BOOK REVIEW : Skylarks by Karen Gregory


Goodreads: Keep your head down and don’t borrow trouble is the motto Joni lives by, and so far it’s seen her family through some tough times. It’s not as if she has the power to change anything important anyway. Like Dad’s bad back, or the threat of losing their house. So when Annabel breezes into her life, Joni’s sure they’re destined to clash. Pretty, poised, privileged – the daughter of the richest family in town must have it easy. But sometimes you find a matching spirit where you least expect it. Sometimes love can defy difference. And sometimes life asks you to be bigger and braver 

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It’s refreshing to read something like this. First, this is my first book where the heroine are 2 lesbians. I’ve read a couple of colorful books but it usually features both males. The story also brings me back to a certain point in my life where I was Annabel. The book was really an eye opener.

I appreciate KG’s effort to talk about relevant issues such as poverty, different social classes, political activism and inequality in general. The conversation was not heavy yet you learn something from the daily life and financial struggles and issues that were raised through the character of Joni.

I loved how KG built the relationship of Joni and Annie where it was not rushed. As you go through the chapters, you witness how their relationship grows from acquaintance to colleagues to friends to something mutual to becoming special and until their I-love-yous. Unlike some YAs where they meet and they instantly fell in love. like, what? How did you even? Not . like . that. at. all. The build up was perfect.

Some daily life struggles of Joni:

  • Not wanting to enroll or take another class or attend a seminar because she worries she doesn’t have any smart clothes & it would also mean she needs a decent haircut which would also cost her.
  • Her everyday clothes are old compared to the other students.
  • She has to go to the library really early to do an assignment because her laptop is busted.
  • Worrying about whether her brother can attend the school trip — it would cost them money
  • She checks the price of every single thing and knows them by heart
  • Not being able to shop for your groceries without looking at the price tag
  • It’s a luxury to be able to eat and leave the dishes on the sink because someone is there to clean it up.

Some of the highlights from the book:

  • We all have less because they always have to keep grabbing at more.
  • What’s the point in always looking at what everyone else wants and wishing you had it? That never stops, does it? Someone’s always going to have a bigger house or a better car or whatever. It’s best not to ‘make waves’.
  • Sometimes I wish the most important part of the day was still those playtime, running and shouting, the playground hot under our feet and our futures not even thought of yet.
  • There’s all these expectations that you will do something incredible but it doesn’t actually matter if you do, because someone else is always more extraordinary than you.
  • Having money doesn’t mean life is easy.
  • Even when everything is about crap as it’s going to get, you still have to roll over and get your feet on the floor.
  • When you love someone, it’s an act of courage. You have to let yourself take chances.
  • Courage will find you in the choices you make, to keep fighting, especially when there’s no guarantees.

Overall, it’s a 3/5 for me. It’s an okay read but it’s not something I will reread willingly. Although I’m thinking if I should pick up her other book, Countless. Should I?

BOOK REVIEW : Chasing the Rainbow by Kade Boehme


GOODREADS: ‘Bobby Gugino realized he may have met the man of his dreams in Jody Olsen, only neither of them were gay, so far as Bobby knew. But when Jody came out and ended his marriage, Bobby’s entire worldview was skewed, and his own health issues lead to his own coming out. Fast forward four years and Bobby runs into Jody again, but Bobby may be too busy making up for lost time to see how great they are together.’

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If you are looking for a very light read, this is it! There’s no too much drama, no sudden twist, no surprise just romance between two guys who came out late in life, trying to figure out how to look for their own rainbow in this multi colored world.

  • Now I found you and fuck the rainbow. It’s like I’m walking into the sun. The sun makes the rainbows so the way I see it, that’s better. I’m just scared and I need you.
  • You’re allowed to be scared, Bob. But I got you . . . Okay? I love you. It’s me and you.
  • I’ve got all I need with you. Home, babe. You give me a home.

