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The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
The Orphan Master's Son

blackened.sky9, October 21, 2014

I confess I was a little scared when I started reading this book, because the idea of a North Korean protagonist written by a North American author seemed like it could so easily fall into soap-boxing or stereotyping, but I was more than pleaseantly surprised. The characters in the book are utterly themselves, utterly alive and real, and while the reality of North Korea is stark (it has to be) and what they go through is sometimes very difficult and often-times tragi-comic, there is never a moment when you feel that there's mockery or grandstanding about how amazing the West is versus everything else. Rather, the protagonist and other characters are fascinating and ordinary people, trying their best to live in a country that a lot of the time forces them into rather extraordinary circumstances. Truly worth reading.
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Ash by Malinda Lo

blackened.sky9, January 14, 2013

Ash is an evocative, gorgeous re-telling of Cinderella, where there is no benevolent fairy godmother, rather, an altogether more fearsome and alien helper with an agenda of his own; there are no singing mice, but rather a young woman finding herself, her voice and her agency, fighting to live the life she wants to. It's a gorgeous love story, a fantastic fairy tale, and far, far more than simply a young adult novel. Utterly enjoyable.
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

blackened.sky9, January 14, 2013

I love this book. It is sad and funny and unexpected, and so much more than just a coming of age story. The epistolary format works fantastically well, allowing us to see things as Charlie, the protagonist does, and, sometimes, quite intentionally not allowing us. It's a book about growing up, about falling in love, about being different, about being young and infinite and that second of certainty we've all felt, at least once, that we're going to remember a moment forever. I've re-read it twice already, because it resonates with me every single time. Amazing.
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