Posted on 29-Jul-14 10:25
Summary: A remarkable coming of age story which follows a young man by the name of Ezra Faulkner who suffers an injury that’s enough to change the course of his life. Ostracized and alone, Ezra is forced to finally become himself and get to know the people around him, including the new girl in town, in a way he had never attempted before. Comedic, honest, and occasionally poignant, The Beginning of Everything answers the question of what one would do if they had to start all over.
Posted on 23-Jul-14 15:16
I have to admit, it was the title that first caught my attention: Openly Straight. What an interesting and thought provoking title! So I opened the cover, started reading, and wasn’t exactly hooked at the opening line by the main character, Rafe, “If it were up to my dad, my entire life would be on video”. Okaaay…what parent doesn’t film their kid, I thought. I kept reading and by the fourth page, I realized that Rafe is not just his father’s child but has an identity beyond his family and beyond those images captured on video. Just like any teen right? Not quite. Rafe has a label. He’s gay Rafe.
Posted on 18-Jul-14 09:24
Set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago that is walled off from the rest of the world by a massive rampart, Divergent imagines a society in which the citizens are divided into five factions according to personality. The Abnegation faction, an ascetic class given to self-sacrifice, controls the municipal government. Amity, a community of 'hippie'-like agrarians, work in the fields farming; Candor runs the courts, law, and justice system; and the Erudite pursue scientific advancement as they are scientists, doctors, and researchers. Security is left in the hands of the Dauntless, a group of soldiers so fearless they might better be called the 'Young and the Reckless'.
Posted on 11-Jul-14 13:50
As we head into a big soccer/football weekend with the 2014 FIFA World Cup Third-place and Final matches, I thought that I would leave you with a quick list of five books featuring and/or about soccer.
Posted on 04-Jul-14 08:54
A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews is one of the most eccentric, dark, innovative and honest books I have ever read. Featuring a cryptic character full of teenage angst, an ongoing discontent, and a desire to see the world, this book was a triumph. With an unconventional writing style, it is also written incredibly well.