Just Me Again

Hello my fuzzies!  It’s just me, no books at the moment, sorry…

I just wanted to get some book recs (recommendations), if anyone floating out there want me to read something.  Unlikely, I know, but one can only dream.  If you really want a song, you can check out this playlist.  If any of you have questions, or whatever, you can do the thing in the comment thing.

Up, up and away,

Cassie

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The Cemetery Boys, Heather Brewer

This novel is a scary mix of loyalty, suspense, and mystery.  It asks the question, Just how far would you be willing to go for someone, and what they believe in?  And don’t forget a healthy dose of betrayal.  You, as the reader, wander through the novel with caution, because you don’t know what the next page turn will bring.  Not to mention, of course, the fabulous blurb thing on the front cover.

Friends till the bitter end.  Because think about it.  There’s one meaning, friends till as in friends until, but then, friends till.  If you look up the word till on Google, the first definition you will get is: less formal way of saying until.  As I pointed out before.

But.

The third definition.  It is: prepare and cultivate (land) for crops.  Replace land with Stephen, the main character, and you have a statement expressing how easy it is for friends to influence you.  As of right now, it may seem a little far fetched, but trust me, if you read the book, you’ll know exactly what I mean.

“‘That’s the funny thing about friends.  When you’re really down, people scatter like rats on a boat.'” (190)

Song: She’s My Winona, Fall Out Boy

Fan Art, Sarah Tregay

I can’t count the number of times I’ve reread this book, and I’m not sorry.  The plot line of this novel just kinda connects to me on so many levels, and it’s well-written, and I fell in love with the characters.  Warning, however.  If you’re hella homophobic, then you can get the hella off my blog.

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So are all the haters gone?  *looks around*  *sees nothing except whatever my sister’s trying to do at the moment*

Okay!

So the two main characters are: Jamie and Mason, who have been best friends since third grade.  And Jamie knew he was gay since he was in 8th grade.  Mason, ?

Suspense!  Drama!  Romance!  Completely squee-worthy gay boys!  Barely anyone’s straight!  So many quotes!  Read it!  That’s an order, Mr. Potter!

At Night I Dream

Anonymous

At night I dream that we live in a David Levithan novel,

a world set to music and lit like Broadway—

each moment deep, magical, and underscored by

the simple and the profound, like a Beatles’ song.

Here, in my dreams, we love whom we love,

blinded not by the color of their skin,

worried not by the details of their gender,

nor about the book in which they find their god.

Here we speak a thousand languages,

understanding the nuances without having to ask.

And yet we have forgotten the word for hate,

and with it anger, hostility, and homophobia.

But in the morning, I wake to a bleating alarm clock

and the banter of bilingual breakfast conversations—

none deeper than the contents of the fridge—

and I pray for a passport back to dreamland.

And yet woven into the lilt and trill is a nuance

spoken not out loud—even though we have

two languages and a thousand words and ways

to say it—simply, deeply, profoundly. I love you.”  (83)

And now, the next quote! (This is one of my personal favorites, no regrets)

“Closets have very little ventilation, Jamie.”  (215)

Song: Summertime, My Chemical Romance

No Such Person, Caroline B. Cooney

WARNING: plot twist.  Major.  Plot twist.

Ahem.  Well, that’s out of the way.

So, and it hurts to say this, at the beginning of this book, I was going to stop, and put it down.  Because, to be frank with you, it was kinda pretty darn boring.  And confusing, nonetheless.  But if you ever find yourself in the same situation as I found myself in, trust your instincts.  Either keep reading, or drop the book completely.  Although I would highly discourage the latter.

“How easily a person can make bad judgments.” (233)

Song: There’s A Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered, Honey, You Just Haven’t Thought Of It Yet, Panic! At The Disco

Post Script. I feel like a terrible person for using this song but I have no regrets whatsoever.

Our Brothers at the Bottom of the Bottom of the Sea, Jonathan David Kranz

This novel left me speechless.  I can’t describe it in any other way.

“Summer’s a promise that can’t be kept.” (171)

Song: Your Guardian Angel, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir, Liz Prince

This graphic novel just redefines what it means to be a girl, and gender norms.  It is, as the title indicates, a memoir of Prince’s childhood and adolescence.  I think a lot of us, girls especially, can relate to her [Liz’s] story.  Or at least I can.  While I wasn’t, and still am not, a tomboy to the extent of Liz, I as a child felt kind of in the middle.  Of course, when I was a child, gender didn’t really matter, as long as someone wanted to play with you.  Nowadays, though, things are different, and I think that sucks, that people can’t just roll with it.  But hey, as I have said before, and will continue to say, I can’t change your mind, only your opinion.

“I didn’t want to be the rescued.  I wanted to be the HERO.” (32)

Song: The Kids Aren’t Alright, Fall Out Boy

Out of Control, Sarah Alderson

Wow. Okay. So this book was pretty thought-provoking, in a way that you’re kind of constantly trying to figure out, Where is she? What happened to him?  He did what, now?  Dear lord, she’s an idiot.  You know, the normal stuff.  I will say that it was filled with action, although at the beginning, while the author did a good job of setting the scene, she doesn’t really give a good sense of what’s going on.  That, however, seems to be the case with many novels these days, but I feel like that adds to the excitement and feeling of satisfaction when you finally experience that Aha! moment

“Can you ask another person to see you when you’re not even sure you can see yourself?” (125)

Song: Hurricane, Panic! At The Disco