LGBTQIAP+ Books I Want To See Turned Into Movies Part I

That’s me right now. I know I didn’t disappear on the blog* but it’s how I feel because ugggh exams are next week and I’m dead. I don’t even know how I’m writing this post right now. Planning exams during Pride is homophobic tbh

ANYWAY. Today I thought I’d talk about some LGBTQIAP+ books that I want to see follow in Love, Simon’s footsteps. Hopefully it opened doors for many other great YA books with LGBTQIAP+ leads to follow *fingers crossed*

* I did skip a weekly wrap up but I mean,, I do that all the time so

Queens of Geek

Obviously I want to see one of my favourite books of all time on the big screen, but I mean?? That rep though?? The two leads are a Chinese-Australian bisexual girl (Charlie) and a fat, autistic girl with anxiety (Taylor)?? And Charlie’s love interest is a black girl (Alyssa*)?? Both romances are adorable, but Charlie and Alyssa’s first date?** ICONIC. ADORABLE. NEED TO SEE THAT ON THE BIG SCREEN. Taylor and Jamie were adorable and so healthy too though! It’s a super fun and cute read (it takes place during a convention!) but it also addresses so many important topics adgnjs I just love Queens of Geek and I need to see it adapted asap ok pls thank u

* I don’t remember her sexuality and I hate myself
** Don’t quote me on this I remember it as their first date but hey maybe it was their second I haven’t had the time yet to reread this beauty because exams ugh

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

SO APPARENTLY GREG BERLANTI, DIRECTOR OF LOVE, SIMON, HAS SHOWN INTEREST IN THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE AND MAKING ALL MY DREAMS COME TRUE. Okay so apparently he’s planning on making it into a tv show and I know this post is about movies but?? Idc?? A tv show would be even better because MORE of my kids. I haven’t gotten around to reviewing this yet which is,, offensive tbh,, but I want to reread it first because I barely remember anything. But!! The protagonist Monty is bi, his love interest is a black boy who has epilepsy and Monty’s sister is most likely ace*. The book touches on so many important topics like racism, sexism, ableism and so much more. Also PTSD rep! Plus it’s just super fun (road trip! friendship! siblings! pirates! shenanigans!) and the romance is great?? Wow I am not doing this justice curse my bad memory

* I don’t know if this has been confirmed yet or if we have to wait for her book to come out since I’m very out of the loop

Anger is a Gift

I’ve already talked about how good Anger is a Gift is and why you should read it in my review here but seriously you need to read it? And it would make an INCREDIBLE film. Anger is a Gift is a very powerful look on police brutality and just like The Hate U Give will open so many eyes. I really hope studios won’t think ‘we already have The Hate U Give’ so we don’t need to adapt AIAG as well because boy we need so many more movies on police brutality. It’s also super diverse: none of the main characters are white, many LGTBQIAP+ identities (multiple trans characters AND a nonbinary character? I was shook), a disabled character, a character with PTSD, a muslim character… We need this movie okay

Cinderella Boy

Okay so I haven’t reviewed this yet (I will! Though more towards the end of the month) but this would be such a cute Disney Channel like movie? I say ‘like’ because I doubt Disney Channel is ready for a Cinderella retelling with a genderfluid main character and a queer Prince Charming. But yeah, this would be such a cute, empowering movie? Plus queer kids fighting for their rights!! There are moments of injustice in this book that will make you mad of course, but in the end it’s also a ‘feel good’ book as it shows these kids supporting each other and fighting against bigotry, and *spoiler, though it’s very much a fairytale so a happy ending is to be expected* they win! Plus that epilogue is perfect and would make such a cute ending scene

Tash Hearts Tolstoy

I just finished this one and immediately thought of putting it on this list because asexual protagonist! If Tash Hearts Tolstoy were made into a movie it could really teach people about asexuality and give ace teens great rep, while at the same time it would be a really fun movie about a bunch of kids adapting Anna Karenina into a webshow (it could switch between the main storyline and their webshow?). Tash Hearts Tolstoy isn’t about Tash’s asexuality, it’s just a part of who she is and of course of the romance. If done right it could break harmful stereotypes and ideas about asexuality and help so many ace kids. If you haven’t read Tash Hearts Tolstoy yet, it’s up for free on Riveted during the entire month of June!

