Friday, August 18, 2017

Laura

"The Lauras" by Sara Taylor is the novel about a child's journey across America as Alex learns his mother's past and present.  Alex, a non-gender pre-teen, is the child of a mother who is constantly needing to be on the move. She had lived a life of constant movement in both foster homes, her parents series of moving, and group homes.  She leaves his father and their home abruptly in the middle of the night without much plan other than to make good on promises made 20 years before.   Alex gets to know his mother in a way that most people don't think about.  Do you really know your mother?  Do you know her past?  Really?
The writing in this book is amazing.  The characters are enthralling.  I originally was just reading it when another book I was reading grew tiring, but couldn't put this one down.  I highly recommend this book.  I can't figure out why the star average isn't much higher.  It does have some sexual content, including an assault, so it might be for the adult crowd.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.firsttoread.com

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Surprisingly good

"A New Model" by Ashley Graham is an autobiography about a supermodel and her journey for acceptance for her size.  Ashley Graham is a plus-size model that has reached the supreme level in the modeling/fashion industry.  Which is not a group of words that are  usually put together.  Though she is so gorgeous she will make the most straight woman question her sexuality, she still has a constant uphill battle to not only represent her size, but to also be a trailblazer at acceptability. 
I love this woman; she is soo great.  Her writing, however, I wasn't expecting much.  I was thinking supermodel quality.  She is actually a very good writer.  She writes in a speaking voice, so it more like you are talking to a friend rather than reading a traditional autobiography.  She does state that she is dyslexic, so that would explain the nontraditional style, which makes it all the more enjoyable of a read.  She is only 29, so the read is a short one, but I still highly recommend this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.edelweiss.plus

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Teen self esteem

"Let's Be Real" by Natasha Bure, social media star and The Voice contestant, has written a book to help teens with their self esteem and goal setting in their lives.  Now, I am no teen, but I do have two daughters: 12 and 21; and a 19 year old son, so I live in the world of teens every day.  Bure gives advice in every aspect including how to post on social media and how to deal with the backlash of what you post.  She writes tips on goal setting, on confidence, and at the other end of the spectrum, make up tips and clothing choices.  The whole while she wears her Christian faith with confidence, drawing from it to share her advice honestly. 
Though she is incredibly young to be handing out life advice, she is also mature and perfect for the eyes and ears of the upcoming generation.  Her writing is arranged in a format that keeps the younger reader's attention.  There is a running dialogue as well as boxes of short information; a sort of magazine style.  My 12 year old has started to read this book and has taken an interest.  I recommend it to anyone (probably a girl) who has started the trek of finding herself.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.booklookbloggers.com.