Mini Reviews: The Story Cure & Room

TITLE: The Story Cure Related image
AUTHOR: Dinty W. Moore
GENRE: Non Fiction / Self Help
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Moore diagnoses the different ailments writers suffer from and and offer a solution.
RATING: 4/5
NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review

As an inspiring writer, I looked forward to reading this book and Moore didn’t disappoint. He takes his role of writing doctor seriously, but he also does it with humor. He not only takes you back to the origin of what a story is but he also offers plenty of examples of the dos and don’ts of what to do with your writing. He goes over plot, characters, dialogue, voice, setting, and so on. If there’s something you’re struggling when writing, Moore probably knows what to do about it.

 

TITLE: Room Image result for room book
AUTHOR: Emma Donoghue
GENRE: Crime / Contemporary / Adult Fiction / Fiction
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Jack has spent his whole life in Room along with his Ma, but soon discovers there’s a bigger world than Room.
RATING: 4/5
NOTE: It was adapted into a movie 2015

I read this months ago and realized I never talked about it on the blog. I have no idea why because I adored this book and it’s gripping tale of survival.

The first thing that instantly caught my attention was the fact that the ENTIRE book is told from 5 year old Jack’s point of view. It’s Jack at age five telling his story instead of a grown-up Jack telling this story, so the language is incredibly playful. For example, he says “waterfall the milk” when he’s serving milk and cereal. I think this was my favorite aspect of the story, and I can only imagine the fun Donoghue had with it.

Although the story is from Jack’s perspective, it doesn’t shy away from horrible predicament they’re in, even if he’s unaware of it. Apart from ugliness of captivity, it’s also about the returning to a life of normalcy when you were born without knowing what normal was. That was so jarring for me to read about and equally fascinating.

Overall, I recommend the book and the movie.

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Review: The Haters by Jesse Andrews

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AUTHOR: Jesse Andrews
SUMMARY: Wes and Cory go to Jazz camp when an unexpected band tour with their new friend Ash, which takes them across the American South.
GENRE: Young Adult | Coming of Age | Contemporary | Music
RATING: 2.5/5
NOTE: Warning for explicit (teenage boy) language.

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Review: We Are Okay by Nina Lacour

TITLE: We Are Okay

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None of the online pictures did this beautiful over justice, so here’s one of my pictures from my Instagram (@readingturtleduck


AUTHOR: Nina Lacour
SUMMARY: Marin went off to college in the hope of forgetting what happened at the end of last summer, but when her best friend Mabel comes to visit her, the past comes rushing back into her life.
GENRE: Young Adult | LGBT+ | Contemporary | Realistic Fiction
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Review: White Fur by Jardine Libaire

TITLE: White Fur Image result for white fur book
AUTHOR: Jardine Libaire
SUMMARY: Elise and Jamey begin a relationship despite their class differences and his family’s expectations.
GENRE: Romance | Fiction | Contemporary
RATING: 2.5/5
NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. It also has strong and sexual language.  Continue reading

The Problem With 13 Reasons Why

I’m not going to take back my opinions of how good the show is, because it is, but I do have one issue that I can’t get past from.

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Last week I was working on on a post about books and shows that portray characters dealing with mental issues. Initially, I had 13 Reasons Why on the list, but then it dawned on me that it also didn’t belong on that list (sort of like Clay). The other books on the list talked about mental health and how debilitating and problematic it can be to live with them, but they all had one thing in common. Their protagonists received the help they needed. None of them died. For those reasons, I found myself removing 13RW from that list.

On a post that’s about dealing with mental illness, I didn’t want to include a story whose character dies in the end. I wanted it to be more positive, to let people know that there can be an issue, and more importantly a solution to it too.

I know that in the real world it doesn’t always end on a happy note, and 13RW reflects that, but shouldn’t we also be able show how people can overcome it? In the show, Hannah doesn’t get help. She only talks to one person who fails to see the problem, and then she gives up. She could have talked to her parents or friends, but chooses to give up easily. That’s not the right message to show people already struggling with similar thoughts.

What’s even more mind boggling is that the show never addresses the possibility that Hannah might have been suffering from some type of mental illness. In my opinion, this a failure on part of the show because most suicide victims also suffer from mental illness.

Everyone is talking about how great the show is and how it’s raising awareness on serious topics, but without someone saying there is another way to cope with these hardships, it’s hard to get past this glorification of suicide. I’m afraid people aren’t going to see the message the creators of the series originally intended to show its audience.

Moving forward, I hope 13RW remedies this problem by having other characters get the help they need, like Jessica. Because more than anything, people need to hear the words, It will get better.” 

As someone who has experienced issues with mental illness, showing how other people get through it, can motivate others do the same.

 

Review: The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill

TITLE: The Cat King of Havana Image result for the cat king of havana
AUTHOR: Tom Crosshill
SUMMARY: In the hopes of impressing his crush, Rick Gutierrez takes Ana to Cuba to learn Salsa dancing, but he soon learns he’s getting more than he bargained for.
GENRE: Young Adult | Contemporary
WARNING: Profanity in Spanish
RATING: 4/5 Continue reading