Time for some more MINI REVIEWS! Which are super fun, I must admit.
You can admit it too, if you want. But then like all my reviews are fun because I’m fabulous. And humble. So so super humble.
Anyway! 2017 is currently playing this fun game called “THROW ALL THE BOOKS AT CAIT ALL AT ONCE” which means I’m 87 years behind on my TBR. I also blame moving house 2 weeks ago. So I’m going to smoosh 3 reviews together all published by Text Publishing! (Thank you so much!)
I’ll also link to longer reviews over on my Goodreads if you are extra super nosey. Also bless you.
Publishing July 2017
This was a super cute tale about imagination and throwing things at people you just met. Which is 100% how I handle meeting people too. #relatable. I was a bit surprised that it featured the dreaded manic pixie dream girl who the boy crushes on her and she changes his life and etc. etc. I hoped to be spared that until reaching YA. But anyway. It was still a cute and quirky middle-grade novel. It’s also set in the same world as Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars!
THINGS TO LIKE
- It features music! Marsh sings and Joey plays the guitar.
- It’s also all about storytelling. Which is life.
- Joey is a sensitive and nice boy and he doesn’t appreciate it BUT I DO.
- Features a treehouse.
- Unlikely friendships.
- Chocolate with salt in it which is divine.
I did feel a bit old for it as I am…well, old. But I loved Marsh’s fierce imagination and the tales the kids spun to get them through tough times. <3
Published May, 2017
Well this made so so so very little sense to me. It’s like abstract art…and I just don’t click with that sort of thing. However, this author has won a ton of awards and I truly think a lot of this is “it just doesn’t click with me” sort of dislike. But really: I had no freaking clue what was going on.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR ME:
- It says that Sarah is having an “existential crisis” but the level of hallucinations she had would indicate severe depression or…more. Possibly schizophrenia? I feel like it romanticised mental illness by making Sarah & Co. view her struggles as “a simple teenage crisis that all artists have”. Hmm. No.
- I’m not a fan of books that include mental illness but don’t DEAL with it.
- It’s a story of domestic violence, but I still struggle to understand why Sarah was never subject to it. Why did the dad beat her brother but not her? I suppose the father was very very psychologically disturbed and when does domestic violence ever make sense. But I just understood NO ONE’S motivations.
- Also the balance was hard to manage when Sarah’s mum is being horribly physically abused and Sarah is just having a meltdown because her art isn’t “original enough”.
- It felt out of proportion.
- The book then got SUPER BIZARRE because Sarah started meeting past/future versions of herself.
- It didn’t really seem YA, especially with the mother narrating half and talking about marriage problems and life as a nurse.
- Sarah was so angsty and I just didn’t understand her.
I was engaged more at the end! But the middle and beginning were more like falling into a pit of lettuce, and we all know my feelings on lettuce. * However I reeeally wanted to see how it’d pan out so I was engaged! The style was just too confusing, abstract, and metaphorical for me to really like the book. I need black-and-white-facts, my friend.
* If you’re new here, my feelings are: no.
Published May, 2017
This is like a contemporary / paranormal hallucinating murder mystery. Which is quite the exciting combination, let me tell you. It has everything: ghost possession, hallucinations, teenagers with greasy hair, and so much pizza. The only thing I wasn’t keen on is just the writing style. For me it was rather unemotional and I didn’t really connect. Personal thing, though!
THINGS I LIKED
- Set in ‘STRAYA, MATE.
- Only 300 pages so a nice light read for the evening if you don’t mind people being murdered everywhere.
- Contains so much pizza.
- I was really really interested to know what the heckin’ hop was going on!! A mystery is a solid win when it has you turning pages.
- Grace’s hallucinations and her body falling apart while she gets drawn further into the paranormal was seriously creepy and yes please.
- No romance at all for Grace!
- A cute dog — WHO DOESN’T DIE.
THINGS I LIKED NOT SO MUCH
- Grace, unfortunately, is kind of a selfish brat.
- The book keeps telling me Grace is hilarious and a jolly joker BUT NEVER SHOWED IT. Where is the funny.
- I am personally really opposed to “pranks”. They scare me, ok. People do stuff for a “laugh” but it just sounds super traumatic to me and all I can think of is how a simple joke could really ruin someone struggling with mental health or invisible disabilities. Please no.
- The writing = just unemotional to me. Like at one point Grace falls down a hole in a graveyard and she’s like “now I am in a hole” and I’m like “BUT WHAT ARE YOU FEELING?????” We seemed to miss most of that. It made the book seem closed and distant.
- I always slightly think that solving murder mysteries through magical means IS CHEATING. SHERLOCK WOULD NOT BE PROUD.
- The book got to eat pizz and I did not. #rude