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review 2018-01-17 22:05
Two Boys Kissing / David Levithan
Two Boys Kissing - David Levithan

New York Times  bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.

 

A very moving book, one that I would recommend that you buy for any young person in your life, regardless of their sexuality. But I doubly recommend that you buy it for any youth that you know who identifies as gay, lesbian or transgender. And I triply recommend it for any young person who is intolerant of sexual diversity. Remember to let them know that you love them and want the best life for them.

I would also say that if you know a parent, aunt, uncle, cousin, friend, sibling, etc. who is uncomfortable with the sexuality of a child, this would be an excellent way to open their hearts to the reality of the way that people are. We don’t all fit into neatly labelled boxes nor should we have to.

I’m of the generation that remembers when AIDS wasn’t spoken about. Back when governments and society tried to shove it under the rug. The many, many people who died before the disease was taken seriously. How it took the deaths of people like Rock Hudson to get the general population to care. As a result, I loved the “chorus” of those who have passed on, but remain to witness. Very much like a Greek chorus, commenting on what is happening in the book.

A quick but satisfying read.

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text 2018-01-13 13:22
The Arm: Inside the Billion Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports - 153/368 pg
The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports - Jeff Passan

His voice trembled. It was 10:53, a couple of hours after he'd heard. He'd had a good cry already, a heaving, sobbing, why-me of a lament in Sara's arms. He wasn't the shit heel or the dummy. He didn't disrespect the game or treat the privilege of playing baseball with anything less than the finest effort. Not that he believed any of those things mattered. Baseball wasn't casting judgement on him. The arm is just merciless. 

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review 2018-01-13 06:40
Best of All Possible Worlds
The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Novel - Karen Lord

If classic Star Trek fanfic sounds appealing to you then I have good news - this book reads like a Vulcan/Human love story. Lord has managed to write a regency romance masquerading as a sci-fi, and that has its own pros and cons. The structure is episodic as you follow the team on what read like away missions, each chapter taking the form of a vignette. It's a gentle read with very little action or peril, more like a day to day examination of these people and their lives. I don't mind character driven stories, but unfortunately I found most of the cast fairly one-dimensional. I didn't really manage to latch onto these people, which in turn meant I never fully engaged with the book. I will say I quite liked Lian, and was very glad the author didn't fall into any of the pitfalls I've come to dread when authors introduce gender neutral characters.

All in all this book failed to spark much emotion in me. I didn't hate it like the bulk of my book club, but I didn't really enjoy it either. I felt like there were a lot of interesting ideas thrown in, but none of them really get explored (that isn't really the focus of the book, which I get). The romance aspect never really sparked for me, but I know there are people who found it satisfying. All in all if you want a light regency-esque romance set in a sci-fi setting this might delight you. I was left somewhat cold. Your mileage may vary.

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text 2018-01-11 22:57
Reading progress: 31%.
No One Lives Twice No One Lives Twice - Julie Moffett

Hmmm…nothing seems to faze her.Not sure I like that (I mean you are held at gun point several times, your home is broken into several times including when you are home, stuff tossed about ... and you go to bed without even changing sheets?).

 

On the other hand, I wouldn't want to be reading endless whining about it.

 

I certainly don't like that a co-worker she is definitely not interested in (and has told him so) only gives her a safe ride after she promises a tongue kiss ... WTF?  

 

Lots of potential romantic interests have been tossed in (not a love triangle or anything yet).  

 

I want the more collected chick from the beginning of book back.  Not this unfazed one potentially letting the dudes walk all over her; one confident in her own skills instead of self-deprecating them in comparison with all the new guys that have shown up in the story.

 

Reading for a booklikes book club -- YA Book Club. 

 

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text 2018-01-11 02:42
Reading progress: 8%.
No One Lives Twice No One Lives Twice - Julie Moffett

Enjoying this; probably because so far I like Lexi.  

 

Getting a Romancing the Stone vibe.  Well, not a jewel or a romance yet; just something about the atmosphere with everyone after the "papers" BF supposedly sent her.  

 

I really, really hope this isn't headed to an ending where it was all a setup by BF to get her to have adventure and romance instead of living life in the cube farm.  I'm deliberately avoiding reviews until after I finish book to avoid spoilers.

 

 

Reading for a booklikes book club -- YA Book Club. 

 

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