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The Road Trip

Addie and her sister are about to embark on an epic road trip to a friend's wedding in the north of Scotland. The playlist is all planned and the snacks are packed.

But, not long after setting off, a car slams into the back of theirs. The driver is none other than Addie's ex, Dylan, who she's avoided since their traumatic break up two years earlier.

Dylan and his best mate are heading to the wedding too, and they've totalled their car, so Addie has no choice but to offer them a ride. The car is soon jam packed full of luggage and secrets, and with three hundred miles ahead of them, Dylan and Addie can't avoid confronting the very messy history of their relationship

Will they make it to the wedding on time? And, importantly is this really the end of the road for Addie and Dylan?

She Drives Me Crazy

High school nemeses fall in love in this queer YA rom com perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Casey McQuisten.

After losing spectacularly to her ex girlfriend in their first game since their break up, Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with the worst possible person: her nemesis, the incredibly beautiful and incredibly mean Irene Abraham. Things only get worse when their nosey, do gooder moms get involved and the girls are forced to carpool together until Irene’s car gets out of the shop.

Their bumpy start only gets bumpier the time they spend together. But when an opportunity presents itself for Scottie to get back at her toxic ex (and climb her school’s social ladder at the same time), she bribes Irene into playing along. Hijinks, heartbreak, and gay fake dating scheme for the ages. From author Kelly Quindlen comes a new laugh out loud romp through the ups and downs of teen romance.

The Prison Healer (The Prison Healer, #1)

Seventeen year old Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer.

When the Rebel Queen is captured, Kiva is charged with keeping the terminally ill woman alive long enough for her to undergo the Trial by Ordeal: a series of elemental challenges against the torments of air, fire, water, and earth, assigned to only the most dangerous of criminals.

Then a coded message from Kiva’s family arrives, containing a single order: “Don’t let her die. We are coming.” Aware that the Trials will kill the sickly queen, Kiva risks her own life to volunteer in her place. If she succeeds, both she and the queen will be granted their freedom.

But no one has ever survived.

With an incurable plague sweeping Zalindov, a mysterious new inmate fighting for Kiva’s heart, and a prison rebellion brewing, Kiva can’t escape the terrible feeling that her trials have only just begun.

From bestselling author Lynette Noni comes a dark, thrilling YA fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, and Sabaa Tahir.

Malice (Malice Duology #1)

A princess isn’t supposed to fall for an evil sorceress. But in this darkly magical retelling of “Sleeping Beauty,” true love is than a simple fairy tale.

Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who, in an act of vengeance, cursed a line of princesses to die. A curse that could only be broken by true love’s kiss.

You’ve heard this before, haven’t you? The handsome prince. The happily ever after.

Utter nonsense.

Let me tell you, no one in Briar actually cares about what happens to its princesses. Not the way they care about their jewels and elaborate parties and charm granting elixirs. I thought I didn’t care, either.

Until I met her.

Princess Aurora. The last heir to Briar’s throne. Kind. Gracious. The future queen her realm needs. One who isn’t bothered that I am Alyce, the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins. Humiliated and shamed by the same nobles who pay me to bottle hexes and then brand me a monster. Aurora says I should be proud of my gifts. That she . cares for me. Even though it was a power like mine that was responsible for her curse.

But with less than a year until that curse will kill her, any future I might see with Aurora is swiftly disintegrating—and she can’t stand to kiss yet another insipid prince. I want to help her. If my power began her curse, perhaps it’s what can lift it. Perhaps, together, we could forge a new world.

Nonsense again.

Because we all know how this story ends, don’t we? Aurora is the beautiful princess. And I—

I am the villain.

Pride and Premeditation (Jane Austen Murder Mystery, #1)

Perfect for fans of the Lady Janies and Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a thrilling and high stakes whodunit.

When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen year old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates.

Convinced the authorities have imprisoned the wrong person, Lizzie vows to solve the murder on her own. But as the case—and her feelings for Darcy—become complicated, Lizzie discovers that her dream job could make her happy, but it might also get her killed.

Kate in Waiting

Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theater rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient. Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment. Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are fun anyway.

But when Kate and Andy’s latest long distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off script. Matt Olsson is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson.

Turns out, communal crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson’s friendship.

In Deeper Waters

A young prince must rely on a mysterious stranger to save him when he is kidnapped during his coming of age tour in this swoony adventure that is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Pirates of the Caribbean.

Prince Tal has long awaited his coming of age tour. After spending most of his life cloistered behind palace walls as he learns to keep his forbidden magic secret, he can finally see his family’s kingdom for the first time. His first taste of adventure comes just two days into the journey, when their crew discovers a mysterious prisoner on a burning derelict vessel.

Tasked with watching over the prisoner, Tal is surprised to feel an intense connection with the roguish Athlen. So when Athlen leaps overboard and disappears, Tal feels responsible and heartbroken, knowing Athlen could not have survived in the open ocean.

That is, until Tal runs into Athlen days later on dry land, very much alive, and as charming—and secretive—as ever. But before they can pursue anything further, Tal is kidnapped by pirates and held ransom in a plot to reveal his rud powers and instigate a war. Tal must escape if he hopes to save his family and the kingdom. And Athlen might just be his only hope…

Kisses and Croissants

Seventeen year old Mia, an American girl at an elite summer ballet program, has six weeks to achieve her dreams: to snag an audition with one of the world’s best ballet companies. But there’s to Paris than ballet—especially when a charming French boy, Louis, wants to be her tour guide—and the pair discover the city has a few mysteries up its sleeve.

In the vein of romances like Love and Gelato, this is the perfect summer adventure for anyone looking to get swept away in the City of Love.

Between Perfect and Real

A moving YA debut about a trans boy finding his voice—and himself Dean Foster knows he’s a trans guy. He’s watched enough YouTube videos and done enough questioning to be sure. But everyone at his high school thinks he’s a lesbian—including his girlfriend Zoe, and his theater director, who just cast him as a “nontraditional” Romeo. He wonders if maybe it would be easier to wait until college to come out. But as he plays Romeo every day in rehearsals, Dean realizes he wants everyone to see him as he really is now––not just on the stage, but everywhere in his life. Dean knows what he needs to do. Can playing a role help Dean be his true self?

What's Not to Love

An academic enemies to lovers YA with all the nerdy drama, high school antics, and heartpounding romance of the Netflix original series Never Have I Ever

Since high school began, Alison Sanger and Ethan Molloy have competed on almost everything. AP classes, the school paper, community service, it never ends. If Alison could avoid Ethan until graduation, she would. Except, naturally, for two over achieving seniors with their sights on valedictorian and Harvard, they share all the same classes and extracurriculars. So when their school’s principal assigns them the task of co planning a previous class’s ten year reunion, with the promise of a recommendation for Harvard if they do, Ethan and Alison are willing to endure one activity together if it means beating the other out of the lead.

