109 – Need by Joelle Charbonneau

Need is one of those books that makes me acutely aware of the fact that I’m a very nearly thirty-year-old woman reading a book written for people half my age. This puts me in an awkward position – maybe one that I’m in more than I realize, but with Need, I really feel it – because while I may find Need dumb, illogical, patronizing, and actually kind of insulting to the demographic it’s targeted at, I have no goddamn idea how actual teenagers might react to it.

So that’s where I’m at with this review. Maybe this book has shit teenagers need to hear. Maybe the incredibly heavy-handed soapboxing is necessary and good and I mean, I can’t bag on the thing for being anti-cyber bullying, that’s a worthy cause. But as somebody the book was admittedly not written for, and assuming I’m also speaking, at least in part, to other people the book was not written for, Need was kinda crap.

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Dive Into Diversity

So thanks to the #WeNeedDiverseBlogs conversation on Twitter this very night, I ran across Reading Wishes’ Dive Into Diversity Challenge, and I was intrigued. It’s a “reading challenge”, the basic idea being to challenge yourself…

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