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Review, Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson


by John Green and David Levithan  


 Let me preface this by saying that this is not a novel I would have ever picked up on my own. The class I am taking this summer requires a LGBTQ novel and this was one of the options. Will Grayson, Will Grayson is the story of two boys named Will Grayson (I bet you didn't see that one coming!). One Will is straight, the other is gay. This is the story of how they meet, but even more than that it is the story of Tiny Cooper who is best friends with Will and is in love with the other Will.

* * * * * My rating: 1 star

If I didn't have to read this for school I never would have made it past the second chapter. There is SO MUCH PROFANITY.  I understand that it is written to appeal to teens (which I am not) and therefore written in a way that teens speak. I know you can't walk down a public high school hallway without hearing profanity. I know it is commonplace in today's culture. That doesn't mean I have t…

Why do I do that???

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My fellow booknerds, I have a confession to make:  When I get about a quarter of the way through a novel I skip ahead and read the last few pages. Or occasionally I'll flip to a random place in the novel and read a few paragraphs.
This drives my brother nuts when he catches me doing it. If I'm honest, sometimes it drives me a little nuts too. If I'm reading a love story or something along those lines then peeking at the end doesn't make much of a difference. Those stories are often predictable. I know who is going to end up coupled together, so if I peek at their "happily ever after" during a particularly slow section then who cares?  The problem comes when I'm reading a mystery or fantasy. Actually, it's an issue when I read anything with a plot twist. I spoil the ending for myself. I know some major plot twist is going to happen so I can't be shocked or dismayed when it does. Why do I do this???? And why can't I stop? I don't have any an…

Reading Reflection

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Today's post is going to be a little different. I'm not writing a review, per se, but more of a reflection. A written rumination. A slow meditation. Because that's what this book requires. It demands introspection. It begs for discussion.

What book did I read that insists upon so much?


Thirteen Reasons Why 
by Jay Asher


     If you're a big YA reader then you've probably heard of Thirteen Reasons Why. I had not even though it has been out for a while. My YA reading is typically limited to historical or dystopian novels. The first reading assignment for my YA class is realistic fiction. There were choices like The Fault in Our Stars or  Eleanor and Park, but once I read the summary of Thirteen Reasons Why I just couldn't shake it. This story is about a boy named Clay who receives a shoebox full of tapes and a map with red stars. These tapes were recorded by his crush Hannah Baker documenting thirteen reasons why she killed herself. These tapes were to be passed a…