“The Hate U Give” Review: What is there to say, really?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Balzer + Bray: 2017.

The Hate U GiveOk. I honestly don’t know how to even write this review.

Usually I have at least a little bit of insight to share during a book review, and if I don’t, I don’t write a review. So. Why am I reviewing this book, then? TBH, because everyone else is, and I want to make sure people know that I’m in the know. Peer pressure at its finest.

I read this as part of a book club that I run on Goodreads – the Apparating Library Book Club, part of the Harry Potter Alliance. We are in the midst of a readathon right now called the Resist Readathon, and this was our first book. I knew before it came out that this would be the book to choose, and no surprises, I was right.

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Review: Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2015.

milk and honeyI picked up Milk and Honey because I kept seeing it everywhere and didn’t know much about it. I didn’t even know it was a book of poetry, so that was a nice surprise which led me to actually read it right away instead of putting it on my endless TBR. I would like to read more poetry in general, so I’m glad I picked this up. Ultimately though, I have mixed feelings about this collection, and I was largely unimpressed.

Milk and Honey is split into different themed sections as the poems progress through the life of a writer dealing with sexual abuse, love, relationships, and healing. Many of the poems are accompanied by illustrations that add to the poems’ meanings. The illustrations are styled in a black-and-white, scribble-y way that mimics the rawness of the poems themselves. These additions were well-placed and gave the collection a distinct and unified tone throughout.

As a collection, the book is best read from front to back in order. You certainly can pick it up, turn to any page, and read the poem there, but the biggest impact comes from seeing the progression of poems as they are ordered. The design of the book is extremely well done, and as a physical object, I can see how it appeals to people in the age when having a distinct look/brand makes a difference in sales. This book has an effective brand with it’s raw, simple, black-and-white, minimalist layout.

But the poems kinda sucked.

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Review: Their Fractured Light

Their Fractured Light by Aimee Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Disney-Hyperion, 2015.

their fractured lightI finally finished the Starbound Trilogy! And what a trilogy it was!

I thoroughly enjoyed this entire series and recommend you check out my reviews of the first and second books if you are interested. Many of you know Aimee Kaufman from the popular Illuminae Files, and I daresay I prefer these books to the Illuminae series (though I’m probably in the minority in that opinion). The world was rich, the characters engaging, and the plot well-crafted. Let’s talk about book 3.

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Review: Maybe a Fox

Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee. Atheneum, 2016.

maybe-a-foxI picked up this book because I needed a bit of lighter reading after finishing The Circle by Dave Eggers. I was also hankering for some middle grade. My pick was Maybe a Fox, which I picked up because it seemed like a good winter read, and I was so glad I did.

Maybe a Fox is set in small-town Vermont, where the snowy forest plays a big role in people’s lives, and therefore, the story. This in itself makes it the perfect book to read during the wintertime. The setting is such a core aspect of this book, it’s almost a character itself. Though the book takes place in modern times, it is seeped in the American folklore of the north, giving it an old-world, mythological atmosphere.

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Review: The Circle

The Circle by Dave Eggers. McSweeney’s, 2013.

the_circle_dave_eggers_novelSo I read The Circle.

The Circle is about an early-20-something named Mae who gets hired at the biggest, baddest tech company in Silicon Valley: the Circle. Imagine that Google and Facebook had a baby and basically owned all the information on the internet. That’s the Circle. As you might imagine, this becomes a bit of a dystopian novel.

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Thoughts on the “Fantastic Beasts” screenplay

I read the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay a few days after the film came out, but I hadn’t posted about it yet because I don’t really have all that much to say about it, surprisingly. First, let’s take a moment to appreciate just how drop-dead gorgeous this book is. MinaLima is the greatest.

fantastic beasts screenplay

It’s also novel-sized, which was weird because I totally expected it to be flatter and longer. Anyway.

Aside from it being the prettiest damn book in my collection, what else do I have to say? When I picked it up, I expected to be enlightened by new details that I didn’t catch in the film. After all, screenplays have details written out that explain what’s actually happening rather than relying on the performances of the actors or the eyes of the viewers to interpret. However, there were surprisingly few instances in the screenplay of details I didn’t notice in the movie. Those instances were interesting, though, so I will tell you what they were and why they’re interesting.


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Review: Welcome to Night Vale

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Harper Perennial: 2015.

Welcome to Night Vale

It’s a book review? Whaaaat?

Yes that’s right, a book review! (And it’s spoiler-free!)

Pleasure reading has been slow going lately because I’ve been doing a lot of school reading that’s beyond what’s assigned (*nerd*), and the book I’m currently working on for pleasure, The Circle, is going to take me a while to get through (for reasons I will surely talk about when I review it). I also had to stop and read the Fantastic Beasts screenplay, which was delightful, and I’ll probably post about it shortly. ANYWAY.

Welcome to Night Vale is a novel based on the popular podcast of the same name. The novel is written by the writers of the podcast and features many of the same characters, but its story is original and separate from the show. I was a listener of the podcast before the book was announced, though I am very far from being caught up. I’ve listened to maybe 50-ish of the episodes and absolutely love it. I’m not really a podcast person in general because they are hard to fit in my typical life routine, but I’ll listen when I can.

The Welcome to Night Vale podcast is narrated as if you are a citizen of the town of Night Vale and you are listening to the community radio station. You get updates on the news of the town from Cecil Baldwin, the voice of Night Vale. But Night Vale is not an ordinary town: the happenings reported in the news include hostile takeovers by a Glow Cloud that rains dead animals down on the city, mysterious hooded figures that walk around the dog park with no discernable purpose, and a heated mayoral campaign in which one of the candidates is literally a 5-headed dragon. Some of my favorite characters include the Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home and Carlos, the scientist.

Have I sold you yet?

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