Hi, all! Though it may come as a shock to some of you who have gotten used to reading my somewhat lengthy reviews, I actually do mini-reviews sometimes, too! This is usually when I don’t have many notes on the book (whether good or bad), if the book is shorter, the format is different, etc. There are multiple reasons and I can’t really break it down into an exact science. Sometimes my reviews could be their own novels and sometimes they are barely a paragraph. For this post, I’m going to share a couple of these “mini-reviews”. Both books were sent to me from NetGalley. (:
Seventeen-year-old Maddie Hickman has always coped with anxiety by immersing herself into the latest self-help book. Then her grandmother is diagnosed with cancer, and she spirals so far downward that she almost risks losing everything she holds dear.
From applying to college to solving the mystery of why she detests jelly doughnuts to writing a novel for her senior project and reconnecting with an old flame (or two), the ever-mounting stress leads to an unexpected road trip where she is forced to listen to her wildly beating heart. It is only in the back of a convertible with pop music blasting, that she discovers what she needs in order to really live.
If your heart has ever hurt from beating widely, whether from anxiety or love, this book is the one to read.
Rating: 4 stars
It was a cute story. I didn’t have any background on it going in because I haven’t read the other books in the series, but Hannah Goodman has a nice writing style that made me feel like I was apart of the story even though I was missing so much of it (Addition that wasn’t in the original review: This book can easily stand alone without having read any of the novels beforehand). The plot is cute and I think all around it’s just a fluffier YA contemporary take on some more serious issues (like anxiety).
What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is a feminist manifesto that denounces the discrimination against and unfairness felt by women from childhood to adulthood. The graphic novel, illustrated in a strikingly minimalist style with images of girls with varied body types and personalities, invites teenagers to question the sexism that surrounds us, in ways that are obvious and hidden, simple and complex.
The book’s beginnings as a fanzine shine through in its honesty and directness, confronting the inequalities faced by young women, everyday. And it ends with a line of hope, that with solidarity, girls will hurt less, as they hold each other up with support and encouragement.
Rating: 4.5 stars
I loved this. It’s short, illustrated, and doesn’t take its sweet time to get the point across. Instead, it plasters the point across every page with demand. I loved that this was so inclusive to all women, because we really don’t need anymore exclusion in this movement. I think that there were of course some missed opportunities in here (which accounts for why I didn’t give this a perfect 5 stars), but I think that with a short graphic novel, it would be practically impossible to please everyone. I personally felt like the book covered a lot of ground and I felt the “sick and tired” in every single page. The illustrations were cute (to me) and I’m happy that I got a chance to check this out. I will 100% recommend this to others looking for reads on feminism.
Have you read either of these books? Do your reviews tend to be longer or shorter? Talk to me 🙂