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Books #148 – #151: predictable cheesy YAs and spies

I found this post while sorting through drafts! Apparently, I had written it a few months ago and forgot all about it! I’m just thankful I have something to post today! πŸ™‚

Book #148: You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

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This book won the Schneider Award for teens and I want to know how and why. This book was nowhere near excellent or mind-blowing. What drew me to this book was the Deaf Culture aspect. I’ve been working on a story in which the male protagonist is deaf – I may have mentioned this already – and I wanted to read similar stories along the line like it, but this book was so terrible, I did not get very far.

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Kinda how I feel about this book although I haven’t picked up ASL in a while!

Julie is Indian American and a graffiti artist who attends the Kingston School for the Deaf. Someone writes a slur about her best friend and she covers it up with a graffiti mural. This is illegal. And what do you know? The so-call best friend snitches and Julie is expelled. I DNF’ed this book before the halfway point, so I can’t really say much about the story, but the writing style was a turn-off and the art accompanying the story was pretty boring!

This story is recommended for 12 years old and up. I wouldn’t even recommend this to anyone and the usage of foul language was a dead turn off. No, universe, you’re not welcome.Β 

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Book #149: Love, Life and the List by Kasie West

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Let’s get right into it. Things that bothered/annoyed me:

^ This sentence: He was the best friend in the world. (Page 3)

^ The texting:Β MostΒ teenagers (and most adults for that matter) do not text in full sentences completed with full stops!!

^ When the story is written in the first person, the protagonist tends to overshare and in doing so, they become little narcissists. Hence why the author ends up overwriting most of the time.

^ Pages 85-86: Why is this girl on the phone… IN THE LIBRARY?! This irks me. And on top of it, she was talking rather loud.

^ Page 90: Throwing books? You don’t throw library property at each other! What hooligans! I’m sure the author wouldn’t want me to throw THIS book at someone!

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We have Abby. She’s an artist and is in love with her best friend Cooper who doesn’t “like her like her” that way. However, there’s a nice boy named Elliot who does and he is also into art. He sculpts.Β 

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I thought this book was going to be about Abby getting over unrequited love and falling for someone else who was not Cooper who took her for granted and even missed her big art show! Some best friend. Cooper and Abby as endgame were forced. I came away from this story not caring for Abby as she was irritating and I didn’t care for Cooper either. I mean, was I supposed to swoon over him? There was no chemistry between them at all. What in the world was West thinking?

Abby’s grandfather Dave and Elliot were the most exciting thing about this book. Like, where can I read their stories? love coffee

Book #150:Β The Gordian Knot by Bernhard Schlink

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The Gordian Knot is a term used to describe a complex (sometimes unsolvable) problem and is often associated with Alexander the Great.

What we have here is a strange spy novel which starts in the dashing French countryside, but ends up in New York. The writing was terrible, the plot weak, the characters pathetic and nothing really made sense. It was supposed to have been a Cold War spy thriller, but I ended up with a story that was not memorable. love coffee

Book #151: Femme Fatale: Love, Lies, and the Unknown Life of Mata Hari by Pat Shipman

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Margaretha Geertruida MacLeod better known by her fascinating stage name Mata Hari hailed from the Netherlands and was an exotic dancer and courtesan. She was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War 1 by the French and was executed by a French firing squad in 1917.

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Ever since I came across Mata Hari’s story in the newspaper when I was really young, I’ve been intrigued by her background. Reading her story many years later, I’ve come to understand the dancing spy’s persona better. She was intelligent and an excellent linguist. A spotlight seeker who drew the admiration of many men wherever in the world she went.

She loved turning heads.

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The author did a good job in explaining Mata Hari’s story from her early life to exotic dancer and mistress, as an alleged spy for France to her death. A lot of research went into this book, but pages devoted to what life was in the Dutch East Indies and the Dutch presence in Indonesia was extraneous. Mata came across as a spoiled egotistical opportunistic sugar baby to military men.Β 

In short, it was a well-written story, but I was left wanting to shake some sense into her for being so dumb and trusting all for the sake of wanting to live as a material girl. The author was very sympathetic towards Mata, but I was not. Her life and death were controversial, yes, but she was naive to a fault.

Fun Fact: In Indonesian, matahari means “sun” or “eye of the day”. love coffeelove coffeelove coffee

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20 thoughts on “Books #148 – #151: predictable cheesy YAs and spies”

    1. I love that you always get a joy from reading these reviews and I’m utmost grateful for this. Thank you always for the support, me dearest. πŸ’™ Did they show up today?

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      1. Oh my goodness yes, they showed up alright πŸ™‚ one was I don’t even know how to say this and not be disgusting but he was on the back porch with his breakfast coming up. One went to leave to go to the store and literally fell asleep with his hand on the keys in the ignition. They cut through several of our electical wires which if we had not known could have burned our house down AND the one wall they managed to get framing boards up, the main support wall that holds up my roof, the boards were leaning. They tried to tell me, no they are straight. I said hand me the level and we will see. The reply, well the level is in the truck. In the truck???? You can’t hang boards without a level. They retreived the level only to prove me right. It was so out of level that the bubble was all the way to the left, and not even round because it couldn’t get any further. Hehehe Probably not the short answer you were looking for huh? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I am praying and seeking legal counsel tomorrow to get them off my property. So, yes me love keep praying for me, and the review was a blessing πŸ™‚

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      2. Well, after talking with an attorney it is just a cat and mouse game at this point. Legally, I can’t make them leave my property as my hubby signed a contract. I mean, we can make them leave but we will still have to pay them. It is such a mess. I have taken some steps LORD willing it will work. It is just a wait and see situation at this point me love. Your prayers are the best thing that we can get right now. I know God is in control, I know that He has a purpose for this, if nothing else to stop these people from doing this to someone else. Praise the LORD for He is faithful, and merciful, and there is nothing that He can’t do. πŸ™‚

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    1. I loved the 2nd cover for I love how real the girl appeared, big feet and all, but yes, those books were highly unlikeable. True! Had they also a sense of morality, stories would’ve been cleaner and acceptable for all ages. Thnx and may God bless you always.

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  1. I didn’t know that you had learned ASL before! It’s on my list of things to learn, and I love Nyle DiMarco so I approve the use of his gifs πŸ˜‰. I’m sorry most of these books were not good reads for you. I hope the next book you pick up is an excellent one!

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