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text 2018-06-23 22:59
Excuse me if I'm having a heart attack ...

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review 2018-06-23 19:30
Food Truck Therapy

How could one tiny prank get to be such a big deal? Ok, Ok part of the school may have burned a little and there may be a mass panic at the school dance. But does that deserve a punishment of being confined to a food truck WITH...YOUR. NEMESIS?!?! Unfortunately, it's the situation  Clara finds herself in; one-way ticket on the KoBra… with Rose. Will she survive this summer in one piece and will there be enough of her to make it to vacation with her Insta-famous mom?

 

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Character Development: I will have to admit that first impressions of Clara were not good… not good at all. I really didn't like her, she was self-absorbed and mean. I couldn't understand why she just didn't care. But Goo did an excellent job in developing this character through trial and error. Through those trial and errors, she developed more maturely and became a better person. The experiences she went through molded her into a better and deeper character by the end of the book. I think my irritation of her was the forgetting what it's like to be a teenager… since I'm not a teenager. I just couldn't identify with her because I will admit I was more of a Rose. And Oh Rose, the ever hard-working overachiever Ballerina. She seemed like a BITCH but soon discovered it was a protective cover. She wanted friends but found it easier to not try than open up.

 

Diversity: Oh Goo! Thank you for the well written diverse characters in this book. There was no heavy-handed introduction of the diversity but a subtle one. Which made the characters seamlessly interact with each other. The race or ethnicity was not solely who they were but just a small part of their identity. It was a breath of fresh air to read about the diversity that truly exists in Los Angeles. The characters brought different insights and culture that added to the depth but was not apart of the struggle or conflict.

 

Parental Units: Cool chef dad vs Insta-famous mom… hard choices for a teenage girl, actually wait, it's not that hard. It seems the parents we interact with the most are taken for granted and the ones we see are held on a pedestal. Clara’s involvement and detachment of her parents is an interesting subplot. Yet it is a situation that is seen more often than not. Ok Ok not everyone has an uber famous mother but an absent part yes. The rebels that Clara does can be a projection of her mother leaving and deciding to be a distance mother. Also, how she reconciles the realities of parenting styles between her mother and father was a journey unto itself. Goo did a superb job in having Clara do the work in gaining the insight of how the interactions truly were.

 

Prince of Denmark’s Romance: While I love a good romance, I believe YA novels should not revolve around them but have a deeper plot. Goo did just that, Hamlet was not the center of the plot. Yes, of course, this is partly a Rom Con and everyone loves an underdog. But Clara really fought the attraction and Hamlet himself. Even when a problem arose, Clara handled it like a TEENAGER. By grossly over-reacting and doing what she should not of. Yet, she slowly understands what it means to be in a relationship but experiencing a vapid relationship. Through that, she realizes this is not what she wants.

 

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Like I said before… Clara at the start… this is why I don't have children.

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review 2018-06-23 19:11
Zauberhafte Liebesgeschichte
Herzflüstern: Julian & Markus - Katharina B. Gross

Julian hat sich selbst immer als Spätzünder gesehen, weil er sich bisher nicht für Mädchen interessiert. Er ist davon überzeugt, irgendwann wird er eine Freundin haben und mit ihr händchenhaltend über die Straßen flanieren. Aber als er dem Schulpraktikanten Markus zum ersten Mal begegnet, merkt er schnell, dass seine Überzeugungen vielleicht doch nur Wunschdenken sind ... 

Bei "Herzflüstern" handelt es sich um einen schönen Liebesroman, der zur Gay Romance zählt. Gleich eine Warnung vorneweg, wer gleich und gleich nicht verträgt, dem ist es nicht zu empfehlen.

Die Autorin stellt die erste große Liebe in den Vordergrund und geht auf das Thema Homosexualität sehr geschmack- und gefühlvoll ein. Wie bei jedem Liebesroman stehen Irrungen, Wirrungen, Annäherung und sehr viel Gefühl im Rampenlicht.

Julian ist 17 Jahre jung und ein recht sympathischer junger Mann. Er konzentriert sich auf sein Abi, hat einen ansprechenden Freundeskreis und lebt mit seiner alleinerziehenden Mutter zusammen. Allerdings sollen sich seine Lebensumstände bald ändern. Und das nicht nur, weil er mit seiner Mutter zu ihrem Freund Bernd ziehen wird. 

Markus ist mit seinen 23 Jahren Student und strebt eine Position als Mathematik-Lehrer an. Er hält sich im Großen und Ganzen bedeckt, weil ihm bewusst ist, dass er trotz Aufgeschlossenheit als schwuler Pädagoge zu kämpfen haben wird. 

Weitere Nebenfiguren aus beidseitigen Freunden runden das Gesamtpaket ab und helfen der Handlung wunderbar auf die Sprünge. 