Autoboyography

Autoboyography shows a gay mormon kid coming to terms with his sexuality and is really respectful towards religion – it really shows that the authors did a lot of research. I think Autoboyography could really help a lot of LGBTQIAP+ religious kids, while it also has great bi rep. While it can get pretty intense it’s also just beautiful, fun and cute and would make such a heartfelt movie. I was honestly blown away and haven’t been able to fully gather my thoughts yet. I’ve mentioned before that Autoboyography is up for free on Riveted this month, but in case you missed that or forgot go grab your chance to read it!

Did I even do any of these books justice?? I feel like I just gushed because I love them all a lot and writing cohesively is hard. If you haven’t read any of these yet, I highly recommend all of them. I loved the rep, the characters, the stories, the queerness, the writing… Just everything okay?? I need all of these as movies and not just for selfish reasons but let’s be real here, movies have a far wider reach than books and these stories and characters are so important. If any of these get adapted I will cry

Part two hopefully coming soon, because I have a lot more LGBTQIAP+ books I want to see turned into movies that I need to talk about

Have you read any of these? Which LGBTQIAP+ books would you like to see turned into movies? Let me know in the comments!

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My Current Writing Ideas/Projects That Are All Gay Duh + Aesthetics!

I’ve thought of talking about all the writing ideas/projects going around my brain for a while now. Then I thought: why not talk about all of my LGBTQIAP+ WIPs/ideas for Pride! Then I realised that’s all of my ideas ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I’ve Been Working On This For Almost Two Years and It’s STILL Unnamed

You may be familiar with this one as it’s my main WIP right now and I’m hoping to finish it this year *fingers crossed*. I’ve written a blurb for it for a few writing tags, which is not complete as it does not mention the other two main characters, Reyna and Hye-su, but it’s the best I got right now.

Yong-sun An is worried about a lot of things, but at the top of his list? The future. Worried his anxiety will get in the way of everything he does, he has no clue what he’ll do after graduation. If he even graduates. Because that’s another thing he worries about. Not that his grades are bad, far from it, but one time it’s bound to go wrong, right?

Meanwhile, his not-best friend (except he is his best friend) Drew suddenly starts to act weird. Yong-sun has no idea how to help, but he has a feeling that it has to do with the mysterious text messages Drew has been getting.

So yeah none of my four kids are straight, Hye-su has two dads (one of them bisexual) and Drew’s aunt isn’t straight either

If you want to know more about my WIP you can check out these posts:

💛 Introducing My Characters
💛 Sharing 7 lines from the WIP
💛 Snippets: How To Flirt 101 by Andrew Lewis and Yong-sun is a Blue Cow
💛 All Hallows Write Tag 
💛 Winter Is Here Write Tag
💛 Your WIP in Gifs Tag

The Unnamed Sequel to the Unnamed Contemporary

HAHA YES. I HAVEN’T FINISHED MY UNNAMED CONTEMPORARY BUT I ALREADY GOT IDEAS FOR A SEQUEL HAHA HELP ME

So basically this unnamed sequel to my unnamed contemporary* follows Hye-su going to art school, but her insecurities and anxiety are getting the best of her. She feels like she doesn’t belong, that she’s not good enough and she gets major art block, resulting in her friends taking her on a road trip. It has an f/f relationship that originally would have sailed in the prequel, but I didn’t like the idea of not really seeing their relationship develop as the prequel is told from Yong-sun’s pov. Honestly I’m tempted to give Reyna and Drew their own books as well, but I have no clue yet what they’d be about

Anyway recently I got the silly idea to finish the prequel after my exams (June 19th), outline this one and then make it my Camp NaNo project what is wrong with me

* That’s what I’m gonna name them. I’m just gonna stick with that. Just wait and see

Gay Superheroes Squad

Plot?? What is that?? I DON’T KNOW BUT I LOVE MY SUPERHERO KIDS. All I know is that a bunch of kids suddenly find themselves with superpowers, eventually they all find each other and decide they want to use their powers for good and as the working title gives away they’re all LGBTQIAP+. I’m not sure yet if they’re only going to fight homophobia, racism, sexism etc. or if they’re also just going to fight general bad guys. Oh and they go to a retired superhero (who I picture as Isaiah Mustafa) to train them and such, and they also meet his husband who’s a healer (and who I picture as Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson). I haven’t really worked on this yet, though I did write a first chapter (yes even though I have no plot) from Jules’ pov because he’s my fave*

Also here’s an aesthetic for Jules because did I mention I love him??

