PopCulture Readathon Book #4: Sadie- Courtney Summers

Title: Sadie

Author: Courtney Summers

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 308

Rating: 5/5

TW/CW: Pedophilia, sexual abuse, drug use

” You aren’t supposed to answer violence with more violence, but sometimes I think violence is the only answer”.
-Sadie

This is my first Courtney Summers book and I must say that she didn’t disappoint and she gained a new fan of her work. This book made me feels so many things. I don’t know why it took me so long to pick it up.
After overhearing about a case of a missing girl, podcaster West McCray takes on the case of Sadie. After her sister Mattie is found dead, Sadie also seems to have disappeared and her family seems devastated about it…..well only her surrogate grandmother May Beth. Sadie has had a horrible life. She’s felt and been all alone all her life, until her sister Mattie was born and came into her life. She has chosen to take care of her and she really has no choice as their mother is a horrible parent. Things definitely went south when her sister gets killed. Her world is flipped upside down. She goes on a journey from town to town meeting some questionable characters to search for her sister’s killer, all while fighting against the stutter she has that doesn’t let her express herself correctly. With revenge and violence on her mind, she realizes the killer was always closer than she imagined. 

I can’t stress enough how amazing and fast paced this book was. It kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I definitely got worried and a little annoyed at Sadie’s reckless behavior, but you really have to admire her resilience and determination to get justice for her sister. I won’t give anymore details, all i can say is give the book a chance. 

PopCulture Readathon Book #3: Clap When You Land- Elizabeth Acevedo

Title: Clap When You Land

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 417

Rating: 5/5

TW/CW: Sexual Assault, Death of a parent , Grieving, Harassment, and Stalking

Elizabeth Acevedo has done it again with her beautiful writing in verse form, but she also brings awareness to something that’s almost always swept under the rug. Tragedies not fueled by politics. Acevedo’s “Clap When You Land” is centered around a real life tragedy. On November 12, 2001 American Airlines flight 587 en route to the Dominican Republic crashed into a neighborhood in Queens, NY. At first terrorism was said to come into play, as this was around the time September 11th happened. 265 people died on board and 5 people died on ground. It was a national tragedy. However, when it was discovered it wasn’t a terrorist attack, the media coverage ended. The Dominican community was devastated and left without answers and broken hearts.

‘Clap When You Land’ follows the lives of Camino and Yahaira. One lives in Santo Domingo and the other lives in NYC. They’re both oblivious to each other’s existence until they lose their father in a airplane crash. The flight was en route to DR. Their father was living a double life, and through this whole tragedy they were able to connect with each other despite the differences in living conditions. Both girls are fighting their own issues, but Camino feels unprotected without her father the most. Especially against the town pimp”El Cero”. El Cero is a creep and consistently stalks her everywhere she goes. She’s tired of this life. She just wants to go to Columbia and study premed, but she’s torn between that and the love for her land. Once they finally connect they both realize their father wasn’t who they thought, even though he was perfect in their eyes he definitely had some major flaws. 
I absolutely loved this beautifully written story. It shows how a tragedy can bring you close and help you grow. Both of these young ladies helped each other in ways they thought they couldn’t. Acevedo has done it once again with this heart wrenching novel. It will definitely have you in your feels.

PopCulture Readathon Book #2: Death and Other Holidays- Marci Vogel

Title: Death and other Holidays

Author: Marci Vogel

Publisher: Melville House

Pages: 144

Rating: 4/5

” The problems of the world are impossible to solve” 
-Wilson, Death and other Holidays
TW/CW: Grieving a family members death, divorce, talks of suicide

A short book, but very well written (to me anyway). We’re taken into the life of April. Set in the 90’s, April just lost her stepfather, Wilson. Her mother biological father separated when she was younger, and her father committed suicide when she was a teenager, so she’s had a pretty crappy life and has been dealing with death more than she should. She’s grieving them both and being in her late 20’s and now alone after her room mate Libby moved out to be with her boyfriend she has a lot of time to reflect on her past and present relationships as well as everything in between. These stories are often shown in little snippets or in a few pages. The words making a impactful statement, making you feel something in your soul. This is my first novella and I enjoyed it. 

PopCulture Readathon Book #1 Review: Turtle Under Ice- Juleah del Rosario

Hey Guys!

So if you’re on book twitter, you might’ve seen this graphic within the bookish community. My absolutely amazing friend Whitney @ books whit me created the PopCulture Readathon centered around the 90’s. My other amazing friend Lorryn @ Reading Parental is the co-host as well. If you want more info on this readathon you can find it at their twitter here. It’s not too late to join. July has just begun, and it runs until the end of the month.I chose to do the adult bingo board and read my first book this morning in a hour.

Title: Turtle Under Ice

Author: Juleah del Rosario

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Pages: 272

Rating: 5/5

CW/TW: Death, dealing with grief, loss of a baby, thoughts of not being enough, dealing with the death of a parent

“Because, like snowstorms and earthquakes and death, your future will happen regardless of whether you planned for it” p. 15

“my grief makes people uncomfortable, I am not a walking disease because my mother died, I am not abnormal. I am not contagious” p. 65

“There was no right time for my mother to die, because when someone we love dies, it will always be untimely” p. 143

I have so much to say about this book. All good things of course. Row and Arianna lost their mother a few years ago and they’ve both went their separate ways and trying to figure out how to deal with themselves and life without their mother. One night Ariana picks up and leaves in the middle of the night during a snowstorm without telling anyone where she was headed to. Meanwhile, Row is left home alone, alone trying to figure out her feelings, her life, and her relationship with her sister. All while trying to piece together clues of her sister’s whereabouts with the help of her friend Kennedy.

My thoughts:
This book simply put is…amazing! Written in verse and from two different POV’S, it takes you on both of these sister’s journeys. Allow me to break it down:

Row: A soccer player, but also a worrier, she was there when her mother passed away. Always thought that no-one wanted to be around her because she was grieving her mother’s death. She worries about her sister Ariana and what would’ve been her baby sister.

Ariana: In pain from losing her mother, she also loses herself. She’s doing bad in school and is on the verge of not graduating, until her teacher gives her a second chance to redeem herself…

Overall, this book really hit home. I lost my grandmother who was like my mother, and ever since then I lost myself as well. Many people have decided to distance themselves from me because they believe I need to “get over it” and “move on”. Turtle Under Ice really opened my eyes and I’m glad the author wrote it.