I knew this would be a hard read and I was right. I learned so much in this book. I am appalled that this discrimination is going on. I did not know how completely a felony conviction takes over a person's life and how much it ruins that life. This book opened my eyes to the abuses that go on today. I do not know how we can go about correcting the wrongs of mass incarceration but changes do need to happen. This is one book everyone should and must read.
A series of short stories with a common thread running through them. Watch some of them carefully or you will miss the thread. I enjoyed all the stories but my favorites were the three that had Anna, MDash, Steven Wong, and the narrator in them. I liked these characters and their friendship. My other favorites where with Hank Fiset. He is a reporter who takes on a variety of topics, such as coffee shops, places from his past, New York, and the press room. I liked his style. Tom Hanks is a clever writer. I will read him again, especially if it has the narrator and company in it.
Simon is outed while trying to deal with his best friends' problems, his parents, and his youngest sister.
I liked Simon. His family was weird but likable. The story captured the angst of the teen years. Best friends are not easy to tell especially when jealousy comes along. He is also falling in love with a Tumblr e-mail pal. I liked how social media is portrayed--the good and the bad to the downright ugly.
This is a good beach read. I look forward to more in the series.
|I like Rilke. I don't always understand his poetry. The poems in this book are from 1909-1926. Many are short. Some longer. Lots to ponder upon.|
Chronicling Willa's life during decisive years for her. Willa's reactions to life events depend on how she sees others responding. She then works to make sure they calm down. It is not until the end she learns to stand up for herself (in small ways) that she becomes her own person.
I liked Willa. I felt bad for her because most of the people around her were jerks and she enabled them to continue acting that way. She idolized her father because of the calmness he exhibited when her mother went off the rails. She wanted to be like him in that way. So many others in her life went off the rails like her mother and, like her father, she was the calm but the others walked over her because they knew that Willa would accept them and their behavior and not lash out.
When she gets a call from Baltimore, she goes even though she has no connection to the people involved except her son used to live with the woman. It is here where she finds a purpose and herself. No, she does not go off the rails like her mother but she does finally stop accepting and glossing over the bad behavior. Willa will never be the scream out loud type but she does make her feelings known if you look for the signs.