June 9th, 2010

han shot first

Everwild by Neal Shusterman

Allie and Nick have been in Everlost for a few years. Like everything else that fails to get to where it’s going, they’ve settled in an unpredictable routine that’s become more like a mission. Their days are not consumed by tedious repetition or useless patterns Mary Queen of Snots would approve of. Allie and Nick have long-term goals. The dynamics differ for each, but in the end all Allie wants is to find her home; Nick wants to destroy Mary Hightower. Left to her own extreme ideas of what’s really best for the children of Everlost, her selfish ideals have begun to sink to new lows. Now she’s demonizing Nick as the “Chocolate Ogre,” perpetuating a self-fulfilling prophecy that threatens to overwhelm Nick’s operation and reveal Mary’s true colors. Neither Nick or Allie is ready to take their coin yet, nor as it turns out, is Mary. And Mikey, Allie’s companion on her journey to find her family, seems to be a bit too preoccupied with how boring his natural state is now that he is no longer The McGill…

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The Lolita Effect by M. Gigi Durham


1. Girls don't choose boys, boys choose girls - but only sexy girls

2. There's only one kind of sexy- slender, curvy, white beauty

3. Girls should work to be that type of sexy

4. The younger a girl is, the sexier she is

5. Sexual violence can be hot

(taken from book)

The Lolita Effect is everywhere and it tacitly fosters the objectification of women and of course violence. The media sells sex; stores sell sex. There are the shirts and mini-skirts made special for preteens, often emblazoned with sexual slogans. It is disturbing at best. She compares the pictures of child prostitutes with the costumes young girls wear, and they are very similar.
Dr. Durham explores how magazines exploit the Lolita Effect, never showing curvy girls, and how most of the models are terribly over sexualized and posed to look very very young.
She talks with girls who have had oral sex as young as eleven because they wanted to please boys. By identifying girls and women as sexual objects, they become objects, aka do with them as you please. Violent sex scenes on TV and in movies are seen as sexually stimulating, there is no sign of consent. The fact that girls = objects, violence = hot, affects boys as well, giving them a skewed idea of sexuality and women.

The Lolita Effect strips girls of their dimensionality, making them solely sexual objects. Their other talents do not matter if they are not 'sexy' and by sexy I mean thin and curvy. The paradox of thin and curvy is pretty obvious, but that is what the media sells. Dr. Durham breaks down the cruel dark side of the Lolita Effect and how it is ruining American youth.

Sexual ethics. What are America's sexual ethics?
That is the question she is actually asking throughout the book.
At the end of each chapter she has discussion points and websites that you can show boys and girls to try to debunk the Lolita Effect.

Anyone and everyone should take a look into this book; however, be conscious of the material in case it might be triggering. She does talk about rape, abuse, the rise of child pornography, the rise of cases against pedophiles, etc. The resources she uses are amazing and if you read this book look into the books and websites she uses.
Kitty: Angry Calico

Mantchev, Lisa: Perchance to Dream

Perchance to Dream (2010)
Written by: Lisa Mantchev
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Pages: 333 (Hardcover)
Series: Book Two (ongoing)

The premise: ganked from the author's website: Beatrice Shakespeare Smith's search for her stolen companion has brought her travelling company far from the stage of the Théâtre Illuminata. With the power of her words, Bertie can reshape reality, but the magic is wild and defies her attempts to control it. The Pirate's time is running out and Sea Goddess will not give up her prize willingly.

My Rating

Worth the Cash: but rather close to "Buy the Paperback," and that's because this book picks up right where Eyes Like Stars left off and never once gives readers a chance to breathe and get themselves reacquainted with the world. And it's surreal to the point that keeping a grip on reality and the rules of the world became impossible. Lord knows I don't mind fast reads, and I don't need hard and fast rules governing everything I read, but I need some kind of frame work to hold on to, and Mantchev blew all such framework out of the water. Bertie's magic comes close to being too convenient, despite the fact she screws it more often than not. That said, the line between reality, imagination, and magic is so blurry that like jawastew, I don't recommend this if you're under the influence of cold medicine. Nor do I recommend reading this if you don't have the time to sit down and focus on it. Don't get me wrong, there's stuff to enjoy here: there's playful, delightful moments with the fairies and the language itself, and I applaud Bertie's character growth in this book, especially in regards to the love triangle. I hope Mantchev keeps this direction, because I really want to see what comes of it.

And despite my inability to find something to hold on to in this book, I intend to read the next installment. For that matter, I'll probably re-read the whole series one day once it's complete (is a series or trilogy? Do we know?), but right now, this book remains a bit of a fuzzy mess in my head, and while I'm willing to take partial blame (especially since I had such high expectations), the book is still kind of crazy. I highly recommend Eyes Like Stars for it's fun and originality, and this book is worth the read to fans who really enjoyed the first. Just know, it doesn't sparkle quite as brightly.

Review style: I want to talk about the relationship of this book to the first, so let me just warn you now, SPOILERS for both books. I also want to talk about the very interesting way Mantchev is handling her love triangle, and also explain why, as jawastew has said, a person should NOT read this while under the influence of cold medicine. Not that I was under that influence, but if I HAD been, this would've been unbearable, and that's what I want to explain. So again, SPOILERS. If those don't bother you or you've already read the book, feel free to read the full review at my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome. :)


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June: Sunshine by Robin McKinley
July: Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff