- Cart, Chapter 6
- Fink, Chapter 1
- I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
- House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
- Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
- Mean Girls (2004)
Once again, I'm behind! It took forever to get a copy of the Fink book. Ended up ordering it through Google in digital format. Unfortunately, since I don't have a physical copy, I often forget it exists. And of course, I'm missing out on the information in Cart.
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
This book was required reading and I LOVED it. It was beautifully written and did a great job of drawing* me in. The narrative is unlike anything I have ever read before. We see Noah's side when he and his twin are 13 and then we have Jude's story when they are 16. I really can't express how this book affected me. I wish I could open up people's brains and impart the understanding directly. Both characters are artists and how they perceive the world is through art. At times fantastical at other times full of pain. The end fits the story. It may not be "realistic" but honestly, I don't care. It fit the book. It fit the story. I would have definitely enjoyed this as a teen. It was just weird enough, for a lack of a better word.
*not an intentional pun, but a pun nonetheless.
House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
This was a fascinating book. I liked that the main character was hispanic instead of the overly common white teen. This is a scifi book and is almost post-apocalyptic/dystopian in nature. It's not overt, but it does crop up in how people perceive the world. The story is about a young boy who must overcome the fact that he is the clone of one of the most notorious drug lords in the world. It raises a lot of questions about nature versus nurture and the lengths someone will go to live forever. I enjoyed this book a lot and expect I may have as a teen. I was big into SciFi back then.
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
I still need to read this book, but it popped up when I was finding comparable stories to I'll Give You the Sun. I look forward to reading it. Based on the blurb, I don't know if I would have enjoyed this as a teen. My tastes were more restricted back then. We'll see.
Once again, I didn't get a movie watched. I had planned on Napolean Dynamite because everyone says I should see it. I guess it's one of those movies, but I wouldn't know.
Mean Girls is an awesome movie. It's a lighter version of Heathers (which if you haven't seen, you should). It's a story about fitting in and learning what is really important. The kind of story every teen should see. Everyone wants to fit in somewhere, but the costs aren't always the best thing.
Having watched this several times, I know I probably would have enjoyed it as a teen as it has the right amount of physical humor and general craziness that just appeals to me on a certain level.