Fun fact: I picture Keiynan Lonsdale as Jules, and Alberto Rosende as Jaimie

* I don’t like to play faves when it comes to my characters but?? I love this boy so much??

Sjakoo Retelling

I actually got this idea from a blogpost last year in which I talked about story ideas for books set in The Netherlands – I got more than one idea from this post actually, but this is the only one that I actually have a plot for. I’ve basically been obsessed with Sjakoo since I was a little kid, but you’re probably wondering ‘Michelle who is Sjakoo??’ Sjakoo is said to have been a master criminal in  18th century Amsterdam and to have had a fort with secret passages. Most of his story is a myth, but I just love the idea of a YA retelling about Sjakoo, living in 18th century Amsterdam, becoming a criminal, starting a gang and creating his fort. I haven’t found anything that indicates he wasn’t straight but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Short Stories

I’ve been meaning to write short stories for the next two aesthetics since I made them… last year?? the year before that?? who knows time is a concept. Anyway, I’m lazy and forgetful ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Two girls run a bakery together and fall in love 

I can’t say much about this since I don’t really have much of a plot?? It’s sweet and soft and just ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  One day I may write it

It’s like the Swan Princess but instead she’s a unicorn

When the clock strikes midnight the beloved princess turns into a unicorn

Again I have no plot but when I made this aesthetic I apparently thought of the princess having a girl gang as well? Anyway, of course the curse* can only be broken** with a true love’s kiss so this Unicorn Princess needs a princess.

* Though is it REALLY a curse to turn into a unicorn 🤔
** Does it really need to be broken though like it’s not that bad to turn into a unicorn during the night?? Just lie down and get some sleep girl

I actually do have more projects lol (that are semi-active, meaning I still think about them/plan on writing them one day). One is one of my first stories, that I tried rewriting a few years ago but got stuck because I no longer like the plot. I actually stumbled across an aesthetic I made for it back then while I was putting together this post and?? Suddenly?? Inspiration struck?? I STILL don’t have a full, better plot that is not a frickin’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer rip-off but!!! things are happening inside my brain!! The other three projects are kiiiiinda a secret as in I’m terrified someone mean will come along and steal my idea(s)

but maybe one day I feel confident enough to share them!

What are you currently working on? Or planning to write? Are any (or all of them) LGBTQIAP+? Let me know in the comments!

LGBTQIAP+ Comics You Should Read Part I

HAPPY PRIDE

Am I going to start all my Pride posts like this? Probably. ANYWAY. You may know I love comics. One of the reasons I love comics so much is because they’re so diverse?? Including LGBTQIAP+ rep?? Obviously it hasn’t always been that way so I can’t be all mad and go ‘why did no one tell me before I got into them in 2016!!’* I’ve been meaning to scream about my favourite comics, so what better time than Pride?

* Obviously not counting the Donald Duck and other Disney comics I used to read as a child. Oh and the Winx Club comics! Anyone remember those? I did read manga before that but it’s really hard to find good LGBTQIAP+ manga that are not full of gross stereotypes and fetishing adgjhs

Shoot Around

My absolute favourite!! Okay I love all the comics on this list dearly, but oh my goodness this one. It has a special place in my heart because it was the first LGBTQIAP+ comic I read but it’s also just SO GOOD. It’s about an all girls high school basketball team and their coach who suddenly find themselves in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. While it gets tense and there’s quite some angst – because you know,, zombies – the focus lies on these characters just trying to keep on living their life, not just surviving. Out of the eight main characters only one of them is white and none of them are both cis AND straight – the only (seemingly) straight character is trans. The supporting cast is also incredibly diverse and look!! At that body diversity!! It’s heartwarming, heartbreaking, absolutely hilarious and very queer and unfortunately finished, though that does mean you can binge and don’t have to fear any horrible cliffhangers! If you need more convincing I once wrote a post about it but if I’ve got your attention, please read it either on the Webtoon site or app – it’s completely free for you but supports the artist.

