What are You Reading? #FridayReads

Each week I am trying to blog more about what I am reading.  I missed the Monday post #IMWAYR (It’s Monday, What are you reading?) and the Wednesday #WWW post. So I decided for this week I am creating my own #FridayReads post!

I am currently reading…

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

This is our October book club choice and I need to get moving on this one so I can finish before we meet.

Summary from Amazon

18079683In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts looking, she believes, for beauty—the opposite of the life she’s left behind in New York. She marries Arturo Whitman, a local widower, and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow.

A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she’d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy’s daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African-Americans passing for white. And even as Boy, Snow, and Bird are divided, their estrangement is complicated by an insistent curiosity about one another. In seeking an understanding that is separate from the image each presents to the world, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.

Dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving, Boy, Snow, Bird is an astonishing and enchanting novel. With breathtaking feats of imagination, Helen Oyeyemi confirms her place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of our time.

Rootbeer Candy and Other Miracles by Shari Green

Over the past year I fell in love with several free verse stories and this one is getting rave reviews. I wanted something lighter to read along with my book club book and this one is just what I needed.

Summary by Amazon

29280247Eleven-year-old Bailey believes in miracles. She has to; it will take a miracle to keep her warring parents together. This summer they are at a Marriage Counselling camp, leaving Bailey and her little brother Kevin with their estranged grandmother in the island town of Felicity Bay. There, an eccentric deposed minister makes a prophecy that a stranger from the sea will change everything. When Bailey discovers a mermaid-shaped piece of driftwood, she begins to believe that the mermaid is this stranger from the sea. Then, when a dolphin becomes stranded on the beach, Bailey forgets her own troubles and rouses the reluctant locals into action.

Written in light and lyrical free verse, Shari Green’s warm and wistful novel brings Bailey face to face with both hard and beautiful truths about growing up and growing into her own ability to shape the world.

I just finished…

28110862Wrecked: A Novel by Maria Padian 

I don’t even know where to begin on the power of this story.  I think this is a must read for every high school senior and/or any college student.  Padian takes on the subject of rape on a college campus – a fictional, yet very realistic view of what can happen when young adults drink too much at a party and the aftermath of those actions on all those around them.  Wrecked is told from three perspectives:

  • Haley, the roommate to Jenny who was raped
  • Richard, the housemate to Jordan who is accused of raping Jenny
  • The flashback to the night of the event and what actually happened

Because this book is not told from the rape victim’s perspective, I think it brings about a whole different view to sexual assault on a college campus.  We are allowed to look at each side of the story from an outsider’s perspective and we can see how both of these characters struggled with “the truth” in what happened that night.

In times that we live in today (Brock Turner’s short sentence, Donald Trump’s lewd remarks, etc.) books like these are so important for young adults to read and discuss.  I highly recommend Wrecked if you haven’t read it already!

What are you reading this weekend that I should add to my to-read list?

 

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