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Defensive Play is the first book by this author I have read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Davey knows he is gay, but he hasn't told anyone. He is a geek who has managed to earn the respect of his football team, and he is worried if he comes out, he will lose that. He thinks he has it all under control, until Adam shows up. With one glance, Davey starts to become unraveled.
This was a sweet story, with some angst in tune with the story. Mostly, it is about Davey and how he feels, what he will do, and what will the fall out be. It is a novella, so expect the pacing to be fairly fast. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow.
A thoroughly enjoyable story, and I look forward to reading more by this author. Definitely recommended by me.
* I received a copy of this book with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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When I tell my mother about wholesale childrens clothes, she sometimes says, "Oh, we do not need that, so the differences between boys' and girls' clothes are not that big." We looked closely:
Boys clothing is just getting bigger - even if the same is on the label.
Boys get used to loose things with freedom of movement, girls are against 3 (!) Years actually permanently squeezed and feel that as normal, especially at the waist and the waistband.
You could say: Boys are physically a little bit bigger and wider than girls - but that's just not true! Size charts do not distinguish between boys and girls up to 8 years of age, both in total height and in the size of the breast and hip. Our clothes are measured by body size - as it is thought.
Girls and boys do not physically differ, but the clothing suggests it anyway: The fit of wholesale children's clothing mimics male and female adult clothing. Why clothes for 6-year-old already must be 'sexy', let's put it there. If T-shirts for girls have a wide neckline, this is a problem at least in winter. Children get used to their own reflection - boys look broad-shouldered through wide cuts, girls have a waist, although there is no physical one yet. And they see daily children in the kindergarten either the box-shaped or the watch glass form have. Is it any wonder that at some point you are struggling with your body image? The clothes are suitable for children: especially comfortable and easy to put on.
If you look at a boy's and a girl's T-shirt next to each other, you notice something else: Girls' clothing is often decorated with much more effort - ruffles here, glitter there. Even baby bodies for girls have tiny bows on it. Imagine, as long as you remember back in your rather short life, either all of your things are decorated - or none at all. That's also an experience.
Well, after my son played down one or the other girls T-shirt, I thought so: Boys clothes just last longer. And that at least makes me buy mainly boys' clothes, especially trousers.
The fabrics are thicker, more durable and the seams are better processed. And in winter they are just warmer. Why is that? Girls are expected to take better care of their clothes. That's a bit of a hen-and-egg problem: I can buy this fragile shirt, she'll take care of it - then admonish, if it gets any, what will prevent the wearer next time from wild play. Breaking this cycle will only succeed us parents.
Apart from the practical aspects - size, fit, quality - I realized that by printing certain symbols on clothes we express different aspects of our lifeworld. In our culture, women are expected to do most of the emotional work. Girl clothes are littered with emotional symbols like hearts, stars, unicorns. Boys get trucks, diggers and rockets - show them early: "Emotions are not your area." They learn that feelings are only for girls, while girls are reduced to just those feelings. Their interest in technology is not represented anywhere, as if someone were saying all the time: "Girls can not do that!"
In this way, we close our children - boys and girls alike - with a whole emotional universe. For the free development of their personality children need the right clothes - let's start!
This book is #3 in the British Bad Boys series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. It is not necessary to read these in order, but it is enjoyable.
Mackenzie AKA "Mack" is still reeling for her feelings for her brother's best friend - when he appears at her door. They are to help a mutual friend, and not ruin the careful truce that has been declared. Can that actually work?
Will is not sure what to do or say. He really wants a future with the girl that is just out of his reach. He also wants a future where he gets to choose. Maybe the strength will come by standing by the side of the woman who can make it all happen.
This was a great story. I loved the banter with these two. I really love this trope and hope to see more. The book has all sorts of heat and sparks between this couple. The pace moves along well. I enjoy this series and hope to see more. I give a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!
***This early copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review only.
'The Missing Chums' is the fourth book of the Hardy Boys mysteries and the first released after the simultaneous launch of the first three in 1927. This is a marketing move still used by publishers for some juvenile series. I've also always loved how incredibly outdated the title of this one is, revise THAT Harriet Strathmeyer. Ha.
I never read the revised version of this, likely because of that silly title, but I can imagine this would have been drastically altered after seeing how our boys behave in this round. They put themselves in a great deal of danger, blithely discount the proper authorities until the case is wrapped up in a neat bow, and show a lack of respect to their long-suffering Aunt Gertrude.
I forgot to mention that this title is also the introduction of good ol' Aunt Gertrude, an often tiresome relation, but one who offers a great deal of color to the series and a much needed tonic to the blissful perfection of the rest of the Hardy family.
The mystery here is that shortly after a strange encounter on the waters while testing out Biff Hooper new speedboat (every teen boy in Bayport gets a motorcycle and a speedboat it seems), Chet Morton and Biff go missing! Could they have been lost in that sudden storm, or is it something else? As most of Bayport assumes our two supporting characters are dead, the Hardy Boys refuse to give up, especially when they connect the boys' disappearance with a high profile case Fenton Hardy is working on.
A trip to a snake infested island caps off a so-so mystery, but a good adventure story. Much like in 'The Secret of the Old Mill' I couldn't find anything objectionable enough to merit revision.
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