Book Review: The Escapist

Author: David Puretz

Publisher: Global City Press

Publishing Date: Jan 21, 2020

Genre: Literary Fiction

“It’s 2011 in America, the Iraq War is coming to a close, and the Occupy Wall Street movement has been gaining steam. And at twenty-one years of age, Billy Chute is sitting in the breakdown lane on the side of the highway in his ’98 Altima with his drugs in the cooler on the passenger seat floor, in the midst of escaping yet another stale reality. Still high on an opioid and amphetamine kick, his new escape crystallizes in a journal entry: Find dad. And those few simple words seal Billy’s fate- what started as another of his impulsive flights becomes a mission, and it terrifies him, for his father is like wildfire, burning all in its path, yet confronting his traumatic past may be Billy’s only sustainable way forward. 

A propulsive story with profound insights about freedom and imprisonment, motion and stasis, chance and destiny, The Escapist delves deeply into the internal and external calamities that shape this special human life and mind. Mental health, family conflict and abuse, drug addiction, and sexuality are intricately woven together in a turbulent pre-Trump America in this dynamic and layered narrative of violence and hope.” -Publisher

Review:

I recieved this book off of NetGalley and shall be giving it an honest review.


Now when I say, I do not know how to feel about this book, I mean I REALLY do not know how to feel about this book.


The thing about this book is that it was not the most well-put-together book, but I honestly could not put it down. I devoured this book.


I am honestly disappointed that I finished the book. Or I am disappointed in how it ended, I am honestly not sure.


I could not stop reading it. There were such vivid, eye-opening details in the book. Every single thing about drug use and the violence was described so deep and hauntingly, it entranced me. I was so pulled in by the description of his drug use, family issues, etc., that I almost could completely ignore the huge plot disappointments.


The plot was absolutely wack. It was like a Catcher in the Rye, but completely high on drugs. It was super chaotic which I thought paired nicely with the book until the end. The ending left me in a huge ball of confusion. I understood everything but there was a certain part with Billy’s sidekick that I felt completely unnecessary. I liked the book until they began bringing back certain people. It was utter chaos. And I like chaos in some aspects. This was not one of them.


Billy was a great character except he had the voice of a 35-year-old heroin addict when he was about 20 years old popping pills daily. Sometimes when people mentioned that he was “too young” it took me by surprise. I feel as though for him to have been a better character, he needed that extra feel of being young and stupid. But, all I got from him was being old and f*cked (pardon my French).


All the negative stuff aside, I did enjoy this book. Yes, it did have its downs but, I will have to say that once I picked it up, I could not set it down. I think the book would have been a lot better with a different ending and a whole chunk of it taken out, but what can I do?


Anyways, thank you for reading. I appreciate it. I hope you guys all check out this book when it comes out in January!

Star Rating: 3.6

The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is where every Friday you turn to page 56 in a book or 56% on your e-reader and then post a line or lines that intrigue you. It is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

The book I have chosen is The Nix by Nathan Hill

And the line is:

“‘It’s true,’ says Samuel, ‘You’re not very smart, and you’re not a very good person either'”

This book is really good. I have not finished it yet but it was one of the book I picked up on my trip to New York.

Thanks for reading!

The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is where every Friday you turn to page 56 in a book or 56% on your e-reader and then post a line or lines that intrigue you. It is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

This week my book is Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

The line is:

“‘Is he mentally ill, so he thinks he saw a kid strangled? Or is he mentally ill and he saw a kid strangled?'”

I think this is very clever and this is basically the question of the entire plot. I am not going to give any spoilers, you will just have to read to find the answer.

A SERIOUS Life Update: A Year of Adventure

Since I last posted (not counting yesterday), a whole lot of things have happened. Like a whole lot. I have experienced some of the craziest things in my life since January 3rd 2019. I have had so many crazy experiences but I am going to sum them all up quickly for you guys.

If you are a loyal follower, you know that I have had a hard time being on this blog and I dissappear for a while. But now I am back and have a bit more time on my plate then the last time I talked to you all. So let’s try this blog thing again, by talking about my life since we last talked.

Accepted Admission to college

I finally accepted admission to my dream school. I also attended an orientation day and bought a WHOLE lot of swag from the store. I got everything I needed ready and began saving my money for school.

WENT TO PROM

I went to prom with my yearbook friends. They were the some of the bestest friends I had in high school. I went with a guy friend from my work. I had one of the best nights of my life and I loved every moment of that night.

Graduated!

I graduated from my high school and began my life as an adult. Graduation was surreal. I honestly cant believe that I actually graduated. High school was crazy to me. I stayed in the same school district my entire life so I graduated with people I have known since I was 5. It was crazy seeing these people walk across the stage. It was crazy for me to say that I graduated and that I walked that stage. I made it through high school. I have never been more proud of myself.

Grad Party

I had an epic grad party. My mom put together this amazing party at our house. A whole lot of family came and all of my friends came and that was crazy. I had the best time and it was one of the best day sof my life. I will never forget everyone who came and supported me. I loved it so much.

Said goodbye to my teams

I said goodbye to my high school equestrian team and I attended my last county and state fair for 4-H. I spent most of my life in these programs and I was really sad to see it go. I will always appreciate those experiences I had because they taught me so much.

Went to New York

I went on a week vacation to New York with my Grandma. We went everywhere in Manhattan. I have fallen even more in love with the city that I ever was. I went to all these cute little and big book stores. I also went to see Wicked, The Lion King, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (which only reaffirmed my love for this book depsite everyone else’s hate on it). All of these shows I cried at. They were the best shows I have ever seen. I appreicate my Grandmother so much for letting me experience this amazing place.

Went to college

And for the last event, I went to college!!! I went with one of my best friends. He and I are fighting through college together. It is alreayd a wild ride and I have not even finihsed one quarter yet. I love this place so much and I am excited to explore my major. I have alreayd declared my major which is Digitial Journalism.

Thank you for reading about my crazy life. There were so many other thi gs that happened to me this year that I just dont have the room to include in this.

Anyways thank you for your patience and being so supportive. Love yall.

Book Review: Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

Author: Robert Galbraith

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company 2018

Series: Comoran Strike #4

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 647

Synopsis:

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott-once his assistant, now a partner in the agency-set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike’s own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been-Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that. -Goodreads

My Review:

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Oh sorry, excuse my freak out.

Oh wait

One more…

 Okay I think I have composed myself.

Sorry, the Comoran Strike series just always gets me SUPER excited. I waited three years for this book and I loved it so much.

I will have to say that it took me a year to read. I have been slacking on my reading all year. I feel really bad about it but this is not the post for that.

This is the post to talk about this amazing book. My review is a whole year late from when it really mattered but here we go, my complete and truthful opinion of this book.

So lets get into the meat of this. Great book, very exciting and riveting but the book was sooooo long. And yes long books are great and she is very good at writing good books but I think there was some filler in here that was unnecessary in the grand scheme of things. Lots of it made sense at the time but once the end conclsion came around, a lot of things that I read earlier did not make any sense. But, I will have to say that it took me a whole ass year to read this book, so when considering that, it could have not made sense to me because of the extremely long time it took me to read this.

But the character developments are really good in this. The best part about this whole book was the e***** of R**** and M****** m*******. It was the beginning of the story and the ultimate b****** of the two is opening the series up for a fifth book (even though i wish they would have progressed my wishes of S**** and R**** getting t****** in this book). But that is probably just me because I am a hopeless romantic.

Strike is one of my favorite literary characters. I love that he tries hard to help Robin grow and become a better detective. I also love to see the growth (and lack thereof) with him in relationships. His relationship with his girlfriend in the beginning is so terrible and he knows it which I love and hate. I have mixed feelings. I like the way the story is narrated. I like being able to see Strike and not just hear his thoughts. He is always so sassy but also he is really good at hiding his facial expressions when he finds a clue or something.

I loved this book so much. I was completly engulfed throughout the pages. It was just really hard to pick up once I put it down. I just really love J.K Rowling/Robert Galbraith

Thank you guys so much for reading! Let me know what you thought about the book down in the comments.

Star Rating: 4.6

Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

“At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.” -Rotten Tomatoes

Two weeks ago I went to see The Crimes of Grindlewald.

And OH MY GOODNESS

IT

WAS

AMAZING!!!