But with all this extra time spent in each other’s company, their rivalry begins to feel closer to friendship. And as tension between them builds, Alison fights the growing realization that the only thing she wants than winning…is Ethan.

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

I'm Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter meets Emergency Contact in this stunning story of first love, familial expectations, the power of food, and finding where you belong.

As an aspiring pastry chef, Penelope Prado has always dreamed of opening her own pastelería next to her father's restaurant, Nacho's Tacos. But her mom and dad have different plans leaving Pen to choose between disappointing her traditional Mexican American parents or following her own path. When she confesses a secret she's been keeping, her world is sent into a tailspin. But then she meets a cute new hire at Nacho's who sees through her hard exterior and asks the questions she's been too afraid to ask herself.

Xander Amaro has been searching for home since he was a little boy. For him, a job at Nacho's is an opportunity for just that a chance at a normal life, to settle in at his abuelo's, and to find the father who left him behind. But when both the restaurant and Xander's immigrant status are threatened, he will do whatever it takes to protect his new found family and himself.

Together, Pen and Xander must navigate first love and discovering where they belong both within their families and their fiercely loyal Chicanx community in order to save the place they all call home.

Slingshot

An exciting debut contemporary young adult novel perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Mary H. K. Choi

Grace Welles had resigned herself to the particular loneliness of being fifteen and stuck at a third tier boarding school in the swamps of Florida, when she accidentally saves the new kid in her class from being beat up. With a single aim of a slingshot, the monotonous mathematics of her life are obliterated forever…because now there is this boy she never asked for. Wade Scholfield.

With Wade, Grace discovers a new way to exist. School rules are optional, life is bizarrely perfect, and conversations about wormholes can lead to make out sessions that disrupt any logical stream of thoughts.

So why does Grace crush Wade’s heart into a million tiny pieces? And what are her options when she finally realizes that 1. The universe doesn’t revolve around her, and 2. Wade has been hiding a dark secret. Is Grace the only person unhinged enough to save him?

Acidly funny and compulsively readable, Mercedes Helnwein’s debut novel Slingshot is a story about two people finding each other and then screwing it all up. See also: soulmate, friendship, stupidity, sex, bad poetry, and all the indignities of being in love for the first time.

Anna K: Away (Anna K, #2)

It's Crazy Rich Asians meets Gossip Girl! Anna K Away follows the fabulous cast of characters from Anna K over the course of the next summer, when new freedoms lead to life changing adventures, risks, and self discovery.



How the mighty have fallen. Anna K, once the golden girl of Greenwich, CT, and New York City, has been brought low by a scandalous sex tape and the tragic death of her first love, Alexia Vronsky. At the beginning of the summer, her father takes her to the other side of the world, to connect with his family in South Korea and hide her away. Is Anna in exile? Or could this be her chance to figure out who she really is?

Back in the U.S., Lolly has forgiven Steven for cheating on her, and their relationship feels stronger than ever. But when Lolly meets a boy at her beloved theater camp, she has to ask herself how well Steven will ever really know her. Meanwhile, in Manhattan, everything between Kimmie and her new boyfriend, Dustin, is easy except when it comes to finally having sex. And Bea escapes to LA, running away from her grief at her beloved cousin's death, until a beautiful stranger steals her heart. Is Bea ready to finally forgive Anna, and let herself truly fall in love for the very first time?

Set over the course of one unforgettable summer, Jenny Lee's Anna K Away is full of the risk, joy, heartbreak, and adventure that mark the three months between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next.

The Flipside of Perfect

What happens when her two worlds collide?

AJ is a buttoned up, responsible student attending a high achieving high school in Michigan. She lives with her mother, stepfather, and two younger half sisters.

Della spends every summer with her father in Florida. A free spirited wild child, she spends as much time as possible on the beach with her friends and older siblings.

But there’s a catch: AJ and Della are the same person. Adelaide Beloise Jepsen to be exact, and she does everything she can to keep her school and summer lives separate.

When her middle sister crashes her carefree summer getaway, Adelaide’s plans fall apart. In order to help her sister, save her unexpected friendship with a guy who might just be perfect for her, and discover the truth about her own past, Adelaide will have to reconcile the two sides of herself…and face the fact that it’s perfectly okay not to be perfect all the time.

Between the Bliss and Me

Acclaimed author Lizzy Mason delivers a moving contemporary YA novel about mental illness, young romance, and the impact of family history on one teen’s future, perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson, Robin Benway, and Kathleen Glasgow.

When eighteen year old Sydney Holman announces that she has decided to attend NYU, her overprotective mom is devastated. Her decision means she will be living in the Big City instead of commuting to nearby Rutgers like her mom had hoped. It also means she'll be close to off limits but dreamy Grayson—a guitar prodigy who is going to Juilliard in the fall and very much isn't single.

But while she dreams of her new life, Sydney discovers a world changing truth about her father, who left when she was little due to a drug addiction—that he has schizophrenia and is currently living on the streets of New York City. She seizes the opportunity to get to know him, to understand who he is and learn what may lie in store for her if she, too, is diagnosed.

Even as she continues to fall for Grayson, Sydney is faced with a difficult decision: Should she stay close to home so her mom can watch over her, or follow the desire to take risks and discover her true self?

The Key to You and Me

A sweet and funny #ownvoices LGBTQ+ romance perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Julie Murphy, from the critically acclaimed author of Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit!

Piper Kitts is spending the summer living with her grandmother, training at the barn of a former Olympic horseback rider, and trying to get over her ex girlfriend. Much to Piper’s dismay, her grandmother is making her face her fear of driving head on by taking lessons from a girl in town.

Kat Pearson has always suspected that she likes girls but fears her North Carolina town is too small to color outside the lines. But when Piper’s grandmother hires Kat to give her driving lessons, everything changes.

Piper’s not sure if she’s ready to let go of her ex. Kat’s navigating uncharted territory with her new crush. With the summer running out, will they be able to unlock a future together?

My Epic Spring Break (Up)

A fun and upbeat paperback original romance about a girl who finds a cheat sheet for love.

Spring break . heartache?

For coder extraordinaire Ashley, high school is all about prepping for college. Her love life? Virtually nonexistent. She's never been on a date. Never been kissed. Never been in love.

When her plans veer off course, Ashley realizes she might be missing out on her high school experience. Now that spring break is finally here, Ashley vows to have fun . and, for the first time, follow her heart.

Starting with Walker Beech, her gorgeous, maybe not so unrequited crush. But with Jason Eisler her childhood friend turned prankster in the picture, trouble is bound to follow. Will Ashley's epic spring break lead her to love, or will her heart crash and burn?

