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Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

Posted May 15, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Bad Romance by Heather DemetriosBad Romance by Heather Demetrios
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on June 13th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, romance
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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five-stars

Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.
Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape.
Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Emotional.
Cringe-Inducing.
Intense.
Realistic.

I’ve lived this book. Perhaps not to some of the extremes Gavin went to, but I’ve been the other half of a verbally abusive and emotionally manipulative relationship. After one daughter and four years of my life, all I can do is reflect and learn from that experience. This book was so uncomfortable at times. At one part I even had to stop and vent to my friends in a chat about it. I dreamt about it. It consumed me for the two days I was reading it. It is most definitely a love story in reverse.

Some people doubt the reality of abusive high-school relationships, but they exist. Some people define abuse by physical touch. This book demolishes those two misconceptions. Gavin Davis is the epitome of a heart throb in Grace’s, and many other females’, eyes. He plays the guitar, has perfect hair, and seems tragically romantic whenever he attempts suicide after a breakup. When Grace falls, she falls hard. She’d been secretly crushing on him for years and reached out whenever he was in residential therapy. Once he was back, they quickly became a major part of each other’s life. He told her she was the only one who understood him. He was her knight in shining armour when it came to her overly-strict parents and rough home life. The red flags are everywhere, it just took her, like many, seemingly a lifetime to see them. By then she’s in too deep.

Beyond the story and message itself, I adored Demetrios’ writing style. I’m already adding her other books to my TBR because it just spoke to me. I loved the pop culture references, like Beyonce lyrics. I loved her character development. Grace was so well-rounded and alive. Her best friends, Lys and Nat, were people you could imagine knowing. It really added to the story.

I loved this book. It hurt at times, but I loved it. I’m thankful for it. I think it’s incredibly important and therefore I give it all the stars.

*Note-I think this could be intensely painful for past abuse victims and those who have dealt with suicide or suicidal thoughts.

After reading the book and writing this review, I stumbled upon this slam poem. It’s breath-taking and perfectly meshes with this story. Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MXRAZ4pjZo

five-stars

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Review: Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Posted January 10, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Allegedly by Tiffany D. JacksonAllegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 24th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
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four-stars

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.
Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.
Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.
There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?
In this gritty and haunting debut, Tiffany D. Jackson explores the grey areas in our understanding of justice, family, and truth, and acknowledges the light and darkness alive in all of us.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My mother is the true crime type and I’ve grown up watching her read books and more recently watch shows about murders. Over time I’ve become a little addicted to them, especially The First 48. Somewhere along the way there have been a couple highlighting children in prison for murder. I think my overall fascination was intensified by these specific shows because I am a teacher and spend my days with not just my daughter, but 42 other kids. The cover of Allegedly caught my attention, but the description is what had me chomping at the bit waiting to read it.

Mary Addison is 16 year old black female. At age 9 she was accused of murdering a 3 month old white baby while she and her mother were babysitting her. After spending years in “baby jail” where she spent most of her time in confinement because the facility didn’t know what to do with her, she has been moved into a group home with other teenage delinquents. Her social skills make her appear as if she isn’t very bright when in reality she is highly intelligent. She rarely speaks and at times is a target for the other girls in the home. Her one reprieve is her volunteer job at a nursing home where she met her boyfriend, Ted, who is also a teenager in a group home.

After experiencing nausea and a late period, Mary finds out that she’s expecting a baby. She quickly realizes that because of her charges from the age of 9 her baby will be taken away from her immediately. After 7 years she finally speaks out about the events that took place the night of the murder. The new girl in the group home brings her to the office of an attorney, Ms. Cora, who coincidentally had followed and doubted Mary’s involvement in the murder for years prior to this. She finally tells the story from beginning to end and an appeal is made.

Along the way she faces several road bumps, but I was always rooting her on, wanting the best for her. While some of the writing was repetitive, I attributed that to the voice of Mary and not so much a lack of writing ability of the author. One part of the story that was eye opening and enlightening was her experience in the state foster system and the fears she had when it came to turning 18 and where she would go from there. It’s sad to consider somebody with no family and no support needing to find their way in this complicated life of adulthood.

Without any spoilers, all I can say is that even if it seems predictable at times, I was surprised by how things ended. I don’t know if a full sequel would be good, but a definite epilogue would be interesting to read to see how everything eventually turned out!

four-stars

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WoW: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

WoW: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

What I Love Who isn’t looking forward to this Mulan retelling? The icing on the cake is Renee Ahdieh being the author. The Wrath and the Dawn is enough for me to want to read anything she creates for this world. To steal a line from John Green’s TFIOS, I would read her grocery lists. I’m also always about badass women, especially when they’re being underestimated by men and it sounds like this is exactly the type of MC Mariko is going to be. All of that coupled with murder, betrayal, and undercover operations makes this a definite pre-order. I can’t wait for May!

Posted November 23, 2016 by Emily in WoW / 1 Comment
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Top Ten Tuesday: 1

Top Ten Tuesday: 1

Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish 1. This is the newest book added to my TBR! I was cruising IG and came across a post by Uppercase and read in her comment thread that this was a Robin Hood, but with a female MC. My interest was piqued immediately! I absolutely love retellings and I can’t wait, even though it will be potentially for another 8 months for this one! 2. I heard about this books quite a few months ago and wanted to read it then. The pictures of the new ARCs reminded me that it was coming soon and I officially added it to Goodreads. Black Lives Matter is such an important movement right now and as a white woman I find it essential to read everything I can that will help me understand things that will open my eyes to others’ realities. I’m looking forward to this one. Hurry up February! 3. Wait for Me is by one of the Swanky 17’s author. I love historical fiction with a bit of romance, so when I read the description it was an immediate “Want to Read” for me. I also love reading and supporting debut authors, so it’s a win-win. 4. The cover of this book has caught my attention […]

Posted November 8, 2016 by Kendice in Events and Features, Top 10 / 1 Comment
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Introducing Kendice

Introducing Kendice

I always talk about how Book Blogging has brought so much to my life. I’ve gotten to read the best books and travel to conferences to meet authors and best of all, I’ve met the greatest people! I am constantly surprised by how lucky I am. It’s my supreme pleasure to introduce you all to Kendice. I started looking for someone to help me with some regular posts recently and it turned out that Kendice was looking for a blog to contribute to. It’s a perfect match!   Kendice is a mom and a teacher. She has a passion for diverse books that she can share with her students. I also love that Kendice and I have different taste in books! I think she is really going to expand my horizons by recommending me books that I wouldn’t normally read. This has already happened with Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. I can’t wait for her to start bringing her viewpoint in with reviews! Kendice will be contributing here on Emily Reads Everything about once a week. I’ll let her introduce herself. Hello fellow bibiophiles! My name is Kendice and I’m so excited to be here collaborating with Emily! I was lucky enough to meet Emily at ALA over the summer along with some other awesome bloggers/book nerds that have added so much to my life with their friendship! […]

Posted November 3, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features / 0 Comments
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