It was all boom boom BAM!

I loved it. This movie was absolutely amazing. I loved it so much and I thought it was one of the best movies.

The scenery, the cast, the action, the magic…

It was all just so spectacular. Starting with Newt (Eddie Redmayne), he was so beautiful. Scamander is a “magizoologist” is you haven’t heard and the animals he takes care of are extremely cute creatures, obviously fake, but I wish they were real. The beginning of the movie Newt is unable to leave the country because of the events in the last movie. In true Newt fashion he breaks that rule due to orders from Dumbledore, an unrecognizable Dumbledore because he was very young. I love Newt so much.

I mean look at this cast…WOW

I really suck at doing movie reviews. But I believe I must review this movie because I reviewed the last one and this is a part of the franchise that I cherish deeply in my soul.

Now, looking at other reviews like Rotten Tomatoes I understand that not everyone likes it. But, I think that they are going into it as lobby old people with out the joy and wonder that they had when they watched the Harry Potter movies as young adults or even children. Expecting the same childhood joy and thrill to come from these movies are unreasonable for two reasons. First, we are all older than we were when the Potter movies came out and feelings change. The older the are the more you become like Umbridge and less like Harry. Secondly, IT IS NOT THE SAME FRANCHISE. It is not the same people, same setting, or same plot. Voldemort does not even exist in these movies. Nothing is the same. This is a pre-Harry world. Going into the theater and expecting to see Hogwarts and the magic of the school (although does make an appearance) is completely absurd. The stories obviously follows around adults so already the story is in a completely different mind set than the books/movies of Harry Potter.

To enjoy the movie you cannot go into it hoping for the same feeling and that same interaction you got from Harry Potter.

While yes, a little disappointing, you cannot expect Rowling and Yates to stay in that world forever. They need to move on some day. You cannot just trash their masterpiece because it is not like the other masterpiece they created and you are not ready to accept it.

I thought the movie was very well done. I love who they casted for every part. Everyone is exceptional in their job. I am amazed at how each and every character fits with he actors that plays them. I thought everyone conveyed their role well.

The one disappointing thing for me was the lack of beasts. For a Fantastic Beasts movie, there were only a couple. I loved the first movie because it showed you many new creatures almost throughout the whole film. This one just seemed a little too focused on the people and their love lives then the focus on the animals which the series is named after.

But other than that it was a fantastic movie. I loved it. I cannot wait for it to be out on DVD so I can add it to my Harry Potter marathons.

I hope everyone gets to see it. As I am posting this it is almost out of theaters so I hope everyone sees it soon or if you missed your chance and don’t want to commit to it just yet, go get a Redbox. I seriously HIGHLY recommend.

Thanks for reading!

-Kat

Star Rating: 4.5

New Year, New Blog

Hey there fellow bloggers!

It has been a LONG time since I have done an update blog.

But I just want to help ring in the new year with you all. I had a bland year on this blog in 2018. I had taken this time to study, work, and be social. I hardly read a thing. I have books that I am still reading from 2017 on my nightstand. All in all it just wasn’t the best year for me literature wise.

I believe I pulled through in the end by reading quite a few books but only because they were required from school. But I did finish a book that was not an assignment. I read to All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and let me just say, it was amazing. I think it was one of the only books I actually read this year.

But now for the serious stuff. I am going to be on this blog more. I know I said that last year after the break I took a year ago, then flung myself into another huge long break, but this time I am here. I am all in. I am ready. I am going to become the Rory Gilmore of reading and read everything in sight. I have also decided that I need this blog to not be a chore. I want to make the blog more appealing and it cannot be appealing if I am writing things I do not want to write. So, I am not going to write a review on every book I read anymore. While this is a book blog and normally people review the books they read, I am sure the review about Sense and Sensibility or To Kill a Mockingbird is not needed. I am sure more entertaining novels such as new releases and book tags while be better hits. And while I started this blog not to become popular, I do not want it to be boring to myself. I remember how motivated I was to write reviews about the hottest release and to participate in the weekly book memes. But I began to focus to much on the book reviews for books that weren’t needed like my A Seperate Peace review that I got rather bored. They were just books for school that I am sure almost EVERYONE has read because they had to. So what was the point?

