Black Girl Unlimited By Echo Brown | Book Review

Synopsis:

Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side, where apartments are small and parents suffer addictions to the white rocks. Yet there is magic . . . everywhere. New portals begin to open when Echo transfers to the rich school on the West Side, and an insightful teacher becomes a pivotal mentor. Each day, Echo travels between two worlds, leaving her brothers, her friends, and a piece of herself behind on the East Side. There are dangers to leaving behind the place that made you. Echo soon realizes there is pain flowing through everyone around her, and a black veil of depression threatens to undo everything she’s worked for.

Heavily autobiographical and infused with magical realism, Black Girl Unlimited fearlessly explores the intersections of poverty, sexual violence, depression, racism, and sexism—all through the arc of a transcendent coming-of-age.

Book Review:

This won’t be a standard review like I normally write but more on my feelings towards the story. 

Echo Brown has gone through so much, so much I can relate to. I feel Echo’s mother in the beginning just gave up and didn’t want to deal with life anymore. I felt upset with her mom because of what Echo had to go through at an very early age. But reading more into the story it makes sense. 

I was upset to read that Echo was raped at a young age and she had to deal with this basically by herself. In the black community when it comes to sexual violations people in the community sweep it under the rug and it’s never to be dealt with. It’s one of those things as if saying “yeah it happened get over it” or “don’t say anything no body will believe you”

Echo had to be the strong one in the family while still trying to go to school and get into college. It was hard for her. I enjoyed the magical realism through the story especially during Echo’s younger years. It shows how young children see tough situations and it flowed well into the story nicely.

Reading about Echo’s life, there were times I didn’t want to stop reading. It was a real life well written memoir and now I want to read more from Echo Brown. I’m glad I chose this for black history month and for buzzwordathon. I’ll definitely be re reading this again soon.

Rating: 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Whatever Happens By Micalea Smeltzer | Book Review

Synopsis:

Violet Page is having a rough time. This former popular girl is lost. Her parents uproot everything after her younger sister’s suicide, moving states away to escape the lingering pain of loss. She doesn’t fit in anywhere, but finds herself strangely drawn to the boy she watches view the world through a telescope.

Finnley Crawford isn’t your typical boy next door. Being autistic has always set him apart from kids his age. None of them quite knows how to approach him or interact, leaving him only one friend in the form of his support dog. His lack of friendships lead him to a unique love of space and aspirations of one day reaching the stars. For in the stars, he sees a peace and beauty he can’t find on Earth.

The more time these two seemingly opposite teenagers spend together, the more they learn it isn’t what’s on the outside that counts. So much can be found on the inside if you only care to look.

Book Review:

This was cute story that followed Violet and Finn. Violet is going through a lot she lost her younger sister to sucide, and she is still trying to cope with it all. Finn is dealing with a lot too, he has autism and uses a service dog for help especially when at school. He gets bullied because the other kids at school don’t understand him.

When Violet meets Finn for the first time she feels she needs to be determined because she sees a good guy in him when others don’t. Over time Violet and Finn become good friends, they are there for each other and seem to understand each other’s pain.

I enjoyed the ending this story it was sweet. I do kinda wish this story had a little bit more background on Finn and his autism and how he chooses to cope with it. This is the first book I read that had a character with autism so I find that to be cool that the author wanted to highlight and bring awereness. 

Overall this was a cute story I’m glad I chose this book to read first by this author now I will be picking up others by her.

Rating: 3.75 rounding to 4⭐⭐⭐⭐

Claudia and mean Janine Baby sitters club # 7 by Ann M Martin| Book Review

Synopsis:

Claudia’s participation in the Baby-sitters Club is curtailed when Grandmother Mimi suffers a stroke and Claudia finds herself “Mimi-sitting” and fighting more frequently with her sister.

Review:

This year I’m going back to my childhood reading some of the babysitters club books. I always enjoyed Claudia she was one of my favorite characters, she always seemed so much older and mature for her age.

The babysitters club # 7 is basically about Claudia taking on more responsibility caring for her grandmother Mimi after she had a stroke. Her big sister Janine always looks down at Claudia and doesnt think what she does as far her job being a babysitter and things she does after school is worth it.

I listened to this on audio book and the narrator did a great job with all the characters. I’m glad I decided to listen to the books this time around for my re read.
Good story. 3 ⭐

Rating: 3 ⭐⭐⭐


Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Synopsis:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. It’s a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, but basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in fifteen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives. New next door neighbors. I look out the window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black t-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. I want to learn everything about him, and I do. I learn that he is funny and fierce. I learn that his eyes are Atlantic Ocean-blue and that his vice is stealing silverware. I learn that when I talk to him, my whole world opens up, and I feel myself starting to change—starting to want things. To want out of my bubble. To want everything, everything the world has to offer.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Review:

(Re Read December 2020)
I enjoyed re reading this book. I decided to re read this story because it show cases disability representation. I love how Maddie and Ollie are together it’s very cute. What I didn’t like is Maddie mom. Although she is a nurse she feels she can just diagnosed her daughter with anything. Maddie’s mom shows symptoms of  munchausen by proxy and I felt this way the first time I read this. The only difference with Maddie’s mom and someone else with these symptoms, she really wanted to protect Maddie and not hurt her I don’t think her intentions were to hurt her but to help. Maddie’s mom wasted so much time trying to protect her rather then be there for her.

Maddie did what any normal teen girl with this disability would had done, test the waters. She just wanted to be a normal teen girl with a crush on a boy. 

I still enjoyed re reading this story and this starts my journey with reading more disabled representation in books all in 2021. Great story and I liked how everything worked it self out for Maddie.

(October 2016)
I started reading this over the summer when I was going through a really bad reading slump. For that reason alone it took me much longer to get through the book. after my slump was over I went back to try and finish this novel because I didn’t want to dnf it simply because it was something I was enjoying, so I’m happy I finished it and I have to say I really enjoyed reading this story.

Maddy is sick, very sick anything out in the world can cause her to became seriously sick which is why she is bound to her house at all times. Maddy’s life is the same everyday with the exception that she doesn’t leave the house. It’s not until a new family moves into the house next door to Maddy and she notices the son (Olly) that is her age. Seeing Olly makes Maddy think about life outside of her home and meeting people for once.

Maddy soon develops a friendship with Olly over emails and IMs, One day Olly comes over to Maddy’s house while Maddy’s mother is at work. From that first visit Maddy knew she liked Olly – a lot. Later Maddy takes it upon herself to see the world without her mother’s consent and of course Olly goes along for the ride. They both travel to Hawai a place that Maddy visited when she was much younger. During their trip Maddy experiences some ups and downs and finally understood what love is.

I loved reading this book! It was fast paced yet full of secrets that you as the reader needed to find out more about. I love the diversity within the character Maddy, she is not your typical YA teenager. This story made me smile and made me feel hurt and sadness. This is such a beautiful story I think anyone who are fans of YA contemporary novels will love. The writing style is perfect for this novel it made reading it fun.

I know that this book is being made into a movie and will be out sometime next year, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the movie a well as reading Nicola Yoon’s new novel The Sun is Also a Star next month.

GREAT BEAUTIFUL 5 STAR READ!

Rating: 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Buzzwordathon Yearly Challenge – January 2021

Starting the first book of 2021, I’m participating in #buzzwordathon 2021 for the whole year. January word is Dream, so I chose Dreamland Burning by #jenniferlatham I heard this was a very good story that deals with race and the Jim Crow laws. I was happy I found this though my library, another goal of mines is to use my library more this year. I’ll post my full tbr for buzzwordathon soon.