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Mini-Reviews – Everything, Everything / The Breadwinner / Girl Waits with Gun

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

THE STORY
Maddy has been trapped for most of her life at home due to a rare illness. Cared for by her mother and a kind nurse, she is content, but longs to be a normal teenager. When a cute boy moves in next door, little does Maddy know that he will change her life forever.

THE GOOD
I thought Maddy’s story was sweet with the kind of teenage angst that made me smile because I remember having those feelings. I liked that most of the conflict actually centred on her mother and Olly’s parents. I read a few reviews that felt the story fell flat in the end, but I thought the ending was agreeable. Sad, but hopeful.

THE BAD
From page one, the book felt like it was written to become a movie and lo and behold! The book was optioned before even widely released and somehow cheapens the story for me. I don’t know why because I’m happy for the author’s success.

3.5/5 Stars

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The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis (audio book narrated by Rita Wolf)

THE STORY
Parvana is an eleven-year old girl who is also stuck inside her home, but this time due to the Taliban-rule of her town and their strict law that females are not permitted outside without a burqa and an escort. When Parvana’s father is taken to jail, Parvana’s mother is incapacitated with grief. Parvana and her older sister realize they need to buy food for the family or face starvation. They come up with a scheme to disguise Parvana as a boy so she can go out into the world and take care of the family until their father returns … if he ever does.

THE GOOD
Although it is fiction, The Breadwinner provides eye-opening insight into the oppressed and silenced lives of Afghani women living under the Taliban even to this day. I truly appreciated Parvana’s story of how her family lived in fear and boredom, but felt a strong duty to their country and never-ending hope for all Afghanis. Although classified as a young adult novel, I think readers of all ages would find this book educational and inspiring.

THE BAD
I don’t think there was anything I disliked about this book other than Parvana’s mother was pretty stupid and useless.

5/5 Stars

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Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

THE STORY
Set in 1914, Girl Waits with Gun tells the story of the three very different Kopp sisters who get into an accident with a rich and mean-spirited factory owner, Henry Kaufman. Normally quite isolated from other people, the Kopp sisters find themselves suddenly tangled up with Kaufman, his gangster friends and the law. As the sisters face constant personal threats and harassment, Constance in particular becomes too angry to stay quiet and attempts to put a stop to things.

THE GOOD
Girl Waits with Gun was delightful. With all of their love, resentment and goofiness, the relationship between the sisters is the highlight of the story. I adored them and burned with disgust and anger throughout the story as they endured the hatred of the bad guys. But then there were men dedicated to keeping them safe too and I was very satisfied when justice was served.

THE BAD
I was hoping for some romantic action between Constance and the strong, but silent-type Sheriff she teams up with to take down Henry Kaufman and his thugs. Alas, he is married with many babes, although there was definitely something simmering under the surface. Luckily, the way the book ended, I’m predicting a sequel…

5/5 Stars

Have you read these books? What books are you reading in November?

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14 comments on “Mini-Reviews – Everything, Everything / The Breadwinner / Girl Waits with Gun

  1. I loved Girl Waits with Gun! Can’t wait for the sequel. (With that ending, there HAS to be one.) The Breadwinner sounds interesting — especially since I just finished I Am Malala for Nonfiction November.

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    • ebookclassics
      November 7, 2015

      I agree there has to be a sequel coming so we can see what’s next for Constance as a sheriff. Did you like I Am Malala? I read it too and I thought of her book when I was reading The Breadwinner.

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      • Malala’s story was heartbreaking, it made me angry at the pointless violence and hatred against women that still proliferates worldwide — but I’m so glad she is alive and bearing witness. What an amazing young woman.

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  2. Becca Lostinbooks
    November 6, 2015

    I loved Everything Everything, but I didn’t know it was being optioned into a movie. Now that I think about it I can totally see that.

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    • ebookclassics
      November 7, 2015

      I think the movie won’t come out until 2017. Can you think of any actors who would be suitable to play the characters.

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  3. janceewright
    November 7, 2015

    I do hate when movies get optioned way too early, especially right after (or even before) the book’s release. Especially when so many other worthy older books deserve movies but will likely never get them.

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    • ebookclassics
      November 7, 2015

      Isn’t it funny how it all works? For instance, I’m stunned how quickly they are making the Girl on the Train movie. As if they want to capitalize on the book while it’s still selling so well.

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      • janceewright
        November 8, 2015

        That’s probably exactly it! Make it soon so no one will forget it!

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  4. Brian Joseph
    November 7, 2015

    These sound really good. The Breadwinner especially sounds interesting. Living in the West, sometimes these horrendous practices and beliefs seem unfathomable.

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    • ebookclassics
      November 7, 2015

      I think this is a book you would enjoy. I knew Afghani women couldn’t leave their homes or go to school, but it wasn’t until I read The Breadwinner did I think about how *boring* it could be day in and day out, or cause tension between female family members who were stuck with each other all day or women who ended promising careers and now just hoped they would get married to find some kind of escape because their futures were so limited.

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  5. Naomi
    November 7, 2015

    I bought The Breadwinner for my daughter a couple of years ago, but she has yet to read it. I think she doesn’t think it looks like her type of book, which it doesn’t, but I think she would like it anyway. Sigh…
    I have Girl Waits with Gun on hold at the library. It’s funny you were hoping for some romance – another review I read found it refreshing that it was such a good book without it. Now I wonder which side of the fence I’ll sit on.
    I think Everything Everything will probably make a very successful YA movie (are they called YA when they’re movies?). And all the actors will be very beautiful.
    On another note, none of my requested novellas are coming in! I might have to have Novellas in December. 🙂

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    • ebookclassics
      November 7, 2015

      Oh no, I hope some novellas come in soon! Ha ha, I was happy at first there was no romance in Girl Waits, but then I liked the chemistry between Constance and the Sheriff. It’s hard when you really want someone to read or like a book, isn’t it? Sometimes I feel like the recommendation has to come from a source that is not me (i.e., the book nerd) for them to take it seriously.

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  6. Sabrina Fox
    November 8, 2015

    I haven’t read any of these, but the latter two sound absolutely amazing!

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    • ebookclassics
      November 13, 2015

      I highly recommend both books. The first book is quite educational and the second has great female characters.

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