The Week in Review: 2.24.2017
Between the Covers
Finished last week:
I read SWEETGIRL by Travis Mulhauser for my book club and then wasn’t able to attend the meeting. The book’s about a young girl who, while searching for her drug addicted mother, finds a neglected baby in the home of a crack dealer and takes off with it. There’s a horrible storm and she turns to one of her mother’s old boyfriends for help. I found this gritty story to be fast paced and gut wrenching but I wanted more from the resolution. That’s not to say, it’s not worth reading – it definitely is because it’s well written and the dialogue in the book is great. It’s a stark reminder of the struggles many people face in their lives.
LOVING VS. VIRGINIA: A DOCUMENTARY NOVEL OF THE LANDMARK CIVIL RIGHTS CASE by Patricia Hruby Powell is the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an inter-racial couple who were forced to leave their home in Virginia when they married in 1958. They longed to be near their families, though, and fought back, taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court, where they won. Written in verse and supplemented with photographs and illustrations by Shadra Strickland, this non-fiction book is aimed at the YA audience but can and should be enjoyed by teens on up. There’s a timeline and bibliography in the back. I was shocked to learn that the last anti-miscegenation law was struck down in Alabama in the year 2000. Pick this book up for the teens in your life and be sure to read it yourself. (Review copy provided by Chronicle Books.)
I listened to THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon. It took me a little while to figure out was happening in this book about a chance meeting between a Jamaican girl who’s about to be deported and an American boy whose parents were born in Korea but, once I did, I couldn’t get enough of Natasha and Daniel. Bahni Turpin and Raymond Lee do a wonderful job of narrating this outstanding book. Nicola Yoon is two for two for me now. (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)
On the Screen
Nothing – I didn’t watch any TV or make it to the movies this week.
Off the blog
- Cindy from Idaho won the autographed copy of THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel.
- I started a new jigsaw puzzle but wasn’t able to spend much time on it. I have a feeling this one’s going to take me a while to complete.
- We’ve been having gorgeous spring-like weather – today’s supposed to get up to 78º – which makes me really concerned about the heat this summer.
- We walked three miles every morning and I averaged just over 14,850 steps a day.
How was your week?