Smart, fun, fast paced. USA Today bestselling author of The Kiss Quotient Helen Hoang on Kristin Rockaway's How to Hack a Heartbreak

Fade Into the Bright

Five Feet Apart meets Tell Me Three Things in this YA contemporary novel about two sisters, one summer, and a diagnosis that changes everything.

Abby needs to escape a life that she no longer recognizes as her own. Her old life the one where she was a high school volleyball star with a textbook perfect future has been ripped away. Abby and her sister, Brooke, have received a letter from their estranged dad informing them he has Huntington's disease, a fatal, degenerative disorder that you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy. And when the sisters agree to genetic testing, one of them tests positive.

Fleeing to Catalina Island for the summer, Abby is relieved to be in a place where no one knows her tragic history. But when she meets aspiring documentary filmmaker Ben tall, outdoorsy, easygoing, with eyes that don't miss a thing she's thrown off her game. Ben's the kind of guy who loves to figure out people's stories. What if he learns hers?

Burn that Bridge

Turns out trading a spot on the cheerleading squad for a fresh fade and all new pronouns was of a recipe for disaster than happiness. Coming out as trans in rural Alabama, where football rules and cheer is life, might have been the worst way to start my senior year.

There are no safety nets for people like me in places like this.

But sometimes, hope shows itself in the most unexpected places. New friends help us survive —and maybe— thrive. But falling for Sebastian was not part of the plan.

Embracing my identity put my happiness at odds with my safety. I’m terrified. Terrified to be me. Terrified to be happy. Terrified to love him.

Welcome to senior year.

Try to make it out alive.

Lost in the Never Woods

When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers.

It's been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don't do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what's waiting for her in the woods.

Namesake (Fable, #2)

Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.

With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and the rest of the crew were set to start over. That freedom is short lived when Fable becomes a pawn in a notorious thug’s scheme. In order to get to her intended destination, she must help him to secure a partnership with Holland, a powerful gem trader who is than she seems.

As Fable descends deeper into a world of betrayal and deception, she learns that the secrets her mother took to her grave are now putting the people Fable cares about in danger. If Fable is going to save them, then she must risk everything—including the boy she loves and the home she has finally found.

Yolk

From New York Times bestselling author Mary H.K. Choi comes a funny and emotional story about two estranged sisters switching places and committing insurance fraud to save one of their lives.

Jayne Baek is barely getting by. She shuffles through fashion school, saddled with a deadbeat boyfriend, clout chasing friends, and a wretched eating disorder that she’s not fully ready to confront. But that’s New York City, right? At least she isn’t in Texas any, and is finally living in a city that feels right for her.

On the other hand, her sister June is dazzlingly rich with a high flying finance job and a massive apartment. Unlike Jayne, June has never struggled a day in her life. Until she’s diagnosed with uterine cancer.

Suddenly, these estranged sisters who have nothing in common are living together. Because sisterly obligations are kind of important when one of you is dying.

Perfect on Paper

In Perfect on Paper, Leah on the Offbeat meets To All the Boys I've Loved Before: a bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her classmates is hired by the hot guy to help him get his ex back

Her advice, spot on. Her love life, way off.

Darcy Phillips:
• Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes―for a fee.
• Uses her power for good. Most of the time.
• Really cannot stand Alexander Brougham.
• Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke…who is in love with someone else.
• Does not appreciate being blackmailed.

However, when Brougham catches her in the act of collecting letters from locker 89―out of which she’s been running her questionably legal, anonymous relationship advice service―that’s exactly what happens. In exchange for keeping her secret, Darcy begrudgingly agrees to become his personal dating coach―at a generous hourly rate, at least. The goal? To help him win his ex girlfriend back.

Darcy has a good reason to keep her identity secret. If word gets out that she’s behind the locker, some things she's not proud of will come to light, and there’s a good chance Brooke will never speak to her again.

Okay, so all she has to do is help an entitled, bratty, (annoyingly hot) guy win over a girl who’s already fallen for him once? What could go wrong?

Sweet & Bitter Magic

In this charming debut fantasy perfect for fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Girls of Paper and Fire, a witch cursed to never love meets a girl hiding her own dangerous magic, and the two strike a dangerous bargain to save their queendom.

Tamsin is the most powerful witch of her generation. But after committing the worst magical sin, she’s exiled by the ruling Coven and cursed with the inability to love. The only way she can get those feelings back—even for just a little while—is to steal love from others.

Wren is a source—a rare kind of person who is made of magic, despite being unable to use it herself. Sources are required to train with the Coven as soon as they discover their abilities, but Wren—the only caretaker to her ailing father—has spent her life hiding her secret.

When a magical plague ravages the queendom, Wren’s father falls victim. To save him, Wren proposes a bargain: if Tamsin will help her catch the dark witch responsible for creating the plague, then Wren will give Tamsin her love for her father.

Of course, love bargains are a tricky thing, and these two have a long, perilous journey ahead of them—that is, if they don't kill each other first..

Down Comes the Night

He saw the darkness in her magic. She saw the magic in his darkness.

Wren Southerland’s reckless use of magic has cost her everything: she’s been dismissed from the Queen’s Guard and separated from her best friend—the girl she loves. So when a letter arrives from a reclusive lord, asking Wren to come to his estate, Colwick Hall, to cure his servant from a mysterious illness, she seizes her chance to redeem herself.

The mansion is crumbling, icy winds haunt the caved in halls, and her eccentric host forbids her from leaving her room after dark. Worse, Wren’s patient isn’t a servant at all but Hal Cavendish, the infamous Reaper of Vesria and her kingdom’s sworn enemy. Hal also came to Colwick Hall for redemption, but the secrets in the estate may lead to both of their deaths.

With sinister forces at work, Wren and Hal realize they’ll have to join together if they have any hope of saving their kingdoms. But as Wren circles closer to the nefarious truth behind Hal’s illness, they realize they have no escape from the monsters within the mansion. All they have is each other, and a startling desire that could be their downfall.

Allison Saft’s Down Comes the Night is a snow drenched romantic fantasy that keeps you racing through the pages long into the night.

Love makes monsters of us all.

Covet (Crave, #3)

I may have reached my breaking point. As if trying to graduate from a school for supernaturals isn’t stressful enough, my relationship status has gone from complicated to a straight up dumpster fire. Oh, and the Bloodletter has decided to drop a bomb of epic proportions on us all Then again, when has anything at Katmere Academy not been intense?

And the hits just keep coming. Jaxon's turned colder than an Alaskan winter. The Circle is splintered over my upcoming coronation. As if things couldn’t get worse, now there’s an arrest warrant for Hudson’s and my supposed crimes—which apparently means a lifetime prison sentence with a deadly unbreakable curse.

