Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

26025588Published: August 23rd 2016

Publisher: Random House

Genres: Literary Fiction, Culttural

Format: ARC Source: Won

My Rating: 4 Stars

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades.

When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.

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Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow + Giveaway

 

24879132Published: August 30th 2016

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Mental Health

Format: ARC Source: First In Line

My Rating: 5stars-600x201

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

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~Review~

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I’ll start by saying that this book may be a trigger for some readers. There’s no shortage of issues in this book, so read at your own risk. It’s dark and gritty, and not what I thought going into it.

It took me roughly 2 days to get through Girl In Pieces. It’s a very heavily issued story; ranging from self harm, abuse, eating disorders, rape, etc… Our main character Charlie, along with side characters, are living in hell. There’s no other way to describe it. Life is tough, but this just felt like too much for anyone to go through. Yet, this is happening all over the world. I love that the author doesn’t gloss over the UGLY. There’s plenty of it to go around.

Charlie’s stream of consciousness is very sad. We get lucid thoughts and actions from her, but her fragmented thoughts also drove the story forward. Those chapters are short, which made the story progress even faster; even though you want to savor every little detail. My favorite parts in the beginning are her interactions with the other girls in the psych hospital. There’s her roommate Louisa, whom is also a cutter. Then there’s Blue, who has quite a mouth on her. She likes to antagonize Charlie, to make her talk. Charlie doesn’t talk the first few weeks that she’s there, but when she starts admitting to herself that she wants to get better and try to move on from what put her there, she finally speaks. Her fears and pain were so very real, and the way that the author characterized self harm in this story is really eye-opening. There were moments when I thought that I needed to just put the book down for a moment. 

The second half of the story is Charlie trying to put her life back together after she’s discharged. It was very hard. Just when I was thinking that life for Charlie was going to be all rainbows and sunshine, here comes an asshole. More than that, though, is Charlie’s craving for normal. She wants her life back the way it was before her dad died. She misses her best friend, Ellis’, touch. She wants Mikey to love her like he loves Ellis. It was just all written so boldly, and I admire the author for that. 

I highly recommend this book. It’s not just about cutting. Please don’t think that it’s all about cutting. 

 

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I ended up with 2 ARCs of Girl In Pieces, so I feel it is my duty to share this story with one of you lucky readers. To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form. This giveaway is US only. Sorry INT readers. I will have a giveaway for you guys soon.

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  • must be 13 years or older
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Stacking The Shelves #33

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, that spotlights the books we are adding to our shelves; whether they be virtual or physical.

I’m feeling a little blue today, so I’ll just get right to the books. Not many this week, but I did get a few. Plus, now I have to get the rest of the books that go along with the ones I found for $3 each. Yep, I got three hardcovers for $9. I have yet to start either of the series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, but I’ve read great things about them. There are a lot of books to get before I even start. I’ll get to them eventually.

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