Once Upon a Bookshelf – Backlash

BacklashBacklash by Sarah Darer Littman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Again, this is one of those books that wasn’t really on the top of my list but I read it so I could finish the Louisiana Young Reader’s Choice list (which I did – yay!).

I know that the 6th grade girls in my school loved the book and I didn’t really know what to expect. I can telly why everyone loved it – I mean, I couldn’t put it down and read it in only 2 sittings.

Lara has never had it easy. She suffered from depression in middle school and finally thinks she’s turned the corner when she joins the cheer squad at school. Not only that, but I super cute guy has been talking to her on Facebook and he’s hinting that he’s going to ask her to the dance. Her world collapses when this guy, Christian DeWitt, publicly proclaims that he wishes she didn’t exist. The struggle that she has not only affects her, but her entire family.

Don’t worry! I’m not giving away anything! I don’t want to ruin anything!

The only problem I had with this book is that it was a little predictable. In fact, it reminded me a lot of the movie from ABC Family in 2011, “Cyberbully.” I actually watched the movie right after I finished the book and while the story line is a little different, it’s pretty much the same.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.

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Once Upon a Bookshelf – A Blind Guide to Stinkville

A Blind Guide to StinkvilleA Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ll admit that this was one of those books that I kept putting off reading because the title wasn’t speaking to me like some of the other books I had on my table at home. Once I got into this book, though, I couldn’t put it down. It’s no wonder they put it on the Louisiana Young Reader’s Choice list for 2017.

The main character has just moved into a new town, Sinkville, SC. Because of the Paper Mill in town that her dad now runs, the town stinks, hence the name “Stinkville.” Not only is she new to town, but she’s also suffers from albinism. She’s legally blind and has to stay out of direct sunlight. This was something that everyone just accepted in Seattle, but this new town is full of new challenges.

With a contest for young journalists in town, Alice makes new friends and learns more about what makes her new city great. She also learns more about herself as she pushes her own boundaries and steps way out of her comfort zone.

I love this book. It’s not your typical “new kid in town” story. It gets down and dirty and tells the story of a girl that has a exceptional situation that she deals with. It has heart and humor and I’m going to recommend this book to my students.

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January 14th. I love it.

Yay, love.

First up this week, getting out of my funk. I love it. I was in a really bad mood last week but thanks to my friends and some minor lifestyle changes, I’m feeling really good about myself and 2018. Am I perfect? No. But positivity is key, right?

I love it.

Next up, lazy days. I love it. It was not my intention to do nothing yesterday, but it did happen. I woke up with a wicked head ache so I decided to stay home instead of go to Tae Kwon Do. 8 hours, 6 TV shows, 3 movies, and 2 cups of coffee later, it was dinnertime and I was still in my pajamas. Not a bad day in my book.

I love it.

Finally, getting ready for softball season. I love it. The season officially starts tomorrow! Woo! We’re not holding practice but my co-head coach Tiffany and I are meeting again to work on uniform inventory, scheduling a parents meeting, and figuring out where the base plugs on our field went. The first official practice is Tuesday and our first game will be here before you know it!

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

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January 7th. I love it.

Another not-so-great week but I’m pulling out some love anyway!

First up this week, being home. Until Monday, I was living it up in Perry-dise with my family for the holidays. I sincerely love being there (even when it does snow non-stop) but there’s something to be said for being in my own space with my routines and my friends. Am I already planning a trip back to Cleveland? Yes, yes I am. But for now I’m happy to be back.

I love it.

Next up, resolutions. I love it. I shared with you my resolutions last year (sorry I didn’t do a great job of updating after a while) but guess what? One of my new resolutions is to blog more often! Woo! Between reading books and filling you in on my new adventures in being single for the 1st time in 3 years, I’m sure I’ll have plenty of material to keep you entertained.

I love it.

Finally, starting fresh. I love it. 2017 had it’s ups and downs for sure but I’m going to work on my positive attitude in 2018. Is this my year? Maybe. We’ll see.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

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