Choices will have to be madeand I fear not everyone will survive.

She's Too Pretty to Burn

An electric romance set against a rebel art scene sparks lethal danger for two girls in this expertly plotted YA thriller. For fans of E. Lockhart, Lauren Oliver and Kara Thomas.

The summer is winding down in San Diego. Veronica is bored, caustically charismatic, and uninspired in her photography. Nico is insatiable, subversive, and obsessed with chaotic performance art. They’re artists first, best friends second. But that was before Mick. Delicate, lonely, magnetic Mick: the perfect subject, and Veronica’s dream girl. The days are long and hot―full of adventure―and soon they are falling in love. Falling so hard, they never imagine what comes next. One fire. Two murders. Three drowning bodies. One suspect . one stalker. This is a summer they won’t survive.

Inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, this sexy psychological thriller explores the intersections of love, art, danger, and power.

Sing Me Forgotten

Isda does not exist. At least not beyond the opulent walls of the opera house.Cast into a well at birth for being one of the magical few who can manipulate memories when people sing, she was saved by Cyril, the opera house’s owner. Since that day, he has given her sanctuary from the murderous world outside. All he asks in return is that she use her power to keep ticket sales high—and that she stay out of sight. For if anyone discovers she survived, Isda and Cyril would pay with their lives.But Isda breaks Cyril’s cardinal rule when she meets Emeric Rodin, a charming boy who throws her quiet, solitary life out of balance. His voice is unlike any she’s ever heard, but the real shock comes when she finds in his memories hints of a way to finally break free of her gilded prison.Haunted by this possibility, Isda spends and time with Emeric, searching for answers in his music and his past. But the price of freedom is steeper than Isda could ever know. For even as she struggles with her growing feelings for Emeric, she learns that in order to take charge of her own destiny, she must become the monster the world tried to drown in the first place.

A Trial of Sorcerers (A Trial of Sorcerers, #1)

Ice is in her blood.

Eighteen year old Waterrunner Eira Landan lives her life in the shadows — the shadow of her older brother, of her magic’s whispers, and of the person she accidentally killed. She’s the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers until the day she decides to step out and compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms.

Pitted against the best sorcerers in the Empire, Eira fights to be one of four champions. Excelling in the trials has its rewards. She's invited to the royal court with the “Prince of the Tower,” discovers her rare talent for forbidden magic, and at midnight, Eira meets with a handsome elfin ambassador.

But, Eira soon learns, no reward is without risk. As she comes into the spotlight, so too do the skeletons of a past she hadn't even realized was haunting her.

Eira went into the trials ready for a fight. Ready to win. She wasn't ready for what it would cost her. No one expected the candidates might not make it out with their lives.

This is the first book in a young adult, epic fantasy that's a tale of competition, coming of age, distant lands, elemental magic, and romance. It's perfect for fans of the Legend of Korra, Truthwitch, and A Sorcery of Thorns.

Bone Crier's Dawn (Bone Grace, #2)

Love is a matter of life and death.

Bone Criers have been ferrying the dead into the afterlife for centuries, a dangerous duty only possible with the powers they gain from sacrificing their amourés the men destined to love them and die. But Bone Criers Ailesse and Sabine—along with Ailesse’s love, Bastien—are working to chart their own course and rewrite the rules of the afterlife. If they don’t break the soul between Ailesse and her amouré, she could die—just as Bastien’s father did.

Sabine struggles to maintain her authority as matrone of her famille—the role always destined for her sister—even as she fights to control the violent jackal power within her.

Bastien is faced with a new dilemma as the spirits of the Underworld threaten the souls of his friends—and his father.

Ailesse attempts to resist her mother’s siren song as she’s drawn into her own version of the Underworld. How will she save her friends once she’s cut off from their world?

This pulse pounding follow up to Bone Crier’s Moon is a story of love, sisterhood, and determination as three friends find the courage and power to shatter the boundary between the living and the dead.

I Think I Love You

A sweet and funny debut novel about falling for someone when you least expect it . and finding out that real life romance is better than anything on screen.

Emma is a die hard romantic. She loves a meet cute Netflix movie, her pet, Lady Catulet, and dreaming up the Gay Rom Com of her heart for the film festival competition she and her friends are entering. If only they’d listen to her ideas.

Sophia is pragmatic. She’s big into boycotts, namely 1) relationships, 2) teen boys and their BO (reason #2347683 she’s a lesbian), and 3) Emma’s nauseating ideas. Forget starry eyed romance, Sophia knows what will win: an artistic film with a message.

Cue the drama. The movie is doomed before they even start shooting . until a real life plot twist unfolds behind the camera when Emma and Sophia start seeing each other through a different lens. Suddenly their rivalry is starting to feel like an actual rom com.

The Queen's Secret (The Queen's Secret, #2)

Lilac's birthright makes her the Queen of Renovia, and a forced marriage made her the Queen of Stavin. But being a ruler does not mean making the rules. For Lilac, taking the throne means giving up the opportunity to be with love of her life, the kingdom's assassin, Caledon Holt.

Worse, Cal is forced to leave the castle when a horrific set of magical attacks threatens Lilac's sovereignty. Now Cal and Lilac will have to battle dark forces separately, even though being together is the only thing that's ever saved them.

In the riveting conclusion to Melissa De La Cruz's fantasy duet, love and magic are at war, and victory rests on a knife's edge.

With You All the Way

Ada’s life is a mess. She just caught her boyfriend cheating on her after a humiliating attempt at losing her virginity, and she’s had it up to here with her gorgeous older sister’s unsolicited advice.

But things really hit the fan during a family vacation in Hawaii, where Ada discovers her own mother is having an affair. Apparently, everyone is falling into bed with people they shouldn’t. Everyone except Ada. But when Ada decides she’s going to stop trying and start doing—sex, that is—her best laid plan overlooks an inconvenient truth:

Feelings, romantic or not, always get in the way. 

Once Upon a Quinceañera

Jenny Han meets Jane the Virgin in this flashy and fun Own Voices romcom from debut author Monica Gomez Hira.

Carmen Aguilar just wants to make her happily ever after come true. Except apparently “happily ever after” for Carmen involves being stuck in an unpaid summer internship! All she has to do is perform! In a ball gown! During the summer. In Miami.

Fine. Except that Carmen’s company is hired for her spoiled cousin Ariana’s over the top quinceañera.

And of course, her new dance partner at work is none other than Mauro Reyes, Carmen’s most deeply regrettable ex.

If Carmen is going to move into the future she wants, she needs to leave the past behind. And if she can manage dancing in the blistering heat, fending off Mauro’s texts, and stopping Ariana from ruining her own quinceañera Carmen might just get that happily ever after after all.

