My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s January 2016 Wrap Up

January 2016 Wrap Up

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (★★★)

After finishing this contemporary novel about a school shooting, I gave it four out of five stars — after working through my conflicted feelings while writing my review however, I realized it was one star too many. While I wanted to love this book, the characters were poorly developed and it didn’t really open up a dialogue about anything of importance. [READ FULL REVIEW]

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★½)

My second favorite Sarah J. Maas book behind Crown of MidnightA Court of Thorns and Roses is a gorgeously written retelling of Beauty and the Beast and Tam Lin with a side of Cupid and Psyche. From the fabulous world building to the fully realized characters, Maas’ brand new series has it all. [READ FULL REVIEW]

The Walking Dead Vol. 25: No Turning Back by Robert Kirkman (★★★★½)

If you have fallen behind on The Walking Dead, now is the time to catch up. This trade (which collects issues 145 to 150) deals with the aftermath of the new big bad’s recent attack, features some awesome character development and gives readers more of what they want: Negan!

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Bang Bang, He Shot Me Down: Cassie-la Delves Into ‘This is Where it Ends’ by Marieke Nijkamp

This is Where it EndsThis is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (Galley)
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Genre: Fiction, young adult, contemporary, drama, high school, is this exploitative? — I can’t decide if this is exploitative
Rating: 3.32 out of 5 stars

Summary: Taking place over the course of 54 minutes, this contemporary novel about a high school in Alabama deals with a threat that has become all too prevalent in the past couple of decades: school shootings. Told through shifting viewpoints and several forms of communication, Marieke Nijkamp’s debut novel is a drama-filled yet fictional look at what happens when a boy brings a gun to school.

Set in a high school in Opportunity, Alabama, This is Where it Ends is a quick read written by a member of We Need Diverse Books that follows several students after one of their former classmates returns armed and ready to take revenge.

From multiple intertwined POVS to tweets, text messages and even online journal entries, Nijkamp tells her 54 minute story — broken apart by times — with modern considerations in mind, lending the tale slightly more credibility.

Due to the shifting narrators (who are all good, bland and just and deserve to be more fully fleshed out), readers gets multiple looks at the same story, from the girl who can do nothing but wait, to the boy who wants to save everyone, the students who have nowhere to run and the girl related to the shooter.

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Damn the Man: Cassie-la Blathers About Being Different and “The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth” by Alexandra Robbins

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School by Alexandra Robbins
: Nonfiction, geekery, high school, social science, boy am I glad high school is over
: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary: Author Alexandra Robbins follows six high school outsiders through one year of school and attempts to explain why being different is a much better option. Storytelling and psychology combine in this insightful true novel about why the geeks shall inherit.

Did you know that all the weird little quirks that kept you friendless in high school could later go on to help you out there in the real world? Well according to Alexandra Robbins in her hope inducing work The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, that is absolutely true. ::crosses fingers::

This book follows Danielle the Loner, Blue the Gamer, Whitney the Popular Bitch, Regan the Weird Girl, Eli the Nerd, Joy the New Girl, and Noah the Band Geek, and gives us peaks into their lives, from the lowest lows to the highest of highs. Like her other nonfiction works, this reads as part fiction and part nonfiction, with research to back up and expound upon the students Robbins’ writes about. Overall, it is very much like her novel Pledged except she took a greater part in entering the lives of her subjects. And it doesn’t talk about being blond and perky and perpetually vomiting up one’s meals.

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