Rock and Riot

IT’S GREASE BUT QUEER LIKE COME ON YOU NEED THIS. Shoot Around is very diverse when it comes to sexualities and gender identities, but Rock and Riot?? I was blown away. >big>So many different identities but all these characters are so much more than that. Also!! As you can see there’s also diversity when it comes to race and bodies! Rock and Riot takes place in the fifties and follows two (later three) gangs: a girl gang, a boy gang and a non-binary gang. The first two gangs have a rivalry together, while the third one is just off having a Good Time™. These kids are just so silly and relatable and it’s just adgjs They stand up for what is right and fight for each other – I can’t say too much without giving it all away but damn the scenes I’m talking about were empowering. Also THE BEST, MOST ICONIC™ coming out scene of all time. You can read the comic on Tumblr  but if you need more convincing you can read my old post about it

Lumberjanes

You might have heard of Lumberjanes, as it’s pretty popular around the book blogging community (for non-superhero related comics anyway) but if not have no fear these kids are queer! Couldn’t help myself. Anyway not all of them are (at least not confirmed) But Mal and Molly are in love and it’s adorable and just everything, Jo is a trans girl and later on we get a non-binary character. It takes place at a summer camp in magical woods with monsters, not all of them friendly, but that’s okay because these girls are always up for an adventure. It’s silly, it’s fun, it’s cute. READ IT. And if I haven’t convinced you yet, here’s my old post on it

Goldie Vance

Did someone say Nancy Drew but she’s black and queer – that someone is me. I said that. HELLO MEET GOLDIE VANCE SHE’S A TEEN DETECTIVE, HELLA SMART, LOVES CARS AND RACING IN THEM AND SHE HAS A HELLA COOL GIRLFRIEND*. Goldie Vance is cute, fun and colourful. I mean look at that art?? Goldie isn’t the only girl interested in cars – there are multiple girls who are, who work on them and who race as well. There are a bunch of interesting characters and it’s just so worth diving into?? Though if I didn’t have you at ‘Nancy Drew but she’s black and queer’ I don’t know how to convince you further. Though I did write a post on this wonderful comic once upon a time that you could read if I haven’t convinced you yet 

* I’m not jealous you are

DC Bombshells

Can you believe I haven’t written a post on this comic yet even though I love it very very much. I can because I’m lazy and forgetful  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Anyway, DC Bombshells takes place during World War II in an alternative universe where most male superheroes don’t exist (or aren’t superheroes like Bruce Wayne) and puts DC’s women – superheroes and villains alike – in the spotlight.It’s very political, but also just a lot of fun. One of my favourite things about this comic is their take on the Bat Fam, as it includes a bunch of teens/young adults who were inspired by Batwoman, took up her name and decided to keep Gotham save while Batwoman is in Europe fighting the nazi’s. They’re a very diverse group and I just love those kids. The comic has multiple queer characters (and a bunch of POC as well!) and f/f relationships, though it’s been so long since I read this and I’m super behind, so I don’t want to go into too much detail in case I remember something wrong. I started to reread it last year so that I could write a proper post but guess I should start rereading again dgksjshg

And that’s part I! I still have some others to share so if nothing here interests you, part II might have the perfect comic rec for you!

Have you read any of these? What’s your favourite LGBTQIAP+ comic? Let me know in the comments!

The Weekly Hufflepuff #69 // HAPPY PRIDE Y’ALL

Wow and another week bite the dust* what a surprise does time even e x i s t

ALSO HI I’M TURNING 21 IN LIKE THREE DAYS I’M NOT FREAKING OUT HAHA

On the plus side I’m seeing Love, Simon again in TWO (!!) days for my birthday because the cinema close to my house (and heart I love it it’s so small and cute and the atmosphere is just great??) is having a pre-showing. I just subtly moved my laptop with the webpage about the pre-showing on the screen so it was facing my mom and she was all excited ‘you want to see it again?’

* I have a terrible sense of humour please forgive me

Last weekly wrap up I mentioned having started All of This is True and not being sure how I felt about it yet. Well I finished it and guess what!! I was highly disappointed! Full review came out yesterday*

To cheer myself up after reading that… thing… I immediately started Cinderella Boy because I needed a cute queer Cinderella retelling with a genderfluid protagonist. I’m happy to announce that I finished it on Friday, on the first day of Pride

The first half was super slow – it was cute, sure, but I was also bored?? But then things picked up and it got really good. Also that epilogue killed me.