Five Ways to Fall Out of Love

This whip smart rom com explores the risks and rewards of letting love in, for fans of Jennifer E. Smith, Julie Buxbaum, and Sandhya Menon.How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways…Aubrey Cash learned the hard way not to rely on love. After all, Webster Casey, the new boy next door she’d been falling for all summer, stood her up at homecoming in front of everyone with no explanation. Proving her theory that love never lasts seems easy when she’s faced with parents whose marriage is falling apart and a best friend who thinks every boy she dates is “the one.” But when sparks fly with a boy who turns out to be Webster’s cousin, and then Webster himself becomes her lab partner for the rest of senior year, Aubrey finds her theory—and her commitment to stay single—put to the test.As she navigates the breakdown of her family, the consequences her cynicism has on her relationship with her best friend, and her own confusing but undeniable feelings for Webster, Aubrey has to ask herself: What really happened the night Webster stood her up? And if there are five ways to fall out of love…could there perhaps be even ways to fall back in?

American Betiya

Fans of Sandhya Menon, Erika Sanchez and Jandy Nelson will identify with this powerful story of a young artist grappling with first love, family boundaries, and the complications of a cross cultural relationship.

Rani Kelkar has never lied to her parents, until she meets Oliver. The same qualities that draw her in his tattoos, his charisma, his passion for art make him her mother's worst nightmare.

They begin dating in secret, but when Oliver's troubled home life unravels, he starts to ask of Rani than she knows how to give, desperately trying to fit into her world, no matter how high the cost. When a twist of fate leads Rani from Evanston, Illinois to Pune, India for a summer, she has a reckoning with herself and what's really brewing beneath the surface of her first love.

Winner of the SCBWI Emerging Voices award, Anuradha Rajurkar takes an honest look at the ways cultures can clash in an interracial relationship. Braiding together themes of sexuality, artistic expression, and appropriation, she gives voice to a girl claiming ownership of her identity, one shattered stereotype at a time.

Bruised

To Daya Wijesinghe, a bruise is a mixture of comfort and control. Since her parents died in an accident she survived, bruises have become a way to keep her pain on the surface of her skin so she doesn’t need to deal with the ache deep in her heart.

So when chance and circumstances bring her to a roller derby bout, Daya is hooked. Yes, the rules are confusing and the sport seems to require the kind of teamwork and human interaction Daya generally avoids. But the opportunities to bruise are countless, and Daya realizes that if she’s going to keep her emotional pain at bay, she’ll need all the opportunities she can get.

The deeper Daya immerses herself into the world of roller derby, though, the she realizes it’s not the simple physical pain fest she was hoping for. Her rough and tumble teammates and their fans push her limits in ways she never imagined, bringing Daya to big truths about love, loss, strength, and healing.

Make You Beg

To the world, she’s known as Henley Greene.
To me, she’s a little doll— a toy to be played with and tossed to the side once no longer wanted.
She will pay for her betrayal however I deem necessary.


Imagine living in a constant nightmare where you have no control. Running from someone or something, you can hear him getting closer and feel his breath on your neck. You know that no matter what you do, he’s going to get you.

He will win.

But I don’t have just one. I have four.

Ryan Scout, Van Rellik, Dax Monroe, and Grayson Law are the Reapers of Westbrook High, my ex best friends, and now my biggest enemies. They run the school and own this town. They want nothing than to make me pay for what I saw that night at Death Valley. A sick and twisted game that leaves me dirty and bruised with torn clothing.

So how did I fall in love with one?

I was raised to fear the dark side, but he showed me it was in the dark where the truth came to light. He played with me until my body craved his touch. I was going to prove I could be his most trusted servant in every form of the word. Whether kneeling before him or lying on my back, my sole purpose in life was to be his.

But when you’re a toy everyone likes to play with, you’re bound to end up broken.

Things to know about Make You Beg
It is not RH
It is MF MFM
It is told in multiple POVs
This is a 140K word dark bully romance and may contain triggers for some due to sexual situations, language, and violence.

The Boy on the Bridge

The day I met Hunter Maxwell he wasn’t the rich kid who lived in the giant house, he wasn’t the most popular guy in school, he certainly wasn’t the bully who had chased his own best friend out of town after a falling out—he was just a boy with a black eye and a dark secret.

My life would have been much easier if I had stayed out of it, but I couldn’t. I saw someone hurting and wanted to help. I saw someone possibly in danger and wanted to make sure he was safe.

There’s nothing safe about Hunter Maxwell, though. I thought there might be. I fell under his spell. Whatever the world saw when they looked at him, it wasn’t what he showed me.

The bond we formed was real. I know it was real. But with Hunter, when the tides turn, you’d better hope you’re safely on the shore and out of his reach.

I thought I was a strong enough swimmer to keep my head above water. I thought if it came down to it, I could resist his pull.

I didn’t know, but now I do.

Once Hunter sets his sights on you, there’s no such thing as out of his reach. Whether it’s today, tomorrow, or five years from now, he’s coming for me—and when he does, he won’t stop until he’s destroyed me.


***The Boy on the Bridge contains mature, adult content and is only recommended for adult readers.

It's Kind of a Cheesy Love Story

A delicious love story with all the toppings, Lauren Morrill's It's Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is a contemporary YA rom com about love, friendship, and pizza, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Jenny Han.

After her mother gave birth to her in the bathroom of a local pizzeria, Beck Brix been given the dubious privilege of having minor fame, free pizza for life, and a guaranteed job when she turns sixteen—a job she unfortunately can’t afford to turn down.

Stuck with her geeky co workers instead of taking Instagram ready shots with her wealthy, photogenic friends, Beck finally realizes what she’s spent her whole life trying to hide: that Hot ‘n Crusty is a part of her.

Then disaster strikes the beloved pizza parlor that’s become like home, and Beck realizes that it takes losing something to really know what it’s worth.

Follow Your Arrow

For fans of Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, this is a riveting and irresistible take on love, life, and identity both online and off.

CeCe Ross is kind of a big deal. She and her girlfriend, Silvie, are social media influencers with zillions of fans and followers, known for their cute outfits and being #relationshipgoals.

So when Silvie breaks up with her, CeCe is devastated. She's lost her first love, and now she can't help but wonder if she'll lose her followers as well.

Things get even messier when CeCe meets Josh, a new boy in town who is very much Not Online. CeCe isn't surprised to be falling for a guy; she's always known she's bi. And Josh is sweet and smart and has excellent taste in donuts but he has no idea that CeCe is internet famous. And CeCe sort of wants to keep it that way.

But when CeCe's secrets catch up to her, she finds herself in the middle of an online storm, where she'll have to confront the blurriness of public vs. private life, and figure out what it really means to speak her truth.

