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Review: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

June 19, 2018
Social Creature, Tara Isabella Burton, Book Review, InToriLex
Published By: Doubleday on June 5, 2018
Format Read: ARC Edition (273 pages)
Genre: Thriller/ Contemporary/ Mystery
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Publisher Request
Rating: TWO POINT FIVE STARS
Social Creature
~Amazon~
They go through both bottles of champagne right there on the High Line, with nothing but the stars over them... They drink and Lavinia tells Louise about all the places they will go together, when they finish their stories, when they are both great writers-to Paris and to Rome and to Trieste...

Lavinia will never go. She is going to die soon.


Louise has nothing. Lavinia has everything. After a chance encounter, the two spiral into an intimate, intense, and possibly toxic friendship. A Talented Mr. Ripley for the digital age, this seductive story takes a classic tale of obsession and makes it irresistibly new.

VERDICT:

Content Warning: Drug Use, Suicide, Self Harm, Violence, Murder, Sexual Assault, Graphic Sex Acts, Mental Illness

REVIEW:

Toxic friendship mixed with champagne and money, sounded like a great read to me. I'm familiar with the A Talented Mr. Ripley which the blurb mentions, so I knew way to much of how this story would unfold. Lavinia is a  rich troubled woman who is taking time off from college to pretend she's writing a book, while her parents support her. Louise is a SAT tutor who meet's Lavinia by chance when she comes by her house to tutor he little sister. Louise and Lavinia quickly become joined at the hip and participate in lots of drinking, partying and doing drugs. The frenzied pacing of the book is told from Louise perspective as a fish out of water, but it give way too much away, leaving no buildup for what happens later.
Louise leans her head on Lavinia's shoulder. Lavinia squeezes her hand.
Louise thinks: we cannot be know and loved at the same time.
Louise and Lavinia are unlikable characters. I can root for characters who make bad choices but there wasn't enough character development to determine what motivate their behavior. This thriller had little to no suspense because your clued in to what will happen very early on in the book. Louise past was mysterious but in the book the sparse clues we have to her past were not enlightening. I enjoy reading about female friendships but the pretentious side characters and conflict never added the pizazz that this book needed.
There's a reason people are able to function, in this world, as social creatures and a good part of that reason is that there are a lot of questions you're better off not knowing the answer to, and if you're smart you won't even ask.
The plot line was not entirely original and I was happy when I finished this book to never think about these characters again. If you like thrillers with whacky party elements and dark characters you may enjoy this. However I couldn't relate with the character and there was little to no thrills involved with this thriller.

Recommended for Readers who
-enjoy books that incorporate our society's social media obsession
-like violent plot driven novels
-can roll with unlikable characters while reading

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 Tara Isabella Burton has followed a female hermit into the remote Caucasus, gotten love amulets from Turkish Islamic shamans, and held signs with the street preachers of Las Vegas.

Her work on religion, culture, and place can be found at National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera, The Economist's 1843, Aeon, The BBC, The Atlantic, The American Interest, Salon, The New Statesman, The Telegraph, and more. Her fiction has appeared at The New Yorker's Daily Shouts, Great Jones Street, Tor.com, PANK, Shimmer, and other places. She has received The Spectator's 2012 Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize and a 2016 Lowell Thomas Award.

​Her first novel, Social Creature, is forthcoming from Doubleday (US) and Bloomsbury/Raven (UK) in June 2018, and will be translated into nine more languages, including Italian, French, and Russian. She is also working on a non-fiction book about new religious and "replacement religion" movements, Strange Rites: Cults and Subcultures After the Death of God, to be published by Public Affairs in 2019.

Tara recently completed a doctorate in theology as a Clarendon Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford. She is currently a staff writer on the religion beat at Vox.

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Sunday Post #10 June 17, 2018

June 17, 2018
InToriLex, Sunday Post
Sunday Post is a Book Blog Meme hosted at the Caffeinated Reviewer. It's a post used to summarize what has happened on your blog for the past week, and preview what's next.

LAST WEEK

I posted no reviews, book scoops, or discussions. I've been in a very weird place, where I'm struggling to do much besides work. This unplanned hiatus will be over soon. I appreciate everyone who has continued to comment, while I've been inactive. But planning on posting on my regular schedule. 

