I’ve been wanting to read this book for such a long time. And so when I finally picked it up I was so eager to delve in and read a book which deals with such important subject matter.
This book had a good plot. Anything which realistically portrays the way mental illness affects individuals is something that I hold in high esteem.
However, I was very disappointed with certain aspects of the book.
Firstly, I was not a fan of how much sex (or longing of) was in this book. I’m more than ok with the romance in this book, however the sex really wasn’t needed considering how the main focus of this book was supposed to be Craig’s depression. Sex in the book is somewhat portrayed as Craig’s aim in the book, rather than him recovering.
I also didn’t like the way a transgender character was treated in the book. Craig often used transphobic language throughout the novel, which was incredibly disappointing to read. Craig’s character was never reprimanded for his transphobic views and therefore the reader doesn’t see it as wrong. Transphobia is something which happens each and every day, and is something which needs to be tackled. With the recent news about Leelah Alcorn (RIP) it becomes more and more apparent how transphobia is still an issue which needs to be tackled.
I thought that this book could have opened a door for readers by dealing with the issues mentioned above. Unfortunately I held my hopes too high.
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1. I am a vegetarian. I believe that humans are not superior to animals, and so the cruelty in which they go through is unjust. Humans are able to survive without meat and have a balanced healthy diet, therefore I believe that meat is “want” rather than a “need”.
2. I am a huge Disney fan! I spent my most recent birthday at Disneyland Paris and had an incredible time. My dream is to work at one of the Disney parks.
3. Derren Brown is one of my idols. I was lucky enough to participate in his most recent live stage show Infamous and was blown away! If you don’t know who Derren is you can watch a clip below:
4. I am an English student at university. I hope that in the future this can lead me into a publishing career.
5. My favourite band is The Cure!
Other artists I like are The Smiths, Joy Division, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Bauhaus, Green Day and Frank Turner.
6. I have a phobia of butterflies. The wings freak me out!
7. I am trying to learn French! I’ve always admired people who speak more than one language! I think it’s such an amazing thing to be able to do.
When Ashley Watson looks in the mirror she sees not just herself, but she also sees her “older self” too……
Surely being able to see yourself in years to come would be something we would all want, right? We would know exactly how to prepare and if we would want to change anything that could have an adverse effect on our life……
But for Ashley it’s not that easy. Manipulated and bullied at school, Ashley just wants a normal life.
It’s not often I say this but this book was so unique. I loved the way in which it alternated from Ashely talking to the doc and then to the scenarios which ultimately lead to her downfall. It meant that we really got an insight to Ashley and her story. The alternations were smooth and had a sense of order, which is something not a lot of writers are able to do.
The characters in this book were incredible. Ashley, for starters was an incredible character to read about. As someone who has been bullied I understand the fear that grips you everyday, the anxiety you feel in your stomach, the way in which is affects everything you do throughout your day – salter takes all of this into consideration. Even Matt, Ashley’s best friend was an interesting character. He had his attractive traits, but at the same time he wasn’t perfect, he had so many flaws – and I loved that about him.
All in all, this book was incredible. It gives a different perception on the ways bullying affects individuals and the people around them. A must read!
Puppet is a retelling of Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio. In this version Penelope is our protagonist who lives in a future world where Marionettes have been developed. However, Penelope doesn’t just live in a world with Marionettes – she is one.
Penelope lives in an orphanage where she is unmistakably unhappy, but one day she meets Jed, who gives her an offer she just can’t resist…
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about the books that are in my Autumn (or Fall!) To-Be-Read list. Autumn is such a perfect time for reading! It means the nights are drawing in and so you have a perfectly good excuse to stay inside with a good book!
1. Puppet – Pauline C Harris
2. The Maze Runner – James Dashner
Just in time for the film!
3. It’s Kind Of A Funny Story – Ned Vizzini
4. Every Ugly Word – Aimee L. Salter
5. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
Scratch follows Casey, a DJ in a nightclub, who also has had a dreadful past. When Casey DJs, that’s the only time she feels as if she is free, the rest if her time is spent alone, locked away in her room. But when she starts to get to know the attractive Daniel from her Philosophy class, can everything begin to change?
Meet Jill, she’s just started college and has ended up as a part of the Greek System, in a sorority called Iota Beta. It all seems to good to be true until she realises that the other girls in Iota Beta are a little too perfect…. Not only that, but things take a turn for the worse when Jill and her two friends Hannah and Lindy discover a secret passageway in the sorority house.