Prom Theory

In this heartwarming and whip smart YA spin on The Rosie Project, a teen girl is determined to prove that love, like all things, should be scientifically quantified…right?

Iris Oxtabee has managed to navigate the tricky world of unspoken social interactions by reading everything from neuroscience journals to Wikipedia articles. Science has helped her fit the puzzle pieces into an understandable whole, and she’s sure there’s nothing it can’t explain. Love, for example, is just chemistry.

Her best friend Seth, however, believes love is one of life’s beautiful and chaotic mysteries, without need for explanation. Iris isn’t one to back down from a challenge; she’s determined to prove love is really nothing than hormones and external stimuli. After all, science has allowed humanity to understand complex mysteries than that, and Iris excels at science.

The perfect way to test her theory? Get the popular and newly single Theo Grant, who doesn’t even know Iris exists, to ask her to prom. With prom just two weeks away, Iris doesn’t have any time to waste, so she turns her keen empirical talents and laser focus attention to testing her theory.

But will proving herself correct cause her friendship with Seth—and the tantalizing possibility for something —to become the failed experiment?

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Kate Bridgess Mounties Bundle jHough and instead decided to introduce us into the life of a huge family that works in its own way It s complex it s multi layered and at times it s tough to read but if that s youram I can totally recommend this book to you I believe God is everything say Shug Everything that is or ever was or ever will be And when you can feel that and be happy to feel that you ve found It I m not entirely sure if it s a good idea to read The Color Purple while reading The Poppy War as well but I put them both on my book list 2019 and will have to return the latter one to the library soon So I guess if it gets too heavy I ll ust have to read a very fluffy and comfortable book in between XD eyes Carry On and Harry Potter Yes I actually dare to mention them both in one sentence lol PI know this book will address a lot of sensitive issues so I m sort of prepared Well at least as good as you can prepare yourself for classics like this oneAll I know is that I was destroyed after reading The Kite Runner Let s hope the same won t happen with The Color Purple The Color Purple is an absolute masterpiece about love and redemption Shug Celie Sofia and Nellie are some of the strongest women characters in American fiction I am literally writing this with tears streaming down my cheeksThere is so much to unpack here as Alice Walker deals holistically with the fate of African Americans from the perspective of Africa and the tribes who sold their kinsman to white slavers the devastation of Africa by European colonizers particularly after WWI leading to WWII the violence of in the South particularly aimed towards women female sexualityThere is an infinite depth in this book that can reveal itself and with each successive read The first half of the story is told through letters to God by Celia who is married against her will to Mr We learn that his first name is Albert but we never learn his last name Perhaps this anonymity is symbolic of the widespread rape and spousal abuse in impoverished communities and yet we also see that in the white mayor s family through her sister in law Sofia s eyes is no sane and no less violent Celia was raped by her stepfather and bore two children that subseuently disappeared Her sister refuses Mr in marriage and leaves and thus Celia is given to him Sex for her is a burden and a torture without end You know the worst part she say The worst part is I don t think he notice He git up there and enjoy himself ust the same No matter what I m thinking No matter what I feel It ust him Heartfeeling don t seem to enter into it She snort The fact he can do it like that make me want to kill him p 65 In fact Albert loves the singer Shug who ailing comes to their house and incidentally name drops legendary blues singer Bessie Smith as a friend thus dating the story to the 30s As Celie nurses Shug back to healththe two women develop a deep lasting love for each other that is both physical and spiritual and the first love that Celia has ever felt from another person She say my name again She say this song I m bout to sing is call Miss Celie s song Cause she scratched it out of my head when I was sickFirst time somebody made something and name it after me p 73 This is one of the first moments where having a box of Kleenex handy is not a luxury Through Shug Celie learns about her body and that she can have pleasure via her breasts and her sex p 78 The book has many characters that transform completely during the book Mr for example will be cursed by Celie when she leaves finally but he will change completely into a tender hearted and remorseful man who accepts his wife s sexuality such as it is and she in turn is able to forgive him In fact at the end of the book there is a beautiful reunion which is somewhat prefigured back on p 57 First time I think about Wow I mean Really WowYou know how there are some books and their words wrap around you like a COMFORTING BLANKET WELLTHIS IS NOT ONETHE blanket WellThis Is Not OneThe Purple rips the clothes right off of your skin leaving you bare and vulnerable From the first freakin moment opening the page You are ust THERE and you can t be anywhere else but THERE Even when you re notWowHave you seen the movie I had I thought I was prepared Because the movie was devastating I remember vividly being in the house that me and a couple of college friends rented sitting there in the dark all of us sitting on our furniture chain smoking drinking wine and crying The movie didn t prepare meWalker s words are music Sometimes a sweet melody but mostly a cacophony of pain and sorrow Oh and how the characters change and grow with time how they eventually find peace And the dichotomy of the South and Africa It makes me yearn to find pieces of literature that can show me the mysteries of that continentI am incoherent and refuse to speak of the summary It s The Color Purple It doesn t need a summaryIt is aliveIt is life I give this book 5 stars to spite the myopic David Gilmours and the VS Naipauls of the world who think books written by women are irrelevant I give this 5 stars to make up for the many 123 star ratings it may receive simply because of Alice Walker s forthright honest portrayal of unpleasant truths that are often conveniently shoved under the carpet so as not to disturb the carefully preserved but brittle structure of dogma and century old misconceptions And I award this 5 stars symbolically on Banned Books Week as an apology for all the cowardly sentiments of the ones who misuse their power by banning books thereby shutting out many powerful voices which demand and need to be heardIn my eyes an author s merit lies not only in their sense of aesthetic beauty but also in the scope and reach of their worldviews which must reflect in their craftAlice Walker s is the voice of one such African American writer that recounts a story which not only breaches the boundaries of an issue like emancipation of women but tries to detect a common pattern in problems plaguing civilizations across continents She gives us one horrifying glimpse after another into the lives of women ravaged by unspeakable brutalities like rape and abuse lives searching for meaning and connection and seeking out that elusive ray of hope amidst the darkness of despair And by the end of the narrative she brings to light with great sensitivity that misogyny sexism and blind patriarchal prejudices are as rampantly in vogue in the urban upscale sphere of American cities as they are in the intractable untameable African landscapesCelie and Nettie Shug Avery Sofia And Mary Agnes Tashi And Olivia All These Sofia and Mary Agnes Tashi and Olivia All these but different names and many facets of the same disturbing realityIf the lives of Celie and Nettie are torn apart by sexual abuse and humiliation from childhood then Tashi and other unnamed young African girls of the Olinka tribe are victims of genital mutilation and other forms of psychological and physical tortureIf the men of African American families dehumanize the female members to the point of treating them as mere care givers and sex slaves then the objectification of African women by the men of their families is no less appalling And contrary to accepted beliefs white families in America are ust as easily susceptible to misogyny as the African American families areBut Alice Walker doesn t only stop at opening our eyes to the uncivilized aspects of our so called civilized world but also shows us how knowledge of the world our so called civilized world but also shows us how knowledge of the world people at large self awareness and education can help exorcize such social evils how it is never too late to gain a fresh perspective start anew and how empowerment of women eventually empowers societyDear David Gilmour if I were a professor of English literature I d have taught Alice Walker to my students without a shred of hesitation because here s an author who may not possess the trademark sophistication of Virginia Woolf s lyrical prose but who nonetheless fearlessly broaches subjects many masters and mistresses of the craft may balk at dealing withAlice Walker 5 David Gilmour Avery a singer and rebellious black woman who has taken charge of her own destiny Gradually Celie discovers the support of women that enables her to leave the past behind and begin a new life 'One of the most haunting books you could ever wish to readit is stunning moving exciting and wonderful' Lenny Henr.

