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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I was only reading this book to fill out the banned books slot on my reading challenge. However, I read two parts and stopped. Not even the thought that there is only one month left before the year ends and I need to read a banned book could motivate me to continue reading this book. So I will choose another banned book.

It’s not that the story is boring. It’s not even the passivity of the main character. I like passivity. I am passive. It’s just… this book kinda reminds me of The Catcher in the Rye which I would never read again even on pain of death. If I was doing this book for literature, the only way I would finish it is because when I was in high school, we read books chapter by chapter in class. That’s how I finished Macbeth. I would never have even picked up that book in the unabridged version.

I get that it’s about high school life but I can’t relate at all. First of all, the book is set before I was born. Second, it’s in America and I can never relate to American high school stories. Lastly, the main character in this book just bothers me. It’s something that I can’t articulate but I don’t want to be inside his head anymore.

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No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!, Vol. 1

No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!, Vol. 1No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!, Vol. 1 by Nico Tanigawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a mojyo according to this book.

Definition of MOJYO

The term mojyo can refer to a girl who:
1. Has no experience with dating men
2. Has never been asked out by another
3. Remains chaste

That’s on the first page of this manga which quite obviously piqued my interest. As the story progressed though, the differences between Tomoko Kuroki were clear. I am not painfully shy and socially awkward. I’m just introverted. However, that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy the story and I did! I also watched the anime for this so I expected to enjoy the manga and it didn’t dissappoint.

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Double Exposure

Double ExposureDouble Exposure by Bridget Birdsall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book about an intersexed teenager who prefers to be of the female sex though her parents brought her up as a boy. This is a somewhat uncomfortable topic for me because I know nothing about it. I am totally ignorant. Plus, I am also sheltered and privileged so I couldn’t relate to the situation at all. I have never been bullied nor have I ever seen bullying and I find myself unsympathetic to bullying victims when I read them in books for some reason. However, I liked the book well enough. I’m glad I bought it.

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Blood Red Road

Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)Blood Red Road by Moira Young
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I did not finish this book. The lack of quotation marks annoyed me to no end. Before I stopped reading this book, I took to using my pencil to put in the missing quotation marks. I just couldn’t continue though. It was too annoying not knowing when Saba was speaking aloud or thinking in her mind. I sometimes couldn’t tell when she was reporting someone’s speech or reporting their actions. Besides all this, the characters were dry, the scenery was dry and the action was non-existent. I couldn’t take it anymore so I moved on to other books and left this one behind.

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