Monday, April 27, 2015

All the Rage by Courntey Summers

All the RageRelease Date: April 14th, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 320 Pages
Series: None
Format: Arc
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear. 
With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?  

“I don't believe in forgiveness. I think if you hurt someone, it becomes part of you both. Each of you just has to live with it and the person you hurt gets to decide if they want to give you the chance to do it again. If they do and you're a good person, you won't make the same mistakes. Just whole new ones.” -- Romy Grey

If you're a frequent reader of The Crazy Bookworm then you probably already know that I love 'deep' books. Those books that are raw and powerful. Books that make you cry and cringe at the same time. I love all types of books, but I tend to gravitate to the heavier reads more.

Where do I begin with All the Rage? I fell in love with Summers' writing ever since Fall for Anything. That book will always stay with me but it now has company. I completed All the Rage in bed, not being able to put it down until I finished the last page, then I was up for at least an 1 hour reeling over it. It's raw and is a powerhouse. This book will definitely leave with a little piece of your heart.

Romy is a delicate character. On the outside she seems strong with this hit-me-with-your-best-shot attitude, yet deep down she is broken and scarred. She wears her trademark red nail polish and lipstick as an armour and is meticulous with it's application. This is actually a strong character trait of hers and shows up throughout the novel. My heart absolutely swelled for her while reading this novel.

This novel packs A LOT of punch when it comes to storyline, yet I still found it to be a very character driven novel. After all, it's the characters that give the storyline it's depth, right? And if the characters fall flat, then the whole book is out a balance. Each character in All the Rage added so much to this book...Each one was necessary! They took this heartbreaking storyline and made it even more real.

The writing is nothing short of amazing. Courtney Summers has this lyrical writing style that transports you from wherever you are reading  and drops you down gently to whatever world the character is living in. It also flows so beautifully and effortlessly. Her writing style is one of my absolute favourite reading experiences!

Even though I devoured this book in nearly one sitting, it will stay with me forever. It took me on an emotional roller coaster with it's raw storyline and beautiful writing style.

Thank you for another powerful read, Courtney Summers. You never disappoint!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten All Time Favourite Authors

Top Ten ALL TIME favourite Authors

It was pretty impossible to narrow this down, but I never turn down a challenge!
1. Nicholas Sparks
He is my guilty pleasure. He is the one I turn to when I need mushy love stories that will also tear my heart out in the process. Whenever I need a good cry, I turn to my ol' pal Nick!
2. John Green
I am sure he will pop up A LOT today! Does this really need an explanation?
3. Jodi Picoult
Another one who writes raw, powerful stories...I am sensing a trend here...That I like to torture myself with soul-crushing books!
4. Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games...
5. Deb Caletti
6. Sarah Dessen
7. Gayle Forman
My love affair started with If I Stay. The rest, as they say, is history!
8. Jennifer Brown
Another outstanding Author that brings tough issues to the forefront. Everything from bullying, teen domestic abuse, sexting and more.
9. Neil Gaiman
He's just magical
10. J.K. Rowling
Yes, I'm finally reading the Harry Potter Series(on book #3) and I definitely see that I missed out on my youth as a reader!
I can't wait to see what your favourite authors are! Be sure to leave your link in the comments so I can check out your post!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters You'd Like To Check In With

Top Ten Characters You'd Like To Check In With
(meaning, the book or series is over and you so just wish you could peek in on the "life" you imagine they are leading years down the line after the story ends)

What an awesome topic this week! Let's see if I can narrow it down here...
 The Book Thief
Liesel from The Book Thief. This book stole my soul! I suffered a major case of Book Hangover after reading this one.  I would love to peek in to see how Liesel has moved on from all that tragedy.
 Beholding Bee
Another forever favourite of mine. Bee still remains in my heart, protected by many other lovely characters, but she has earned a special spot.
The Choice
Oh Nicholas, you sure know how to pen some epic characters. I would love to visit all of them, but when it comes to storyline, I would love to see how this one turned out!
Out of the Easy
I feel this one needs no explanation. If you haven't read it, you need to...Now! I miss Josie!
Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)
Um, who doesn't want to know how Mia and Adam are doing? And the damn well better be together!!
The Help
I would love to know where all the fabulous ladies from The Help are doing...Yes, even Hilly...Just out of pure curiosity.
Gone Girl
Am I messed up for wanting to know how this train wreck turned out?
Uses for Boys
Such a tragic, beautifully written novel. I can only wish for a happy ending.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
(The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
Again, does this need an explanation? Anyone? Bueller?
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Such a lovely story. I would love to know how this corky bunch are making out!
That was tough! I could do 10 more of these lists!
Can't wait to see what books pop up on your list!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Release Date: March 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Viking: Penguin Imprint
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 352 Pages
Series: N/A
Format: Arc
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website | Twitter
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon 

"I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange."
After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the "wastelands" of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.
So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.
Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, "Mosquitoland" is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.  

“Life can be a real son of a bitch sometimes, bringing things back around long after you've said good-bye.”

Wow! To say I am suffering major book hangover after reading this one would be an understatement! 2015 has kicked off with a bang in the world of books; and Mosquitoland may take the cake!

Over the last few months I was seeing this book pop up on all kinds of blogs and memes. One of the most anticipated books of 2015, and after reading it, I can totally understand why! I am not usually one that falls for the hype or that ends up liking it as much as everyone else does. As I've already mentioned though, that was clearly not the case for this book. I loved every second...Every page...Every word! I am totally fan-girl'ing over this book right now.

My arc is tattered and worn. This book literally followed me everywhere! To the gym, the mall, the kitchen, friends houses...When it came to Mosquitoland the phrase: "I'd rather be reading." definitely marks true!

Alright, alright! You're probably thinking: "Just get to it already!". What about Mosquitoland did I love so much? Well, everything. Ha! How do ya like that?! Go on and read it. You'll see exactly what I mean.

First, you'll meet Mim(Mary Iris Malone). A character that has so many amazing, sarcastic qualities that I couldn't help but love her...And see a little of myself in her. There are also qualities about her that will have you wanting to embrace her. Shelter her from the cruelties of the world.

Then you'll meet Arlene, Carl, Poncho man *shutters*, Ahab, Walt, 17C a.k.a Beck...And the rest is history! This amazing crew of characters(aside from Poncho man) will nest their way into your heart. You will want to prolong your reading experience just so you can spend as much time with this eclectic bunch o' folk.

Mosquitoland also tackles Mental Illness. Something that I am grateful for. Mental Illness is slowly getting the attention it needs, and I think the more it comes up in Early Chapter Books and Young Adult books, the more people will learn that they are not alone, that they can relate and that they there is help out there.

I've mentioned it before and I'll say it again: I LOVE novels that take me on a journey(pun intended) of self discovery. I love seeing not only the character go through their transition, but to also discover who they truly are in the process. As Mim mentions: Sometimes a thing is not a thing until you say it out loud.

In case I did not make myself clear, this is a novel that you need to read. Allow yourself to fall victim to the hype when it comes to Mosquitoland. David Arnold has definitely put himself on my radar! If there is ever a standing ovation warranted for a book, this would be the one!

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