But, I wrote them and I hated them. I hated forcing myself to write terrible posts and to try and discuss a book I hardly remembered. I remembered the feeling I had when I finished Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas at 11 o’clock at night and rushed to my computer to write out all of my feelings about the book. I wanted to feel that rush again but I couldn’t find it when I was struggling to finish the other posts first. So now I am here to say that is over. I am going to start a new system where instead of making a review, I will simply add the name of the book into my Review ToC and add a star count to the end. That will be all and that will make me happy.

I also changed the theme of my page but of course that is subject to change all the time. I love messing around with new themes and new colors all the time, but this time I really like this one. I think I will keep it for awhile just until I get sick of it.

Anyways, let us talk about something not blog related, my life. Quick overview of my life so far. I am nearing the end of my last year of high school. Senior year has been extremely fun and rewarding. I am awaiting news from my dream university and I will update you guys on that when it comes. I also have been obsessing about the college, looking up dorms, fee schedules, etc. I also have a new puppy in the house. She is very cute but not quite potty trained so that is kind of gross. But, that is my families duties.

I have big plans and big changes coming this year. It will be exciting!

I am excited for this New Year. It comes with many new adventures and lots of hard work. I am ready for everything that is going to come my way.

Happy New Year everyone!

To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1

Published Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 355

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.” -Goodreads

Review:

Dear Peter,

Hi you do not know me but I love you. I have now read the book and seen the movie and I am your soulmate. Will you marry me?

-Kat

Okay, that was my letter. Short but to the point, right?

Alrighty then craziness aside, how freaking adorable was this story. I mean first lets start with the look of the book. Cute and appealing. Great model for the front. (Yes I judge books by their cover very throughly)

Then Lara Jean was such a role model. I need to start dressing, acting, and eating like her. I really wanna try those Korean smoothies she is always talking about so if anyone knows where to get them, slide that info! Lara is such a clever character and I love the diversity of the book. I love the way her culture is brought out into the book and is expressed in the movie (also this review will be about both he review and the movie) which made me happy. She is the perfect person. I just wish she had been less stubborn because so much less drama would have happened, and oh wait, I love drama so why would I care? Haha, I don’t. I do thought think she should have been less stubborn because my poor Peter bear wanted her so desperately but she was so in her head that she just did not get it.

Now onto Peter. He is likes the world’s favorite idiot. Like he really did not handle everything perfectly but his hair was gorgeous while doing it. He should have let Get go the minute she dumped him and realized who his true love was, (ME) Lara Jean! But instead he creates a fake relationship so he can have basically both the girls. But alas that is such a dumb jock move. It is a good thing he was a dream boat or I would not have understood why Lara Jean put up with that from him.

I think Kitty is my spirit animal. She was so spritely and I loved her sass. She did a bad thing by sending out those private letter but in the end it all worked out just fine.

I did not really like Margot at all. She just kind of seemed so matter-of-fact and followed her mother’s rules way too seriously. Now, Josh and her were never meant to be and that is clear to see y his confusion on his feelings with Lara Jean but she shouldn’t have just dumped him. What Lara Jean finds out about them later in the novel does not constitute a reason for her to break up with him. Even though her mother did ask her not to go to college with a boyfriend. It just seems cruel to have broken Josh’s heart, then be able to escape to Scotland while he is stuck living next to Margot’s family.

The plot of the story was cute. There was not any huge action except for the big fallout near the end. Basically, the story just consisted of Peter and Lara Jean fighting then making up. Fighting then making up. Over and over again in this “fake” relationship. And Lara Jean being very stupid about many things.

But I loved the ridiculousness of this book and it went really well. I loved the movie to. I loved the cinematography. I thought both were really good. I cannot wait to read the next one!

Thanks for reading!

-Kat

P.S I hope you guys liked my A1 gif usage. I wanted to include some very nice moments of Peter and Lara Jean.

Star Rating: 4.7

The Vagina Monologues

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Author: Eve Ensler, Gloria Steinem (Foreword)

Published May 3rd 2001 by Virago Press Ltd.

