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Friday, May 19, 2017

Book Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

This is one of those books that I would have never read if not for the ReadHarder challenge. Not as angsty as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but it was close, and for me, I don't consider that a good thing. I find I have very little patience with whiny teenagers and this book was no exception. I suppose this book was trying to get me to feel things, but I've read at least fifty books that hit me in the feels without trying nearly as hard. 

The story is of Aristotle (Ari is his nickname). He's a 15 year old Mexican-American kid growing up in El Paso in 1987 and 1988. He is a loner, has no friends, until he meets Dante, who teaches Ari how to swim. Their friendship is the crux of the book. They save each other's lives, deal with hidden family secrets, and their burgeoning romantic interests. If you are into sap of a considerably non-Maple variety, I recommend it. Otherwise, stay far away. This gets 2 out of 5 stars because it was at least better written than The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

One good point: there's a lot of Spanish in this book, which for me, having just finished two semesters of Spanish at the local community college, was pretty cool.

I am using this book for the following reading challenges:

For the 2017 Full House Challenge Category: Attractive Cover

For the 2017 PopSugar Reading Challenge Category: Book Recommended by a Librarian

For the 2017 ReadHarder Challenge Category: LGBTQ Romance


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Book Review: Big Happy Mushy Lump by Sarah Andersen


This is the follow up to Sarah's first compilation of her online comic, Sarah's Scribbles. Her first book is Adulthood is a Myth. Sarah writes from the perspective of a millennial who has anxiety issues, self-esteem issues, but also loves her boyfriend, her boyfriend's comfy clothes, and reading. Half of the stuff I can completely related to like the evilness of high heel shoes and the desire to be comfortable conflicting with the desire to look pretty. I also can relate to being cheap on everything but books (or cross stitch supplies in my case). Other things I don't relate to as well, but I know people who are like Sarah's character, so her comics help me to better relate to them. I completely recommend picking this up for a quick, fun read.

I used this book for the 2017 Full House Reading Challenge Category: Size Word in the Title
I also used it for the 2017 Read Harder Challenge Category: All Ages Comic