* Haha I really hope so I’m procrastinating writing that review by writing this post ahead of time hahahaha help

I’m scheduling this in advance as I don’t think I’ll have time tomorrow, but I’m hoping to also have started Autoboyography by the time you read this. If you want to read Autoboyography as well – wow this sounds like sponsored post IT’S NOT I JUST WANT TO SPREAD THE LOVE AND LET Y’ALL KNOW THAT DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE A.K.A. PRIDE MONTH AUTOBOYOGRAPHY, THE ENTIRE BOOK, IS UP FOR FREE ON RIVETED. Just sign up, which, again, is free, and shouldn’t be restricted to your location (I expected it to be for Americans only but my lil Dutch self was able to sign up??) AND THEN YOU CAN JUST,, READ AUTOBOYOGRAPHY FOR FREE (and other books as well)

So the beginning of this week still wasn’t too great, but I feel a lot better now and am so excited about so many things?? Like seeing Love, Simon again, it being Pride, my birthday coming up, all the amazing books I plan on reading this month (especially once exams are over), freedom being near, nice weather!!, hopefully being able to write after exams, The Bold Type* and Voltron coming back** and blogging! My brain keeps screaming Pride related ideas at me and I’m just like,, pls calm down,, I don’t have that much time but honestly? My heart is yelling ‘HECK YES BRAIN’ and just,, Once I finished writing this post there’s a good chance I’ll write a Pride related post?? Because I really really want to and sure I can wait until after exams but nope i don’t want to do that!

* I mean not only is this an AMAZING show but also!! the main ship is between a black woman (she hasn’t used a label yet on the show but she’s definitely attracted to both men and women) and a lesbian muslim!!
** @ Voltron remember you promised us there’d be LGBTQIAP+ rep,, now would be a good time buddies chop chop

Um honestly I don’t really remember much about this week? I had school for two days because my literature class on Tuesday was cancelled (and that was supposed to be the last one now I have to suffer this Tuesday adgbjsh) and other than that? I’ve been trying to do some schoolwork, reading, blogging, playing some Pokemon* and just relax. I don’t think I did anything special?? Oh but the reason I’m scheduling this is because my mom and I are going to a museum again (two actually, if everything goes to plan)

* @ Pokemon yo I thought there wouldn’t be a game this year what u doing fam now I’m going to need to get myself a Switch do I look like a millionaire to u there goes my money afsgdj

🐝 The Writing Hufflepuff 🐝

💛 I announced the relaunch of my photography blog
💛 I reviewed Anger is a Gift, a powerful look on police brutality (plus it’s super queer!!)
💛 I wrapped up May??? Where did May go??*
💛 I reviewed All of This is True which I unfortunately found quite boring and I have some concerns about the way a character who commited sexual assault was written

* Lol it sounds like I’m asking about May @ Forever and Everly

📷 Aesthetically Dreaming 📷

📸 I (awkwardly) introduced myself and the blog
📸 I shared a photoshoot of some ‘under the sea’ photography*
📸 I did the photography tag in which I shared my best photo, favourite instagrams and my love of cats**

* So yeah I took those photographs in an aquarium that blog post title is a LIE sue me I ain’t going under water I’m terrified of the ocean
** Yes cats not pugs pugs are my first love but I do love cats very much too

💛 Aimee @ Aimee, Always shares 12 YA books that are being released this month
💛 May @ Forever and Everly wrote an important discussion post about the own voices label and the negative pressure it puts on both authors and reviewers
💛 Savannah @ The Book Prophet wrote an own voices discussion post Native American representation
💛 Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books shares tips on how to find blogging inspiration
💛 Sarah @ Written Word Worlds wonders if there’s too much romance in YA
💛 Lu @ It’s Lu Again did the 20 Questions Book Tag
💛 Saida @ Erucchii’s Books and Recs did my Your WIP in Gifs Tag
💛 And so did Marrill @ Books and Ravens 

How was your week? Read any good books? Are you celebrating Pride? Are you excited about The Bold Type and Voltron? Let me know in the comments!

All Of This is True // Boring, Flat Characters and Possibly Redeeming A Character Who Commited Sexual Assault???

Author: Lygia Day Peñaflor
Genre: Contemporary //  YA
Goodreads rating: 3.7
My rating: ⭐⭐

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miri Tan loved the book Undertow like it was a eing being. So when she and her friends went to a book signing to meet the author, Fatima Ro, they concocted a plan to get close to her, even if her friends won’t admit it now. As for Jonah, well—Miri knows none of that was Fatima’s fault.

