Review: Forever Terry by Darrell Fox

Review: Forever Terry by Darrell Fox

Forever Terry, edited by Darrell Fox, is a wonderful tribute to the 40th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. This collection of letters written by many well-known Canadians really demonstrates that his legacy still lives on today. It is an inspiring and heart-felt book that will be loved by those who are familiar with the story of Terry Fox and those who are just learning about this iconic Canadian. Continue reading

Review: This is Really Happening by Erin Chack

Review: This is Really Happening by Erin ChackTitle: This is Really Happening
Author: Erin Chack
Publisher: Razorbill
Genres: Biography
Publication Date: April 25, 2017
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

BuzzFeed senior writer Erin Chack provides a collection of personal essays for the Snapchat generation.

Erin recounts everything from meeting her soulmate at age 14 to her first chemotherapy session at age 19 to what really goes on behind the scenes at a major Internet media company.

She authentically captures the agony and the ecstasy of the millennial experience, whether it's her first kiss ("Sean's tongue! In my mouth! Slippery and wet like a slug in the rain.") or her struggles with anxiety ("When people throw caution to the wind, I am stuck imagining the poor soul who has to break his back sweeping caution into a dustpan").

Yet Erin also offers a fresh perspective on universal themes of resilience and love as she writes about surviving cancer, including learning of her mother's own cancer diagnosis within the same year, and her attempts to hide the diagnosis from friends to avoid "un-normaling" everything.

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Book Review: This is Really Happening by Erin Chack

This is Really Happening by Erin Chack is a memoir that contains a variety of stories. It includes Erin Chack’s experience with cancer to childhood memories. The writing is intimate and hilarious, which I really enjoyed. This is an inspiring and quick read that will definitely make the reader laugh. Continue reading

Review: Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill

Review: Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain HillTitle: Rethinking Normal
Author: Katie Rain Hill
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genres: Biography
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
Rating: three-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

In her unique, generous, and affecting voice, nineteen-year-old Katie Hill shares her personal journey of undergoing gender reassignment.

Have you ever worried that you'd never be able to live up to your parents' expectations? Have you ever imagined that life would be better if you were just invisible? Have you ever thought you would do anything--anything--to make the teasing stop? Katie Hill had and it nearly tore her apart.

Katie never felt comfortable in her own skin. She realized very young that a serious mistake had been made; she was a girl who had been born in the body of a boy. Suffocating under her peers' bullying and the mounting pressure to be "normal," Katie tried to take her life at the age of eight years old. After several other failed attempts, she finally understood that "Katie"--the girl trapped within her--was determined to live.

In this first-person account, Katie reflects on her pain-filled childhood and the events leading up to the life-changing decision to undergo gender reassignment as a teenager. She reveals the unique challenges she faced while unlearning how to be a boy and shares what it was like to navigate the dating world and experience heartbreak for the first time in a body that matched her gender identity. Told in an unwaveringly honest voice, Rethinking Normal is a coming-of-age story about transcending physical appearances and redefining the parameters of "normalcy" to embody one's true self. 

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Review: Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill

Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill is a compelling book about the struggles that she experienced growing up as transgender. This memoir that she wrote about her life up until the time of publication is an inspiring tale of teen experiences, gender re-assignment surgery and raising awareness about transgender. Continue reading

Review: A Work in Progress by Connor Franta

Review: A Work in Progress by Connor FrantaTitle: A Work in Progress
Author: Connor Franta
Publisher: Keywords Press
Genres: Biography
Publication Date: April 25, 2015
Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

 In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera, Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation—so far. Here, Connor offers a look at his Midwestern upbringing as one of four children in the home and one of five in the classroom; his struggles with identity, body image, and sexuality in his teen years; and his decision to finally pursue his creative and artistic passions in his early twenties, setting up his thrilling career as a YouTube personality, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and tastemaker.

Exploring his past with insight and humor, his present with humility, and his future with hope, Connor reveals his private struggles while providing heartfelt words of wisdom for young adults. His words will resonate with anyone coming of age in the digital era, but at the core is a timeless message for people of all ages: don’t be afraid to be yourself and to go after what you truly want.

This full-color collection includes photography and childhood clippings provided by Connor and is a must-have for anyone inspired by his journey. 

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Review: A Work in Progress by Connor Franta

A Work in Progress by Connor Franta is an interesting memoir memoir. Readers and fans will explore Connor’s life behind the camera and his exciting, hilarious past. This book is filled with advice, clippings of old schoolwork, pictures, and personal stories that will be sure to inspire. Continue reading