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz  Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz  

 

Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman  Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman  

 

How to Break a Dragon's Heart (Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III #8) - Cressida Cowell  How to Break a Dragon's Heart (Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III #8) - Cressida Cowell  

 

One 4 stars read 

 

Stormbreaker: The Graphic Novel - Yuzuru Takasaki,Kanako Damerum,Anthony Horowitz,Antony Johnston  Stormbreaker: The Graphic Novel - Yuzuru Takasaki,Kanako Damerum,Anthony Horowitz,Antony Johnston  

 

Summary

 

Enjoyable read. 

 

Doing some volunteer work on weekend and lessen the time available for reading. Want to start reading non-fiction books but got tired and escape to fictional book world instead. 

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-07-30 04:35
Alex Rider in graphic novel
Stormbreaker: The Graphic Novel - Yuzuru Takasaki,Kanako Damerum,Anthony Horowitz,Antony Johnston

Not bad. Not great. But not bad.

 

The look and feel of the illustration is a bit too "straight forward" and lack a certain "style" and personality. 

 

It is more like a complementary textbook illustration to the text. (Sorry).

 

Read the book before and it is a nice way to enjoy this book in a different format.

 

Not a fan so likely to pick up the graphic novel of this series again. 

 

 

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