COMING SOON

Review: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton 

Review: Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

Recommended 2018 Summer Releases

Book Scoop June 8-  June, 22 1018

BOOKS HAULED

Underneath the Whiskey, Chelsea Lauren, The Dinner List, Rebecca Serle, InToriLex
Underneath the Whiskey by Chelsea Lauren 
(Twitter Giveaway)

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle OUT September 11, 2018 (Flatiron Books Giveaway)

Ohio, Stephen Markley, InToriLex
Ohio by Stephen Markley OUT August 21, 2018
 (Simon Schuster Giveaway)
GIVEAWAY
How did your reading go this week?
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Sunday Post #9 June 10, 2018

June 10, 2018
Weekly Feature, Sunday Post, InToriLex
Sunday Post is a Book Blog Meme hosted at the Caffeinated Reviewer. It's a post used to summarize what has happened on your blog for the past week, and preview what's next. 

LAST WEEK 

Review: LIFEL1K3 (Lifelike #1) by Jay Kristoff

Review: Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl 

Book Scoop June 1- June 8, 2018

COMING SOON

Review: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton 

Review: Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

Recommended 2018 Summer Releases

Book Scoop June 8-  June, 15 1018

AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE

Bina shares 10 Women of Color June Book Releases

Aimee Reviews Save the Date by Morgan Matson Wedding Date

Karla Reviews The Book of M by Peng Shephard 

 BOOK HAULED

Iron Gold (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown (Sent by Penguin Random House)

LIFE LATELY

I visited with family and friends this weekend which meant little to no reading got done. I also had my five year reunion for Law School. Time keeps speeding by and I'm in awe by how much I've grown since then. I'm currently reading The Night Masquerade (Binti, #3) by Nnedi Okorafor, Somebody's Daughter by David Bell and Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. The Night Masquerade is on audio and the last book in a trilogy, its barreling to a great conclusion, Pachinko is fantastic Historical Fiction and Somebody' Daughter has managed to keep me in suspense from the start. Hoping for more reading and writing this week. 

How did your reading go this week?
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Book Scoop June 1- June 8, 2018

June 8, 2018
InToriLex, Book News, Book Scoop

HEADLINES




LINKS TO CLICK




BOOK RELEASES

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Neverworld Wake, Marisha Pessl, InToriLex
Neverworld Wake
~Amazon~
Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her six best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim—their creative genius and Beatrice's boyfriend—changed everything.

One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft—the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world—hoping she'll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim’s death. But as the night plays out in a haze of stilted jokes and unfathomable silence, Beatrice senses she’s never going to know what really happened.

Then a mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers... and at life.

And so begins the Neverworld Wake. 
   Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman 
Something in the Water, Catherine Steadman, InToriLex
Something in the Water ~Amazon~ 
 If you could make one simple choice that would change your life forever, would you?

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. . . .

Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares?

Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events. . . .

Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave?

Wonder no longer. Catherine Steadman's enthralling voice shines throughout this spellbinding debut novel. With piercing insight and fascinating twists, Something in the Water challenges the reader to confront the hopes we desperately cling to, the ideals we're tempted to abandon, and the perfect lies we tell ourselves.
Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li
Number One Chinese Restaurant, Lillian Li, InToriLex
Number One Chinese Restaurant
~Amazon~
The Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland, is not only a beloved go-to setting for hunger pangs and celebrations; it is its own world, inhabited by waiters and kitchen staff who have been fighting, loving, and aging within its walls for decades. When disaster strikes, this working family’s controlled chaos is set loose, forcing each character to confront the conflicts that fast-paced restaurant life has kept at bay.

Owner Jimmy Han hopes to leave his late father’s homespun establishment for a fancier one. Jimmy’s older brother, Johnny, and Johnny’s daughter, Annie, ache to return to a time before a father’s absence and a teenager’s silence pushed them apart. Nan and Ah-Jack, longtime Duck House employees, are tempted to turn their thirty-year friendship into something else, even as Nan’s son, Pat, struggles to stay out of trouble. And when Pat and Annie, caught in a mix of youthful lust and boredom, find themselves in a dangerous game that implicates them in the Duck House tragedy, their families must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice to help their children.

Generous in spirit, unaffected in its intelligence, multi-voiced, poignant, and darkly funny, Number One Chinese Restaurant looks beyond red tablecloths and silkscreen murals to share an unforgettable story about youth and aging, parents and children, and all the ways that our families destroy us while also keeping us grounded and alive.
   There There by Tommy Orange  There There, Tommy Orange, InToriLex
There There
~Amazon~
Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking—Tommy Orange’s first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen, and it introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career.

