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text 2015-12-21 18:29
Calvin - Martine Leavitt

Okay, so I dropped everything else to read this book for the book prize I'm helping to judge. But I LOVE Calvin and Hobbes, and for there to be a young adult (technically middle grade, I guess?) novel about Calvin and Hobbes made me geek out a little bit.


Calvin deals with heavy themes and a pretty lighthearted manner. Of course, I appreciated the humor from the comics, and when Calvin begins to question everything he sees provides a legitimate insight to how his disorder affects him. It was well-written, although I wish it was longer and went more intimately into the characters and their stories, because right now, we're barely scartching the surface. The love story between Calvin and Susie felt forced because I didn't know either one of them well enough to believe in it, and it felt a little more like insta-love than true love, you know? 


Also, I can't say how well the schizophrenia was handled, because I don't know anyone personally who has been disagnosed with it. I wonder if it's significant that the doctors say Calvin has auditory hallucinations, but he actually does see Hobbes on a number of occasions--all occasions, actually, even when it's just a flicker out of the corner of his eye. And the idea that you can take a trip across a frozen lake and that will *mostly* cure your mental disorder was probably not intended by the author, but that's the way it kind of came across.


Anyway, all in all, it wasn't long enough for me to develop a significant attachment to anything, although I did enjoy it while I was reading (one sitting in an airport).

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text 2015-07-13 20:17
Zoe Letting Go (Review)
Zoe Letting Go - Nora Price

I really wanted to love Zoe Letting Go, and while it wasn’t exactly bad, it wasn’t great either. I’ve yet to read a truly magnificent novel about eating disorders. This one wasn’t particularly surprising or haunting, although I enjoyed Zoe’s journey and learning more about her and her frame of mind. The unfortunate thing, however, is all the secrets of this book are pretty obvious, and the management at Twin Birches was too passive to actually help Zoe with any of her crippling problems. I felt like it was fairly unrealistic in that regard. However, this is also one of those books that I don’t really have a strong opinion either way—not good or bad, but just kind of there.


I would, however, recommend that nobody who is triggered by eating disorders read this book. Zoe’s narration is such that it would be damaging to anyone attempting to fight against her mindset, and I don’t think it would be particularly helpful to anyone who has struggled with eating disorders or can be triggered by reading about someone who is still lost in their own battle (and doesn’t want to get out of it).


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