“You’ve never dated any guys?’
I shrug. ‘Haven’t even kissed one.’ And then I add, ‘Well, in recent years.’
‘Then how do you know you don’t like guys?’
‘I don’t know, Freddie,’ I say, trying to hide my irritation. ‘How many boys did you kiss before you realized you were straight?”
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy is the third and final book I received in a Spring giveaway for HarperCollins’s young adult fiction. It is about a young woman, Ramona, who understands just three things about herself: she loves her family, she like girls, and she knows she wants more out of life than just the trailer she currently calls home.
“Whenever I saw the sun, I reminded myself that I was looking at a star. One of over a hundred billion in our galaxy. A galaxy that was just one of billions of other galaxies in the observable universe. This helped me keep things in perspective.”
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was not what I was expecting. Normally, this would indicate apathy towards the book, but it is actually quite the opposite in this case. I started off feeling wary about the book. I also felt a little letdown at the beginning as well. However, this did not last for very long.
“I couldn’t shake the feeling of warm possibility that was unpacking its suitcase inside me, the idea that maybe there was something out there for me after all.”
Fireworks by Katie Cotugno is set in the 1990s and centers around Dana Cartwright, our narrator, who is 18 years old and along with her best friend, Olivia, has just graduated high school. Dana joins Olivia in Orlando for an audition to be a part of a new girl group. Being a singer has always been Olivia’s dream, but the trip to Orlando changes a lot for the girls when Dana’s talent is discovered too. Things begin to shift as the training heats up and nothing will ever be the same for these two best friends as one fights for her dream and the other fights for an escape from their small town life.
“Human nature defeats me sometimes, how greed and spite can lurk so divisively around the utmost courage and sacrifice.”
What happens to the women when the men go to war?
This is, in my opinion, the essence of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan. While we meet a whole host of characters, including men, the story largely centers around five women in the choir. One is a widow whose son is off in the war, two sisters embroiled in love stories all their own, a Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia with secrets of her own, and a midwife whose actions make her want to outrun everything she knows.
“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs has been floating around my vicinity for quite some time now, both because of social media accounts I happen to follow as well as the recent movie. I would like to say, though, that I have not seen the movie just yet. Since I knew it was based on a book, my rule about reading the book first came into play.