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I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don t notice it 455 starsThe colour purple was devastating from page one I started reading this without knowing much about it I knew it had a POC main character heard that it was about women s rights and about abuse I heard it was a great book But I still did not expect thisThe main character s life is miserable I still don t understand how she made it through to a certain point because if it were me in her skin I probably wouldn t have been able to stay in that skin for longIt was not an easy book neither plot nor writing were exactly motivating But I found so much hope in the first and even happiness in the last chapters that I ust came to love itFind of my books on Instagram The Color Purple Alice WalkerThe Color Purple is a 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction It was later adapted into a film and musical of the same name Taking place mostly in rural Georgia the story focuses on the life of African American women in the Southern United States in the 1930s addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture Celie is a poor uneducated 14 year old girl living in the American South in the early 1900s She writes letters to God because her stepfather Alphonso beats her harshly and rapes her continuously Alphonso has already impregnated Celie once a pregnancy that resulted in the birth of a boy she named Adam Alphonso takes the baby away shortly after his birth Celie has a second child a girl she named Olivia whom Alphonso also abducts Celie s ailing mother dies after cursing Celie on her deathbed Celie and her younger sister 12 year old Nettie learn that a man identified only as Mister wants to marry Nettie Alphonso refuses to let Nettie marry instead arranging for Mister to marry Celie Mister needing someone to care for his children and keep his house eventually accepts the offer Mister and his children whose mother was murdered by a The Day We Meet Again jealous lover all treat Celie badly However she eventually gets Mister s sualid living conditions and incorrigible children under control Shortly thereafter Nettie runs away from Alphonso and takes refuge at Celie s house where Mister makes sexual advances toward her Celie then advises Nettie to seek assistance from a well dressed black woman that she had seen in the general store a while back the woman had unknowingly adopted Celie s daughter and was the only black woman that Celie had ever seen with money of her own Nettie is forced to leave after promising to write Celie however never receives any letters and concludes that her sister is dead Shortly thereafter Nettie runs away from Alphonso and takes refuge at Celie s house where Mister makes sexual advances toward her Celie then advises Nettie to seek assistance from a well dressed black woman that she had seen in the general store a while back the woman had unknowingly adopted Celie s daughter and was the only black woman that Celie had ever seen with money of her own Nettie is forced to leave after promising to write Celie however never receives any letters and concludes that her sister is dead 2010 1388 306 9789641851288 20 Before I get into this review I should let you know that the ONLY thing I knew about The Color Purple is that it was a movie in the 80s I knew nothing about the plot or subject matter except for a few impressions of seeing Oprah and Whoopi in promotional stills or videos over the years Also I try to avoid reading book summaries unless absolutely necessary as I feel they often give too much away I felt it was important to say this because as I have posted statuses and comments while I was reading it I felt like there was some shock that I didn t know about it already So now how I was going into this book is all out on the tableWith that being said this book was 100% not what I was expecting This is not a good thing or a bad thing It isust if you asked me to give a one paragraph description of what I was going to be reading about I would have written down nothing nowhere hear this I probably would have said something like ex slaves trying to survive in the post Civil War South Well spoiler that is not what it is aboutI will next mention a phrase that kept going through my head as I was trying to prepare to write my review I kept saying to myself that I am not sure I can should or have any right to write a review of this book It is a powerful and raw story about subject matter that is important and that I don t really know a whole lot about Because of that I cannot say for sure how I can possibly do a review ustice I decided that how I can possibly do a review ustice I decided that I will do this review it is important to remember that this book transcends any possible viewpoint I have of itOne thing that I came out of this book surprised about is that it is about women women s rights and female relationships than it is about race Don t get me wrong race is an important element but the way that the men view and treat women and the way the women look at and treat themselves is the crux of this story As mentioned above this book is raw not too extreme but raw enough to warn readers that some of the subject matter is difficult and it may stir up strong emotions especially if you are a womanWhile I found the book to be powerful and important I am going with 4 stars because I struggled at times with the writing I admit that this is ust my preference and is all on me Some of you may love the way it is written but I found that it was the reason I found myself taking long breaks from the way it is written but I found that it was the reason I found myself taking long breaks from bookThis book is important to read for any person trying to make sure they hit all the classics Also people with an interest in historical fiction and women s studies would benefit a lot from this story Who you think you is he say You can t curse nobody Look at you You black you pore you ugly you a woman Goddam he say you nothing at all And yet she is one of the strongest characters I have ever met in literature Long before women began speaking up about their different experiences in the metoo movement Alice Walker s Celie and her sisters resist the violence and power of the men around them and go on living through the pain and frustration only to find life worth fighting for in the end Rarely these days do I finish a book within one sitting but this novel was impossible to put down In a voice genuinely her own Celie begins to tell her story of rape loss and forced marriage Her loneliness is so painful that she can t even think of a recipient for her letters except for God which she imagines to be an older white man the very symbol of patriarchal power Wherever her life takes her she is surrounded by men who are taught from the cradle to mistreat and look down on women in order to establish their own fragile egos While they claim to be the stronger sex they leave it to in order to establish their own fragile egos While they claim to be the stronger sex they leave it to mothers sisters daughters and wives to make a living to work for food and shelter and educationCelie s world based on submission changes when she encounters two women who refuse to bow their heads who fight for their right to individual pride and happiness In Shug her lover and Sofia her neighbour she sees the true colour of female power the purple of ueens A mix of the passionately hot blood red colour of happiness and the deeply painful and dark blue purple is the essence of nature the expression of the divine principle of life beyond the Christian God of the bible who is mainly catering to the white male authority that makes women sufferThe day Celie discovers that her long lost sister is still alive she can finally drop the patriarchal god figure as a recipient of her letters written to reflect on the painful expeirence of her life and share her thoughts with somebody she loves truly and unconditionally Dear Nettie a moment of triumph caught in writingLife is not only red happiness or blue sadness it is purpleTherefore Celie s lover Shug is. A special limited edition of nine classic novels produced to coincide with Weidenfeld Nicolson's 60th anniversary Designed by the award winning advertising agency Fallon with special endpapers commissioned from ground breaking artists The endpapers for this title have been designed by Carl Kleiner Set in th. Convinced that God is pissed whenever