Modern YA

Lately I’ve been getting really irritated at the amount of hype, press, and attention certain YA books have been getting.

I don’t understand these authors and their need to write violent shit all the fucking time. I’m not trying to be a prick or anything and I wouldn’t snatch these books from children or ban them but I definitely won’t promote or support them. There are a lot of components to my reasoning so I’ll just go in bullet points.

one: the obvious, the violence. I mean if you think about it YA is about kids that are 14-17, targeted to kids 14-17, and these characters are wielding guns. To give you an idea 14-17 is basically high school, and these high school students are using guns, legit guns, I mean, rifles, pistols, and snipers. Let that sink in. These kids are also being trained to kill, usually by the government. I can’t even.

two: speaking of the government, I understand this craze with dystopia but damn. Why are people so sure that the government will be overthrown and powered by fucking megalomaniacs? This is a smaller issue I have with YA books, but I have to say that as a proud American who believes in the government, it makes me irritated when all these books are just saying America is going to go to shit, where people are treated like shit and rebel and overthrow the government.

three: “strong female leads” is what these books describe. ABSOLUTELY DISAGREE. What the fuck are these people thinking? Strong fucking female lead my ass. The apparent strong female leads are basically hot girls with maybe a few faults, who can either, a) kill with no remorse, or b) just plain kill or kick ass. How is that a strong female lead? I mean people give a girl basically the abilities of a dude and slap on the title of a strong female. Yeah I mean, if a girl can do a guys shit that makes us strong right? What the fuck is that? I mean is what a guy does the standard for what ‘strong’ is?

four: back to weapons. By saying a girl is kick ass for using a gun or sniper or whatever, and being able to kill someone, and treating guns as these awesome innovations that are superdupercool, the authors are glamorizing weaponry to children. Making guns cool, people who use guns cool, people who can throw knives cool, and people who have no fear, can fight, can kill, what have you, is cool. Esp. after things like Columbine, Virginia Tech, Boston bombing, murders committed daily. I mean, guns take lives, they KILL people, and what people that can use them, underage is cool and glamorized. What the fuck.

five: violence vs. sex. Honestly I have absolutely nothing against sex in books. Sex is sex. It’s a part of life and something we do as humans. I think portraying sexual angst in teen books is much more realistic and unoffensive than weaponry. For example, John Green’s books. It’s ridiculous that books that glamorize guns and killing and needless violence is put on display and advertised but books with sex are banned. LET THAT SINK IN. (Ex: I would rather have my teenage kid have sex, that use guns.)

 

Disclaimer: These issues make me uncomfortable and upset me that they’re seen as “you’re such a reader, you’re a book lover, bookworm, and literate because you read all of these books”. But I wouldn’t stop people from reading them if they want to, I wouldn’t ban the books from libraries or schools, and I certainly wouldn’t discourage reading. What I’m trying to say is what I said above doesn’t mean the Hunger Games wasn’t exciting to read, or books like Divergent or Legend are bad or unenjoyable books, but I really think people are being blinded by the glamour and action to see what the authors are really writing, what teens are reading, and what kinds of thoughts/opinions are induced in by these books.

Some examples of needless violent books:
– Hunger Games (LITERALLY, children killing fucking children)
– Legend
– Divergent
– Grave Mercy (This one I’m really against because the point of the book is that this girl is an assassin and works for the devil, killing people in his favor. LITERALLY deciding the fate of others. [good guys or bad guys, we don’t hold the fate of their lives, esp. children])
– Reboot (the girl is cool because she can kill without remorse? This one is iffy because the girl isn’t actually supposed to be human, but still the act of killing without remorse is fucking wrong, man.)

Books that are actually good YA books without violence to make it cool.
– Somethings Strange and Deadly
– Delirium (An example of, dystopia doesn’t need guns to succeed)
– Anna and the French Kiss (the writing is actually refreshing and fun)
– The Diviners
– Life After Theft
– The Girl of Fire and Thorns (I didn’t absolutely love this book, but the protagonist is truly a STRONG FEMALE LEAD)

 

woo. that was a lot. but i had to get it off my chest.

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Coming Clean: A Memoir – Kimberly Rae Miller

This book was really good. Depressing and heart wrenching, but damn. Shit’s good, man. 5/5.

682bd56f-0fa8-4508-8673-a880d2759daf_coming-clean-kimberly-rae-millerSo this is a memoir about Kimberly’s life growing up with her hoarding father. Starting from when she was young and growing up all the way to adulthood (30’s) she goes through all the painful and conflicts episodes of her life.

What was really good about this book was how it described how she felt. It could have been easy to write off that her father and mother were the problems and make them out to be the villains, but she does a really good job at showing how they were her parents and she felt protective of them and how as angry as she would get, she would still love them.

I have to say I did get really angry at times, I mean damn, they just, it was like this torturous cycle, but at the same time, I totally understood why she couldn’t hate them. The need to protect her parents and doing whatever she had to do, no matter how much she didn’t want to, because she couldn’t NOT do it.

I’m not doing this book justice and am kind of failing at explaining this book, but it was really, just so good.

Life After Theft – Aprilynne Pike

I got this book on my kindle on a deal. I give it 3/5 stars.

16065465Alright let’s get this shit done.

Girl dies, haunts boy, girl is klepto needs to return things she stole to move on, chaos ensues.

Likes: the writing style and the voice. I just enjoyed reading it. I rarely glazed over thing, because the voice and the way it was written was fun. I liked the storyline as well.

Dislike: Ending was so unsatisfying. I don’t even know. I also wished that Sera had been more of a bad person than just an antagonized person. Like I wish she was the one that turned in Kheil or something. Or secretly orchestrating something. Because that’s the only thing that kind of make me still interested in her. But by the end I was just eh, this girl is your typical perfect damsel in distress.

Spoiled – Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan

Did not finish. 2/5.

9415966This book follows Molly and Brooke. Half sisters. Molly is poor and the love child of an actor and a costume designer, Brooke is the rich daughter of an actor with an unpresent mother.

I’ve heard good reviews and I liked it while it lasted but I found myself being really annoyed. I felt like this book was like, ‘be on Molly’s side’, ‘Brooke is a spoiled bitch’.

And to be honest I’m fucking sick of the poor girl being like the one antagonized and being the kicked fucking puppy. Which is weird because I would be the poor girl.

To be honest I felt more sympathy for Brooke. Poor girl had like fucking everything taken from her. I mean her father is being a heartless fucking dick. Yes, Brooke did some bitchy things and was you’re typical Blair Waldorf, but damn. I mean it’s her and her dad and all of a sudden this girl shows up and it’s his lost puppy. And the whole play thing that he did was like, I felt like I was being slapped in the face as Brooke. I don’t know if I’m making sense, but damn. I mean she just wanted to make her dad proud and she had this one play thing, and then her dad has Molly come and take part in the play too.

That’s all I want to say because I’m lazy, but yeah, just kind of fed up with the storyline, and I could kind of tell where it’s headed. Disinterested.

This is How You Lose Her – Junot Dìaz

AMAZING FUCKING BOOK. 5/5!

13503109OMG Junot Dìaz is… a genius. If you’re going to read this, I highly recommend reading it with the audiobook in which Mr.Dìaz narrates.

This book loosely follow Yunior throughout his many failed relationships. Honestly he just kind of makes the same mistakes over and over.

What is great about this book is that it’s so real. I mean the storyline, the reactions, the way responses, the actions, everything was so real.

Junot’s voice is so refreshing and so well written. I mean it was just so enjoyable to read!

I have nothing but good things to say about this book and Junot Dìaz. I will definitely be reading all of his books.