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2 Books, One Weekend

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Time for some long overdue book talk! ¬†I don’t know what came over me this weekend, but I did a lot of reading! ¬†Never a bad thing, of course.

First, I finished reading “The Hate List” by Jennifer Brown which I started reading about a week ago. ¬†I really enjoyed this YA book and would recommend it to whoever was interested. ¬†It really made me think about what it means to be a bystander, a catalyst, someone who has a part in something bigger than they realize. ¬†The protagonist, Valerie, is going through a very hard time at home, school, and obviously emotionally after her boyfriend, Nick, was the ring leader in a school shooting. ¬†Reading the parts of this novel that talk about the school shooting really scared me. ¬†They talk about this one teacher, Mr. Levil, who was killed trying to save students, a teacher that all students found comfort in. ¬†They said he died in a christ like way with his arms wide open trying to shield his students.

As a future educator, although this is not all that common, it is still a scary thought! ¬†How far would you go to save people? ¬†But most importantly, how far would you go to stop this. ¬†Although Valerie did not realize her boyfriend was going to kill people, they both started a “Hate List” filled with people’s names that were bullies and mean to them. ¬†Since she had a part in this, she was blamed as well. ¬†This book goes through her journey of recovery and finding her place in the world. ¬†It also goes through her coping with Nick about how she loves him but feels guilty for still loving and missing him. ¬†If you have, the chance, I’d recommend reading this!

Also this weekend, I read “50 Shades of Grey” by EL James (in one day). ¬†I’ve heard all the hype for this book so I decided to try it out. ¬†I am so confused on my feelings for this book! ¬†Don’t get me wrong, I definitely find it captivating and understand all the hype; this is something very controversial, provocative, and new. ¬†I want to know more about Grey, as I am sure all the other readers of this do, and see why he is the way he is. ¬†Why can’t he be touched? ¬†Why doesn’t he like to get close to others? ¬†Why does he like pain during sex? ¬†It all just intrigues me. ¬†Anastasia, the main female character, is exploring her sexuality and being thrown into violent sex with a man she cannot help but fall in love with.

Although I am a helpless romantic and adore good love stories, I am confused if I want this relationship to work! ¬†He is clearly bad for her, but she is clearly good for him. ¬†She seems to help him come out of his shell, but he still has a lot more work to do. ¬†If Christian Grey could get his act together, I’d totally root for him and Anastasia! ¬†But, until then, I suggest Anastasia runs!

A lot of people are comparing this novel to “Twilight” with sex. ¬†I mean, I can see that, but I don’t. ¬†Edward adored Bella and would never want to hurt her. ¬†Christian gets satisfaction and arousal from hurting Ana so I just don’t really see that parallel. ¬†The only part that I can see is how Ana is completely swept off her feet, Christian is a super hot, successful, rich, mysterious man and Ana would do anything to be with Christian. ¬†Christian is also a bit controlling, and I hate to say it, but so is Edward. ¬†I am a huge Edward and Bella lover so to compare Edward to Christian just doesn’t go over well with me.

I do not think “50 Shades of Grey” is for every reader. ¬†It freaked me out a lot, but I just had to see what all the hype was about. ¬†I am going to finish the series because once I start I cannot stop, but if you are not into that whole S&M scene, I’d say don’t read this. ¬†But, if you like pushing your boundaries (as I do), just pick it up. ¬†The worst that can happen is you close the book and never finish it!

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