My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Bought Published: 2015 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Recommended Age: 12+ Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Family, Romance, High School, Body Image, Friendship
I was selected to compete for the title of Miss Canada, a personality contest, in March 2021, but I have no experience with pageants so I decided to read this book in case it could illuminate me a little. Miss Canada is not a beauty pageant, but the presentation is still important. You don’t have to be the prettiest to win but you do need to look polished. Continue reading →
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Library Published: 2019 Publisher: First Second Recommended Age: 12+ Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, LGBTQIA+, Toxic Relationships, Friendship
This was messy and beautiful. A beautiful mess. Just like life, I guess. The illustrations are soft, neat and gorgeous in a hypnotic way. The characters are unique and complex and some completely ordinary and yet interesting nonetheless. Some are shitty and hurtful and yet so charismatic that they pull you in, making you feel special to be in their presence, but oh so very wrong for you. Continue reading →
This will not be a long post, and it will not be fancy. No pictures will be added because none are needed. I just want my words to be here and nothing else. For the past six years, I have been blogging as ‘Lola’. I was young when I created my blog and I did not feel comfortable or safe revealing my real name to others. I felt protected under Lola. But recently, I have wanted to step away from anonymity. I am turning 23 next month, and I want to be able to say that this year I was braver than the last. Making the decision to use my real name on my blog will not automatically turn me into someone fearless, authentic and strong, but it is one tiny, tiny step in that direction. And I am proud of that.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars Received: Raincoast Books Published: August 4th, 2020 Publisher: First Second Recommended Age: 12+ Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Family History, WWII
This story, and these illustrations—the entire book, really—took my breath away. I read it in one sitting and there is no chance I could have taken a break from reading it. I didn’t even dare try. I felt like the author needed to talk about her family history and she needed me to be there to listen to her and try to understand. Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Raincoast Books Published: July 14th, 2020 Publisher: First Second Recommended Age: 8+ Genres & Themes: Middle School, Graphic Novel, Friendship, Bullying, Boarding School
I don’t understand. I don’t understand why some authors decide to include one fantasy element in an otherwise completely contemporary story. I understand magical realism. I think it can be very beautiful, surprising and, well, magical. But this was no magical realism story. Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Raincoast Books Published: August 11th, 2020 Publisher: First Second Recommended Age: 13+ Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Dark, Magic, Retelling, Siblings
This was a much darker tale than I anticipated, both in atmosphere and content. It is not a story I recommend if you are looking for something to uplift your spirits but it is one I dare push you towards if you want to read something different, something that will shock you and maybe even repulse you while simultaneously intriguing you. Continue reading →
Hello, dear readers. Today, I decided to tell you a story that is important to me. @mrs.p.christie asked me, today, how I came to create my blog and she made me realize that I have never shared this story before with anyone besides, like, my brother or my personal diary.
I want to tell you what happened in detail.
I created my Goodreads account in 2012. Before Goodreads, I was on Booknode, which is an online community for francophone book lovers. But as much as I liked Booknode, it just wasn’t a big enough community for me and the selection of books to shelve and notes to give was very limited in my opinion, especially in the early 2010s. Continue reading →