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review 2018-06-10 00:30
Insatiable (Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll series Book 3) by Michelle Hazen
Insatiable - Michelle Hazen

 

Hazen dives into the dark side of love. Fitting that Insatiable is a rock romance because despite the heavy artillery, the beat goes on with heartbreaking accuracy. He's an addict. She's his addiction. She's a wild child. Can he tame her? Jax and Ava are the definition of a Janis Joplin song. Broken, bruised and battered, yet they continue to beg for more. It's hard to rise above the darkness, when you refuse to see the light. Beyond the pain and despite the toxic, Michelle Hazen opens the windows of two broken hearts and invite readers into a beautiful tragedy. Insatiable reads like a power ballad but empowers like a saving grace.

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review 2018-06-03 17:14
Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship by Michelle Kuo
Reading with Patrick - Michelle Kuo

A special thank you to Penguin Random House First to Read for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Michelle Kuo is a recent Harvard graduate that finds herself in a rural town in Arkansas as a Teach for America volunteer.  Wanting to make a difference in her students' lives, she is full of optimism but soon discovers how broken the system is.  Kuo tries a different tactic—she  uses quiet reading time and guided writing exercises as a way to instil a sense of self in her students.

Throughout her tenure, Kuo loses students for various reasons.  Some are as simple as truancy and others are harsh and stem from violence.  She also is inspired by some, and one of those students is Patrick who is fifteen and is still in grade eight.  Under Miss Kuo's attention, he flourishes.  However, Michelle is feeling incredible pressure from her Taiwanese immigrant parents to pursue other opportunities and ultimately leaves Arkansas after a couple of years to attend law school.

On the eve of her graduation, Michelle learns that Patrick has been incarcerated for murder.  Murder?  Patrick?  Kuo has incredible guilt and thinks that she is partly responsible because she prematurely left the school.  Determined to right the situation as best she can, Michelle returns to teaching Patrick from his jail cell while he awaits trial.  It is here that we get a sense of both of their characters.  Michelle doesn't waiver in her dedication, even when it appears as though Patrick has forgotten most of what she taught him.

In this moving and inspiring memoir of a teacher that didn't give up on her student, Patrick, Kuo shares the story of her mentorship of Patrick Browning and his incredible journey of self-discovery through literature and writing.  Kuo is also taken on her own journey as she is forced to navigate through several broken systems, racism, social standing, privilege, and relationships.

Friendship can come unexpectedly sometimes, and you never know your impact on someone else's life.  I highly recommend this wonderful story.  

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quote 2018-05-31 07:58
We all talk to ourselves, and when we keep telling ourselves something we eventually begin to believe it.
The 11 Laws of Likability: Relationship Networking... Because People Do Business with People They Like - Michelle Tillis Lederman

-Michelle Tillis Lederman, 11 Laws of Likability

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quote 2018-05-31 07:57
The relationships that you genuinely care about are the ones that will form the strongest network you can build.
The 11 Laws of Likability: Relationship Networking... Because People Do Business with People They Like - Michelle Tillis Lederman

-Michelle Tillis Lederman, 11 Laws of Likability

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quote 2018-05-31 07:56
Making meaningful connections and growing relationships happens before you even meet someone.
The 11 Laws of Likability: Relationship Networking... Because People Do Business with People They Like - Michelle Tillis Lederman

-Michelle Tillis Lederman, 11 Laws of Likability

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