someone ignores the beauty of the colour purple in nature whereas he is completely absent from churchFinding spiritual support within the loving human heart is at the centre of this powerful hymn to women across the world and while telling the story of Nettie and Celie of Sofia and Shug it approaches the difficult political topics of misogyny repressed sexuality colonialism missionary endeavours racism domestic violence and povertyRarely have I felt a colour expressing itself so strongly in emotionsDespite the terrible circumstances of life in the Deep South in the 1930s and 1940s it is a book about the oy of living Confronted with the hatred of the man she is about to leave to embark on her first attempt at independent life Celie answersI am pore I m black I may be ugly and can t cook a voice say to everything listening But I m hereAnd the message Alice Walker sends out to people across the world is a positive one men and women can define their own roles they can develop and learn and change for the better Gender roles are not static and there are moments of peace and friendship for anyone who dares to move out of the pattern of dominance that destroys the freedom of choice for both men and womenRecommended to the world over and over I read The Colour Purple in my early teens was traumatized by the graphic abuse portrayed and vowed to never read it again I was curious about why so many of my GR friends rated it so highly and was eventually convinced to give it another goYears after my first read I still of course have the same visceral reaction to the abuse but that no longer blinds me from seeing the magnificence of Alice Walker s storytelling and how she brings her characters to lifeCelie is the protagonist of the tale Her story is told through a series of letters written firstly to God and then to her sister Nettie As an abused uneducated woman abused by her father husband and step children who was only ever shown love by Nettie the letters are very telling and are the only means Celie has of expressing her feelings I adored Celie It really amazed me how a woman who was abused so much sexually physically verbally could still have so much love in her heart and not be bitter Imagine hearing things like this regularly Husband to Celie Who you think you is You can t curse nobody Look at you You black you pore you ugly you a woman Goddam he say you nothing at all But Celie is something and one of my favourite parts of this book is the sisterhood portrayed especially by the enigmatic Shug who helped Celie on her ourney to self realization The book has strong female characters which is another plus I m so glad I gave this book a second chance Celie is a wonderful character and proof of the resilience of the human spirit I think us here to wonder myself To wonder To ask And that in wondering bout the big things and asking bout the big things you learn about the little ones almost by accident But you never know nothing about the big things than you start out with The I wonder the I love In awe of the magnificent depths within The Color Purple Would rather debunk Great American Novel contenders such as Great Gatsby On the Road or Huckleberry Finn with this Definitive American classic novel The steel strong bonds of family the global importance of friendship and the ever mystical soul defining actions of sisterhood are all immortal themes that are drawn in lush exuisite sometimes brutal hues the purple of a field of violets the purple of a deepening bruise In terms of the epistolary novel my personal faves include Dracula Where d You Go Bernadette now this one the frailty of letters and the lost art of letter writing carry implicit feelings They ground the novel and contradiction make it an ethereal work of art The writer is a true magician that even out Faulkners Faulkner in her book filled with light and gracePS the film tries its damn hardest to keep up with Walker s uniue characters and their respective vernacular For me the line uttered by Adam at the end of the movie I want to know you mama never fails to make me bawl You got to fight But I don t know how to fight All I know how to do is stay alive When I think about The Color Purple the first few words that pop into my mind are classic banned and touchy subjects I m pretty sure I m not alone with that I mean it s a book every reader heard about Some of us had to read it in school others saw the movie and still others only knew that it s one of those highly controversial books I belonged to the latter category and even though I read a few reviews about it I definitely wasn
"t prepared for "
prepared for I was about to read I feel like something pushing me forward If I don t watch out I ll have hold of her hand tasting her fingers in my mouth This book surprised me but not in the way I thought it would I expected abuse in a man s world the suppression of women and yes even rape because my bestie warned me about that one a few years ago What everyone forgot to mention was that this is also a story about strong women and two sisters that write each other for years One of them is living with a violent husband and the other lives in a colony in Africa and deals with completely different problems than her sister overseas To follow their lives was very intriguing and I enjoyed Nettie s letters from Africa a lot It was interesting to read how she lived and how the native letters from Africa a lot It was interesting to read how she lived and how the native dealt with the missionaries that came to them Who you think you is he say You can t curse nobody Look at you You black you pore you ugly you a woman Goddam he say you nothing at all Celie however had to deal with an entirely different set of woman Goddam he say you nothing at all Celie however had to deal with an entirely different set of though and I can t say how much I despised Mr for his behaviour He s your typical run of the mill obnoxious and violent husband and I ust couldn t deal with him If I d have been Celie I would have left him as soon as possible But where to go if you re a penniless woman without any family ties Well Celie certainly found her own way to deal with him and I m very proud of her for standing up to him It took time and courage but she eventually managed to do it What load of bricks fell on you I astNo bricks he say Just experience You know everybody bound to git some of that sooner or later All they have to do is stay alive And I start to git mine real heavy long about the time I told Shug it was true that I beat you cause you was you and not her A very important part of this book which was never mentioned in any of the reviews I read is the fact that there is a ff relationship in The Color Purple Yes you read right A ff relationship between a lesbian and a bisexual woman At least I got the impression it s a lesbianbi relationship Which aside from the violence and abuse is probably one of the main reasons this book is banned in so many countries and schools In my opinion Walker made sure never to explicitly touch the subject but from the little you see you can glean that they are in love with each other and have a sexual relationship I know some people claim that there is graphic sexual content but either I read too much smut in my life pretty likely lol or I have a different concept of graphic than the average person also very likely due to all of the smut P He love looking at Shug I love looking at ShugBut Shug don t love looking at but one of us HimBut that the way it spose to be I know that But if that so why my heart hurt me so If this would have been a modern book I would have been very unhappy with the bisexual rep but since it s an old one I decided to take it the way it is No need to rant about it when I know that people had a completely different outlook on bisexuality back then Let s ust say I didn t like that the bi character was represented as a rogue that only thinks with her loins lolConclusion The Color Purple addresses a lot of sensitive issues and considering in which time it was written this was a pretty bold move Walker doesn t shy away from bringing up difficult topics E deep American south between the wars this is the classic tale of Celie a young poor black girl Raped repeatedly by her father she loses two children and then is married off to a man who treats her no better than a slave She is separated from her sister Nettie and dreams of becoming like the glamorous Shug. The Color Purple

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