Hunger (Book Review)

*Synopsis*

*Trigger Warning: Rape and Domestic Abuse*

Hunger is a memoir of Roxane Gay’s struggles with obesity, among other things. She writes about the traumatic experience that caused her to begin over eating. Gay includes that becoming bigger seemed to provide some solace after the experience, it seemed her only true escape. She also goes over her relationships with family, friends, and significant others.

*Review*

I listened to Hunger as an audio book narrated by the author. I was surprised by how personal Roxane Gay got when it came to sharing her story. It was tough to hear just how much she had been hurt in the past. She also talks about her sexuality and how that has had a role in shaping the woman she became. 

I don’t know if I can give this book a real rating. It’s necessary in this current social climate. The Me Too movement has began helping books like this prosper, as they should. This book is a true, raw reflection of life after rape. Gay refers to herself as a victim of the assault and her account can serve to help us all understand victims more.

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The Hate U Give (Movie Review)

The Hate U Give is based on the book of the same name written by Angie Thomas and published last year, February. Both are about the main character, Starr Carter, and the actions she takes on after witnessing her childhood friend get shot at the hands of a police officer. Both the film and book focus on how she copes through the reality of what she witnessed and the steps that she takes in trying to prevent something like that from happening again. The Hate U Give is a story of activism, friendship, police brutality, family, gangs and most importantly: THUG LIFE.

I just saw this movie last night. I read the book last year and once I heard there was a movie coming, I just knew I had to go see it. I had wanted to see it during the early screenings but college doesn’t work like that, so I’ve had multiple exams and quizzes every week for the past month or so. I just got through a big exam Thursday and I decided Friday would be as good a time as any to go out and see The Hate U Give.

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The Office Book Tag

I saw this tag a while ago over on Sara’s blog, The Bibliophagist. I love The Office, I’ve even written a show review for it!

1. Michael Scott – Book that tried WAY too hard:

one of us is lying

If you’ve read my review, you already know how I feel about this one. It felt like the author was trying a little too hard to pull one over on the reader.

2. Dwight Schrute – Book that ended up being a lot more complex than you thought it would be:

black

The premise seemed simple enough, but then I started reading it and there were a bunch of parts where I was just lost. Here’s my review, nuff said.

3. Jim Halpert – YOU in a book. Book/character that you related to a ton:

this side of homeI relate to Maya and her motivations on so many levels. I think she was one of the first YA characters I read and I really felt connected to. This Side of Home is one of my favorite YAs, I think it warrants a reread.

4. Pam Beesly – Seriously underrated but amazing book you wish everyone would read:

still life with tornadoStill Life with Tornado is one of those books that was really weird but also really cool in the way the author approached it. I love A. S. King and her books were the first surrealist fiction I ever read.

5. Ryan Howard – THE INTERN. Debut novel that impressed you:

18692431The ending was spoiled for me in this one but I still enjoyed it a ton. I love those subtle POC main characters that help change the narrative. The story itself was compelling and beautifully written.

6. Andy Bernard – ANNOYING book/character that you can’t help but love (or not):

fangirl

I loved Levi’s personality so much. He’s the main reason I kept reading.

7. Robert California – Book/character/plot that went over your head or was really confusing:

black panther

It was definitely not like the movies. I should’ve known better.

8. Angela Martin – Book with a plot that didn’t appeal to you at first but you ended up loving:

If a plot doesn’t appeal to me, I usually don’t read it so I can’t think of anything for this one. Comment down below any books that fit this for you!

9. Kelly Kapoor – Favorite sassy character:

mindy kaling

I don’t know if this is cheating but this one feels so right. Mindy Kaling is the sassiest person I could think of.

10. Kevin Malone – Book that features music:

fat kid

I read this book over the summer and it definitely features a lot of music.

11. Phyllis Lapin – Book that made you feel warm and fuzzy:

love and first sight

Love and First Sight is just one of those contemporaries that hits you in all your soft spots. I think Phyllis would agree.

12. Oscar Martinez – Book that has an awesome LGBT character that defies stereotypes:

the gentlemans guideI was strongly considering this one for the sassy character prompt, but I feel like The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue fits this category perfectly. Monty and Percy were definitely much more than their stereotypes.

13. Stanley Hudson – Character/book that DGAF: 

the sun is also a star

Natasha was not about Daniel’s advances in the beginning of this book. She really didn’t care about romance. She had her goals and no one was going to get in her way. The Sun is Also a Star was one of my favorite reads of the summer.

14. Meredith Palmer – Book you couldn’t stomach (too graphic/violent/romantic/vulgar – or whatever your reason!):

the virgin suicides

I ended up just reading the spark notes after the first suicide. It was just so sad and the spark notes ended up making me feel even sadder.

15. Creed Bratton – Book/series that only ever made you ask more questions:

the diviners

This is another one that I DNF’d a while back. I was so confused from the beginning.

I tag: Anyone who wants to do this! It’s been floating around the book blogging community for a while so I don’t know who has and hasn’t done this yet.

What books have you been reading?

What’s your favorite prompt?

Have you or will you be doing this tag?

 

Let me know in the comments down below!

What I’m Reading

hunger

I recently started reading Hunger by Roxane Gay. She’s been on my radar for a while and when I saw this on the Overdrive app, I decided it was about time that I started one of her books. I’ve been listening to the audiobook and this has really been something. It talks about some serious issues: rape, self/body image and obesity. It’s a short book but I think it’s going to take me a little longer to finish than I was expecting as a result of the sensitive topics.

Turtles All the Way Down (Book Review)

*Synopsis*

Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

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