Soleil Johnston wanted to be a writer herself one day. When she and her friends started hanging out with her favorite author, Fatima Ro, she couldn’t believe their luck—especially when Jonah Nicholls started hanging out with them, too. Now, looking back, Soleil can’t believe she let Fatima manipulate her and Jonah like that. She can’t believe that she got used for a book.

Penny Panzarella was more than the materialistic party girl everyone at the Graham School thought she was. She desperately wanted Fatima Ro to see that, and she saw her chance when Fatima asked the girls to be transparent with her. If only she’d known what would happen when Fatima learned Jonah’s secret. If only she’d known that the line between fiction and truth was more complicated than any of them imagined.

Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this book by Netgalley and the publisher (thank you!) in return for an honest review

I was really excited to see I got approved for this one, expecting something like Pretty Little Liars. Instead… I don’t even know??? The book is told from all three girls’ perspectives: Miri and Penny tell their story through interviews after Fatima Ro, the author they ‘befriended’ published her new book based on the three girls and Jonah, while Soleil tells her story through journal entries she wrote before  the new book was published. Then there’s also the excerpts of said book, which mostly tells Jonah’s story. I did find the of this interesting, but the writing itself not so much.

The writing was very simple, the girls don’t have different voices, I absolutely loathed the writing style of the excerpts (these especially were very passive, with lots of telling instead of showing leaving me wanting to bang my head against the wall like Dobby), a lot of the things the girls tell is not relevant – it could be seen important to establish their characters, but the characters are so flat and underdeveloped that it just felt unnecessary to me. Also most of these ‘chapters’ ended very abruptly, which kind of pulled me out of the story.

 Live footage of me reading this book

It’s such a shame, because the potential is definitely there. The way Fatima was subtly manipulating and using the teens is well done – to me as a reader, going in knowing that Fatima is shady, I could easily see how she was wrapping these girls around her finger and using them as her puppets to be able to write her book, but it’s so subtle that it makes sense that these teens, who already worshipped the ground she walked on, would fall for it. I was intrigued from the beginning to find out all the details of what happened: what exactly did Fatima write? How much of these girls’ lives did she use for her book? (Spoiler alert: A LOT. The tiniest details got worked in) Why is Miri stucking up for Fatima? What is Jonah’s secret? Despite not liking the writing style it kept me wanting to continue the book. Fatima was an incredibly intruiging character, but alas the others…

They were so underdeveloped. We get some glimpses that they are not so two-dimensional and flat but… God were they two-dimensional and flat. And then there’s the interviewer who interviews both Miri and Penny. WHAT IS WITH HIM I LAUGHED SO HARD AT HIS RIDICULOUS REPLIES AND QUESTIONS. Like when Penny tells him that Soleil, one of her best friends, lied to her and all he says is ‘Bummer’

Like apparently this is a big show and they send this guy?? Bummer. I can’t even. Anyway, back to the girls. By the end of the book I had no clue who was who and who they really were as a person. I expected to dive deep, to find out how complex they really were, to really get into how Fatima’s manipulation affected them but I didn’t get any of that. I didn’t care for the characters at all, which I don’t think should happen when your book is literally about teens being used and manipulated. By the end of the book I truly was Patrick

And then there’s the question of whether or not the author wants us to symphatise with/forgive/feel bad for a character who committed sexual assault?? Fatima Ro definitely redeems this character in her book and gives him a happy ending, but I’m not sure what Peñaflor herself is trying to say, as while Soleil and Penny stand up for him/feel bad (even though at first they were disgusted too??), Miri tells it like it is, but since the book ends with Fatima’s excerpt in which she gives him a happy ending, it left a bad taste in my mouth.

All of This is True definitely has potential, but because of the writing style and the characters I couldn’t really enjoy it. 

All of This is True is out now so if you’re interested go check it out, don’t let my review stop you!

Have you read All of This is True? Are you planning to? Any similar YA books you’d recommend? Would you reply ‘bummer’ in this situation as well? Let me know in the comments!

The Monthly Hufflepuff May // I First Wrote Mufflepuff Afbadjfh

Hello, it is I, The Writing Mufflepuff. Mufflepuff was founded by Melga Mufflepuff. Mufflepuffs are particularly good finders.