There There is a relentlessly paced multigenerational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. It tells the story of twelve characters, each of whom have private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and has come to the powwow to dance in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and unspeakable loss.

Here is a voice we have never heard—a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with stunning urgency and force. Tommy Orange writes of the plight of the urban Native American, the Native American in the city, in a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. An unforgettable debut, destined to become required reading in schools and universities across the country. 
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Review: Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

June 6, 2018
Neverworld Wake, Marisha Pessl, InToriLex, Book Review
Published By: Delacorte Press on June 5, 2018
Format Read: ARC Edition (324 pages)
Genre: Young Adult/ Mystery/ Sci-fi
Series: Standalone
Source: Won Publisher Giveaway
Rating: FOUR STARS
Neverworld Wake
~Amazon~ 
Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her six best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim—their creative genius and Beatrice's boyfriend—changed everything.

One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft—the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world—hoping she'll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim’s death. But as the night plays out in a haze of stilted jokes and unfathomable silence, Beatrice senses she’s never going to know what really happened.

Then a mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers... and at life.

And so begins the Neverworld Wake.

VERDICT:

Content Warning: Suicide, Murder, Mental Illness, Drug Use

REVIEW:

This book pulled me out of my reading slump because I had such a good time with this book. Beatrice/ Bee sets out to find answers from her ex-group of friends about her boyfriend Jim , who died suddenly. After a night out they find out they are stuck in time by a mysterious man. While stuck in time the mystery of what happened to Jim begins to unravel while secrets the friends have held close are slowly revealed. The group of friends Bee, Martha, Kipling and Cannon were very well developed. I was nervous while reading that this group of white privileged teens would not be relateable, but I slowly became more invested as I learned about their lives.
"Friendship, when it runs deep , blinds you to the outside world. It's your exclusive country with sealed borders, unfair distribution of green cards, rich culture no foreigner could understand."
Science fiction and fantasy elements added danger and tension to the what happens to the group of friends as they are stuck in time. It allowed the characters to engage in action and settings that kept the story interesting and going at a fast pace. The mystery takes twists and turns I was not expecting.  I was anxiously turning the pages and waiting to see what would happen next. The drug use, narcissism and bad young adult decisions were portrayed realistically and made me nostalgic about my high school experience. While you suspend your belief for some elements of the story, the suspense and nice pacing of the book never let up.
"You are more magical then you know. Take your advice from the elderly and children. None of it as crucial as you think , but that makes it no less vital. Our lives go on. And on. Look for the breadcrumbs."
The only issues I had with the book had to do with the ending. While the story had unique elements I was disappointed with the direction the author decided to take. This was a solid thriller with great writing so I'm definitely going to check out this author's other books.

Recommended for Readers Who
- enjoy page turning thrillers
- love books that make you think
- enjoy great writing and surprising twists

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 Marisha Pessl grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and now lives in New York City. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, her debut novel, was a bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. It won the 2006 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize), and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Her new novel, Night Film, comes out August 20, 2013.
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Review: LIFEL1K3 (Lifelike #1) by Jay Kristoff

June 5, 2018
LIFEL1K3, (Lifelike #1), Jay Kristoff, Book Review, InToriLex
Published By: Knopf Books for Young Readers on May 29, 2018
Format Read: Kindle ARC Edition (416 pages)
Genre: Young Adult/ Dystopia/ Sci-fi
Series: Book one of Likelike
Source: Netgalley
Rating: TWO POINT FIVE STARS
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
~Amazon~
On an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Seventeen-year-old Eve isn't looking for trouble--she's too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she's on the local gangster's wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she's discovered she can somehow destroy machines with the power of her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size because of it. If she's ever had a worse day, Eve can't remember it. The problem is, Eve has had a worse day--one that lingers in her nightmares and the cybernetic implant where her memories used to be. Her discovery of a handsome android named Ezekiel--called a "Lifelike" because they resemble humans--will bring her world crashing down and make her question whether her entire life is a lie. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic sidekick Cricket in tow, Eve will trek across deserts of glass, battle unkillable bots, and infiltrate towering megacities to save the ones she loves...and learn the truth about the bloody secrets of her past.

