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review 2019-08-19 02:48
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
The Unexpected Everything - Morgan Matson

Pulled in right from the start!
Andie is my kind of girl. She is smart, and knows what she wants. It's finding creative ways to get there that makes it interesting. She is a high profile persons' daughter and getting out of view of the limelight is often tough. Those moments make it great in the story right from the start. You really get a sense of her life.
I also appreciate the friendships she has. A girl with her life would really need a few really close friends she can trust.
The relationship with Clark is the sweetest though. As I read the ending, I really felt like this story could be turned into a movie because of the wonderful character dynamics.
I love Matson's writing. It is easy and makes you feel good. You can often connect with it somehow too. She is definitely one of my favorite young adult writers, that's for sure!

 

 

Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2019/08/the-unexpected-everything-by-morgan.html
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review 2019-08-19 01:40
Review: Mandie and the Washington Nightmare by Lois Gladys Leppard
Mandie and the Washington Nightmare - Lois Gladys Leppard

Title: Mandie and the Washington Nightmare
Author: Lois Gladys Leppard
Series: Mandie, 12
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: Mandie's return to school after her eventful Christmas vacation finds her not knowing whether she will be able to accept President McKinley's invitation to the White House. After a long talk, Grandmother Taft agrees to accompany her to Washington where they will be joined by Joe and Sallie.

The first night at the White House, Mandie hears something in the hallway and is convinced that she sees George Washington who's been dead for over one hundred years! The nights that follow she sees him again in different places.

Mandie's mystery is about to turn into a gigantic surprise!

 

Favourite character: Uncle Ned & Sallie
Least favourite character: Mandie & Miss Prudence

 

Mini-review: Mandie is invited to meet the president of the USA and be in attendance for his inauguration. Most of the book is Miss Prudence and Grandmother Taft in a battle of wits as to whether or not Mandie can go to Washington or not. (Prudence no, Grandma yes.) Then when Miss Prudence caves (because Mandie is a spoiled brat who always gets her way) there is no nightmare. Also, this whole book just felt unrealistic.

 

Fan Cast:

Amanda "Mandie" Shaw - Emma Rayne Lyle
Celia Hamilton - Sadie Sink

Grandmother Taft - Meryl Streep

Miss Prudence Heathwood - Mary Steenburgen

Miss Hope Heathwood - Patricia Heaton

Uncle Ned Sweetwater - Zahn McClarnon

Joe Woodard - Diego Velazquez

Senator Morton - Donald Sutherland

April Snow - Emily Carey

Etrulia Batson - Emily Alyn Lind

Thomas "Tommy" Patton - Asher Angel

Robert Rogers - Kyle Red Silverstein

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review 2019-08-19 00:54
Review: Mandie and the Holiday Surprise by Lois Gladys Leppard
Mandie and the Holiday Surprise - Lois Gladys Leppard

Title: Mandie and the Holiday Surprise
Author: Lois Gladys Leppard
Series: Mandie, 11
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: Something's not quite right at home--could Mandie's mother and stepfather be keeping an important Christmas secret?

 

Favourite character: N/A
Least favourite character: Mandie

 

Mini-review: Mandie was insufferable in this book. She was selfish, bratty and idiotic. Plus the author overused my least favourite way to explain past plots via Mandie and Joe talking about it in conversation. 

The entire plot rides on two things: 1) the delay of Mandie and Joe's parents (understandable) and 2) Mandie making the same dumb decisions over and over again (unforgivable). 

So basically Mandie wraps her presents (half red, half green) and puts them under the tree. Someone steals half of the presents (all the red ones) then returns them a day later with the wrapping paper all a mess. So instead of locking them and the ones under the tree away until Christmas, she rewraps them and puts them back under the tree. And she does this TWO OTHER TIMES before Joe's like "dude, stop, lock them up." Mandie should've been smarter, but this book needed a plot and apparently it was this.

 

Fan Cast:

Amanda "Mandie" Shaw - Emma Rayne Lyle

Joe Woodard - Diego Velazquez

Celia Hamilton - Sadie Sink

Grandmother Taft - Meryl Streep

Liza - Genneya Walton

Jason Bond - C. Thomas Howell

Miss Prudence Heathwood - Mary Steenburgen

Miss Hope Heathwood - Patricia Heaton

Mr. Chadwick - Kevin Sorbo

Thomas "Tommy" Patton - Asher Angel

Robert Rogers - Kyle Red Silverstein

Elizabeth Shaw - Malin Akerman

John Shaw - Robert Downey Jr.

Dr. Woodard - Gideon Emery

Mrs. Woodard - Danica McKellar

Uncle Ned Sweetwater - Zahn McClarnon

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text 2019-08-18 12:28
Reading progress update: I've read 63 out of 128 pages.
Poetry in the Making: A Handbook for Writing and Teaching - Ted Hughes

View of a Pig:

 

"The pig lay on a barrow dead."

 

The line that got me interested in poetry.

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text 2019-08-17 11:19
Reading progress update: I've read 23 out of 128 pages.
Bruegel: Defining a Destiny - Amy Orrock... Bruegel: Defining a Destiny - Amy Orrock,Jennifer Scott

There's a Bosch painting reproduced - best picture I've seen in the book so far!

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