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The Instructions. by Adam Levin
The Instructions. by Adam Levin

ingrid7469, June 21, 2013

I am deeply conflicted about this one. It didn't suck me in from the get-go but I stuck with it and then got lost in Gurion's world. I grew to love the way Levin plays with language and style, the intelligence of his writing, the way things come full circle - little details brought out again later in the story and made relevant. It may seem ironic to say the author of a 1000+ page work is concise, but I don't think the author wastes language - it's all there for a purpose, deliberate, every last word of it. You grow to have an affection for these deeply flawed and damaged characters. You root for them, and then...and then? All hell breaks loose. The violence made me physically uncomfortable - although I admittedly have a very low tolerance for that kind of thing - I found myself having to stop reading, look out the window, breath. I had two moments when I was caught totally off guard by plot shifts and it was like the physical sensation of the Earth shifting under me. By the time it ended, I was furious - and confused. This was a great book....right?? What just happened here? Up is down, left is right, good is bad. Or did I misunderstand the whole of what came before? I can relate it to only two other books in my experience - Catcher in the Rye and Things Fall Apart - both of which caused similar, profound seismic shifts in perspective. One I loved (the latter) and one I detested (the former). So conflicted is where I remain.
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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente and Ana Juan
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

ingrid7469, May 2, 2013

I almost let myself be put off by the title and the first couple of pages but SO glad I stuck with it - this book is a gem and there is so much to love about it. First, there's a strong female protagonist, which I'm always looking for, and it exhibits just an awe-inspiring amount of creativity. The illustrations are fabulous, the storyline complex, the characters delicious. This book is a hidden treasure.
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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

ingrid7469, May 2, 2013

This book was a recommendation from a elementary school teacher I highly respect and it exceeded all my expectations. There's a strong female protagonist (pure gold if you have a young daughter), the language is rich and beautiful, the plot compelling, the characters charming, the illustrations gorgeous. We read this aloud as a family and all ages found it engaging - what a literary gem.
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