The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 13th by Atria
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Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

Today, Evelyn Hugo is 79. She is making headlines again with the impending auction of her most famous gowns.

Who is Evelyn Hugo, you ask? She is an actress, an icon. She is an Elizabeth Taylor, a Marilyn Monroe. And she hasn’t done an interview in decades.

Her people reach out to Vivant magazine, offering an exclusive interview. There is, however, a catch. Evelyn does not want just anyone interviewing her. She insists on being interviewed by Monique Grant, a veritable unknown reporter working for the magazine, writing mainly puff pieces.

Monique is shocked, and so is the editor. However, neither of them are willing to give up this amazing opportunity. Everyone has so many questions. Why Vivant? Why Monique? Why does Evelyn want to give an interview now? Read more…

Tantalizing and Electric–White Fur by Jardine Libaire

White Fur by Jardine Libaire

Hardcover, 305 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Hogarth Press
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Note: I received a copy of this book for my participation in the TLC book tour.

Young, dumb, and in love, Elise and Jamey will take you for one hell of a ride.

Romeo and Juliet with more grit, these two passionate, obsessively in love, twenty-somethings find themselves in a motel with a shotgun on the first page. How do they get there? You have to dive in to find out.

When? The 1980s. Where? Connecticut and New York.

Elise Perez is a rough-and-tumble girl from the wrong side of the tracks. She doesn’t graduate high school, and instead picks up the slack of her single mother, caring for her half siblings. One day she can’t take it anymore. She runs away from home and finds herself sleeping in a car in New Haven. There, a kind stranger finds her and ends up becoming her roommate.

Next-door lives a couple of Yale students in an off-campus townhouse. One of them is Jamey Hyde. He is indisputably from the right side of the tracks in every possible way. He was born and bred from money, and immediately placed on the conveyor belt. Heir to an investment-bank fortune, he is fully expected to fit the mold and join the family business. Read more…

Missing | A New YA Mystery from Kelley Armstrong

missing kelley armstrong book coverMissing by Kelley Armstrong

Young Adult Mystery
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 18th, 2017 by Doubleday Canada
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An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. 

The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.

The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.

But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?

If you know me, you know that I’m a huge K.A. fangirl. The Cainsville series is one of my all time favourites, and I’ve been known to gush about her Casey Duncan books, too.

But you might also remember my first foray into her young adult books. If not, here is how I felt about The Masked Truth (spoiler, not good). I was worried that this reading experience was going to go the same way, but I was willing to give it a chance.

So, when I picked up Missing, I was worried. But I didn’t need to be! It was a perfect book, and sure, some things were a little over the top. However, I didn’t really notice that when I was reading it. I was easily able to suspend my disbelief, nothing managing to be enough to pull me out of the story. I was completely engaged the whole time. I had to know what would happen next.

One thing I love about Kelley Armstrong is her knack for writing intense, independent, kick-ass women. Missing is no exception. Winter Crane is not a girl you want to mess with.

Fun and exciting throughout, this mystery will keep you on your toes. If an easy to read, gripping mystery in the woods and a creepy small town sounds up your alley… definitely pick this one up.

Dope Linkz–Rad Stuff I’ve Been Reading on the Internet

A friendly reminder that people are idiots. Dudes Flipped out about this women only Wonder Woman screening. Via Flavorwire.

But also, a reminder that Teen Vogue is awesome.

Another reminder that people are idiots, in case you needed one. Dudes react to Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. Via Jezebel.

Women’s Representation in Film Actually Getting Worse Not Better, Via Quartz.

Jessica Chastain furthers the point of the of the above Quartz artivle in her role on the jury of the Cannes film festival. Which Misogynistic Cannes Films Was Jessica Chastain Putting on Blast? Via Vulture.

Something that is more hopeful. Band Aid, a Cannes favourite, was made with an all-female crew: “all-female enough that Lister-Jones’s co-star Adam Pally was, for a week, the only man in sight.” Zoe Lister-Jones is dope as hell. Via Vulture.

A really rad lady, doing really rad things. Kakenya Ntaiya Is Fighting Female Genital Mutilation and Promoting Education Through the Kakenya Center for Excellence​. Via Teen Vogue.

We Need to Fix Racism in our Institutions, Not Black Hair. “While dress codes disproportionately target girls’ bodies, black girls often face the double whammy of sexism and racism when trying to attend school.” Via Feministing.

Big Ol’ Side Eye at this Snow White retelling?? Chloe Grace Moretz Apologizes for Her New Animated Movie’s Terrible, Body-Shaming Ad. Via i09.

Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

Cover of Woman No. 17 by Edan LepuckiWoman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 9th, 2017 by Hogarth Press
I received a copy of this book for my participation in the TLC book tour.

High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she’s going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage son, Seth. S performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady.

 

But in the heat of the summer, S’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. And as Lady and S move closer to one another, the glossy veneer of Lady’s privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, S is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. S and Lady are both playing a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear.

Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.

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Almost Missed You, A Spring She Reads Pick!

Cover of Almost Missed You by Jessica StrawserAlmost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

Thriller
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 28th, 2017 by St. Martin’s Press
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Almost Missed You is a spring She Reads pick! I received a copy for my honest review.

Almost Missed You is an emotional thriller about marriage, family, secrets, and what it means to really know someone.

The story begins on a beach in Florida. Violet, Finn, and their son Bear are on a beach vacation, soaking up the sun. When it’s time for Bear’s nap, Finn takes him up to the hotel to put him down. After a while, Violet decides to go check on them. When she gets to their room, no one is there, and only her belongings remain. Where have they gone? Where is her son?! Read more…

Dope Linkz | What I’ve Been Reading on the Internet This Week

Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium: A Forgotten Treasure at the Intersection of Science and Poetry Via Brain Pickings.

Rihanna meme turning into an actual movie, Via Vulture. This is both hilarious and ridiculous, but also amazing.

Men Don’t Get to Say we Don’t Need Safe Spaces Via Marie Claire:  “To men like Stephens, an issue like rape can be an abstract notion, but women don’t have the privilege of sexual violence as a thought exercise. It’s easy to mock the idea of safety when it’s not something you have to think about on a daily basis.”

Young people are less racist, via Quartz. Stop telling people they are being “too sensitive.” We’re just becoming less of jerks.

Up to 82 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been reportedly released! Via the Independent.

The Manchester attack was specifically targeted at young women and girls and the LGBTQIA+ community, Via the Atlantic and Teen Vogue.

Is your sunscreen safe? Via Thoughtfully. Food for thought this summer when you’re getting ready to head out into the sun

Dick Grayson Vs. Toxic Masculinity via Book Riot. Why is the comics industry insisting on pretending that hyper-masculine cis hetero white men are the only people in the audience? 

Banning 13 Reasons Why Isn’t The Answer

I think at this point we are all familiar with 13 Reasons Why  and the controversy surrounding the Netflix series. I know, I know. It’s been talked to death. But let’s talk about it for Mental Health Week anyway.

If you’re not familiar with the controversy, let me fill you in.

The Netflix adaptation of Jay Asher’s novel young adult novel 13 Reasons Why has been receiving both praise and criticism. The story depicts the life of a group of teenagers after the death by suicide of a girl named Hannah Baker. Hannah leaves tapes behind describing the thirteen reasons she had for dying.

While mental health advocates and professionals believe that talking about mental illness and suicide is important, they also believe that the makers of the series did not handle this sensitive material correctly. Not only so, but the makers seem often to actively go against media guidelines for talking about suicide.

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Why People With Anxiety Make Hella Great Friends

Anxiety is a natural response to certain situations. Social anxiety is an evolutionary response. Belonging to, and being accepted by, a group was the difference between death and survival. Humans are social beings meant to be part of a community.

People who have anxiety disorders have natural anxiety on a large-scale. It doesn’t shut off. While there are not a whole ton of things that make having anxiety great, there are a few things that it teaches us.

I know that it can be hard to have friends with anxiety. There are a lot of little things and limitations you have to be aware of and sensitive to, and it can be frustrating. But anxiety can teach those who suffer from it and can give them different perspectives. One of those things is how to be a good friend.

Sure, people with anxiety have all different types of personalities and character traits. But in general, our anxiety makes us alert to certain things and these can benefit those who are around us.

So, this Mental Health Week, here are 14 awesome things that make people with anxiety great friends to have.

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Know Someone With Anxiety? Here are Six (Mildly Snarky) Dos and Don’ts

Hey y’all! It’s Mental Health Week! Let’s #GETLOUD for mental health.

Anxiety. Mental illness. Heavy topic, huh? It doesn’t have to be. Important topic? Absolutely.

I know that mental health and mental illnesses have been getting more mainstream coverage and acceptance of late (which is good), but it’s not enough. It’s something that we still need to work hard at to normalize. This is something that is okay to talk about. It’s important to talk about. 1 in 5 Canadians have or will suffer from a mental illness in their life. That’s 20% of the population, guys.

Although there are a lot of us out there, mental illness can be incredibly isolating. But, knowledge is power, yo! Educate yourself. Know someone with anxiety? (You probably do, whether you know it or not). Here are some (a little snarky) dos and don’ts.

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