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Watermill, NY, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 2 reviews
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  • 155 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015

  • I'll Give You the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jandy Nelson
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Jesse Bernstein

    Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways…until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor.

    FanB14 says: "As Bright as 1000 White Hot Suns"
    "An Emotionally Explosive Experience"

    Yes, this is technically a Young Adult novel, but in my opinion, it's categorized as YA because it's ABOUT young adults. It is however FOR any reader at any age.

    Noah and Jude are paternal twins and they are both artists. I’ll Give You the Sun is about their dynamic relationship during their teenaged years.

    I could not stop reading this book. It perfectly captures the emotional volatility of growing up, but more specifically growing up as an artist. The story of Noah and Jude is weaved beautifully and unpredictably throughout, as the author jumps back and forth between perspectives and time periods.

    To call Jandy Nelson's language descriptive or colorful would be an understatement. And to say that she has a mastery over the modern teenage vernacular would be missing the point. Her luminous use of metaphor gives you entreé into the twins' minds, and allows you to see the world from their individual and distinct points of view, which only makes you love them even more and care about their personal and artistic trajectories.

    I'll Give You the Sun packs a mean emotional punch which will knock you on your ass and make you want to dance at the same time.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills. And it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the best-selling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice. Tiny Beautiful Things gathers the best of "Dear Sugar" in one place and includes never-before-published columns.

    Mel says: "A Spoonful of Sugar"
    "Why Go to Therapy When You Have This Book?"
    Would you listen to Tiny Beautiful Things again? Why?

    I already have. It's sound advice on love and life from a woman who is not only emotionally intelligent but a terrific writer. Listening to this book made me feel safe and understood and not alone.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The writer of the Dear Sugar column Cheryl Strayed of course. I love how she opens up and uses her own life experience to empathically connect with her readers. It's a beautiful thing.

    What about Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond (intro) ’s performance did you like?

    I'm glad she narrated. Having her do so was a good match for the authenticity of her writing.

    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Boundaries. The importance of boundaries, and that "f-----ed up people will try to tell you otherwise but boundaries have nothing to do with whether you love someone or not. They are not judgments, punishments or betrayals. They are a purely peaceable thing: the basic principals you identify for yourself that define the behaviors that you will tolerate from others. Boundaries teach people how to treat you and they teach you how to respect yourself."

    Any additional comments?

    Excellent excellent excellent. Absolutely worth every penny.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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