This book was brought to my attention by Lena’s advocacy for youth mental health around the world and her hilarious comedy. I thought, what have I got to loose and I’m so glad I did.
Lena Dunham is a hilarious human being full of life and in turn, experiences. She must have been the worst child to have parented but, lucky for us, they persisted creating a feminist and LGBTI advocate icon!
The autobiography paints a picture of the life of Lena through adolescence suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder and a rebellious nature. The book is definitely not for the faint-hearted or the young at heart (due to sexual abuse and childhood trauma) but is very informative in allowing others to understand empathy and mental illness through the eyes of another person.
Full of stories, essays, emails and rants, Lena effectively engages her prominently female audience in this easy to read book full of youthful wisdom.
Hey! Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a young adults novel about a boy called August facing life with facial abnormalities. He had a rough start at life with many surgeries and therapy sessions.
The stories surrounding August’ first year or ‘real’ school, previously being home schooled, is written the first person perspective from many character’s within the story.
Some of my favourite quotes from the book are:
- If I found a magic lamp and I could have one wish, I would wish that I had a normal face that no one ever noticed at all. I would wish that I could walk down the street without people seeing me and then doing that look-away thing.
- I was so nervous that the butterflies in my stomach were more like pigeons flying around my insides.
- When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.
- Your deeds are your monuments. —inscription on an Egyptian tomb
- Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as you ever can.
- Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world.
- Anyway, it’s not that I care that people react to me. Like I’ve said a gazillion times: I’m used to that by now. I don’t let it bother me. It’s like when you go outside and it’s drizzling a little. You don’t put on boots for a drizzle. You don’t even open your umbrella. You walk through it and barely notice your hair getting wet. But when it’s a huge gym full of parents, the drizzle becomes like this total hurricane. Everyone’s eyes hit you like a wall of water.
- Now that I look back, I don’t know why I was so stressed about it all this time. Funny how sometimes you worry a lot about something and it turns out to be nothing.
- in the future you make for yourselves, anything is possible. If every single person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary— the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.”
Hey! The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender is a hard-boiled crime fiction novel by Marele Day. Unlike its counterparts, the novel depicts the great ability of females in male-dominated roles.
The main themes from the novel include: the impact of technology, corruption, role of women, legacy, immortality, power, the moral decay of society and facades. I would recommend this for those over the age of 16 as there are horror scenes.
My favourite quotes from the novel are:
- “Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse” (Page 22)
- “The foyer was a large open plan affair with lounge chairs specifically designed for fat cats” (Page 4)
- “I don’t carry a gun like some of my cowboy colleagues.” (Page 30)
- My legs are my best weapon. If I’m close enough I can do a karate kick that knocks them flat. If I’m far enough away I run.” (Page 30)
- “There’s more than one way to skin a cat and most of the time it’s not necessary to skin it. People tend to talk more, be open with a woman, less guarded, less wary.” (Page 31)
Hey! Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is a Chinese martial arts film directed by the famous Ang Lee. The film talks a lot about destiny, morals, relationships, social classes and family.
My favourite quotes from the film are:
- Li Mu Bai: “I’ve already wasted my whole life. I want to tell you with my last breath that I have always loved you. I would rather be a ghost, drifting by your side as a condemned soul, than enter heaven without you. Because of your love, I will never be a lonely spirit.”
- Sir Te: “A sword by itself rules nothing. It only comes alive in skilled hands.”
- Shu Lien: “To repress one’s feelings only makes them stronger.”
- Shu Lien: “Fighters have rules, too. Friendship, trust, integrity. Always keep your promise. Without rules we wouldn’t survive long.”
Hey! Away is a play by Micheal Gow set in Australia in the 1960’s just after the Vietnam War. The play includes themes such as friendship, family, social classes and illness.
I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 13.
My favourite quotes from the play include:
- “unburdened crawl towards death” (Act 5 Scene 1)
- “I’m walking, I’m walking…” (Page 55)
- “We are not the first people in the history of the world to lose a son in war” (Page 20)
- ‘What do you think of me? You must hate me? Why do you still bother? I’m sorry…’ (Page 46)
- “We have this boy and we won’t have him for long. And whatever he does that will be enough”
- “Well, do you think they’ll pack themselves? Do you think holidays happen by themselves”
- “I may as well be talking to a lot of brick walls. And what have you packed in the way of clothes? You’re old enough to cope with that. I suppose you are. It’s up to you. Just don’t come running to me when you’ve got nothing to wear. I told you two weeks ago, as soon as your exams finished and over with, to start getting your things together.”
- “Don’t take that tone of voice. You’ll end up a snide miss and no one can stand that. Everyone does what they have to. If we’re going to have any sort of reasonable holiday we’re going to have to pay for it. We’re paying for it now, spending all night packing up to go.”
Hey! Here is a compilation of some of my favourite bible verses! Enjoy!
Rain Reign (also called ‘How to Look for a Lost Dog’) is a great novel about a young girl (Rose Howard) with Autism and her experiences at home and at school with her teachers aids etc. Rose loves homonyms which are words that sound the same but are spelt different/have different meanings.
Helped me a lot in learning more about myself and is in general helpful to educate all.
I can’t give it enough credit, amazing!
My Favourite Quotes
- “I will name her Rain,” I replied. “You found her in the rain, and rain has two homonyms- rain and reign- so it’s a special word.”
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