SQUEE! This is the most fantastic news! I’m so happy that it’s being adapted for TV and not a movie because a 2 hour movie could never hold the likes of Gansey, Blue, Ronan, Adam and Noah. This would be perfect for as a Netflix show or even maybe AMC. I just hope they do it justice.
Waverly is perfect except so can’t sleep so she spends her nights running. Marshall is loser burn out, who spends his nights drinking and smoking pot. They have nothing in common and since they don’t run in the same social circles they have no reason to interact, until Waverly decides to try an experiment to help her sleep and ends up in Marshall’s room. I’m wrong they do have one thing in common. They both have terrible coping habits. Waverly has created this kind of ice princess persona. She is the perfect student, the perfect social butterfly, the perfect daughter and the perfect citizen. Since junior high, she has planned her and her best friend’s ascent up the social hierarchy. Now that she is there, she is trapped in this persona she has created and doesn’t know what to do with herself. Her own fears of people seeing through her carefully crafted facade keeps her up all night. She runs, she does homework, she watches horror movies late at night. Marshall is the opposite, he’s almost too open. He cares too much. His home life is a mess. He’s parents were going to get divorce but then his dad gets sick so they decide to stay together even though it makes them unhappy and everyone else unhappy. To deal with it he does everything to know the pain. He drinks until he gets sick. He smokes until his stoned. He makes out with a girl that he knows he doesn’t like but that she likes him. He rarely goes to class because what’s the point? He’s not going to college. Things start to change when Waverly magically appears in Marshall’s room. It’s weird and uncomfortable and awkward as neither of them know what’s going on and Marshall is the only one who can see her. To Waverly it’ a dream that helps her sleep but when she wakes up their remnants of the dream remain. She has leaves on her feet from walking outside or a gigantic hickey from last night’s make out session. At night they can be open and honest with each other but in the bright of day they can barely acknowledge each other existence. Marshall wouldn’t fit in Waverly’s world. However, they are just want each other needs. Waverly shows Marshall that he matters, that he could be so much more then what he is right now. And Marshall shows Waverly that she doesn’t have to be perfect all the time. I was really drawn into these characters and I wanted them to find a way to each other. It was satisfying when they both stood finally stood up for themselves to their various bullies. For them to both realize what was truly making them feel unhappy and finally doing something about it. At times I found myself identifying with both Waverly and Marshall. There are times in my life that I felt I had a certain ways to fit in with my friends, especially in high school. You say and do things that you know the other person wants to hear and do because it’s just easier to go along. I also know the feeling of just trying to numb the pain instead of dealing with it. I like to think that I have good coping mechanisms but not always. This book is just a reminder that sometimes the biggest obstacles to being happy is ourselves. Literature is great like that. It’s entertaining and full of life lessons.
I bought this book as part of our Diverse Narrators Reading Challenge. Reading the synopsis and some of the reviews, I think this book is going to be relevant to what’s going on in our country. I’m really excited about jumping in.
The long national nightmare is over! Haha, just kidding. He’s still our President but I did find my Nook. It was in one of my many tote bags. Not sure why it was in a tote bag? I’m sure I thought I did it one of the many times I started to organize my apartment and got distracted and never finished it. Sigh. I found it and it’s now charging so it’ll be ready to go for tomorrow’s commute. And all is right with the world. Well, not really but at least I will be able to read my book and escape for a while.
I can’t find my Nook. This is a problem since the book I was hoping to read next is on it. I know I can read it on my iPad in the Nook app but it’s not the same. I actually don’t like reading on my iPad as much. It’s 3rd Generation so it’s big and kinda heavy. In a crowded train (where I do most of my reading) it’s hard to hold up to read. My Nook, an old Nook tablet is smaller and lighter and more convenient in a crowded train car. The thing is I can’t remember the last time I had it. I order most of my ebooks on my nook itself and the last time I purchased an ebook was on January 1st. All the books I have read this year have been physical books or a few digital readers copies, which is just easier to download to my iPad, then downloading to my computer and then downloading to my Nook. I know that realistically that my Nook is somewhere in my apartment. I’ve looked in all the usual places. My living room and my bedroom. My apartment only has three rooms so there isn’t that many places it could be. It’s not like someone would come into my apartment and only take my outdated Nook and leave my laptop, iPad and TV. It’s here, it’s just finding it. I may have to clean my apartment to find it. Ugh
So let’s talk the controversy. I was excited about reading this book because I thought it sounded interesting and was curious how Veronica Roth would follow up her Divergent series. That was until reviews started to come in and people began talking about the racism surrounding the plot. Now, I don’t necessarily think it is intentionally racist but it is definitely problematic. So the plot revolves around two different races of people who share the same planet. The fair-skinned, peaceful Thuve people and the dark-skinned warrior race Shotet. Right there raised flags for me. That the more violent people are described as being dark in skin, eyes and curly hair versus the more light skinned, blue eyed, straight hair peaceful neighbors. Everything about the Shotet’s is described violently from their language to their tradition of marking their arms with every kill. It brings up images in our society about we are programmed to think that those with darker skinned are more dangerous then those of us who have lighter skin tones. That the lighter skinned people are somehow inherently just better people. And that is why at first I felt a little uncomfortable reading it. However, it didn’t turn me off either. As the story continued, I became more invested in the characters Akos and Cyra. I don’t think ever really got past the uncomfortableness of it but I did want Cyra to best her abusive brother and Akos to rescue his. They compliment each other really well. Cyra has a gift for pain. Pain that she inflicts on others but also lives in her while Akos gift is that he nullifies the current. In this world, everyone has a gift granted by the current. Each gift is different depending on the person. Cyra brother is the ruler of the Shotet people and has been using her as his own personal torturer. She has gained the reputation of being cruel when she is only doing what she is told to do but deep down she knows that she deserves the pain she feels thanks to her painful history. Akos is kidnapped by the Shotet with his brother when their fates clash with the Shotet ruler. Both Cyra and Akos really grow throughout the novel. They both see in each other that they don’t have to be what they raised to be. That they can choose their own paths. The ending was a little meh but it did pose one interesting question that makes me at least interested in the sequel. It might be too late for Veronica to fix the unfortunate world building choices in the sequel but I do hope that in the future she takes more time to ask herself, why she is making these choices in her writing. Is it because this is who the character really is or something that has been internalized in herself coming out on the page.
So this news is a couple days old but I’ve been vacation but LOOK AT THE COVER FOR MAGGIE STIEVFATER’S NEW BOOK! I would read anything that Maggie writes so I’m very looking forward to October for this one comes out. It’s sounds like it’s going to be a very Maggie type book.
The book, titled All the Crooked Saints, takes place in the 1960s in Bicho Raro, Colorado and follows the lives of three members of the Soria family—each of whom is searching for their own miracle. There’s Beatriz, who appears to lack feelings but wants to study her mind; Daniel, the “Saint” of Bicho Raro, a miracle worker for everyone but himself; and Joaquin (a.k.a. Diablo Diablo), who runs a pirate radio station at night
Squee! With the end of the The Raven Cycle last year, I need some more Maggie in my life and if you are like me then you do too. It’s only a standalone which I appreciate. I really don’t need another series in my life and we know that Maggie is working on a new Ronan Trilogy so I can live with only one book. In the meantime, here’s a little interview with her from Entertainment Weekly to tie us over until October..