 

BOOK REVIEW : What if it’s us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera


Okay, so you’ve probably guessed that I’m into books that talks or exposes LGBT. Right? It’s just that there are countless, hundreds or thousands of books about homosexual love but not enough LGBT love to spread. So when I usually see one, I grab the opportunity and read something fun and fresh.
This is definitely a light read. I have to admit, I have not read a single book from the two authors (but they are definitely on my list). It’s not a stunningly oozing with love but I enjoyed the book. 😀
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Some noteworthy lines from the book:
  • I guess that is every relationship. You start with nothing and maybe end with everything.
  • I believe in love at first sight. Fate, the universe, all of it. But not how you’re thinking. I don’t mean it in the our souls were split and you’re my other half forever and ever sort of way. I just think you’re meant to meet some people. I think the universe nudges them into your path.
  • But what if the story should quit while it’s ahead?” “How do you know unless you give the story another chance?
  • I just need more time with me, I think. To really believe in my worth without anyone’s help.
  • Arthur, the universe just got the ball rolling,’ he says. ‘We made us happen.
  • ‘I’m just going to live in the moment. That’s the only way to see where we end up.
  • But maybe this isn’t how life works. Maybe it’s all about people coming into your life for a little while and you take what they give you and use it on your next friendship or relationship. And if you’re lucky, maybe some people pop back in after you thought they were gone for good.
  • You’re never a bad idea.
  • Being with you already is perfect.
  • I like disasters.
  • You’re going to have a lifetime of moments
  • We’re home to each other.
  • Everything means so much more because of all the hoops we jumped through, right?

 

I love the relationship of ben and dylan! AND, I love Dylan — he’s extremely funny and witty and just overall best companion – where you won’t actually get bored, and may probably be the top best friend there is. I adore and envy the relationship of Ben with his parents. His parents are so chill they can talk about their dates and relationships and just joke around about anything and likely everything. PLUS, I want a boy whose face lights up when they see me. I want someone who gets nervous going on a date with me because they simply don’t want to mess things up, who plans for the date and are just extremely happy just to be with me.

BOOK REVIEW : THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED LOVE by BECKY ALBERTALLI


Third book for 2018. ❤

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Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. 

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

  • This tiny thread connecting me to a total stranger, it’s the kind of thing that makes the universe feel smaller.
  • I wish I were the kind of person who knows how to fill a silence.
  • But that’s the thing I’m most afraid  of. Not mattering.. Existing in a world that doesn’t care who I am.
  • My heartbeat is probably making those giant zigzags.
  • Fun exists wherever you make it.
  • Sometimes that’s just what happens. People grow apart.
  • There’s something really badass about truly, honestly not caring about what people think about you.
  • We like who we like. Who cares if someone doesn’t get it? That’s a good thing. Less competition.
  • I don’t think my heart wants to stay in my chest.
  • I am entirely made of butterflies.
  • Change is fucking hard. It’s fucking tragic. Change can go fuck itself. Because that’s the thing about change. It’s so painfully normal. It’s the most basic of all tragedies.
  • But you know, there’s an upside there. Because when you spend so much time just intensely wanting something — and then you actually get it? It’s magic. It’s butterflies and haziness and heart eyes, but underneath all that .. there’s this bass line of I can’t believe this. I can’t believe this is me. I can’t quite articulate the sweetness of that feeling. It’s finding out the door you were banging on is finally unlocked. 

BOOK REVIEW : IT’S NOT LIKE IT’S A SECRET by MISA SUGIURA


It’s my second book for the year and it awakened my high school and college memories.

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Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara has too many secrets. Some are small, like how it bothers her when her friends don’t invite her to parties. Some are big, like that fact that her father may be having an affair. And then there’s the one that she can barely even admit to herself—the one about how she might have a crush on her best friend.

