“Not That Kind of Girl” by Lena Dunham Review

“Not That Kind of Girl” by Lena Dunham Review

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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.

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Wonder Review

Wonder Review

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.”
The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender Review

The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender Review

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)

 

Rain Reign: Review

Rain Reign: Review

91sf19ojfLL.jpgRain 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!

 

 

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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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The Book Thief: Review

The Book Thief: Review

poster-large.jpgThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a great novel about the kind of experiences and sights seen by a foster child in World War II with a Jew in their basement. The movie doesn’t do the book all justice but does do a great job in the time available to them.

It is morbid and in depth so recommended for ages 13 up. Very interesting and insightful.

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My Favourite Quotes

  • “I guess humans like to watch a little destruction. Sandcastles, houses of cards, that’s where they begin. Their great skill is their capacity to escalate.”
  • “Sometimes I think my Papa is an accordion. When he looks at me and smiles and breathes, I hear the notes.”
  • “I’ve seen so many young men over the years who think they’re running at other young men. They are not. They’re running at me.” – Death

 

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime: Review

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime: Review

the-curious-incident-of-dog-in-the-night-time.jpgThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime is a great book about the emotions of a boy who suffers from Autism. Great in helping me in accepting myself and my diagnosis. Easy read and great story.

I would also recommend Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin!

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My Favourite Quotes

  • “I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.”
  • “I think people believe in heaven because they don’t like the idea of dying, because they want to carry on living and they don’t like the idea that other people will move into their house and put their things into the rubbish.”
  • “they think human beings are the best animal, but human beings are just an animal and they will evolve into another animal, and that animal will be cleverer and it will put human beings into a zoo, like we put chimpanzees and gorillas into a zoo.”
  • “I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.”

 

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The Bridge to Terabithia: Review

The Bridge to Terabithia: Review

9780064401845.jpgThe Bridge to Terabithia is a feel good novel about the friendship between a boy and a girl who are now neighbours. A great text full of everything from adventure to bullying to family to love.

Quite emotional so not recommended for children younger than 13 years old.

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My Favourite Quotes

  • “These girls could get out of work faster than grasshoppers could slip through your fingers.”
  • “For the first time in his life he got up every morning with something to look forward to.”
  • “You think it’s so great to die and make everyone cry and carry on. Well, it ain’t.”
  • “They weren’t crying for Leslie. They were crying for themselves”

 

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