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text 2017-08-10 17:52
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My Love Story!!, Vol. 1 - Aruko,Kazune Kawahara

I started watching the anime adaptation of this the other day, and I'll probably give the manga a shot at some point. It starts off with a setup that looks like a typical love triangle: cute girl and a good-looking guy who's friends with a big burly dude (the series' main character). But there's a twist: the cute girl actually likes (really really likes) the big burly dude.

 

The big burly dude, Takeo, falls immediately in love with the cute girl, Yamato, but assumes that she, like all other girls he's crushed on in the past, is really interested in his good-looking friend, Suna. Suna has bluntly rejected every single girl who has ever asked him out, sometimes going as far as to say "I hate you" to their faces...so it looks like there's a good chance Yamato is going to end up hurt. Because Takeo's genuinely a good guy, wants Yamato to be happy, and thinks he's spotted signs that Suna might actually like Yamato back a little, Takeo tries to help Yamato out with Suna. What Takeo doesn't realize is that he has completely misread the situation: Yamato is actually interested in him. (Not exactly a spoiler - this gets revealed pretty early on.)

 

Things I like about the series so far:

 

- Yamato is genuinely attracted to Takeo - this isn't a case of "she fell for his personality first and then the rest came later."

 

- Suna's sister. It looks like she isn't going to be around in the anime much, so I'm hoping she has a larger role in the manga.

 

- Suna and Takeo's friendship. It looks forced, at first, but later developments flesh it out more. I think I'm more interested in how they became and stayed friends than I am in Takeo and Yamato's romance.

 

Things I'm not wild about:

 

- The moments of secondhand embarrassment.

 

- Takeo's practice kiss. This scene was short, but horrifying enough that I could see it ruining the series for some people. I sincerely hope it isn't in the manga. I'm sure it was intended to be funny, but it wasn't. At all.

 

- While Takeo and Yamato's romance is sweet, I feel like Takeo would have happily dated and fallen in love with literally any cute girl in the series. On the plus side, at least his interest in Yamato never wavers.

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text 2017-08-02 05:39
Reading progress update: I've read 151 out of 432 pages.
My Sweet Angel: The True Story of Lacey Spears, the Seemingly Perfect Mother Who Murdered Her Son in Cold Blood - John Glatt

It's amazing how hot the lit fire of "This book is due in 5 days" is. Super motivating. The goal is to chew out at least 50 pages a day, which so far I've been keeping to. It's hard though. This case makes my stomach turn. 

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text 2017-06-27 17:20
Reviews for My Brother Is Special: A Cerebral Palsy Story by Murray Stenton
My Brother Is Special: A Cerebral Palsy Story - Murray Stenton,Murray Stenton

Reviews for My Brother Is Special: A Cerebral Palsy Story by Murray Stenton 

 

"Explains with the use of rhyme to a young child as to why a sibling may be different and can't do the same things that a sibling can do. The illustrating is done professionally and is a book that would be great for a gift for a family that is dealing with a child with disabilities" reviews Celticlady's Reviews Giveaways read the full review below

 

"This short and well illustrated book explores the emotions that the child without special needs might be having" - reviews Miki's Hope read the full review below

Ethan is a big brother like no other!

 

Life with a special need child has its fair share of challenges. These challenges are not only for the parents, but extend to those other wonderful little children, the siblings. This book helps shine some light on the difficulties and the job siblings special needs children experience every day. It is a light-hearted take of one little boy's thoughts of his big brother Ethan, who was born with Cerebral Palsy.

 

Read more on the book, author here...
http://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/book-tour-my-brother-is-special.html

 

Review by Celticlady's Reviews

 

My Brother is Special is a book about a child who has a big brother who has special needs, with Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy can happen before or during birth, damaging the child's brain. There can be a variety of damage that can cause vision, hearing and speech problems along with learning disabilities.

 

This book can help explain to a young child as to why a sibling may be different and can't do the same things that a sibling can do. The story is told in a rhyme and is very concise in explanation, the illustrating is done professionally and is a book that would be great for a gift for a family that is dealing with a child with disabilities. There is also a list in the back of the book with helpful websites that are helpful, in US and Canada. I really liked it and find it to be perfect. I enjoy books written for children that are educational and have a message.

 

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Review by Miki's Hope

It can not be easy when one of your children is a special needs child and the other is not. This gets even worse if the special needs child is the older of the two. How do you explain that this is still their sibling and needs and deserves all the love and patience same as everyone else, or maybe a bit more.

 

This short and very well illustrated book may help. It starts to explain to young children the dynamics of being different because of a medical condition over which no one has any control. It explores the emotions that the child with out special needs might be having. Personally I suggest you read this to your young child and point out the important issues. Most will understand via the pictures alone--but reinforcement never hurts.

 

At the end of this book is an explanation of the 3 main types of cerebral palsy --very interesting and informative.

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review 2017-05-03 00:08
Book 25/100: My Story by Elizabeth Smart
My Story - Elizabeth Smart,Chris Stewart

Like many of these, "I went through something harrowing" memoirs, this isn't something you read because you want great writing. The writing here is stilted and oftentimes repetitive, and I'm willing to be forgiving of that because it's important to tell the stories of regular, non-writer people who have been through extraordinary experiences, in as close to their own words as possible.

With that said, much of the storytelling in this recounting of the tale seemed to come from someone whose perception of the world had been stunted at the moment of her trauma -- not an unusual phenomenon, but one that Smart does not seem to acknowledge at all. She keeps referring to how she was "just a little girl" and "so innocent," which seems disingenuous to me since most teenagers don't actually think of themselves in those terms. She also seemed to hold on to a lot of very black-and-white thinking -- her captor, Mitchell, was "pure evil," while her family was seemingly perfect, nothing but loving and good all the time. There were also moments when she came across as somewhat self-righteous, but at the same time, I think it's the prerogative of a trauma survivor to hold onto some self-righteousness. It was clear that her faith in God and her beliefs about purity were deeply embedded parts of her psyche when she was kidnapped, so although it sometimes comes across as saccharine, I also felt that if this was true to her own experience of coping with the ordeal, it was appropriate to include.

I think that some people might be disappointed by how modest Smart was about the sexual stuff that took place while she was kidnapped -- she never goes into detail about the things that Mitchell did to her, made her do, or even the pornographic images he made her look at. I would say to those that are disappointed by the lack of detail in this regard should ask themselves why they are reading a book like this in the first place -- someone else's sexual exploitation should never be up for any onlooker to gawk at, and readers of this book are not "entitled" to peer in to every aspect of Smart's private hell. Instead, she went into great detail on many of the other aspects of living as a captive -- periods of starvation, conversations she had with her captors, stories they told her, all of which conveyed a clear enough picture of the desperation and hardship of her situation.

Although she insists again and again that she never developed any sort of feelings for her captives, it is interesting how Mitchell had brainwashed both Smart and his wife into total dependence on him. At one point he disappears for a week, and they go hungry during that time rather than venture into town on their own in search of food, even though nothing is really stopping them. (While Mitchell was around, he forbid them from going out in public, but he had such a hold on them that even while he was gone they obeyed this edict despite the fact that it could have literally killed them.)

The times when Smart comes close to being recognized or rescued only to remain in captivity are heartbreaking, and a good reminder to the rest of us to speak up or push back when she encounter something that seems "just not right." One of the best parts of this story, though, is that Smart plays a critical role in "saving herself" in the end. I wish all kidnapping stories could have endings that involve family reunions.

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url 2017-03-07 15:41
Antarctica Journal publishmed my short story, The Better to See You With!
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