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text 2017-11-24 04:16
Reading progress update: I've read 21 out of 221 pages.
Exit West - Mohsin Hamid

C'mon. I'm looking for a 4 star read. Can I have that? Four books in a row have been 3 stars or less. I want a winner.

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text 2017-11-22 23:44
Reading progress update: I've read 250 out of 454 pages.
Swing Time - Zadie Smith

None of these characters are likeable. None. 

 

But for some reason, I am still enjoying this.

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text 2017-11-20 22:35
Reading progress update: I've read 91 out of 464 pages.
Swing Time - Zadie Smith

This is so much better than the last 3 Book of the Month selections. Thank God.

 

Also, wtf Booklikes? Geez. Please stay online for more than 12 hours. And don't break the comments and posts again. K? Thanks.

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review 2017-11-20 16:33
The Most Dangerous Place...
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth: A Novel - Lindsey Lee Johnson

1. This author has a degree is writing and used the word "gentle" as a verb. He gentled his voice. That's just unacceptable.

 

2. I must be super out of touch because there were teen slang terms in this book I have never heard before like "jaws" and "chag". Wtf do those mean?

 

3. Blatant homophobia. For San Francisco, these kids sure do seem to call everyone a "fag". Again, not cool.

 

4. Wow, this whole book was a giant teen drama trope. Teacher/student screwing; the new, naive teacher that wants to save all her students; suicide; bullies; stoners; out of touch parents. 

 

This book wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything special either. It was mediocre.

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text 2017-11-18 19:10
Reading progress update: I've read 148 out of 268 pages.
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth: A Novel - Lindsey Lee Johnson

I do not ever remember high school being this damn dramatic. And I was bullied like no tomorrow. But this? This is ridiculous. 

 

I am glad Molly was mortified by Ellison's manuscript, though. Good God, the little excerpt we were given was a lesson in misogyny. Not to mention it wasn't even a veiled attempt to write about himself as the main character. He just did, right down to the belt he wore. That's bad writing 101: never make the main character you. They can have a couple of your traits, but never make them you. It's sloppy and boring. Ellison was a creep anyway so it figures he would be egotistical enough to write himself like that. What a dick.

 

This book is better than All at Sea but about on par with The Mothers so far. Meh.

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