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YALSA Morris/Nonfiction Challenge Check-in #5

18 Jan

I have finished!  This week I read my last two books for the YALSA Morris/Nonfiction Challenge. First, I read


The title worried me.When I first picked up  Sex and Violence  by Carrie Mesrobian, I was worried it would full of sex and violence.But it is really all about the aftermath. Funny and heartbreaking, the story tells the story of Evan’s recovery after a beating, which he received for being with a girl. I found him hard to like at first, but,as he recovers, you understand him and see him grow. As does his father.

Today, I finished Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross, which is set in Belle Epoque Paris.


I saved this one for the end because the setting was very attractive to me.Interesting, since the book is about beauty. What it is, what it isn’t and the power that comes with having, or not having it.
Both books have flawed protagonists. But none of us are perfect either, are we?

Breaking up is hard to do

30 Jun

I’m currently reading one break up  book  ( Going Vintage by Lindsay Leavitt )


and  listening to  another in the car ( An Abundance of Katherines by John Green).

In  Going Vintage, sixteen-year-old Mallory learns that her boyfriend is cheating on her with his cyber “wife”. As she looks through some of her grandmother’s things, she decides life was simpler in the past. She rebels against technology by following her grandmother’s list of goals from 1962, with help from her younger sister, Ginnie.

In  An Abundance of Katherines, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy, Colin has been dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine. He sets off on a road trip with his hirsute and Lebanese  best friend,  to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

Both are funny and poignant. Both make me think about what I was like as a teen. Both are worth reading.

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