Anyway…

How is May over already (well, almost, it’s technically still May but ssh). But it being June is very exciting though! 1) it’s Pride month! 2) My birthday is June 6th!* and 3) School ends this month! Hopefully! If I pass everything! Please teachers I beg of you I will do anything!**

* Even though I don’t want to turn 21 because uh yes hi the past year I kept forgetting I wasn’t a teenager anymore do you have any idea how even more embarrassing that will be if I’m 21
** And by anything I mean show up at your house and cry until you give me a passing grade

Anyway, how was May?

💛 My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley ⭐⭐ – Turns out Worsley’s books are not for me. This was the second book of hers I read and both times I had similar problems. There just isn’t much plot, which meant I was quite bored. The plot twist at the end also ruined my experience

💛 Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson ⭐⭐⭐ – Uh a bit of a let down? *hides* I have a full review (possibly a mini review) planned but yeah. It took me SO long to finish this one. This book is partly at fault for me not reading as much as last month. I just felt like it was way too long, with not that much happening.

💛 Over Raging Tides by Jennifer Ellision ⭐⭐⭐ – FEMALE PIRATES KICKING ASS, STEALING STUFF, JUST BEING PIRATES HECK YES. This one was a lot of fun, but unfortunately it was a bit underdeveloped. I definitely do recommend it though

💛 Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – THIS BOOK. WHAT EVEN. WHERE IS THE HYPE. WHY ISN’T EVERYONE READING THIS AND YELLING ABOUT IT IT’S SO GOOD. IT’S A GIFT. I’M SORRY THAT PUN WAS TOO EASY.  PLEASE DON’T LET THAT PUT YOU OFF OF READING THIS. DON’T SLEEP ON ANGER IS A GIFT

💛 All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor ⭐⭐ – Well this was a disappointment. I wasn’t fond of the writing style (though the format was interesting) and I found the characters very flat. There was barely any difference between them. Then there was the plot twist that really disgusted me so yeah. Full review hopefully coming this Saturday!

COMICS: Giant Days #38 // Lumberjanes #50

I usually don’t talk about personal stuff in my monthly wrap ups, because I usually do that in my weekly ones already so I don’t want to repeat myself*, but I just want to talk about what a weird month May was? Like at the start of the month I finished and handed in my final essay, truly ending my period abroad which is so odd. First of all it just doesn’t feel like that happened this month. Not that it feels longer ago, but it just feels like this separate thing? I don’t know how to explain it. Second, this was my first full month back home which is so odd? Sometimes it feels like I never actually went haha. Anyway, I got another grade back and I passed that one as well, so now I only have to wait for the final one *fingers crossed*

If you read my last wrap up you know my mental health wasn’t that great last week, and honestly it kind of continued to be bad. Thankfully I started feeling better on Tuesday.

* Unless of course I haven’t written a weekly wrap up in forever which actually happens quite often lol

Reviews

💛 My Name Is Victoria // Two Victoria’s, One Queen, An Alternative History
💛 Starfish // The Best Anxiety Rep I’ve Ever Read
💛 Over Raging Tides // Female Pirates Kicking Ass
💛 Anger is A Gift // A Powerful Look On Police Brutality (Also It’s Hella Queer™ )

Bookish 

💛 Finally Attending Hogwarts // My Hogwarts Mystery Reactions
💛 Books I Loved But?? Memory?? ERROR CANNOT BE FOUND

Wrap ups

💛 The Monthly Hufflepuff April // Great Reading Month, Baaaaaad Blogging Month*
💛 The Weekly Hufflepuff #67 // Uhhhhh *insert witty title* **
💛 The Weekly Hufflepuff #68 // My Mental Health is Currently That Gif Of Captain Holt Saying ‘Everything is Garbage’

Other posts

💛 Monthly Mixtape // Mellifluous: Sweet and Cute Songs

* I wonder if I got the amount of a’s right in ‘baaaaaad’
** Now I’m wondering the same thing about ‘uhhhhh’ also what a great post title

Well that isn’t too bad! I have no idea what will happen next month. I want to be really active, especially with Pride, but I also have exams coming up, so we’ll see? I might end up posting a bunch of Pride posts at the end of June after my exams lol

I added my lil bees and hearts but I have no idea why because I have nothing left to say? Uhhh buy and read Anger is a Gift

How was your month? Best book you read? Or the worst? Are you going to read Anger is a Gift?

