Mackenzie is a junior in high school when she meets a handsome man on a social dating site. He’s Muslim, respectful and enjoys chatting with her. Mackenzie is a Christian with a boyfriend at the time. This new online friendship blossoms. Once her relationship with her current boyfriend doesn’t pan out she immediately intensifies communicating with this new friend, Aadam whose from Kosovo. Mackenzie’s parents sense something is amiss when their daughter starts pulling away from the family, her Christian faith and her best friends. They have no idea Aadam exists. When Mackenzie asks her dad if she can buy a Koran her dad is floored, but figured everyone goes through their own faith walk and exploration. When Mackenzie states she’s converted her parents are stunned. Why has their daughter all of a sudden gone from social to reclusive? Why the sudden belief change? Will her parents figure out why before it’s, too late?
This book brought up some personal memories for me. In high school relationships can seem like the end all, be all. Teens want to be taken seriously. If you are eighteen you are legally an adult, but not necessarily emotionally or mature enough to be considered an adult. It’s a tightrope to use your wings to gain independence, but still know your parents do love you and want you to make safe life choices. As for faith, growing up in a Christian home myself, there aren’t many opportunities to be exposed to other faiths that differ from your own. I can see why Mackenzie would be enthralled with Islam. It’s different, unique and a person she cares about is of this faith hence why it becomes important to her.
I received an ARC of Almost Gone by Mackenzie Baldwin and John Baldwin for free from NetGalley in exchange for my thoughts on this book. I think this book explores many important topics that parents and teens face today: online dating and how to handle when your teen decides to not believe what they were raised on faith wise. If either of these topics resonates with you I’d recommend this book.
I’m not a mother. I am not a baby person, so to speak, but this book’s title caught my attention. A Uterus Is A Feature Not A Bug talks about women’s struggles to be taken seriously in the working world, after having had children. The author, Sarah Lacy, is a no hold’s bared journalist who doesn’t mince her words. There are a few well placed flowery words to emphasize certain parts.
Sarah covers topics ranging from working as a new mom, working as a single parent and the stigma that divorce brings into the workplace. Another important topic she tackles is the traditional view that a woman must strictly stay at home with the kids is. With women being able to work outside the home it’s helping their partner/spouse financially and giving the other person more parental responsibilities with the kids. Women today can survive without having to be married. I think that scares the crap out of a lot of men because then women’s needy dependence on men lowers. Sarah goes over how nontraditional families are possible and do function quite smoothly. Also, you don’t have to be married to choose to have kids, or to have a healthy family relationship.
I received my free ARC of A Uterus Is A Feature Not A Bug by Sarah Lacy from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest assessment. Even if you aren’t a mother this book will change your life. There are so many topics I didn’t think about in depth much till I read this book. Men should read this book as well. This book empowers women to be all they can be wether married, single, or divorced. Cultural labels don’t have to define your life. You can move beyond the stigmas and grow as a woman. To find out more about Sarah Lacy via Twitter, click here. To buy a copy of this important book stop by HarperCollins.
“We need to talk,” is one of the most intimidating sentences we hear. I know when I hear it my stress and anxiety levels go up. I hate feeling like I’m in trouble, or going to be lectured. If that’s the main sentence you hear from a family member, or friend it doesn’t endear you to want to ever talk with them for fear of being on their crud list. This book, We Need To Talk by Celeste Headlee took that one sentence filled with fear and opened my eyes to a lot more.
This book covers a lot of different aspects of conversation and how we either help, or hinder communicating effectively. I felt convicted on a lot. I interject similar experiences, I interrupt who I’m talking with and sometimes I go off into day dreamland not fully paying attention. When I get excited I get chatty, but if I’m nervous I go quiet. Another aspect to conversation that was addressed in the book is our lack of attention span and empathy as a society. Those statistics were sobering and disturbing. I think the invention of smart phones has given us access to information, but not made us smarter, or more compassionate.
If you are interested in reading more about the topic of conversation and how to be a great listener and conversationalist I highly recommend this readable book. To grab a copy click here. I got an early copy of We Need To Talk from TLC Book Tours for free in exchange for my honest assessment. What an enlightening read. To find out more about the author visit her website.
Take Me With You is a collection of LGBTQIA poems. There are lovely illustrations throughout this book of poetry. The poems deal with topics that range from relationships, coming out, anxiety, etc. I liked this book of poems, except it was a tad bit hard to follow with how the book ended up formatted. If you enjoy poetry you may like this book. I received this ARC for free from NetGalley in exchange for my review.
Penelope tells herself she’ll quit, but if she takes Fix one more time she’ll be able to see Nate, her imaginary boyfriend. She knows Nate isn’t real, but she senses he’s trying to tell her something. Fix is the popular drug at school. Her best friend Rose is her supplier and she doesn’t want to piss off Rose by quitting. Penelope has been dealing with the year from Hell. Her sister killed herself and her mom has a verbally abusive boyfriend. Fix helps her get through life. One night when Penelope goes to a party at Rose’s the night turns ugly after a bad trip on Fix. Should Penelope turn to her childhood best friend Jenelle for help?
This YA Thriller covers a multitude of important topics. Teen drug use is the major one. Mind altering antidepressant pills are popular. Relationships are another topic covered in this novel. Penelope is trying to navigate her rocky friendship with Rose and her ships in the night relationship with her mom. Then there’s Nate who seems to only come to her when she’s on Fix. Penelope did have a real boyfriend, but that’s in the past. Grief is another big topic covered. How we deal with the sudden passing of a loved one.
If you enjoy mysteries and thrillers I highly recommend Fix Me by Lisa Cronkhite. I almost read this ARC in one day. I was given this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for my review. Thank you for an awesome read.
Did you go through a “Little House On The Prairie,” phase? I sure did from about Kindergarten to fourth grade. My grandmother made me my own pinafore. Growing up I watched “Little House On The Prairie,” every day at 5pm. I loved the actor Michael Landon, who to me,seemed like the classic personification of Pa. Melissa Gilbert portrayed Laura Ingalls just right in all her spunkiness. Melissa Sue Anderson brought Mary Ingalls to life in all her semkingly goody toe shoes elderly sister role. In third grade I got to have my own creek in my backyard. Of course I put a plank of wood across so I could get across. I have never read all of the Little House books, but when I saw, A Prairie Girl’s Faith, as an option to request an ARC of course I jumped at the chance.
This short volume reflects on Laura’s and her family’s faith. It covers her relationship with her daughter Rose. Not having read all of Laura’s books, or any bios on her, I didn’t realize how big of a role Rose had in helping shape The Little House series. This book also, includes some recipes of Laura’s Ma and their friends/neighbors.
I received this ARC for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for my review. I had high hopes for this book, but honestly I found it a bit slow and dry for my taste. If you are a fan of Laura this book might still be worth a check out.
Claire Wilkinson thought she has a fairly ideal family until her son Billy goes missing. Due to the stress of worrying about him she starts having chunks of missing time where she can’t recall getting to where she’s at, or what she’s done. Her husband, Mark and son, Jake start acting a bit out of character. Claire is determined to find Billy, no matter what. In trying to piece together what happened the night Billy disappeared Claire wonders if everyone’s been honest about that night.
If you love psychological thrillers this book is perfect. It’s long, but you get sucked in from page one. I definitely will be reading more of C.L. Taylor’s work. I was provided my free ARC of The Missing from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review. This book is hard to put down, fascinating, suspenseful and intense. If you enjoy thrillers add this one to your must buy pile. To buy a lovely copy of this book click here. To find out more and connect with T.L. Taylor check out her website.