It took me a while to read this one, simply because I had heard so many mixed reviews. People hated it, and people loved it. A lot of the negative reviews I’d read mainly focused on Leah’s off-putting personality or her being a “b*tch.” I can see where they’re coming from, but that’s just Leah. Even Becky Albertalli has referred to Leah as her “grumpy girl,” so it’s no mystery that Leah isn’t a big ray of sunshine.
Taking this book as Leah is, knowing there may be sometimes that she’s unreasonably grumpy or b*tchy, allowed me to enjoy this book so much more. I am a grumpy girl myself. I’ve struggled with being overweight since I was in high school, so I totally get where Leah is coming from 99% of the time. Sure, she may have been a little harsh towards Abby on their college visiting trip, but I also kind of get where she’s coming from.
Overall, I absolutely loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda when I read it last year, and nearly squealed when I caught this on sale for Kindle, because that library wait list was loooong. Take Leah as she is, grumpiness and all, and enjoy the characters of Creekwood as they are in their senior year, prepare to go off to college, and begin their new lives in various colleges on the East Coast. Right now, I haven’t seen any mentions of there being any more novels or novellas following this one, but I would be delighted to indulge in all the stories involving this great cast of characters. ❤
So, I’ve been a bit busy. I graduate with my BFA in Creative Writing in May 2019 and I’m currently wrapping up my junior classes (this month is children’s entertainment) and my senior classes begin in January. That being said, the workload is heavy. I don’t mind, and most of it I enjoy, but it leaves time for little else when everything’s factored into my days, and shamefully I’ve had to cut back on the reading for pleasure and swapped it with reading for class. It took me three weeks to get through the middle of The Night Circus and I had to renew my library loan for another three weeks, so hopefully, I can get it read by Thanksgiving. Anyway, I’ve been able to fit reading into my schedule every single day, but sometimes when it ends up being right before bed, I get comfy and nestle in with my Kindle and then before I know it my husband’s waking me up by removing the Kindle from my deep sleep grip and I only made it through two pages.
Also, I have decided that I’m going to introduce a new topic and section for ebook deals, because I receive multiple emails with different ones daily, and it’s not something I see a whole lot on blogs. I’ll spotlight my favorites, because a lot of them aren’t the big name blockbuster hits and there are a lot that I don’t even know. Still, I think it will good for those that may already receive these kinds of emails, but especially helpful for those that don’t.
Without further adieu, today’s spotlight deal is: A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
This has been on my TBR for a while. A friend asked me a couple of weeks ago if I had read it, and I hadn’t. He then explained that I needed to immediately go grab it, and I was going to get a physical copy here soon, but good things come to those who wait. This deal is $1.99* and is available from the following retailers:
If you grab this deal, let me know! Is this section helpful and does it have an audience? While this only contains one deal, in the future there will be multiple depending on the deals available.
*as of Nov. 1st, 2018. These deals can expire on any day and are subject to the publisher’s pricing guidelines.