Review: Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

Gracefully-Grayson-Ami-PolonskyTransgender people, real and fictional, have been appearing in media more and more. I think it’s such a great thing because it brings more awareness that they do exist. Ignorant people are scared of the unknown and I think when transgender people speak out or when there are transgender characters in books it sparks discussion. It allows us to be more understanding. It reminds us that they’re human—with feelings, triumphs, hardships, and on their own life journey too.

I recently read a great book: Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky. Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: “he” is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender’s body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection, or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson’s true self itches to break free. He decides to audition for the school play—and for the lead role, the goddess Persephone. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday #10: A Tale of Two Besties: A Hello Giggles Novel by Sophia Rossi

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

A-tale-of-two-besties-sophia-rossiA Tale of Two Besties: A Hello Giggles Novel
By Sophia Rossi

Best friends. BFFs. Soul twinsies. Whatever you want to call them, Harper and Lily were born to be besties. With high school just around the corner, casual-cool Cali girl Harper and awkward, always-costumed Lily make sure to text each other every day about their bond:

Harper: I love you so much that I am going to sneak out of detention to pay that guy from Craigslist $100 to cut off all your hair for my secret collection.
Lily: I love you so much I’m going destroy everyone in your life that matters and force you to depend and love only me.
Harper: That sounds beautiful. I love you.

Not even the threat of different high schools could throw this BFFship off-course, even if Lily begs her parents not to send her to the “dreaded Pathways,” a special school for creative types, while effortlessly-popular Harper attends Beverly High with the rest of their class.

But in a city where fitting in means standing out and there’s nothing more uncool than being cool, it’s the naturally charismatic Harper–with her blond hair and perfect bone structure–who finds herself fighting the tide of American Apparel’d teens who rule the school. Meanwhile, it’s the perpetually “gawkward” Lily–who accessories every ensemble with a pair of tattered fairy wings–who finds herself flying alongside the queen bees of Pathways. Can BFF-ship survive the tidal wave of HS drama, or does growing up mean leaving some friends behind? Continue reading

Introducing Behind the Screen

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Hey blog readers!

This post is a little update on what’s going on with my blog. There’s a lot of new things to look forward to from me. Some of you may have noticed that I’ve re-organized my blog, changing, rearranging, and even renaming the tabs. Continue reading

TV Recap: iZombie is finally here!

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Zombies. There’s been The Walking Dead and Warm Bodies, and zombies are still all the rage. iZombie recently aired (March 17). I heard about it sometime last year and have been waiting for it desperately. I can’t seem to get enough of the whole zombie genre (The Walking Dead is one of my favourite shows on TV). Another big reason I was super excited for this show is that Rob Thomas co-wrote and directed it. He’s well-known for Veronica Mars (another favourite). The iZombie trailer alone reminded me of the flare the show Veronica Mars had—quick-witted, intelligent humour, a likable, strong-willed female character, a colourful and diverse group of secondary characters, and mysteries you can’t wait to be solved.   Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday #9: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

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The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
By Sarah Ockler

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them… Continue reading