Nanette O’Hare has played the quintessential privileged star athlete and straight-A student for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper–a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic–the rebel within Nanette awakens.
As the new and outspoken Nanette attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, she learns that rebellion can sometimes come at a high price…and with devastating consequences.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Before reading it I assumed it was just another stereotypical YA (young adult) novel but once I read the first two chapters I realized I was wrong.
Sure, all the familiar YA elements are present but the entire story has a strong important social message that I’m pretty sure most people can relate to. Some might argue that rebellion is not only unimportant but unnecessary in today’s self absorbed society. To that I say… bullshit! (Pardon my French.)
I believe mankind will always need to rebel against something or someone in order to advance as a species. It doesn’t matter if a teenager like Nanette is rebelling against her parents high expectations or if a group of activists are protesting grave injustices. Both are valid acts of rebellion.
I know not everyone may agree with me; it’s expected.
If you consider yourself to be naturally rebellious then I highly recommend reading Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick!
I give it 5 out of 5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The premier anthology of contemporary American poetry continues—guest edited this year by award-winning poet Edward Hirsch, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and the president of The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
The Best American Poetry series is “a vivid snapshot of what a distinguished poet finds exciting, fresh and memorable” (Robert Pinsky); a guiding light for the mood and shape of modern American poetry. Each year, this series presents essential American verse and the poets who create it. Truly the “best” American poetry has appeared in this venerable collection for over twenty-five years.
I thoroughly enjoyed this eclectic and intriguing poetry collection!
Some of the poems made me laugh out loud and others made me question my place in the universe. I believe that’s the mark of good poetry.
I give The Best American Poetry 2016 five out of five stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch my review of Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick! 😎
(I’ll be posting a written review at a later date.)
*I received a copy of this book from the author via The Review Chain in exchange for an honest review.*
The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel is a really great debut novel. Scratch that… it’s a phenomenal debut novel!
The bulk of the story takes place in Breathed, Ohio during the 1980s. Breathed is a simple town populated by simple people. Or is it?
Fielding Bliss is the main protagonist and narrator. (He’s also one of the most complex characters but really every character in this story is. Each one is so multilayered that they can’t help being innately intriguing.)
When Fielding’s father, Autopsy Bliss, was a boy he wrote an open letter to the devil, inviting him to visit the town of Breathed. Many years passed and eventually Autopsy stopped expecting a visit from the fallen angel.
Then, one hot summer day, a boy who goes by the name Sal shows up and begins telling everyone he meets that he is the devil incarnate. Fielding is the first to meet Sal, the two have a conversation that revolves around Sal’s desire for a bowl of ice cream.
Fielding then brings Sal home with him and introduces him to his parents and older brother, Grand. The Bliss family takes an immediate liking to Sal. Of course, none of them believe he is the devil but they are intrigued by how wise he seems.
Eventually, Fielding and Sal establish a deep meaningful friendship. Then said friendship is forced to endure a lot of heartache. In fact, the entire town ends up having to deal with a lot of unexpected tragedy.
I don’t want to give away all the details but I will state that too many good characters get screwed over and the bad ones get what they deserve.
What’s the moral message? Life Is full of good stuff and bad stuff but each of us has the ability to mold our own lives into whatever we want them to be.
I give The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel 5 out of 5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Just uploaded my February TBR video! 😎
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Suicide Squad: Kicked in the Teeth Volume 1!
It’s filled with action, comedy, drama, suspense, and sexiness! Of course, the majority of sexiness is provided by Harley Quinn.
If you’ve never read the comic book version of Suicide Squad then I must warn you… it is not at all like the recent watered down movie adaptation.
This graphic novel really showcases the squad’s villainous ways. By which I mean, they hurt and/or kill a lot of people and don’t apologize for it. Why? Because they’re bad guys! There’s just no getting around that.
If you’re easily offended by violent acts and downright dirty deeds then there’s a good chance you won’t like this graphic novel. However, if you like watching bad guys remain true to their inherit evilness then I highly recommend reading Suicide Squad: Kicked in the Teeth Volume 1!
I give it 5 out of 5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