When Sana and her family move to California she begins to wonder if it’s finally time for some honesty, especially after she meets Jamie Ramirez. Jamie is beautiful and smart and unlike anyone Sana’s ever known. There are just a few problems: Sana’s new friends don’t trust Jamie’s crowd; Jamie’s friends clearly don’t want her around anyway; and a sweet guy named Caleb seems to have more-than-friendly feelings for her. Meanwhile, her dad’s affair is becoming too obvious to ignore anymore.

Sana always figured that the hardest thing would be to tell people that she wants to date a girl, but as she quickly learns, telling the truth is easy… what comes after it, though, is a whole lot more complicated.

Some of my favorite lines from the movie:

  • With a face like your favorite love song and a body like fireworks on the fourth of july
  • People think they’re unique, but they’re really stereotypes. It’s just the way they are. They want to be in a group and they’ll sacrifice their individuality to fit in.
  • From Sana’s mom: I can want all kinds of things for you, but I only know that you can do your best. I am teaching you to see the world the way it is, not the way you want it to be. That’s my job.
  • Everyone – even an ugly oyster – has the power and beauty inside. But sometimes they keep it a secret. and sometimes it takes patience to find it.
  • If you’re nobody together with someone, doesn’t that make you a somebody? At least to each other? that can’t be bad right?
  • While I stand there with my heart bang-bang-booming like a bass drum.
  • Feeling like I’m going to levitate and float away in a pink cotton candy cloud.
  • Find your stride. Find a good pace and stick with it.
  • Anything for you, doll.
  • Because the reality is that life can be hard, and awful and sometimes all you can do is keep working at it. But there’s hope. There’s a future together.
  • GAMAN – it’s about stepping up and choosing which hardship you endure. And enduring it with grace because of something important, like honor or family or something important.
  • My heart is her home. ❤

One,  I can never understand how sana’s mom can endure that pain everyday. If you are looking for a light read that also tackles racism, judgement and stereotyping and love from all sorts of gender.

BOOK REVIEW : Openly Straight by Bill Konisberg


GOODREADS: Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He’s won skiing prizes. He likes to write.

And, oh yeah, he’s gay. He’s been out since 8th grade, and he isn’t teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that’s important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.

So when he transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret — not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate break down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn’t even know that love is possible.

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WHO DOESN’T WANT TO BELONG?

And please don’t be a hypocrite and tell me – I do. “It doesn’t matter to me if I’m popular or not”. Because you do – It’s our highest form of need, Belongingness. It may be not as life consuming goal for others, but you do. But in that road to belongingness, sometimes we lose ourselves, we lose sight of who we are – because what we actually want is to be ACCEPTED AS WE ARE, NO PRETENSIONS, NO JUDGMENTS – JUST YOU.

  1. I was thinking about how snakes shed their skin every year, and how awesome it would be if people did that too.
  2. Then I did a little dance, because you gotta dance when you get into the zone.
  3. I had always wondered what it would be like to be at the top of the food chain
  4. We’re all out of place in our own way.
  5. Can we know others if we don’t know ourselves?
  6. What do you think we gain by writing about ourselves?
  7. I want to be entirely label-free
  8. Wouldn’t it be nice to live in the world where no one thought that being gay was even something to ride someone about?
  9. It’s not exactly a bucket of ice cream to be different around here.
  10. Stay strong. Don’t ever let that light flicker out, because your situation, it’s not ever going to be easy, and it’s probably going to get worse before it gets better.
  11. And perhaps, the best answer is not to tolerate differences, not even to accept them. but to celebrate them. Maybe then those who are different would feel more loved, and less, well, tolerated.
  12. I got this amusement park feeling in my stomach.

 

TIMES THAT PROVED HIS PARENTS ARE THE BOMB

  1. Hey, you’re gonna be a rock star, rafe.
  2. I could show up one day as Lady Gaga dressed as Little Red Riding Hood and Mom would say, “How was your day honey?
  3. Rafe’s parents playing along his front of being straight.
  4. Upon leaving for school: “get a boyfriend”.
  5. If she would see us, she would even probably be teaching us the right to do. (in bed)
  6. Rafe’s parents throwing him a party for finally coming out of the closet.
  7. Welcoming rafe home for thanksgiving and preparing a tofu pig.

