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review 2018-07-23 13:21
Wichtige Botschaft, locker erzählt
Spinster Girls – Was ist schon normal?: ... Spinster Girls – Was ist schon normal?: Roman - Holly Bourne,Nina Frey

Als Protagonistin ist die 16-jährige Evie damit bemüht, ihre Zwangsstörung in Griff zu bekommen. Nach einem Aufenthalt im Krankenhaus ist sie in ihren Alltag zurückgekehrt. Zwar geht sie noch regelmäßig zur Therapie, aber die Medikamentendosis wird stetig heruntergeschraubt und ihr Genesungstagebuch hat sie in Normalwerdetagebuch umgetauft, um ihr großer Ziel festzuhalten: wieder normal werden. Also zur Schule gehen, Freundinnen treffen, Parties und Dates. Und das alles, möglichst ohne ständig an Keime und andere Krankheitserreger denken zu müssen. Ohne sich die Hände blutig zu schrubben. Oder die Haltbarkeitsdaten sämtlicher Lebensmittel zu tabellarisieren.

Die Sprache ist angenehm zu lesen, teilweise amüsant, sodass die ernste Thematik geschickt aufgelockert ist. Dazu gibt es neben dem eigentlichen Erzählen auch Auszüge aus Evies Normalwerdetagebuch und Gedanken in Kategorien wie „Unguter Gedanke“, „Unguter, aber vernünftiger Gedanke“, „So richtig unguter Gedanke“ oder „Noch üblerer Gedanke“, die nicht nur für Abwechslung sorgen, sondern auch Evies Situation illustrieren. Da sie aus der Ich-Perspektive erzählt, fällt es leicht, mir ihr mitzufühlen und sich in sie hineinzuversetzen. So werden Handlungen, die von außen betrachtet undurchsichtig erscheinen würden, nachvollziehbar. Sehr eindrücklich erfährt man als Leser, wie Evie mit ihren Gedanken kämpft, und wie sehr sie ihnen doch ausgeliefert ist.

Auch scheint der Roman durchweg sorgfältig recherchiert und es fließen viel Hintergrundinformation mit ein.
Neben Evies Zwangsstörung ist der „Spinster Club“, den sie mir ihren Freundinnen gründet, ein zweites großes Thema. Hier geht es um Feminismus, um Emanzipation. Darum, man selbst zu sein, sich nicht für eine Beziehung zu verbiegen und sich auch nicht über sie zu definieren.

Gefallen hat mit hier auch der realistisch er Umgang mit der Liebe: In Jugendbüchern scheint man es häufig mit Protagonistinnen zu tun zu haben, die 16, 17, 18 Jahre sind als auf ihren Seelenverwandten treffen. Auf den einen Menschen, der für sie bestimmt ist den sie den Rest ihres Lebens lieben werden. Das ist unrealistisch und wird hier erfrischend anders dargestellt. Denn, so schön es auch wäre, Liebe heilt nun mal keine Zwangsstörung und es ist nicht auf einmal alles gut.

Insgesamt spannende Themen und eine wichtige Botschaft in einem witzig erzählten Buch.

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review 2018-07-21 16:41
The Field Guide (Spiderwick Chronicles #1) by Tony DiTerlizzie & Holly Black
The Spiderwick Chronicles: Book 1, The Field Guide - 'Tony DiTerlizzi','Holly Black'

Bridget Blogs Books for my thoughts

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review 2018-07-12 09:06
The Sheikh's Second Chance Lover (Small Town Sheikhs, #5) by Holly Rayner, Ana Sparks
The Sheikh's Second Chance Lover - Holly Rayner

 

You don't find love. It finds you. Blaine and Brooke are worlds apart when it comes to lifestyle, yet when it comes to matters of the heart, anything is possible with a little risk and a lot of faith. The Sheikh's Second Chance Lover turns a fantasy love into a real life romance. Brooke has been looking for love in all the wrong places. Blaine is every wish she thought she'd never have. Her neighbor could be her dream guy, if his many secrets don't stand in the way. Holly Rayner gets better with each novel that she pens. A hint of spice in a tasty treat.

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text 2018-07-05 16:09
Ménage By Emma Holly 99 cents! Great Read!
Menage - Emma Holly

Bookstore owner Kate comes home from work one day to find her two flatmates in bed...together. Joe - a sensitive composer - is mortified. Sean - an irrepressible bad boy - asks her to join in!

 

Kate's been fantasising about her hunky new housesmates since they moved in, but she was convinced they were both gay. Realising that pleasure is a multi-faceted thing, she sets her cares aside and embarks on a ménage à trois with the wild duo. Kate wants nothing more than to keep both her admirers happy, but inevitably things become complicated, especially at work. Kate has told her colleagues that Joe and Sean are gay but the gossip begins when she's caught in a clinch with one of them in her lunch hour! To add to this, one of Kate's more conservative suitors is showing interest again, but she's hooked on the different kind of loving that she enjoys with her boys - even though she knows it cannot last. Or can it?

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review 2018-06-29 15:48
All the world's a stage but thank goodness I'm not a Winged Monkey
Short - Holly Goldberg Sloan

One of the things I regretted last summer was that I wasn't more in touch with the books selected for the Summer Reading program. So I decided as soon as the list was given to us that I would read as many books as I could so that I'd be better prepared for recommending them to our patrons. This is why I picked up Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan. The story is told through the eyes of Lydia, an 11-year old girl, who is super sensitive about her height...until she is chosen to be a Munchkin and Winged Monkey in her town's production of The Wizard of Oz where it suddenly becomes an advantage. She discovers that her height is just a small (no pun intended) part of her. She makes friends with a fellow cast member named Olive who is herself a dwarf as well as an older neighbor named Mrs. Chang who turns out to have many years of experience with the theater and costume making. My favorite part about this book was the main character, Lydia, who was absolutely hysterical. 

 

An example from page 26-7 as she describes the director of the play she's performing in:

He is for sure older than my parents, who are old, because they are forty-two and forty-four. He might be super-super-super-old. Is he fifty-five? I have no idea.

Sloan totally gets the 'voice' of a child. They have zero concept of age (I've been told I'm 84 so I know from experience) and they also have zero reason to lie to you. Lydia is a well-rounded character who not only makes hilarious asides but also conveys depth of feeling.

 

When confronted with an awkward conversation about death:

My voice is small. I whisper, "Life is a cabaret." I don't even know what this means, but I heard Shawn Barr say it to Mrs. Chang a few days ago and they both laughed. It works, because she smiles. I'm guessing a cabaret is a kind of wine. I hope she'll have a tall glass. - pg 240

Overall, this was a delightful little read and I've been more than happy to recommend it to the children and parents at my library. If you're a fan of the theater or looking for a book full of heart (or both) well I think you've found your book match. ;-)

 

A/N: If you're triggered by repeated mentions of pet death then don't come near this book. It's not a spoiler to tell you this is a running theme throughout the book beginning in the first couple of pages. Grief is a large theme explored in this book but I didn't find it as compelling as the self-discovery/acceptance experienced by Lydia. 

 

There are 2 different covers for this one and honestly I like them both quite a bit.

 

Source: Barnes & Noble

 

 

What's Up Next: The Royal Rabbits of London by Santa & Simon Sebag Montefiore

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World by Jennifer Palmieri

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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