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quote 2017-03-02 21:03
Tolerance was bullshit. Fuck tolerance. Madison was tolerant, except for when it wasn't. Madison was tolerant unless you strayed so much as a mile outside in any direction or invited people from the outside in. Chad Perry was from Kenosha it turned out, and then it didn't work, did it?

Poppy wasn't something to be tolerated, like when you got a cold. And yes it was annoying, and no you weren't going to die, so buy some tissues and a book about zombies and go to bed for a few days.

Head colds should be tolerated. Children should be celebrated.
This Is How It Always Is: A Novel - Laurie Frankel

This is how it always is / Laurie Frankel

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text 2017-03-02 19:07
Starting to actively talk about gender dysphoria
This Is How It Always Is: A Novel - Laurie Frankel

Really supportive doctor consulting with the parents, hitting me in the feels in a great way.

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text 2017-03-02 18:45
this is breaking my heart
This Is How It Always Is: A Novel - Laurie Frankel

It's the story of a family with a precocious 5 year old, Claude, who wants to grow up to be a woman.

 

Claude hasn't explicitly said yet that they are a girl, but it's pretty clear that's where things are going... and the family doesn't quite know how to ask (combined with they are probably afraid to/not comfortable with what they suspect the answer will be) their youngest child (in a household with four older brothers on top of it) about their gender.

 

Little moments keep coming out that are just heartbreaking.

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review 2016-11-01 00:00
This Is Where It Ends
This Is Where It Ends - Marieke Nijkamp While I was reading this book, I had to constantly remind myself that this book was written for teens not adults.

The premise was horrific and timely; although with Sandy Hook (among other school shootings) I think it may have been a bit on the tacky side. However, like adults, younger teens like to hear gory details about things. This book will fit the bill for them quite nicely.

For young adults and adults -not so much. Frankly though the cast of character's were interesting, the mindset and emotional aspects of them all seemed to ring false to me. But again, I have to keep reminding myself that these characters are not adults and would not have older adult thoughts, ideas and emotions. I would have thought that the will to live would have been too strong for these kids to do what they had done.

What is very interesting is that this is also a look into bullying and it bears asking just who in this scenario was the true bully?

No I did NOT like this book one little bit, but I can see how it will appeal to the younger crowd and perhaps those with young teens in the home.

I would strongly advise any parent to read this book first before giving it to anyone under the age of 13.
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text 2016-10-28 21:11
Reading progress update: I've read 102 out of 310 pages.
This Is Where It Ends - Marieke Nijkamp
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