Saturday, August 1, 2015

LI832 - Reflection Journal Week 8

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

I loved this story. I loved that these two people started as friends, struggled to maintain that friendship when Dante moved away, and then reinvent that friendship when he returned. It's a story about growing up and finding yourself and learning how love actually works.

I loved that the characters were diverse. Both Dante and Aristotle are Hispanic and SPOILER they are both gay. However, neither of these things are so overt that they interfere with the story which is about friends and discovering one's identity.

It's a good book and one that I have repeatedly recommended to people.

Beyond Magenta : Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

I'm not usually one to read Non-fiction books, but this one was a subject I wanted to learn more about. Not only as a writer, but also because I have friends who fall outside of the binary gender spectrum and I wanted to understand them better.

One of the things I've learned is Gender does not equal Sex nor does either of those determine Sexual Orientation. Also, people who fall outside the typical binary concept are not broken or wrong. They are people just like you or me.

This book gave a very personal perspective of people who are outside that binary. Reading about their struggles in understanding themselves really opened my eyes. I would definitely encourage people to read this.

Ash by Melinda Lo

At it's core, this is a retelling of Cinderella. Except that the fairy godmother is a Fae prince who has fallen in love with a young witch, Ash. Oh, and Prince Charming doesn't get the girl. That isn't to say that this story doesn't have a Happily Ever After. It does. But the story has a lot of depth and sometimes the boy doesn't get the girl. The girl gets the girl.

Also, be careful when making deals with seductive Fae princes. They have their own agenda and only their interests in mind.

I loved this story. The evil stepmother and step sisters were not nice people, which is to be expected. So it's a fairy tale with a big twist...or two.


The Fault in Our Stars (2015)

This is supposedly an amazing film. Unfortunately, I haven't watched it yet. Mostly, I was too busy reading. You'd think it would be easier to watch a movie than read, but not for me it seems.

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