Anger is a Gift // A Powerful Look On Police Brutality (Also It’s Hella Queer™ )

Author: Mark Oshiro
Genre: Contemporary //  YA // LGBTQIAP+
Goodreads rating: 4.42
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

 

 

 

Six years ago, Moss Jefferies’ father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media’s vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks.

Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals by their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration.

When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this book by Netgalley and the publisher (thank you!) in return for an honest review

Honestly I don’t even know where to start I’m so blown away by this book. I’m honestly kind of disappointment at the lack of hype surrounding this one? I’ve barely seen it around and hadn’t even heard of it when I stumbled across it on Netgalley. Let me tell you: Anger is a Gift deserves all the hype and more. It’s incredible, intense, heartbreaking, yet also shows family, friends and an entire community having each other’s back, fighting for each other and always, always being there for one another.

Anger is a Gift is very graphic, and just gets more and more graphic as the book continues. The police brutality described just gets worse and worse, and gets described in some detail, which is something you should know going in if this triggers you. That said, it’s an incredibly important read and Oshiro has clearly done so so much research, making this incredibly realistic and brutal.

Moss watched his father get shot right in front of him by a police officer, leaving him with severe PTSD (it’s never stated that Moss has PTSD, I read it this way myself) and panic attacks, which is described really, really well. He’s also left with a lot of anger, naturally, which only increases in the book, but as the title of the book states ‘anger is a gift’, and Moss learns that his anger is not a bad thing, and that he could use it to try and change things. Moss’ character development is incredible: he went from not wanting to be anywhere near a protest because of his panic attacks to pretty much leading a movement.

While the entire book is very intense, it’s not all heavy stuff, especially when it comes to Moss’ family and friends. His relationship with his mother is so heartwarming to read: they share everything and are very open; something that all characters were with each other. They all just discussed everything, had no secrets for each other… It was so refreshing to see. Plus all the parents actually being involved!

”You realize how lucky I am that my son is one of my best friends?”

And then there’s his friends, who are absolutely amazing. These kids would do anything for each other – which they did. They always had each other’s back, no matter what. They went through hell for each other, and they’d do it over and over again. Also I loved how diverse (none of them are white) and queer they’re group was, without anyone seeming like the token anything. Moss himself is gay, Esparanza is a lesbian, Reg is disabled, Kaisha is ace, Njemile is trans (and has two moms!), Bits is nonbinary and Rawiya is a Muslim. They’re so unapologetically queer and Oshiro has gotten the queer friends group thing so right – the way they talked about their sexualities and gender identities, joked around etc. all felt very realistic and similar to me and my friends. While of course they face discrimination, the people that matter never give them a hard time and are very accepting and supportive, which was great to see.

And oh, oh my god the romance. The romance is just so good I’m still broken over it. It starts out very awkward yet also very cute, and just very realistic? The entire romance was – neither of them had been in a relationship before, neither knew what to do.

Another burst of nervous energy flushed through Moss’ body. ”Yes,” he said. ”I mean, no!” He blurted it out, then shook his head. ”Please sit down,” he finally said, certain he had embarrassed himself beyond repair.
(I made a note on my Kindle app about this that just says ‘Useless Gay™’)

As I said, all characters were very open with each other, and Moss and Javier were no exception. They shared their doubts with each other: doubts about themselves, but also doubts about the relationship because they were both clueless cinnamon roles. Moss felt so safe with him, sharing his insecurities and Javier making sure that he never felt that way. They were absolutely lovely. While they were never really friends before the romance developed, it still felt very much like the relationship was built on friendship. Also everytime Javier kissed Moss on the cheek I died.

Anger is a Gift  is a powerful, incredible, critical look on how rooted racism is in America and the corruption of the police. The ending is so powerful and heartbreaking, because it’s very realistic. I highly encourage you to read Oshiro’s author’s note, as it made the book even better (if that’s even possible).

I could never do this book justice. There are no words to do so, but I hope you’re going to pick this up, because Anger is a Gift is really important, touches on so many important issues that I can’t even begin to list because then we’ll be here for a while, and is just a must-read for everyone.

Have you read Anger is a Gift? Are you planning too? Let me know in the comments!