Review: 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Published: 2015
By: Tantor Media, Inc.
Source: Borrowed
Format: Audiobook
ISBN:  9781494594091



Finn Easton has an interesting story. He and his mother were flattened by a dead horse on its way to a knackery. Because of the impact, his mother died, and he was now “blessed” with a scar on his back and prone to seizures – they say they’ll stop one day. Also, his dad Micheal Easton is a famous author. He wrote about a boy who came from space, his name was Finn, he had a scar on his back from where his wings had been removed, and he came from a Lazarus door.

This story isn’t just about an epileptic teenager and his weird friend, Cade Hernandez. Or about a boy who has a famous author for a dad. No, this story is about an epileptic teacher who is constantly reminded by the fact that his father wrote a book about an angel-alien boy who comes to Earth, has his wings removed and is left thirsty and with detailed scars on his back. This story is about a boy who constantly feels like he is stuck in his father’s book.

That’s when he meets a girl and he then became determined to not be trapped anymore.

I really like this book in the regards of it has three stories, one about Finn, one about Julia, and one about Finn and Cade. It’s about their relationships. It’s about how a single event cannot dictate how to live the life you decide.

** Although I approve this book, there are a lot of cusses, so I wouldn’t recommend this book for junior high school students.signature
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Why Giving Up a Vision Makes Me Nervous

To relinquish a job that you dedicated so much time to for a known number of years is possibly one of the most difficult decisions to have to make. Although you may be in love with your job and the opportunities for growth or if you have a vision for the location, but if you choose to make a change, or perhaps – like in my case- go back to school, it’s difficult to continue that vision as the person sends emails with questions about certain things that were in the library.

When I took on my position as a school librarian, in Fort McMurray, about 3 years ago , I saw great potential. I gave myself an ultimate goal of having completely fulfilled my ideal library space/ learning commons by the end of (my) third school year. I know at this point it doesn’t make sense, since I chose to take a leave of absence, at the end of my second year, in order to continue my education and hopefully get a little bit closer to obtaining my BA. I still, optimistically, felt I would be leaving behind a relatively well-establish ideology that could easily be continued by whomever took over, and even if they made any changes it would be minor by comparison to how much I’d worked to make my long-term vision a reality.

And then the evacuation happened. The evacuation changed everything for that library, because once we were given permission to return to what was left of our charcoaled lives, that’s when the insurance companies started to make their rounds. I do not know what other schools had to deal with; I can only speak on what I saw, I would say I’ll post pictures to accompany, but they weren’t taken by me – so, yea… Needless to say, the library I had “created” became nothing more than garbage bags of items that either needed to stay or go. Things that I was going to deal with before the end of the school year were now mixed in with the stuff that did not need to be dealt with, all laid out on the gymnasium floor waiting to be tended to. I was slightly distressed, to say the least.

I wanted to help so badly, but nobody would give me permission to drive up and help. I had some great help from former coworkers. Some sent pictures asking if there was anything that could immediately be tossed, or kept, or if I needed something from the pile that I couldn’t find the last time I had came up to help. It was comforting. When I emailed my former boss offering a few hours of my time to help get the new librarian set up, I was assured that my email would be forwarded to her and she’ll email me if she needs something.

Fortunately, she has. I have been super content with the fact that she’s not assuming everything that was emptied out can be tossed. But like I said, it’s difficult to hand over your long-term vision of something when you had only, truly just begun to scratch the surface of making things a reality.

I’d love to say that I will go into further details about my conundrum, but, in reality, I won’t. Because this is not a gossip or a place to complain. I can’t name names or specific situations, because it’s not fair – and when this is posted I will have friends and former coworkers read this, and I don’t need to lose my credibility as a good employee lost over something as silly as posting something on the internet.

Perhaps, I will pose this question to you:

Had you ever been in a position where you were “forced” to give up your powers or abilities in a job, and couldn’t tell everybody else what to do even though you really wanted to?


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Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

Published: 2015
By: HarperCollins
Source: Borrowed
Format: Audiobook
Length: 7 hrs., 20 mins.
ISBN:  9780062398031


A YA novel discussing the obscure topic of: intersex. We’re becoming more and more knowledgeable of the LGBTQ community, but intersex is still relatively unheard of.

Krissy was born a girl, identified as such as well. Until a painfully, cut-short prom night romp in the back of a limo with her boyfriend, Sam, that made her realize that there may be something wrong. It hurt. Making an appointment with her best friend’s OBGYN to get to the bottom of this discomfort she finds out something about herself that changes her life forever.

Two hernias in her abdomen which upon further investigation are testicles, and Krissy is without the reproductive organs of a female. And thus begins the story of a girl who has to decide how to continue her life now considered intersex: does she tick ‘female’ or ‘male’?

I really enjoyed this novel because of it’s realistic perspective on how a teenager might actually react to this sort of news. She lost her mother to cancer and only has her father to really turn to, and everything is scary and uncertain, and you don’t know who to confide in. The whole experience seems extremely daunting, but I can say I have learned something new that I hadn’t even considered a possibility.



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