Gender Swaps. Gender Swaps Are Interesting.

The same plot reconstructed to accommodate the changes that would occur should the main character be not the gender they originally were. Gender swaps usually only consider the binary, I just realized. The word "swap" implies two, right? In her foreword, Meyer explains she tackled this project in part to address the issue of Bella's…

I’m Tellin’ Y’all Children’s Literature is Where it’s At

The world is vacuous and all-encompassing, an omnipresent hot air balloon. It's hot and motley-colored, it cannot pop, but it can implode and burn and collapse all around. Meanwhile it doesn't, meanwhile it continues to float along (or perhaps we do) we can't help but notice its precarious existence, its delicate veil between us and…

Take me by the word, love

It's kind of hard not to have a dalliance with this book. I mean this book is about words, and I am a lover of words. There's multiple layers of word-loving . I open up the book and, a few pages later, am hit with "You will be caked in your own body" (4) How…

Rip My Heart Out, Why Don’t You

Book Review #25: Heartless by Marissa Meyers Would Recommend: Wholeheartedly, yes Warning: This is a villain origin story. A villain origin story. How a villain got to be...villainous. And because it's a good story, it makes you empathize with the protagonist--the soon to be villain, who in this case is the Queen of Hearts from…

Anti-Climatic, Cinematic

Book Review #24: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy Would Recommend: Okay, why not I enjoyed this book, but not enough to keep it during my next book donation. They made this into a movie on Netflix and I can see why. There's a cinematic quality to it, and not in the Disney TV movie kind of way. I…

Real Imaginary Characters Do Exist

Book Review #23: The Pigman by Paul Zindel Would Recommend: Yes This book was written in 1978. This was when young adult literature became really popular for reflecting "real" teens, not role models The era that this book was written in explains the main characters. Zindel explains in the author's note at the end of…