Hi All! Greetings from Boston! I’m going to just jump right in. Week 11 covers March 12 – 18. As always, your feedback is encouraged.
Tank Girl: Two Girls One Tank by Alan C. Martin and Brett Parson – I actually bought this as an actual book. It’s Martin & Parson’s Tank Girl Trilogy #1. This is somewhere between a graphic novel and a comic. I love Tank Girl. I have seen the movie a ridiculous number of times. I thought I’d give one of the comics a try. In this, Booga and Barney have “lost” the tank and Tank Girl comes up with a plot to get it back. First they will need money. The tank appears with someone posing as Tank Girl at the controls. If you’re not familiar with these characters, this may seem a little weird. I love the illustrations. The story is goofy and entertaining. I’m giving it 4 stars.
Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. This one took a while for me to really get into. It is really the story of Lucia and the lives around her that she touched in some way. They author has incredible insight as to what it might be like to have a mental illness and what that might feel like from the first person perspective. She also has a really good grasp of what it might feel like to be an immigrant living in America, both legally and illegally, to feel anxious that you might be caught and sent away, that you might never see your loved ones again. There are a lot of different cultures at play in the novel and I also enjoyed that aspect a great deal. The ending is really worth reading the entire novel. I’m giving it 4 stars.
White Houses by Amy Bloom – I received this as an actual book via a Goodreads giveaway. This one was really good. The author used the letters between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok to create a novel about their love affair. Hick, as she was called, lived in the White House as Eleanor’s companion. The only trace left behind of her existence in the White House is the correspondence in the Roosevelt library. She was cropped out of all of the photos and any record of her presence was removed. This was a different era. The president had mistresses and was unable to walk due to polio, but the American public was kept unaware of all of this. They would not have been able to hide these things now with the way the media is. At the same time, people are hopefully more accepting of differences than they were at that time. I thought this was lovely. I definitely recommend it. I’m giving it 4 stars.
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris – I received this as an e-bok from the publisher via NetGalley. This was really good. Finn’s girlfriend Layla went missing 12 years ago and now he is about to marry her sister. They are very different people. It’s difficult to compare the relationships, despite the fact that they are sisters. When it seems like Layla may have returned and starts leaving messages for them to find, Finn starts questioning everything. I couldn’t put this down. I really enjoy this author’s books. Things are never quite what they appear and I find it fun to guess what’s really going on. Because they aren’t predictable. It took me quite a while to figure out what was going on in this book, which is how I prefer for it to be. The author has an incredible imagination. I’m giving this 4 stars.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour – I borrowed this as an e-book from the Boston Public Library. It is YA fiction about a girl who feels she has lost everything. When her best friend comes to visit during winter break, she is forced to confront reality and what she believes to be true versus what is actually true. This is a really compelling story and I think young people should definitely read it. It shows a girl dealing with loss and grief and in the end she comes to realize that there are people in her life that care for her very much. It also shows the struggle of coping with a parental figure that is severely mentally ill. I definitely recommend this. I’m giving it 4 stars. (It should probably be 5.)
And that is it for Week 11. Let me know what you think or if there are any books that you think I should be reading next.