Review: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Warning: spoilers ahead. On to my second trans* book of the year: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children.  The Book Our MC is Gabe, a high school senior and total music nerd who has just landed his first radio show (at midnight, on local radio). He's very close to his neighbor, John, an older man with an… Continue reading Review: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Review: The First Bad Man by Miranda July

There are very few books that I would classify as "weird," but Miranda July's The First Bad Man is definitely one of them. My partner, to whom I read this book aloud, was over it by the time we were halfway through; it was too strange for her. I, on the other hand, found it… Continue reading Review: The First Bad Man by Miranda July

Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ernest Cline's Ready Player One has been wildly popular as crossover science fiction--that is, science fiction that is enjoyed by both adults and young adults alike. Gamers and "nerds" who lived through the 1980s will appreciate the many (many) '80s pop culture and gaming references, and young adults will love the tech-savvy teenage protagonists and the novel's kids-against-the-establishment mentality.… Continue reading Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Review: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

I read this book out loud to my girlfriend over the course of several months. The slow reading pace was nice, because the plot moves along at an easy pace. The novel is character-driven and hauntingly atmospheric; creepy, but not scary; heavy, but not depressing. In The Little Stranger, the upper class is in decline in post-WWII Britain.… Continue reading Review: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Sigh. I wanted to love this book. I expected to love it. I've done my fair share of fangirling. Or at least, for a while I considered myself "active" in the Glee fandom. I wrote fanfic (and read tons of it), had a Tumblr, talked to other fans online, etc. It was fun. (It was also terrible, because Glee is terrible, but… Continue reading Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Review: House Rules by Jodi Picoult

I picked up Jodi Picoult's House Rules in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to read on my 24-hour (literally) plane ride home. I didn't get to it on the plane, so I read it while I was home for Christmas. It was a long read (my edition hit 602 pages), but a fast one, as most Picoults are. I think… Continue reading Review: House Rules by Jodi Picoult

Review: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

I borrowed Sarah Waters's newest novel The Paying Guests from a coworker of mine who said she hadn't been able to put it down, and even though I got interrupted while reading it---I spent a month in Asia and couldn't bring the big hardcover along---I, too, didn't want to stop reading. Sarah Waters is an amazing writer. I always… Continue reading Review: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Matilda Reviews: The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Summary: The story follows the life of Stephen Gordon, an Englishwoman from an upper-class family whose "sexual inversion" (that is, homosexuality) is apparent from an early age. She finds love with Mary Llewellyn, whom she meets while serving as an ambulance driver in World War I, but their happiness together is marred by social isolation… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Matilda Reviews: I Prefer Girls by Jessie Dumont

For Christmas this year, I received a poster-sized version of the book cover of the lesbian pulp fiction classic I Prefer Girls. So of course I bought and read the book as well. Penny, a young lesbian living in Greenwich Village (who is hot and definitely knows it) spends much of her time preying on straight girls,… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: I Prefer Girls by Jessie Dumont

Matilda Reviews: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Summary: The short story, "Franny", takes place in an unnamed college town and tells the tale of an undergraduate who is becoming disenchanted with the selfishness and inauthenticity she perceives all around her. The novella, Zooey, is named for Zooey Glass, the second-youngest member of the Glass family. As his younger sister, Franny, suffers a spiritual… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger