As you well know, I rarely give five stars for anything. This book, however, both Jacynthe, the children’s librarian, and I read super fast and just as quickly fell in love with it. We both agreed it is a five.
Perhaps it is because we are older and this story is set in the early 80s. It could also be because we mutually share a love of music and it references a ton of music we know and love. Another possibility is an epistolary novel. Add all those things plus the fact that it was a simple story, was real, heartfelt and sweet, and about friendship against all odds makes it a fun summer read.
I absolutely loved T.S. Easton’s Boys Don’t Knit (in public). It was campy and fun and awkward in the loveable way that only the British can pull off.
The sequel, An English Boy in New York, was fun, but was really just riding on the coattails of the first book. I felt it was trying harder than it needed to.
Regardless, I still like the premise of a boy in the knitting world.
For a prize winner, this one was surprisingly lame.
The book started off interesting and there was a ton of tension that keep all the stakes really high, up until it didn’t anymore. I felt like I was jumping in a bouncy castle with the air hissing out and finally I was trying to jump on the ground while the structure collapsed around me.
The book was alright, but the ending sort of undid what came before it.
Either way, I found reading about Mennonite culture, and someone trying to adapt to Canadian culture really interesting. Perhaps the prize judges felt the same.
A backstory to the Queen of Hearts from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” seems like it would be really interesting. Perhaps I am heartless, but Lunar Chronicles author, Marissa Meyer’s latest novel, not unlike the card courtiers hovering in the background of the tale, fell a little flat for me.
The four books in Marissa Meyers’ Lunar Chronicles series were all super fun. I have a soft spot for fairy tale rewrites and these campy, sci-fi versions sat well with me.
Then she did this.
This was a number of short backstories of all of our favourite characters, as well as a random android that I couldn’t for the life of me place, and then a neat tidy up conclusion. I felt it was a desperate attempt to squeeze out every last drop from the cash cow.
I love Rick Riordan. I enjoyed everything I have read by him so far. They are teaching books without getting in your face about it.
Until this one.
I appreciated the diversity of characters, however, instead of just sneaking in strong Muslim or gender fluid characters and having them speak for themselves, I felt like our friend Rick was really trying to hammer home, (ha ha, that was an accidental pun), the fact. I found it came off as a bit preachy and distracted from the plot at times and so I took longer than usual to read this one.
He almost lost me until he referenced “The Princess Bride”.
Overall, I liked revisiting the Norse mythology that I read about as a kid and will keep up with the series.
I will admit, I judge a book by its cover. Frankly, most of us do. Perhaps we shouldn’t but we do.
Based on this cover, I would not have picked it up. Based on the description when I bought it, I wouldn’t have read it. I usually cannot deal with “issue” books, simply because they are often preachy and depressing. I read this book out of obligation because the author is visiting our library.
What a pleasant surprise!
The writing is stunning. Self-aware, poetic, agonizingly relatable. It is full of heart and colour. I have not lived the experience the protagonist has, but her story was so accessible. It was easy to see how she slid down that particularly terrifying rabbit hole.
This is not a fluff piece using an issue to market a book, this is a work of art creating a window into a very dark reality for some people.
Thank you, Eisha, for such a powerful read. I look forward to seeing more from you!