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review 2018-11-30 16:22
A realistic portrayal of rape culture and so much more...
The Nowhere Girls - Amy Reed

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Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.
Who are the Nowhere Girls?
They’re every girl. But they start with just three:
Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.
Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.
Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may, in fact, be an android.
When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at the school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.
Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.

 

 

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The Nowhere girls started off feeling very YA with emphasis on the Y.  It also had its instances that felt very preachy with its WWJD (what would Jesus do) moments...and I don't do religion all that well.  But it quickly became more than that, it takes the very serious subject matter of rape and gives you an uplifting tale of what you can do to make a difference...to make a stand...when you set your mind and heart on doing so.  It takes the feeling of hopelessness that Asking For It gave me and turned it into something hopeful.  With an exceptionally diverse cast of characters, that totally rocked, this book crept up on me and made me love it.

 

 

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 


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Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ It's okay...
Narration⇝ ☆4☆ for Rebekkah Ross, she wasn't too bad, she did have slightly different voices for each of the three main characters, but I still think it would have been better with three narrators.
Setting⇝ Prescott, Oregon
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2018-04-05 17:10
4.3 Out of 5 "no one asks for THAT" Stars
Asking for it - Louise T. O'Neill

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Asking For It

Louise O'Neill

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Emma O'Donovan is eighteen, beautiful, and fearless. It's the beginning of summer in a quiet Irish town and tonight she and her friends have dressed to impress. Everyone is at the party, and all eyes are on Emma. The next morning Emma's parents discover her collapsed on the doorstop of their home, unconscious. She is disheveled, bleeding, and disoriented, looking as if she had been dumped there. To her distress, Emma can't remember what happened the night before. All she knows is that none of her friends will respond to her texts. At school, people turn away from her and whisper under their breath. Her mind may be a blank as far as the events of the previous evening, but someone has posted photos of it on Facebook under a fake account, "Easy Emma"-photos she will never be able to forget. As the photos go viral and a criminal investigation is launched, the community is thrown into tumult. The media descends, neighbors chose sides, and people from all over the world want to talk about her story. Everyone has something to say about Emma. Contains mature themes.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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How do you rate a book, that not only physically hurts to read but also has characters that are actually quite unlikable?  And yet, embeds itself under your skin and into your head. It will make you think about rape culture and how the world perceives a girl who is "asking for it".  It demonstrates the small-mindedness of some.  It shows cyber-bullying at it's very worse.  Asking For It is a raw, gritty read filled with overwhelming sadness, but at the same time feels like it needs to be read.

 

This is superbly written, although I was tripped up by her inner dialogue.  I listened to Audio, and the narrator did change her voice for this, unfortunately, it's difficult to pull off, even for an excellent narrator; and usually works much better in print format.  So, maybe, I should have read this one instead of listening.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~  4.3/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 3/5

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Book Cover~ This one and the Barbie doll-like cover are both perfect for the book.

Narration~ ☆4.5☆ is well done by Aoife McMahon

Setting~ Ballinatoom, Ireland

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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review 2018-03-21 13:40
4.2 Out of 5 Never Stop, Never Forget Stars
Never Never - Colleen Hoover; Tarryn Fisher;

 

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Never Never

Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

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Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk. They've been in love since the age of fourteen. But as of this morning...they are complete strangers. Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love...every memory has vanished. "I don't care what our real first kiss was," he says. "That's the one I want to remember." 

Charlize and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why. But the more they learn about the couple they used to be...the more they question why they were ever together, to begin with. 

"I want to remember what it feels like to love someone like that. And not just anyone. I want to know what it feels like to love Charlie."

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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This is so much better when you have all three books in one.  No stopping…just reading straight through.  I read the first book in this series a while ago.  I liked it…but it was just too unfinished to get high enough rating from me. 

 

Never Never is a teen love story with a forever kind of feel.  I inevitably felt like I could have done without the blatant promiscuity between Charlie and Silas but their love story is super sweet, so I'll try to let it slide.  If you are turned off by stories that have a splash of paranormal then this might not work for you.  I myself, really enjoy stories like this, though.  Maybe, even more than full-blown paranormal…I just feel like I connect when it's more subtly done.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~4/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.2/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Love the new cover for the combined books in the series.

Series~ Never Never (The Complete Series)

Setting~ NOLA

Source~ Own Kindle eBook

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review 2018-01-28 22:17
3 out of 5 Stars for this survival thriller...
When I Am Through with You - Stephanie Kuehn

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

Basically, I felt the entire plot is thrown off by the fact that this trip/hike that these high-school-age-teens go on was a little hard to swallow.  I mean…a hike in the mountains with overnight stays and only one teacher goes along…yeah, I don't think so.  This teacher was so clueless that he lets girls and boys sleep in the same tent, by themselves.  Not to mention the blatant pot smoking and drinking that is done by these teens…it didn't seem like they were trying to hide it at all.

 

A tale of survival more than a mystery, with less than likable characters, who are only capable of mostly horrible decisions and a sketchy plot filled with so many odd little intricacies that I was left feeling puzzled.  And yet, I was somehow still compelled to keep listening despite all these issues. Go figure.  

 

~MY RATING~3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3/5

Main Characters~ 3/5

Secondary Characters~ 2.5/5

The Feels~ 3.2/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 2.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 3.5/5  Cliffhanger~ I guess not…

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Book Cover~ I guess it's what drew me in…

Narration~  It's easy to like MacLeod Andrews, his voice is very palatable

Setting~  The Mountains in Northern California

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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