 

PHILOSOPHICAL CONVERSATIONS

  1. Mind vs Body. Since your mind is telling your body what to do, then are you your mind?
  2. Acceptance vs Tolerance
  3. Poeple often mistreat you or label it as wrong when you change – and that change was not witnessed.
  4. Agape vs Eros
  5. Nothing that comes from love could ever be wrong.

WHO HERE HAS THE HONESTLY BEN EBOOK? CAN SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE ME A COPY? THANK YOU.

EVERYDAY: ITS A RAINBOW COLORED LUNCH


One fine saturday, no. its a one great saturday — we didn’t have our leadership class. Yayy! Back to the start, One Great Sunny Saturday, we met with Jes and Kuci.

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MOVIE REVIEW: LGBT Films.


Because I recently found my collection of L Word series, I decided to fill my mind with Purple stuff movie – if you know what I mean. For those who studied in an all-girls school.

There’s definitely one movie that I can particularly remember. Imagine you and me. So I searched.

1. Yes or No – which I also loved.

2. April’s Shower

3. An unexpected love

4. Gray Matters

5. Cracks

6. The Incredible adventure of two girls inlove

7. Loving Annabelle

8. Kiss me

9. Threesome

10. Wonderboys

11. The Hours

12. Wild at Heart

13. Fear eats the soul

14. Weekend

15. Show me some love

16. Silver Linings Playbook

17. Say Anything

18. Annie Hall

19. Sixteen Candles

If any of you has already watched the films above, let me know. or you want to add in some movies I can watch while I devour a Hazelnut pint of an Icecream.

Feel free. Christmas is coming anyway! Likes will be your present to me!

THOUGHTS: LGBT Pride


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So I came across what Bill Clinton said: 

All of America loses when any person is denied or forced out of a job because of sexual orientation.Being gay, the last time I thought about it, seemed to have nothing to do with reading a book, fix a broken bone or change a plug.

A person’s sexual preference has nothing to do with one’s attitudes, values, skills and abilities. Why deny them the mere happiness of being with someone just because they have the same sex? I don’t really see anything wrong with that. 

I studied in an All Girl’s School and have so much experience in this area. I have a lot of friends who are lesbians or bisexuals – and some of them really has the biggest heart and the fattest brains. 

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I was really a fan of these two back in Highschool. They were the ”cool” ones but were not afraid to be all cute together. 

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I practically spent most of my breaks with them in College and they were the happiest – go lucky persons you can always drag to anywhere. 

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One of my closest friends in HS. The partner of my bestfriend. 

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Everyone was pretty much bisexual in their teen years. and these are just some of them. And I wouldn’t exchange my LGBT Friends since HS. 🙂 But for you to relate more, a list of some of the famous Gay people: 

1. Drew Barrymore

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And she says, she’s had numerous affairs with women and will continue to do so. “Do I like women sexually? Yes, I do. Totally,” Jane Pratt, the former editor of Jane magazine says she and Drew Barrymore had sex.

I think a woman and a woman coming together are beautiful just as a man and a woman together are beautiful. – well said, Drew. 

2. Ellen Degeneres and 3. Portia de Rossi

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Need I say more? Ellen and Portia got married last 2008. 

4. Nelly Furtado

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Asked if she is ever attracted to women, the “Promiscuous” singer replied: “Absolutely. Women are beautiful and sexy.

5. Laurel Holloman

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I just feel like when you fall in love you can’t help who you fall in love with. You love who you love; it just is what it is.

– This is exactly how I think. You never choose who you fall in love with. It’s not like, Oh He’s a guy, I should fall in love with him. It’s not. You fall for a person, no matter what gender he/she is because of who she/he is.