Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Rethinking Norman by Katie Rain Hill

Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition
Release Date: September 30th, 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Memoir
Pages: 272 Pages
Series: None
Format: Paperback
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Facebook
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

In her unique, generous, and affecting voice, nineteen-year-old Katie Hill shares her personal journey of undergoing gender reassignment.Have you ever worried that you'd never be able to live up to your parents' expectations? Have you ever imagined that life would be better if you were just invisible? Have you ever thought you would do anything--anything--to make the teasing stop? Katie Hill had and it nearly tore her apart.Katie never felt comfortable in her own skin. She realized very young that a serious mistake had been made; she was a girl who had been born in the body of a boy. Suffocating under her peers' bullying and the mounting pressure to be "normal," Katie tried to take her life at the age of eight years old. After several other failed attempts, she finally understood that "Katie"--the girl trapped within her--was determined to live.A beautifully written memoir about growth and self discovery,

It's always hard to review a memoir because how do you review and critic what someone actually lived through? The experiences are real, the characters are real and the emotions are real. It's tough to review, however, it is not tough to discuss it!

The author, Katie Rain Hill stole my heart upon reading the very first line: I hate flies...She is full of so much light and humour. She made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. You would never believe that this person once struggled with their identity. Katie Hill's personality jumps off the pages. She screams confidence and independence. I am almost positive that if I were to meet her in real life I would say "This woman really rocks. She knows exactly who she is!" And she does! But it wasn't always that way for her. She was a girl trapped in a boys body and this detailed telling of her story takes us through the highs and the lows of her transition into the beautiful person she is today.

Katie does not sugar coat anything throughout this memoir. She is very raw and honest about her experiences with bullying and discrimination. She is also very open with her experiences with heartbreak. One lovely person Katie always had in her corner was her Mother. Some are not so fortunate to have the love and support from their family but Katie's mother remained her Cheerleader, rock, confidant and everything in between throughout this whole journey of Katie's growth.

This book would be so resourceful and helpful for teenagers. There are so many children out there today that are discovering who they are but may be afraid. You don't have to be a transgender to understand the things this book can offer. Anyone struggling or trying to become their own person can gain something from this book. It is a wonderfully written story about self discovery and personal growth!

Monday, November 24, 2014

If I Stay Tweet-Along Wrap Up

Thursday, Nov. 20th was an great night! Cambio hosted a fun Twitter Party with author Gayle Forman to celebrate the Blu-Ray DVD release of If I Stay

Fox Entertainment and Cambio provided the bloggers that were participating with an epic gift of essentials to help us make our Twitter Party the absolute best!

This gift of essentials included:

*A Blu-Ray/DVD Combo copy of If I Stay
*A Paperback copy of If I Stay by Gayle Forman
*A Music Note mug
*2 Packages of Hot Chocolate to fill our new mug
*2 Packages of Pop Secret Popcorn to devour during the movie
*A Package of Lindt Chocolates for desert after the popcorn
*A Gorgeous Plush Blanket that feels like your are wrapped up in a warm, fluffy cloud!
*A Box of Kleenex to catch all the feels

The Twitter Party kicked off with all participates popping in their copy of If I Stay at 8pm so we could all be in sync with the awesomeness of this movie! We then began the epic Tweet-Along. Flooding Twitter with our favourite moments, lines, and all things If I Stay.

The film and all of it's special features made for an amazing night! Although we were all in our own homes watching the movie, we were in great company! The conversation was great and you could feel we were all celebrating this together!

The celebrating is not over! You still have time to enter my If I Stay Giveaway! Enter to win A Blu-Ray/DVD copy and Paperback of If I Stay. Click HERE For full details and to Enter!

Thank you to Think Jam, Cambio and Fox Entertainment for putting together this amazing Twitter Party, for your generous gift and for inviting me to be a part of it!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If I Stay Tweet-Along with Gayle Forman THURSDAY, NOV, 20TH!

Join us in the celebration of If I Stay's Blu-Ray/DVD release this week!

Join Gayle Forman, myself and other fans and readers at 8pm Eastern(5:00pm Pacific) tomorrow(Thursday, November 20th) for an exclusive If I Stay Movie night Tweet-Along!

Tweet your questions to Gayle Forman to @cambio using hashtag: #IfIStayIn for our Twitter Party starting at 8pm on Thursday, November 20th. I will be joining in on the fun with you so feel free to chat with me during this awesome event! Check me out @Cat_B87 on Twitter.

Tweet me tomorrow night during the Twitter Party and let me know your favourite parts of the film, the differences between the movie and book, your thoughts on the cast and more!

And don't forget to check out my If I Stay Blu-Ray+DVD Combo giveaway. Check it out HERE!

Exclusive Music Video

If I Stay Movie Trailer

Monday, November 17, 2014

If I Stay Blu-ray+DVD Combo and Paperback GIVEAWAY!!

I am SO thrilled to offer you the opportunity to win this epic prize combo!

Prize Pack Includes

BLU-RAY + DVD + DIGITAL HD Copy of If I Stay
1 Paperback Copy of If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay Blu-ray Exclusive Special Features

* “I Never Wanted To Go” Music Montage
* Beyond The Page featuring interviews with the cast, crew and Author Gayle Forman
o The Love of Music
o Adapting IF I STAY
o An Out of Body Experience

If I Stay Blu-ray and DVD Special Features

* “Never Coming Down” Music Video
* Free download from the If I Stay Soundtrack of the song “Mind” courtesy of WaterTower Music
* Deleted Scenes Commentary by R.J. Cutler and Alison Greenspan
o Bookstore
o Hospital Chapel
* Audio Commentary by R.J. Cutler and Alison Greenspan
* Music Commentary by R.J. Cutler
o “Who Needs You”
o “Until We Get There”
o “I Want What You Have”
o “All of Me”
o “Promise”
o “Never Coming Down”
o “Halo”
o “I Will be There”
o “Mind”
o “Morning”
o “I Never Wanted To Go”
o “Karen Revisited”
o “Today”
o “Heart Like Yours”
o “Heal” (If I Stay Version)
o “Suite No. 1 in G Major for Solo Cello, BWV 1007: Prelude”
o “Cello Concerto in a Minor, Op. 33”
o “Sonata in B Minor for Solo Cello, Op.”
* Image Gallery
* Theatrical Trailer

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Giveaway ends Monday, December 1st, 2014 at 11:59 PM
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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