I had a bit of a break from editing this month, so I decided to get in some reading while I could. Here are (I think) all of the books I read this month with some insights to see if they might be right for you.
I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali- The title really says it all. This is the true and amazing story of a 10-year-old who was given away in marriage because her family couldn’t afford to keep her, and after being sexually and physically abused, she worked up the courage to leave home and file for divorce. Nujood was Glamour’s Woman of the Year in 2008, and I’m kind of in awe. Her story has inspired several underage girls to seek justice for themselves, and that… just… WOW! Two thumbs up for brave Nujood!
Across the Universe by Beth Revis- So, besides my joy over the reversible cover, I thought this was a pretty cool book. It’s sci-fi, but not too sci-fi, you know? Something you would probably like if you enjoyed The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Our girl Amy is frozen and on the way to this new earth when she’s woken up early, beginning a string of early defrosts of people on board, leaving some dead. And who is behind these shenanigans? Well, not shape-shifting space ninjas as I’d originally believed… Also, it put some things in perspective for me. I’ve been confined to the house since the accident (I miss my wheels!) but at least I’m not living in a metal cage in the middle of space. So two thumbs up for claustrophobia!
Hate List by Jennifer Brown- Simply, this is the story of a girl living in the aftermath of a school shooting. I’m going to be honest, I really only read this book to prove to myself I could. I’m not sure if I could say I enjoyed it because of how heavy it made me feel, but I think it deals with something very real in a very honest way, and I appreciate that Jennifer looked at all the angles of what it’s like to go through a terrible, life-changing event. Two thumbs up for the story, no thumbs for icky feelings.
Matched by Ally Condie- I’ve heard that this has already been picked up to be a movie, and I think the movie version of this book will be super cool. I was crazy in love with the concept. It’s so terrible! If someone picked out my spouse, arranged all my meals, and limited all the music, poetry, and art to only a hundred possible choices, I think I’d want to push back myself. In some ways, that world is far more claustrophobic than the one of Across the Universe. Loved the idea. But the characters… Honestly, I can’t even remember their names. I wanted to get caught up with them, but I didn't. Still, I care enough that I'll probably read the sequel, and that says something. So while I enjoyed the writing and adored the idea, I think the visual translation might be able to bring the characters to life more. So, one thumb up for a killer idea.
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger- As a short, curvy, frizzy-haired brunette, I’ve totally felt like I was the DUFF (the designated ugly fat friend, for those no in the know). And I’m sure you have, too, which is why it’s such a great read. It's great to learn that you're more than a label, and since so many of us are smacked with one about the time we hit middle school, it's fun to watch someone decide to shrug hers off. Also, I appreciate books that deal with sex and what it means sometimes, along with what it doesn’t. Oh, and this was an easy read. I love a good, quick book! Two thumbs up for being relatable.
Love is Hell featuring Justine Larbalestier, Melissa Marr, Laurie Faria Stolarz, Scott Westerfield, & Gabrielle Zevin
Prom Nights from Hell featuring Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer, & Lauren Myracle- Now, I read these books because I wanted to check out some short stories. I don’t know a whole lot about them, but it was cool to try to dive into something where you have far less time and words to get to know people, what matters to them, what’s going on, and how it’s all going to get fixed. So, if you happen to dig paranormal romances and would like to get a quick shot in the arm of that love buzz, this is totally the way to go. One thumb up for story speed.
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White- Kiersten and I both have the same amazing editor, and she’s a pretty cool chick (Kiersten I mean. But our editor is cool too.), so I’ve been meaning to read her book for a while and finally got around to it. Miss Evie can see through glamours, and she helps track down vampires and werewolves and all sorts of creepy things you wouldn’t want sneaking up on you. The problem being that all these creepers are suddenly and inexplicably dying off, and she’s got to figure out why. Now, the love story was pretty great, but I found myself falling in love with a pink Tazer, and I think that’s what made the whole thing over the top for me. If you can form a serious attachment to an inanimate object in a work of fiction, I call that success. Also, I was cracking up from the very first page. Think Men in Black for teenage girls. Yeah. Two thumbs up. And a pink polished toe. Probably my fave of the month.
Have you guys read any of these books? Got any faves in there? Any you hated? Let me know!