I’m at odds with this book, mostly because the author chose to explore just how far mental instability and sexual violence could affect a relationship.
I love that it’s set in 2005/2006 and from that viewpoint if you compare with the recent insight and awareness on mental health, you cannot help but feel the frustration, fear, anger, hope, restlessness and simply put the feeling that Kady has around Nico of always walking on eggshells.
The writing has dialogue that is more in tune with new adult. It’s the first I’ve read of the author’s work and halfway through I was more impatient with the characters being caught in a web of he said/she said that I had to step back, set it aside and resume reading it when my mind was settled. Thank you Netgalley for the eARC.
About the author: I am a New Zealander with Croatian heritage. I started off as a Graphic Designer, then went to Auckland University, where I got a BA degree in Art History and Italian Studies and a post-graduate Honours degree in Art History. I worked in the Art History field, then became a full-time artist, doing commissions. I eventually lost all of my senses and gave it up to be a poor, starving writer, smh. I’m a major procrastinator that can’t seem to earn money to save myself! Married to my high school sweetheart (which he hates me calling him). We have two kids.
Visit her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marita-A-Hansen/113130742120676
The beauty of memoirs is that they give you an insight into an author’s experiences, struggles and life changing moments.
Reema’s childhood is one where she sees what conforming does to the voice of her loved ones.
I search myself for hunger only to realize I haven’t the kind that can be sated with a meal. Still, I should join them.
She also struggles with control and the strong desire to be heard, respected and most of all- to have her word taken as first of all her truth and also law like she’s seeing in the lives of the women she encounters.
“It’s just how it is. The sentiment I hate the most after that’s not allowed.”
I love the prose of this book. It’s divided in different sections that Reema calls ACTS and each brings to light different stages of her coming to terms with who she is, what she wants and most of all, why and how she wants it.
Anyone who has ever been silenced or yearned to be heard would answer this book’s call, perhaps the greatest question and sorrow is that even after all these years/ movements/ milestones and policies women are still fighting to be heard.
Thank you Netgalley for the eARC and since we live in a world of ratings my verdict would be:
About the book: Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they’re expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as “just Claire”? And what should Claire do about Mom’s old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don’t sound like Mom’s perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . .
I love the cover.
I also love how the author created two sisters; one is not excited about the all the attention they get online and the other thrives on it. Their relationship coupled with their Mom’s involvement in the social media relevance and ‘clicks’ gave me ‘Momager’ feels. It was hilarious as it was a great read.
Perhaps the greatest thing about this book is that it speaks of the current times and the angst not only young but everyone experiences now with content we share online. We cannot escape the vlogs, blogs and lifestyle updates- constantly catching up with people’s lives.
It’s fast paced, touches on internet use and privacy and also has surprising twists and turns, just what you need to enjoy reading it!
About the author:Born in the mountains and raised in the desert, Kara J. McDowell spent her childhood swimming, boating, and making up stories in her head. She loved growing up in a big family, where there was always someone to play with, someone to fight with, and something to read. After graduating from Arizona State University, Kara worked as a freelance writer and a blogger. Now she writes novels for teenagers from her home in Arizona, where she lives with her husband and three young sons.
348 pages/ Thomas & Mercer/ Santa Barbara Series/ Mystery/Thriller/Women’s Fiction
This is a delicious read, thrilling enough for you to know just how revenge is best served cold.
About the book: Imagining the best way to destroy a person’s happiness is Crystal Love’s favorite game. Devious and unpolished, the plus-sized loan analyst couldn’t be more out of place in her new town of Santa Barbara, where the beautifully manicured women never age and the ocean views stretch farther than the million-dollar lawns. And yet her eye for the power dynamics at play in this tony community is dead accurate.
Kathi Wright, on the other hand, has made it her life’s work to fit in with the plastic people who surround her. But when her husband—a wealthy bank president—dies suddenly, she’s left with nothing. Then the FBI shows up, asking questions she can’t answer and freezing assets she once took for granted.
While Kathi struggles to outrun the mess caused by her husband’s mysterious death, Crystal seems focused on her game. But why? And who are her targets?
This has got to be the first book I read where I did not empathize or sympathize with the lead characters. Crystal is very aloof at first and as you read on, the layers to her icy nature unravel, but even then, I neither pitied her or rooted for her. Mimi, on the other hand, well, she’s quite the sidekick.
I love how we get both Crystal and Kathi’s perspectives.
I do wish however that for some reason Marco did not get shoved out of the action like he did. I have a feeling that he’d be the one card that Crystal could pull if she ever needed to get even with someone years down the line.