In erster Linie geht es aber um Julian und wie er seine Homosexualität zu entdecken beginnt. Bisher hätte er nie daran gedacht gern an der Seite eines anderen Mannes zu stehen und kämpft mit der Verwirrung, die in ihm herrscht. Nicht nur, dass sich Gefühl und Verstand einen inneren Konflikt liefern, sondern er weiß auch, dass seine Mutter von einem schwulen Sohn nicht angetan sein wird. 

Dazu muss sich Julian auch mit seinem Umfeld auseinandersetzen und merkt, dass gar nicht alle Menschen aufgeschlossen sind. Nach wie vor ist es schwierig homosexuell zu sein, was natürlich die eigenen Ängste und die der Angehörigen schürt. Ich glaube, dass viele Eltern zuerst einmal an das erschwerte Leben ihrer Kinder denken bevor sie sich eine offene Einstellung zugestehen.

Die Handlung an sich ist eine wunderbare Love-Story, die die Seiten fliegen lässt. Spannende Momente, gefühlvolle Begegnungen und reizende Gesten - Katharina B. Gross weiß wie man von der ersten Liebe erzählt. Ich bin regelrecht auf den Seiten geschmolzen, weil sie so emotional erzählt, aber nicht unnötig zur Kitschkiste greift.

Manche Szenen waren mir persönlich etwas zu mädchenhaft, wenn ich an eine ganz bestimmte Nebenfigur denke. Ich frage mich auch, warum in diesem Genre Homosexuelle ständig im Rudel auftreten, bevor sie überhaupt geoutet sind. Da würde man einer gängigen Angst zufolge meinen, dass es tatsächlich ansteckend sei. 

Diese minimale Kritik bremst aber nicht das Gesamtpaket und ich habe die Geschichte von Julian und Markus sehr gern gelesen. Die Autorin hat einen wunderbaren Liebesroman geschrieben, der mitfühlen lässt und noch dazu richtig spannend ist. 

Meiner Meinung nach ist „Herzflüstern“ eine großartige Love-Story, die von der ersten großen Liebe und Homosexualität erzählt, und dank viel Gefühl zauberhaft zu lesen ist.

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2018-06-23 19:11
The Valley of Amazement
The Valley of Amazement - Amy Tan

I did something while reading this book that I have never done before: I flipped to the last page to see if it had a happy ending. Because good lord does Violet get put through the ringer.

 

This is often a difficult read, so I'll say upfront: if sexual exploitation makes you squeamish, you may want to skip this book. I'm usually one who wouldn't touch this with a ten-foot pole, but while the tone was unflinching, the details when divulged were detached enough to not affect me too much. Everyone has different tolerance levels and triggers, though, so it's something to consider.

 

This is set in the first half of the 1900s in China in the culture of the courtesan houses. It resembles Memoirs of a Geisha in that respect and it doesn't shy away from how young girls were sold and stolen into this life, but beyond the inner workings of the courtesan houses, this is a much different story with a different focus. 

 

As with all of Tan's work, this story is about the relationship between mothers and daughters, but unlike her other stories, this one is told primarily through Violet's POV. We follow her from a young, conceited girl growing up in her mother's courtesan house - not as a courtesan though, just to be clear on that point. She can only see how things effect her, how her mother is distant and aloof, and how she doesn't feel like she's loved enough. After they're separated by a ne'er-do-well and Violet is sold to another house, she must use her fierceness and determination to survive her new life and come to terms with the many twists and turns that her life makes. 

 

It's not all dire. She has a friend in the courtesan house to help her and protect her as much as possible, and she knows how to navigate this world better than most, though she makes many foolish decisions along the way. There are good moments as well, and Violet learns how to appreciate others, the depths of love and sacrifices that we make for each other along the way, all of which helps her to better understand the choices her own mother had made. But every time she takes a step forward, she's knocked twenty steps back. It's a long hard road, but there is a hopeful ending.

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review 2018-06-23 19:08
Implausifiability in Physics: “Lost in Math - How Beauty Leads Physics Astray” by Sabine Hossenfelder
Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray - Sabine Hossenfelder


“The time it takes to test a new fundamental law of nature can be longer than a scientist’s career. This forces theorists to draw upon criteria other than empirical adequacy to decide which research avenues to pursue. Aesthetic appeal is one of them. In our search for new ideas, beauty plays many roles. It’s a guide, a reward, a motivation. It is also a systematic bias“

In “Lost in Math - How Beauty Leads Physics Astray” by Sabine Hossenfelder



One of the most obnoxious notions I’ve ever read in Physics is the one that purports that we’re a simulation. If it's all a simulation, why wouldn't the world that simulated us be a simulation too? This is the turtles all the way down idea. This doesn't mean it isn't true but it's also the same question as, if God created the universe and us, who created God? The answer I sometimes get when I say it’s all hogwash, is that the theory is aesthetically pleasing. Where is the evidence? And more importantly, is it “implausifiable” (I’m borrowing here Hossenfelder’s term)? The supposed evidence for our universe being a simulation seems to largely include the idea that if we extrapolate our technological progress further ahead in time, we will be able to build such a simulation ourselves *therefore* we are a simulation.

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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