I received this book for free from Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on April 4th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Gayle Forman meets Francesca Lia Block in this dazzling story about two coma girls and the boy who connects their lives. From the author of This Raging Light, a debut that New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matson calls “remarkable.”
“Something does exist. I saw. It’s a place. Like this but different.”“Okay, so let’s say we do reach her, that something like that is even possible. Then what?”“Then we ask her to come back.”
Eden: As far as coma patients go, Eden’s lucky. She woke up. But still, she can’t shake the feeling that she might have dragged something back from the near-afterlife.
Joe: Joe visits the hospital every day, hoping that Jaz, his lifelong friend, will wake up. More than anything, he wants to hear her voice again. But he’s not sure anyone can reach her.
Eden & Joe: Even though she knows it sounds crazy, Eden tells Joe that they might be able to talk to Jaz. Opening themselves up to the great unknown—and each other—Eden and Joe experience life: mysterious and scary, beautiful and bright.
I hadn’t realized when I first saw that Estelle Laure had another book that it was a companion to this Raging Light. So when it was Read Now on Netgalley I grabbed it up. While it started a little slow and a bit confusing I really enjoyed it as it got going.
This book had the other characters from This Raging Light but focuses on Eden and her journey back from a coma. She seems to be somewhere stuck between this world and the world she was in when she was in a coma. I was a little trippy at times and honestly I think what confused me at first. While recovering at the hospital Eden visits a fellow patient’s room and there meets Joe. Joe wants more than anything to talk to his friend in a coma again. Eden thinks she can help.
The relationship with Joe and Eden was lovely. Eden was having so much trouble relating to and fitting back in with her family and friends and Joe was just someone who she felt ok to be around. I loved when they spent time with his family and their business (they were florists).
This was a quick read and one I wound up enjoying.
I received this book for free from Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen
Published by Plume Books on June 20th 2017
Genres: Non Fiction
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
From celebrity gossip expert and BuzzFeed culture writer Anne Helen Petersen comes an accessible, analytical look at how female celebrities are pushing boundaries of what it means to be an acceptable woman.
You know the type: the woman who won't shut up, who's too brazen, too opinionated, too much. She's the unruly woman, and she embodies one of the most provocative and powerful forms of womanhood today. In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, Anne Helen Petersen uses the lens of unruliness to explore the ascension of pop culture powerhouses like Lena Dunham, Nicki Minaj, and Kim Kardashian, exploring why the public loves to love (and hate) these controversial figures. With its brisk, incisive analysis, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud will be a conversation-starting book on what makes and breaks celebrity today.
I first found Anne Helen Petersen through her Buzzfeed articles. Then I followed her on Facebook and she always shared such interesting and insightful things. When I saw she had a book out and then what it was about I knew I needed it.
This book was so well done and so interesting. I loved that each chapter focused on a different celebrity and their “unruliness” – like Serena Williams is Too Strong or Kim Kardashian was Too Pregnant. But she also talks how these unrulinesses are found in the every woman not just celebrities. They are just easier to show how society treats women in these circumstances.
This was a fast, interesting and thought provoking book totally worth checking out.