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review 2019-11-12 16:18
What Kind of Girl...
What Kind of Girl - Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Trigger warning: Abuse, self-harm, bulimia 

 

Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. 

 

I think this book did a very good job of showcasing how domestic violence can occur with teens. The last time I recall having a big discussion about this was when that Lifeftime movie starring Fred Savage and Candace Cameron called "No One Would Tell" that followed a young couple in love, but the boy in questions starts abusing the girlfriend. That movie showed how many people knew what was going on and how more people should speak up when they suspect someone they love is being abused. That said, the book's switching POVs among several teen girls was distracting and caused me to not engage as much as I should have while reading. Everything is eventually revealed, but I felt myself slightly annoyed because this book really didn't need a gimmick. 

 

"What Kind of Girl" shows the different people who are linked together after one of the most popular boys at North Bay Academy, Mike Parker, is accused by his girlfriend of him hitting her. The book follows different teen girls in this one with them only being identified as "the girlfriend," "the popular girl," "the bulimic," and "the pothead." Eventually the author reveals who is who in this one. 

 

I didn't get a very good sense of the male in this story, Mike Parker. He's obviously abusive, but the book chooses (rightfully so) to focus on the teen girls in this story and the widening sides at the school with those who don't believe Mike hit his girlfriend and those that do.  The girlfriend chapters were the best in my mind. That said, I just got tired of jumping around after a while. When the book reveals who is who though it was much easier to read in my opinion. It just felt very gimmicky and I don't think the book needed that, that's the main reason I gave this book three stars. The book also starts to read as repetitive after a while. When Sheinmel reveals who the girls are in the book things become clearer, but I think that could have been dealt with better earlier. I can see this turning off some readers after a while with them not wanting to wade through all of this. 

 

The setting of this book is North Bay Academy. Through the multiple POVs you get the sense the school is diverse, but also has a lot of wealthy classmates mixed in with many people, the principal included, shocked that Mike could hit anyone. And of course there are a lot of people questioning why "the girlfriend" put up with it then. I thought this book tackled a lot of strong subject matter well, and others a little rushed. I think it was good though that we have a young adult book talking about abuse between younger people. I think the last young adult book that did that I read was Sarah Dessen's "Dreamland."


The ending was okay, the book really didn't grab me much except when I was trying to work out the connection between all of the girls in this one. 

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review 2019-11-12 14:53
Important read for all, but especially young adults
Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea - Susan Elizabeth McClelland,Sungju Lee

Poignantly told true story of a young boy who lived through famine, poverty, and loss in North Korea and lived to tell the tale. Written for young adults, it's a great look for them in particular at life in this oppressive society. 

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review 2019-11-11 21:27
4 Out Of 5 STARS for I'm Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal
I’m Not Dying With You Tonight - Gilly Segal,Kimberly Jones

FEATURING

 
Part of the Big Library Read in November
Racial Tension
Rioting & Looting
Bonding
Young Adult


With Audio Performed by Brittany Pressley & Channie Waites
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (K.JONES WEBSITE)
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (G.SEGAL WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
A timely read that could be all too real...the most interesting aspect of this book is being able to see through the eyes of each girl and knowing their thoughts throughout.  Having each character written by a different author made the differences in the characters even more tangible.

This is also a super quick listen that is always available at most Overdrive Libraries as part of the Big Library Read, but only through the 18th of November.  The Audio version is performed very well by both narrators. 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4/5
Narration Performance 4.2/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 4/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 4/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4/5
Backdrop (World Building) 3.8/5
Originality 4/5
Ending 4/5
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Book Cover Love it...with the mirror flip element it has going on.
Setting Atlanta, GA
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 5 hours, 20 minutes

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text 2019-11-11 19:00
COVER REVEAL: LAST GIRLS by Demetra Brodsky (Release Date 5.20.20)
Last Girls - Demetra Brodsky Last Girls - Demetra Brodsky

 

In 2018, I totally fell for a YA thriller called 'DIVE SMACK' by debut Greek-American author Demetra Brodsky, and eagerly wrote a blog tour post featuring a 5-star review for the book. The book has a male teen protagonist who shows emotional vulnerability, is on the school dive team, and is experiencing profound grief and loss, bold choices for a lead character, plus he's within a whole cast of unique characters. It's dark, twisty, and even funny, I can't recommend it enough.

 

SO, I'm very excited about Demetra's next upcoming book, 'LAST GIRLS' due to be released May 20th, 2020 by Tor Teen! It's a book about the end of the world, a YA dystopian novel, but the author describes it as a book about survival and sisterhood.

Here is the first look at the amazing cover!

 

 

Cover Artist Credit

 

Dana Lédlová Instagram / Website

 

BOOK SYNOPSIS

 

 No one knows how the world will end.

 

On a secret compound in the Washington wilderness, Honey Juniper and her sisters are training to hunt, homestead, and protect their own. 

 

Train for every situation.

 

But when danger strikes from within, putting her sisters at risk, training becomes real life, and only one thing is certain: 

 

Nowhere is safe.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR, DEMETRA BRODSKY

 

 

 

DEMETRA BRODSKY loves to write twisty thrillers about dark family secrets. She is an award-winning graphic designer & art director turned full-time. A first-generation Greek American and native of Massachusetts with a B.F.A from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Demetra now lives in Southern California where she's always exploring and researching, hunting for clues that might feed into her next book. Dive Smack, her debut YA Thriller, was a 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection, and an (ALAN) Pick (The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE).

 

Website: /  Twitter Instagram 

 

LINKS TO PREORDER THE BOOK!

 

Signed copies @ Mysterious Galaxy

Amazon

Indiebound 

Barnes & Noble

Book Depository

Add on Goodreads

 

 

I expect I'll have a review up before the book release; lookout for this exciting apocalyptic thriller, and preorder! Preorders really help authors!!

 

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text 2019-11-11 06:26
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