Tag: Tropes Book Tag

I was so happy to be tagged by Melissa for this one! I haven’t seen it around before and it looks like a lot of fun! ❤

HOPELESSLY DEVOTED | name two characters from separate series that you ship!

I’m sorry, but I’m starting this tag off by saying I HAVE NO IDEA. I don’t think I’ve ever shipped two characters from separate series. Sorry. 😦

DAMSEL IN DISTRESS | name a female MC who didn’t need a man to complete her

Eleanor Oliphant did not need a man to complete her and that made me so happy. Her character goes through a lot in this book and I would not have enjoyed it nearly as much if it had ended with her falling in love.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT | name your OTP

My biggest OTP is currently Marko & Alana from Saga. I love them so much and I want them to be so happy.

MENTAL ILLNESS AS A QUIRK | name a book that represented mental illness well

In the last tag I did, I talked about how well I thought Turtles All the Way Down handled mental illness. Today I’m going to talk about Truly Devious! I mentioned this in my review, but I’m also going to share my favorite quote here:

People say depression lies. Anxiety is just stupid. It’s unable to tell the difference between things that are actually scary (being buried alive, for example) and things that are not scary at all (being in bed under the covers). It hits all the same buttons. Stop. Go. Up. Down. It’s all the same to anxiety.

THE CHOSEN ONE | name a main character that did (or almost did) ruin a series for you

Not a series, but honestly, All of This Is True was completely ruined by its characters. And also its plot. I mean, everything kind of ruined it. But probably mostly the characters.

FRIENDS TO LOVERS | name a duo that went from friendship goals to relationship goals

JOSH AND HAZEL, OMG.

AMNESIA | name a book you would forget for one reason or another

Distrust was one of the first really negative reviews I posted after I moved my blog to WordPress. Oh god, I just re-read my review and I was cringing at this book all over again. I don’t necessarily want to have not read it, because I had a ton of fun writing that review, but if I could just forget about all of the nonsense I read in this book, that would be great.

BAD BOYS | name your favorite villain

My favorite villain is, of course, Victor Vale. I have only mentioned this maybe five hundred times so far.

MISSING PARENTS OR ADULTS | name a book that could’ve benefited from a bit of parental guidance or adult supervision

Supposedly, Kyla is an adult. But she makes some really stupid decisions. Like REALLY STUPID. I mean, read my rant about Troll here. This is the dumbest girl on the entire planet. She needs to be supervised by a real adult.

GIRL/GUY GANG | tag some friends

Jamsu 🌹 Siobhan 🌹Jackie 🌹 Demetra 🌹 Raya

Book review: George by Alex Gino

George by Alex Gino
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Source: Borrowed

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

George stopped. It was such a short, little question, but she couldn’t make her mouth form the sounds.
Mom, what if I’m a girl?

I’ve actually been planning to read George for a long time. I think I added it to my TBR during Banned Books Week two years ago. (Clearly, I didn’t get around to it.) January’s Monthly Motif was diversity, so I planned to read it then too. (Clearly, I didn’t get around to it then either.) I saw it was available at my library a couple weeks ago and checked it out and I’m so glad that I did!

There’s a lot to love about this book. I love that it’s written in a way that’s so simple and so easy to understand. For the reader, there’s never any confusion about whether George is a boy or a girl. And when other characters mistakenly refer to George as a boy, it’s so clear that makes her sad. It’s an important lesson for kids (or anyone, really) about how seemingly small things can really make a difference in the way we make people feel.

There’s also a great lesson on acceptance in this book. There are certainly a lot of characters, both children and adults, who make fun of George or don’t understand her. But I don’t think it’s a spoiler to mention that, at the end of the book, the people in George’s life accept her for who she is. After all, this is a middle-grade book. It has to have a happy ending.

Overall, this was a great book with a really simple yet powerful lesson. I would highly recommend it to just about anyone.


Have you read George? Do you know of any similar books?
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