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Mini-Reviews-Good, Not Great, Books

Posted by Caitie F on November 17, 2014

Time for more mini reviews to catch up! There are all books that were meh. They weren’t bad, they weren’t great, so I don’t want to spend too much time talking about them. But you may love them!

Title: Bad Feminist: Essays18813642
Author: Roxane Gay
Paperback: 320 pages
Pub Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Rating: ++++


In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.


I really enjoyed reading a large amount of these essays. I didn’t always agree, but Roxanne Gay is incredible at presenting her arguments and every single essay that was on current issues and feminism made me think. I could not read more than a couple essays at a time, so it was a difficult book to get back to the library in time, but I wanted to take time to think about what she said.

Everyone who is interested in women’s issues should read this book.

Title: We Were Liars18339662
Author: E. Lockhart
Hardcover: 225 pages
Pub Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Rating: +++


A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
The truth.


I have learned that I just don’t love Lockhart’s writing style. This was a fast book to read and the ending was pretty brilliant, but I had trouble convincing myself to keep reading. I seem to be very hit or miss with this author’s books, and this was more of a miss, but the end was great.

Not for me, but i think a lot of other readers would love it, especially if you are more interested in these characters.

Title: Sweat, Tears, and Jazz Hands: The Official History of Show Choir from Vaudeville to Glee11504865
Authors: Mike Weaver and Colleen Hart
Paperback: 195 pages
Pub Date: Sept 1, 2011
Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing
Rating: +++


Featuring more than 100 competitive show choirs from around the United States in photos, quotations, and stories, this edutainment-style book details the pop culture and theater influences that, over time, built this unique entertainment genre into the mecca of music lovers that it is today. Read real-life accounts of show choir performers, directors, and choreographers


If you are interested in show choirs and musical history like I am, you should take a look at this. There isn’t anything shocking, but it was a fascinating read about the creation and development of show choirs. It had really awesome images that were the highlight of the book. Seeing the actual sets and costumes was so cool. Some of these choirs go all out!

It isn’t the best book, but it brought back some fun memories and got me search for youtube videos.


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