VERDICT:

Content Warning: Graphic Violence, Animal Death

REVIEW:

This is marketed as Romeo and Juliet meets Mad Max, X Men and a little of Blade Runner. A mashup of sci-fi futuristic technology, in a post apocalyptic world featuring super powers led to memorable world building. Unfortunately the character development took a backseat to fitting in elements that never felt cohesive. Eve is a likeable protagonist who is determined to survive on a island exposed to radiation while dealing with traumatic memories from her past. Ezekiel is a lifelike, a robot immune to almost anything, who had little defining personality other then his relationship to Eve. Eve and Ezekiel  have a Insta-Love formed bond with starry eyed romance that never felt real.
"Rule Number Three in the Scrap: Carry the biggest stick."
Eve's best friend Lemon Fresh and Cricket were interesting and funny, but only served as two dimensional characters to balance out the violence and conflict in the story. Lemon Fresh who's name I never got used to had little desires or opinions that mattered to the plot or other characters. Cricket is a little bot focused on safety but his suggestions and advice was never listened to. He brought humor and logic to a story that needed more of both. The slang used in the book grated on me and never felt "fizzy" (what characters used to describe something good).
"But you get fancy, Mister Stabby gets dancy, you read me?"
I did enjoy the world building, action and villains, but never felt tied to this world because of the characters. The sci-fi elements were great including a sea creature who is a mix of organic and artificial parts, along with giant fighting robots. But in a world the author wants us to care about human like robots, I never found empathy for the Lifelike robots in the book. While I did finish the book there were too many twists that lead to a unsatisfying conclusion. I am a fan of Jay Kristoff's other books. he just missed the mark by combing awesome elements with little character development.
Recommended for Readers Who
-enjoy action packed post apocalyptic settings
-can tolerate a plot driven novel
-aren't hung up on romance that develops instantly

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 Jay Kristoff is the #1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of five Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, has over half a million books in print and is published in over thirty five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 12,000 days to live.

He does not believe in happy endings.


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Sunday Post #8 June 3, 2018

June 3, 2018
Sunday Post, InToriLex
Sunday Post is a Book Blog Meme hosted at the Caffeinated Reviewer. It's a post used to summarize what has happened on your blog for the past week, and preview what's next. 

LAST WEEK


COMING SOON

Review: LIFEL1K3 (Lifelike #1) by Jay Kristoff

Review: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton 

Review: Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

Review: Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

Book Scoop June 1- June 8, 2018

AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE

Read By Jess Reviews Floored A Collaborative Novel

Dora Reads Shares Her Comic Wrap Up  

Karla Shares Books by Women Releasing This Month

BOOKS HAULED

InToriLex, I Can't Date Jesus, The Poppy War, Temper
I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race And Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonce by Michael Arceneaux (Won from Goodreads)
 OUT July 24
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (Purchased)
Temper by Nicky Drayden (Sent by Harper Voyager) 
OUT August 18

 Americanah, The Passage, InToriLex
Library Haul From a Book Sale Everything Above was only $11!

LIFE LATELY

I had a really good weekend which meant less reading, but I went on a sunset cruise and spent some quality time with my boyfriend. I'm going to start All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells and  finish

How did your reading go this week?
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May 2018 Wrap Up & June TBR

InToriLex, Monthly Wrap Up

I read much less then I hoped this month. I read four books, one massive comic (672 pages) and listened to two audio books. Reading seven books in a month is nothing to be ashamed of,  but I was disappointed I didn't get to books I'm really looking forward to. I only read a few books that I was really enjoyed. The two I was most disappointed with were Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton and LifeL1k3 by Jay Kristoff . I'll have reviews up for both this month that will go into more detail about why.

FAVORITES

Binti, InToriLex, Monthly Wrap Up
I've been listening to the Binti Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor on audiobook through Hoopla. These two novellas were my favorite  of the month. Binti is a strong protagonist who has to learn to live on a different planet and how to be a ambassador for a race of aliens that look like giant jelly fish. It's really engaging and includes some really cool sci-fi technology.

REVIEWS

JUNE TBR 

June TBR, InToriLex
 I feel optimistic about my ability to read more this month. My posts and reading schedule is all set up so I'm hoping to get to more books then what's pictured. In the picture are books I have prioritized and am really excited to get to. I've been suceeding at putting less pressure on myself and my productivity for this blog. I am passionate about books but this is a labor of love I do for free like most book bloggers.
 Did your reading go as planned this month?

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Book Scoop May 25- June 1, 2018

June 1, 2018
Book Scoop, Book News, InToriLex

HEADLINES



LINKS TO CLICK


BOOK RELEASES

The Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye
The Honey Farm, Harriet Alida Lye, InToriLex
The Honey Farm
~Amazon~
The drought has discontented the bees. Soil dries into sand; honeycomb stiffens into wax. But Cynthia knows how to breathe life back into her farm: offer it as an artists’ colony with free room, board, and “life experience” in exchange for backbreaking labor. Silvia, a wide-eyed graduate and would-be poet, and Ibrahim, a painter distracted by constant inspiration, are drawn to Cynthia’s offer, and soon, to each other.

