I received this book for free through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers.
First off, I just have to say that this book is massive. It’s no wonder that it retails for $50. It is so heavy.
Content-wise, this book is great. It showcases a very diverse group of women and their lives and thoughts. Some of them are famous and some of them are just regular, everyday women. But each and every one of them is inspiring.
The photographs that accompany the interviews are stunning. Each woman is beautifully highlighted on her own page.
Overall, this is a great feminist coffee table book.
Wow. This book was phenomenal. it completely lived up to the hype.
I have a lot of thoughts on this so here they are (keep in mind this is coming from an Asian American from the Bay Area):
I loved how educational it was. It really made you understand the Black Lives Matter movement and the reality of it. It hit every single point and put you right in the middle of it.
I also liked how Angie Thomas made brought up big points in really subtle ways. For example, “Funny how it works with white kids though. It’s dope to be black until it’s hard to be black” (11). That is so true. People only like black culture when it’s cool , but the minute something bad happens to the black community, they distance themselves from it. But the quote that really hit hard was, “Funny. Slave masters thought they were making a difference in black people’s lives too. Saving them from their ‘wild African ways.’ Same Shit, different century. I wish people them would stop thinking that people like me need saving” (246). I read that quote and was like, damn, preach it girl!
The minority alliance between Starr and Maya made me so happy. It was so good to see a black girl and her Asian best friend team up. Angie Thomas could have done a bit more with it, but it was still nice to see it included. Personally, I think we need more minority alliances because there is more that unites us than divides us and together we can make a big impact. #Asians4BlackLives
I also liked that this tackled interracial dating. It added an extra layer to the complexity of this novel.
The pop culture references were a really nice and unexpected touch. I was definitely not expecting High School Musical and the Jonas Brothers to be mentioned in this book.
Overall, this book was everything. It should be taught in schools because despite being fiction, it was so informative, thought provoking, and leaves the door open for a lot of discussion.
I received this book for free from the author.
What I liked:
-The plot/storyline was fairly good, especially the premise of being revived after decades of being dead.
-The writing style was very beautiful.
-The ending. I liked where the author ended the story. It sets up a sequel well.
What I didn’t like:
-It was too short. I think if parts of it were more fleshed out, it would have been absolutely amazing.
-The insta-love. Michael and Julianne fell in love very quickly in a Disney princess, love at first sight, kind of way.
-There were some typos and errors, but it didn’t hinder my reading experience.
Overall, great story and writing, it just needs an editing eye to really bring it to the next level.
So I can’t decide whether to give this 3.5 or 4 stars, so I’ll just stick with 4 because overall I did like it.
The best way to describe how i felt about this book is with a list.
What I liked:
-The diversity! I loved seeing a bisexual character done correctly. I also loved that Charlie was Asian. Taylor being autistic was also a nice addition and something you hardly ever see.
-Charlie’s love story. It was super cute <3 Alyssa knows how to take a girl out on a date.
-The fandom references, especially The Craft one (I love that movie).
What I didn’t like
-Lack of chemistry between Jamie and Taylor in the beginning and how it was a bit cliche. I found myself shipping Taylor with the other people she meet early on in the book. I also felt like Taylor didn’t even need a romance storyline. Her story was perfectly fine without it.
-The writing style. It was very average and at times reminded me of fan fiction. I wished there was more description on the characters’ appearances because I had a hard time picturing them for some reason.
-How predictable it was. I could see some plot points coming from a mile away.
All in all, this didn’t quite meet my expectations, but it was still a worthy read.
This was so much better than vol. 1.
I enjoyed the tales in this book a lot better than in the first book. My favorite story from this one was the haunted carnival ride one.
I also liked that the main character in this book, William, was in the first book. It worked really well.
As usual, I appreciated the ride references as well as the It’s A Small World one.
Overall, this book did not disappoint.