Genre: Feminism, Nonfiction, Drama

Pages: 185

“I decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which became vagina monologues…At first women were reluctant to talk. They were a little shy. But once they got going, you couldn’t stop them. Women secretly love to talk about their vaginas. They get very excited, mainly because no one’s ever asked them before.” -Goodreads 

Review: 

A book of feminism and glory. 

I loved the vagina talk. It was very empowering and the friend I read it with agreed with me. 

It is an important book. It is important to hear these women’s stories and to understand the depths of the women’s body. 

I wish I could go see this performed. It would be quite entertaining to see. 

I am reading this growing up in a non-“down there” era but still with some struggles with people embracing the word and I think this book does well to try and make vagina not seem like such a “nasty”word. 

I thought the stories were really nice and sort of inspiring. They mostly discussed how they viewed their vaginas and others and showed people journey through vagina discovery.

This blog is really short and I am sorry about that but I do not have much to say. The book is short which means a short blog. Especially one where I believe everyone should read it and see the amazing stories. I don’t want to give away anything to much. I want people to experience the book for themselves. 

Anyways, thank you for reading. Let me know down below if you have read it an your opinions on it. 

Star Rating: 4.5

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

20309175Authors: Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link , Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White

Published October 14th 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffen

Genre: Young Adult, Christmas

Pages: 321

“If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.” -Goodreads

Review:

Okay guys, so this little story set is just 12 little sweet stories about love in the wintertime. And if you have been here long, you know how much I love love stories.

This was beautiful. I usually am not a big fan of short stories because of the inability to create a long story line and have great development. I also get very sad when books are over so short stories make the sadness come sooner.

But these blew me out of the water. I have yet to read it’s other half about summer love but I plan on getting to it one day.

Anyways I am going to do a short little review of each one of these short stories. Here we go:

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell:

Huge Rainbow fan. She will never let me down. This was by far the sweetest and most romantic story in the book. I loved it so much and thought Mags and Noah were so cute. I love seeing things progress over time. Set the bar really high for the rest.

The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link:

I honestly don’t remember much about this one, only that it wasn’t fantastic. I’m sure it was good but coming right after Rainbow Rowell can sure be hard for an author.

Angels in the Snow by Matt De La Pena:

The book severely improved with this touching little story of Shy and Haley in a snowstorm. I loved it a lot and really want more. I also loved the Hispanic influences in the story. I think diversity is fantastic and glad we got some of that in here.

Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han:

It was good. That’s all I can say. It wasn’t wowing and it wasn’t bad. Right in the middle at good. The story had a good premise but it was kind of short (maybe because it is a short story) and predictable. It was also very straight to the point.

It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins:

This story was pretty good. A little predictable and cliche but I dig that stuff. Also I really relate to Marigold a lot. She buys a Christmas tree just to talk to a boy. I do that sometimes.

Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan:

This was SUPER short and SUPER boring. I love Levithan but this was kind of lackluster and not all to romantic. Just kinda of there. I wish it had more scenes and more character development.

Krampuslauf by Holly Black:

Okay here we go. This has some fantasy in it which I love, love, love but all in all it was pretty predictable and nothing really happened that I wasn’t expecting. There wasn’t much like description wise but the story was still there. It was really cliche and basically the end was very obvious from the beginning.

What The Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman:

Honestly I do not remember this one very much. I read this during my break so this has completely slipped my mind.

I did some digging and this is a story about a Jewish girl who feels like an outsider in a Christian town who meets a black guy who feels like an outsider as well. I remember it more clearly and I really just found it dull. It didn’t focus on love, mostly just the racial and religious stereotypes. I expected more romance.

Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire:

The story wasn’t a show stopper and surrounded the Christmas pageant. I found it funny and good  but nothing extraordinary.

Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White:

I thought it was sweet and quirky. The characters a little dull. Not much else to say.

Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter:

By this point I began getting bored. I had seen some great stories and I just couldn’t get into these ones near the end. This one was alright and was better then few.

The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor:

At this story I thought it twas quite pretty. It was a little magical and a little mysterious. I thought it was sweet and a good end to the twelvelogy of stories.

So that was my review of each. I know that was kind of boring but hey I am still trying to get back into this. I have read new books and new reviews are gonna be coming soon. Just wait for it.

Thank you so much for reading. Let me know which were your favorites and which weren’t in the comments below.

Star Rating: 4