Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday (3): Top 10 Characters I’d Follow On Social Media

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme that is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week we are given a prompt to create a list! All prompts are posted in advance over on her blog! I’ve always loved this tag, and I am so excited to be taking part again!


This week’s prompt is the top 10 characters you’d follow on social media. And I’m really excited to make this list.

Click on the titles of the book to be re-directed to their Goodreads page so you can learn more about them. 

1 . Kady from Illuminae. She is badass, witty and amazing with computers. I think her voice social media would be awesome

2 . Stella from Five Fee Apart. She is a positive person who cares about others. She makes YouTube videos about her illness and what’s going on in her life and I would follow her in a heartbeat. 

3 . Kiera or “Emerald” from Slay. Kiera created an entire world in VR. She is kind and creative and very talented. I’m following. 

4 . Leila from Let’s Get Lost. I would love to follow Leila’s travel adventures. She goes to several different places on her way to Alaska. She would have some fun content.

5. Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars. I’d follow Hazel immediately, in hopes of becoming friends. She is one of the most courageous characters I’ve ever read about. She’s kind, caring, and deserves more in her infinity.

6. Zelie from Children of Blood and Bone. Zelie has been through so much pain, but that doesn’t stop her from fighting for what she believes in. She’s strong, brave, and loves with her heart on her sleeve. And I love her so much.

7. Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Lara Jean is so cute and innocent. She has a lot of growing to do, but she’s on the right path. I’d love to see some baking videos from her.

8. Starr from The Hate U Give. Starr has seen things that no youth should ever have to see. But she takes her pain and uses it to try and get justice for herself and her loved ones. She is kind, brave and always has a good head on her shoulders.

9. Jace from The Mortal Instruments. I add Jace to almost all of these lists. I can’t help it. He’s funny and sarcastic. Loves with everything he’s got, but doesn’t like to show it. His social media would be hilarious.

10. Emily from Since You’ve Been Gone. Emily is kind and really shy.  She is brought out of her comfort zone quite often. Trying new things and meeting new people. I’d love to read about her fun adventures with new and old friends on her social media platforms.

And there you have it. My top 10 character’s I’d love to follow on social media. Which characters made your top ten? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to chat with you!

 

 

Book Review

Review|On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

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Author: Angie Thomas (Goodreads, Twitter, FacebookWebsite)
Published: February 5th 2019
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 464
Genres: Contemporary
Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.

Review

This book has been on my radar since it was announced. I read the Hate U Give when it was first released and I loved it a lot. I loved the message and the how Angie doesn’t shy away from hard topics that are very real and that not many people like to talk about, nor give acknowledgement to. On The Come Up was a solid novel. While I did like the Hate U Give more, I truly did enjoy this one. Angie Thomas is becoming a strong voice in YA. And I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

Bri loves music, and she wants to be known for her songs and her skill. Her father was an amazing rapper before he passed away, and she wants nothing more than to follow in his footsteps. With Bri’s family struggling to make do with their income, she decided it was time to say enough it enough, and become the rapper she knows how to be. She needs to provide for her family, no matter the cost.

Just like Angie’s debut, On The Come Up doesn’t shy away from the hard truths. Throughout this book there is gang violence, protests, threats against lives and more. There was an underlying tone of intensity that made my heart race as Bri tried to stay out of the drama that followed those living in her neighbourhood. She tried to stay out of it, but at most times she was the primary cause.

I loved the plot of this book. Our young main character trying to make it in a world of fame and truth at the same time. Trying to stay true to herself while still being able to provide for her family. There was never a dull moment as there was never an option of failure in Bri’s eyes. The pace of this book never wavered, making me flip through the pages quickly. I finished it in a day,

There was one thing that bothered me. Bri’s stubbornness and lack of responsibility as her new song gets negative attention from the news and from her neighbourhood.  What she thought was just lyrics had a big impact on the people around her. And when she was asked to re-evaluate her songs, she ignored all advice, thinking she knew what was best. Her personality got on my nerves some times. She seemed very immature, which surprised me, because the main character from Angie’s debut novel THUG, was a very down to earth character, hoping for change.

Overall, the story kept me engaged and I liked the message and music. Angie Thomas is a great writer, and I am excited to read more from her. I am giving this book 4 stars, as it was a strong story and definitely held up against The Hate U Give. I hope that one day this book turns into a film as well. I think it would be amazing brought to the big screen.

4 Stars

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

img_2103-768x512Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop.She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, is a #1 New York Times Best Seller. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg attached to star.

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Book Review

Review|The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Author: Angie Thomas (Goodreads, Twitter, FacebookWebsite)
Published: February 28th 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 444
Genres: Contemporary
Rating: 4 Stars
Where to buy: Amazon US |Barnes & Noble | Amazon CA | Indigo CA |

Synopsis
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Review

I finished this book in two sittings and my mind is all over the place. I can’t stop thinking about Starr and her loved ones and all the difficult situations they were put through because of the town they live in and how the public view them as “guetto”.

When Khalil is murdered in cold blood by a police officer, a rebellion sparks in the town as maybe locals and people all over the internet begin to fight for the justice that Khalil should receive. An uprise of sorts starts, as maybe people begin to speak up about how the justice system is completely broken. That police officer should not have used his gun when simply pulling over two teens for a broken tail light. The situation escalated to a point of no return.

This book did open my eyes to the injustice in the world. Yes, I do believe that police officers are meant to keep us safe as a nation, but the police brutality that is happening in cities is undeniable. Angie Thomas did an amazing job in showcasing the issue, and things do need to change. There are places in our world that are not as safe as others. But those towns need to be helped, they need to be lifted up and shown that other people care about the living situations of others. Everyone should feel safe going to bed at night, without worrying about shootings and break ins, and there loved ones being threatened.

This book really did hit my heart hard. My brain keeps playing over scenes in my head over and over again thinking about the injustice that was presented throughout this book. I am actually quite upset over the situations that the main character and her family were put through. No 16 year old child should have to be accustomed to having her friends die, and having to worry about the gang activity that runs through the streets.

I really do wish that life wasn’t so unfair. That people weren’t so quick to judge and that people would offer a helping hand more often. Yes this book might have been fiction but the story could have been completely real. My heart is in shambles and uproar. I think it is safe to say that the emotions presented throughout this book got to me pretty hard.

I fell in love with the characters and their personalities, I was rooting and praying for them the entire time I was reading. I loved how the wonderful characters stood up for what they believed in no matter the cost. They would not be silenced as they spoke up to their community to better their streets and their lives.

i’m giving this book 4 stars for the amazing writing that opened my eyes to a whole other side of living. I live privileged, and I pray each day that us humans as a whole begin to address the problems that present throughout our communities. A big thank you to Angie Thomas for making me think. Keep speaking out for what you believe in, always. ❤

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

img_2103-768x512Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop.She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, is a #1 New York Times Best Seller. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg attached to star.

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