Heartstopper: Volume One (Heartstopper #1) by Alice Oseman

My thoughts after reading Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman. This is the first graphic novel I ever read, I mean they’re expensive to buy, and I’m not sure if libraries have them to borrow at least where I live. I managed to get my hands on an arc. Therefore, the panes weren’t coloured, but from what I saw from the sample at the back, the art in this volume is bright and beautiful. The topic of consent is precise here, which I don’t see a ton in books.

I like that Charlie Spring didn’t make a big deal out of coming out at school or more to the point he was outed even if he was getting bullied about it. Then we have Nick Nelson who is in year 11 at Truham Grammar the same school that Charlie goes to but he never really talked to him but heard rumours that he is gay. Then, one day they have the same class, and they start chatting, by the way, is it an American thing that students from different years have a class together? That kind of confused me.

When the rugby team needs players, Nick persuaded Charlie to join the team. Even if Charlie never played rugby or showed any interest in it, their friendship grew, but you need to read the book if you want to know what happens in the end. I gave this graphic novel five out of five stars. It was a great experience and can’t wait to read more like the format of this book.

Heartstopper: Volume One (Heartstopper, #1)

Alex

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

I feel that I and this book was love at first sight. However, it took me years to read it because back in 2008, my access was minimal, so I would read any book I was given. So as soon as I got a copy, I knew I wanted to read it, especially since this book is coming out as a movie this year, so without further ado, here are my thoughts.

This book is written from the view of the dog, at the start of the book, Enzo is a pretty old dog, and he knows that his body is giving up on him. We get to read how he met his owner to the highs and lows of family. Enzo felt very much like a human. It certainly felt like he was the glue of the family with a passion for racing cars just his owner.

He has one dream, and that’s to evolve into a human, but he can’t share them because he is a dog. It reads very humanly even if it’s from the eyes of a non-human. It feels that Enzo was what made Denny succeeded in his career as a car race driver. Enzo was Denny’s life guide in a way. I gave this book a five of out five stars and its one of favourite books that I read in 2019.

The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein

Alex

 

The Definition of Normal /The Definition of Equal: The transgender story continues by E.S. Carpenter

I finished the first book in this dilogy back in 2017, and it was the first that I read that had a transgender main character. It was clear that Stephie was having a hard time dealing with the emotions that she is a girl inside. At the start of any transition, it brings a lot of self-blame and fear of the unknown, and I could read and feel how close to real life that aspect in the book is. I remember how strong friendships were. It taught me a life lesson that most parents accept their kids as who they are, even if that takes time. The love story between Jake and Stephie is to die for, adding to it was the lovemaking. I gave The Definition of Normal: A Transgender Love Story a five out of five stars.

I recurrently read The Definition of Equal: The transgender story continues (The Definition Duology Book 2) and I have mix feelings about it. We continue to see the love Stephie and Jake have for each other, while they take it to the next step. We meet with a new character called Colleen. Reading Colleen character was a reminder transphobia still exists even from those we love the most, our parents and in that case our friends become our family. I didn’t like some logics of things and the influence of society and how we don’t dare to step out of that box. Therefore, I gave this book three out of five stars.

The Definition of Normal: ...A Transgender Love Story The Definition of Equal: The transgender story continues... (The Definition Duology Book 2)

Alex

My Thoughts On Girl A: The truth about the Rochdale sex ring by the victim who stopped them by Girl A

A few years back, this story was all over the news. Then one day I was browsing Netflix and came across the series Three Girls, and I found the book Girl A: The truth about the Rochdale sex ring by the victim who stopped them by Girl A. Even from that book title you kind of guess that this book deals with a heavy subject. That’s the reason I avoided reading this book until now.

As we can in the first chapter ‘girl a’ as she became known, had that is considered a ‘normal’ life before her teen years. I’m saying this because this also shows that this can happen to anyone regardless of the lifestyle you grow up in. What was shocking to me was that a person who was once her friend becomes her pimp and force her to be gang raped. The only reason I thought of was that Emma (the pimp) wasn’t strong enough or capable of breaking the ugly cycle she found herself in.

Something else that I noticed was the strength that human beings get when they become a parent to break any bad habits that they might have because now they have another life to take care of, that solely depends on them. I gave this book a five out of five stars because it deserves it.

Girl A: The truth about the Rochdale sex ring by the victim who stopped them

Alex

The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara

I’ve been toying with the idea if I should review this book all day yesterday because this might end up being a short review. This book is set in the ’80s early ’90s. A period where the LGBT+ community was severely hit with HIV, and there was no cure at the time. So people were dying from it.

You guys know how much I love the pose series on Netflix and to be honest, I don’t know which one they worked on first. What confused me that some characters names were used as on TV and some weren’t, and that didn’t go down too well with me. However, it was well written and realistic. Having said that I wished there were more ballroom scenes in the book.

In my opinion, it lacked detail about the emotions that people in those situations felt and how they were able to stand back on their own two feet and fight back the discrimination for us to have the freedom that we have today. I gave this book three out of five stars.

The House of Impossible Beauties

Alex

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

I’m choosing to respect the main character pronouns in this review, because as a transgender myself, I know how painful it is to be misgendered day in and day out. At the start of this book, Ben comes out to their parents as non-binary. All that they were told is to leave. So they had to go with only the clothes on their back. They found a home with their sister and her husband.

Hannah, (their sister) offered Ben therapy, but she didn’t force it on them, which is the best thing to do when it comes to therapy for it to work. Something that made this book real for me is the anxiety and gender dysphoria. I have both and like in Ben’s case, and mine, gender dysphoria and anxiety are connected. I love Hannah’s character and the way she and her husband dealt with everything and helped Ben out when they needed the same.

I Wish You All the Best came out this month and was in the list for my most anticipated book of 2019 and it didn’t disappoint because it was everything I wanted and more. I gave it a five out of five stars.

Alex

I Wish You All the Best

Soulswap (Twin Souls #1) by Arizona Tape, Laura Greenwood With Spoilers

This read is one, out of my comfort zones, so this might be a short book review. This book is about dragons and vampires. Here are my thoughts, Tate was in the closet, and she thought she had to stay there forever so that can please everyone around her by marrying her long-time boyfriend, Devon who wanted a family and kids even if it isn’t what Tate desired for her life. The situation caused Tate anxiety, and this unbearable headache started and fell in a haze like sleep.

When she woke up, she found herself in a different space with a different name and a female partner. Tate fell in love Sian just from her scent. On the other hand, Aria, Sian’s girlfriend fell in love with Devon, so in the end, both Tate and Aria found the right soulmate for them. I gave this book three stars out of five, and I might say that I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would.

Alex

Soulswap (Twin Souls, #1)