Weekend Reading: Forever and The Impossible Knife of Memory

February 16, 2015 § 2 Comments

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February 16, 2015

Forever by Judy Blume

Forever

This was a re-read for me. Was it ever. When I was in my teens, I must have read this countless times. It seems like just yesterday when my best friend and I would hang out in the school yard talking about this book and all the yummy parts and, of course, the ending. So many of the images and themes in this book were seared into crevices of my brain and I hadn’t even realized it. Back then, I had taken a lot of what was so great about this book for granted: how well-written it is, how true and matter of fact and poignant without any extra or unnecessary words, the no-bullshit approach to sex, and a heroine who was a regular girl going through a real relationship.

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

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So a year after I go to Laurie Halse Anderson’s book signing and get this book, I finally read it. What was I waiting for? Every time I opened it up I was sucked into another time and space. One time at lunch I went to the park and finished reading this magical scene where Hayley and Finn are lying on a hill looking at the stars. When I looked up I was like “Oh, wow. There’s grass and dogs running to fetch balls and mountains. All around me.” I felt so lucky to be traveling between a wonderful fictional world and a wonderful real world. So, yeah, I really liked this book.

Laurie Halse Anderson at Alamosa Books

January 13, 2014 § 5 Comments

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January 13, 2014 

I read this synopsis from Book Riot on The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson and thought “what a cool story. I should check that out.” Then somebody walked into my office.

That very night I read in the newspaper that Laurie Halse Anderson was going to be at Alamosa Books on that Friday, January 10, 2014 to sign her new book. Never ignore a coincidence, as Deepak Chopra says.

Laurie Halse Anderson and me at Alamosa Books in Albuquerque, NM on January 10, 2014.

Laurie Halse Anderson and me at Alamosa Books in Albuquerque, NM
on January 10, 2014.

During her talk, Laurie Halse Anderson hooked me with the magical musical moment thing. She was explaining  how her reason for writing her YA novel Prom was to get to this one page, where the perfect song comes on and all the social barriers that separate people disappear and everyone just starts swaying to the music.

It made me think of that scene in The Perks of Being a Wallflower where Charlie is watching Patrick and Sam dancing to “Come On, Eileen” and he is shifting from foot to foot, psyching himself up to join them. Or last Saturday night, when the band at the club started playing “Shout” and me and my friend and practically everyone else in the place rushed to the dance floor and started jumping and singing and just about losing our damn minds.

My signed books by Laurie Halse Anderson. The Impossible Knife of Memory and Prom.

My signed books by Laurie Halse Anderson.
The Impossible Knife of Memory and Prom.

I have two new books on my To-Be-Read list now.

Reading for the Weekend (January 10)

January 10, 2014 § 2 Comments

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January 10, 2014

I am reading Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson – aka The Bloggess. It’s totally freaking hilarious. A warning about reading this in public: you will either be choking on your food trying to hold back the laughter or eliciting stares from strangers because you just can’t stop cracking up. Which is probably what those strangers think you are doing.

Lets Pretend this Never Happened

I am also going to be picking up a copy of The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. I have been seeing reviews about this recent release, and then found out that the author is going to be in Albuquerque at Alamosa Books this Friday! Talk about synchronicity!

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