But something lies beneath the surface. The Edenic farm is plagued by events that strike Silvia as ominous: taps run red, scalps itch with lice, frogs swarm the pond. One by one, the other residents leave. As summer tenses into autumn, Cynthia’s shadowed past is revealed and Silvia becomes increasingly paralyzed by doubt. Building to a shocking conclusion, The Honey Farm announces the arrival of a bold new voice and offers a thrilling portrait of creation and possession in the natural world. 
The Titan Strain (Genetics Chronicles, #1) by Virginia Soenksen
The Titan Strain (Genetics Chronicles, #1), Virginia Soenksen, InToriLex
The Titan Strain (Genetics Chronicles, #1)
A decade following the war that decimated America and crippled Europe, London is one of the few surviving cities. Though the city is rebuilding, it is a bleak, stratified place ruled by the fascist Libertas Party and filled with mods, humans illegally experimenting with genetic modification.

This is Liane’s world. A genetically advanced assassin trained from childhood, she is owned by a secret government organization called the Agency and controlled by her ruthless Handler, Damian. Beautiful, intelligent, and deadly, Liane appears to be the perfect Agent. Secretly, though, she longs for freedom.

When she impulsively saves the life of a young police officer named Seth, she find herself drawn into his efforts to solve the murders of mods within the city. Their investigations take them into the dark, dangerous realm of black markets, conspiracies, and the hunt for the perfect modification, known as the Titan Strain. But the closer they come to finding the killers, the more dangerous the hunt for the truth becomes.
They Come in All Colors: A Novel by Malcolm Hansen
They Come in All Colors: A Novel, Malcolm Hansen, InToriLex
They Come in All Colors: A Novel
~Amazon~
It's 1968 when fourteen-year-old Huey Fairchild begins high school at Claremont Prep, one of New York City’s most prestigious boys’ schools. His mother had uprooted her family from their small hometown of Akersburg, Georgia, a few years earlier, leaving behind Huey’s white father and the racial unrest that ran deeper than the Chattahoochee River.

But for our sharp-tongued protagonist, forgetting the past is easier said than done. At Claremont, where the only other nonwhite person is the janitor, Huey quickly realizes that racism can lurk beneath even the nicest school uniform. After a momentary slip of his temper, Huey finds himself on academic probation and facing legal charges. With his promising school career in limbo, he begins examining his current predicament at Claremont through the lens of his childhood memories of growing up in Akersburg during the Civil Rights Movement—and the chilling moments leading up to his and his mother's flight north.

With Huey’s head-shaking antics fueling this coming-of-age narrative, the story triumphs as a tender and honest exploration of race, identity, family, and homeland.
There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story by Pamela Druckerman
There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story, Pamela Druckerman, InToriLex
There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story
~Amazon~
When Pamela Druckerman turns 40, waiters start calling her "Madame," and she detects a disturbing new message in mens' gazes: I would sleep with her, but only if doing so required no effort whatsoever.

Yet forty isn't even technically middle-aged anymore. And after a lifetime of being clueless, Druckerman can finally grasp the subtext of conversations, maintain (somewhat) healthy relationships and spot narcissists before they ruin her life.

What are the modern forties, and what do we know once we reach them? What makes someone a "grown-up" anyway? And why didn't anyone warn us that we'd get cellulite on our arms? Part frank memoir, part hilarious investigation of daily life, There Are No Grown-Ups diagnoses the in-between decade when...

- Everyone you meet looks a little bit familiar.
- You're matter-of-fact about chin hair.
- You can no longer wear anything ironically.
- There's at least one sport your doctor forbids you to play.
- You become impatient while scrolling down to your year of birth.
- Your parents have stopped trying to change you.
- You don't want to be with the cool people anymore; you want to be with your people.
- You realize that everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently.
- You know that it's ok if you don't like jazz.

Internationally best-selling author and New York Times contributor Pamela Druckerman leads us on a quest for wisdom, self-knowledge and the right pair of pants. A witty dispatch from the front lines of the forties, There Are No Grown-ups is a (midlife) coming-of-age story, and a book for anyone trying to find their place in the world. 
Did I miss anything in the book world? Let me know in the comments below
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