Book Review: I love this part by Tillie Walden

I love this part by Tillie Walden
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: November 13, 2015
Source: Purchased

Two girls in a small town in the USA kill time together as they try to get through their days at school.

They watch videos, share earbuds as they play each other songs and exchange their stories. In the process they form a deep connection and an unexpected relationship begins to develop.

In her follow up to the critically acclaimed The End of Summer, Tillie Walden tells the story of a small love that can make you feel like the biggest thing around, and how it’s possible to find another person who understands you when you thought no-one could.


I think that it took me all of ten minutes to read this book. It’s a graphic novel, it’s 68 pages, and it is very emotional. This is going to be a pretty short review because, like I said… 68 pages.

This was my first graphic novel by Tillie Walden, and I have to say that I’m impressed. While it was very, very short, it was also very, very emotional. I don’t think I was necessarily prepared for the amount of emotions this book would make me feel, but I really enjoyed it.

The only reason I’m not rating it five stars is that I would have loved for it to be a little longer and to explore things a little more fully, but all in all, this was a great graphic novel and I can’t wait to read more from this author.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite tropes

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is favorite tropes, and I don’t think anyone will be particularly shocked by this list, but here we go. . .

I’m also giving a ton of recommendations in this post, so I hope you love these books as much as I did!


friends to lovers

The DealJosh & Hazel’s Guide to Not DatingNot So Nice Guy

enemies to lovers

The Hating GameArrogant DevilAnything You Can Do

relationships developing through texts

Emergency Contact


fake dating

The UnhoneymoonersThe Kiss QuotientRoomies

road trips

Amy & Roger’s Epic DetourSeven Ways to Lose Your HeartLost At Sea

roommates

Blurred LinesThe Virgin Romance NovelistRoommates

pining from afar

Royal ScandalRed, White & Royal Blue99 Percent Mine

brother’s best friend/best friend’s brother

The Dating ExperimentBro CodeKaleidoscope Hearts

second chance romance

Starry EyesInfiniLove and Other Words

boy/girl next door

My Life Next DoorWallbangerLola and the Boy Next Door

Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! What are some of your favorite tropes? Have you read any of these books? Let’s talk in the comments!

Book Review: Comics for Choice by Hazel Newlevant, Whit Taylor, and Ø.K. Fox

Comics for Choice by Hazel Newlevant, Whit Taylor, and Ø.K. Fox
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: August 2017
Source: Borrowed

Comics for Choice is anthology of comics about abortion. As this fundamental reproductive right continues to be stigmatized and jeopardized, over sixty artists and writers have created comics that boldly share their own experiences, and educate readers on the history of abortion, current political struggles, activism, and more. Lawyers, activists, medical professionals, historians, and abortion fund volunteers have teamed up with cartoonists and illustrators to share their knowledge in accessible comics form.

Comics for Choice is edited by Hazel Newlevant, Whit Taylor, and Ø.K. Fox, and contains comics from exciting cartoonists like Sophia Foster-Dimino (Sex Fantasy), Leah Hayes (Not Funny Ha-Ha), Anna Bongiovanni (Grease Bats), Jennifer Camper (Rude Girls and Dangerous Women), Ally Shwed (Sex Bomb Strikes Again) and Kat Fajardo (Gringa!, La Raza Anthology), and reproductive justice scholars like Rickie Solinger, (Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know) Renee Bracey Sherman (Program Director, We Testify), and Dr. Cynthia Greenlee (Senior Editor, Rewire).


I didn’t really know what to expect when I checked this anthology out from the library. All I really knew was that it was a ton of abortion stories and that it would probably make me very, very sad. The thing is, while I can’t see myself ever getting an abortion (except in a very extreme case), I don’t think it’s my place to tell anyone else what they can or cannot do with their life and their body. That means that I’m very firmly on the pro-choice side of the debate. I thought it might be a good idea to expand my horizons a little bit and learn more about abortion.

Turns out that this book was possibly not the right place to go for that. First of all, there are a ton of stories here. A ton. Most of them are very, very short, and most of them feel like they were put together very quickly. There are a lot of misspellings and a lot of grammatical issues. A few of the stories looked more like drafts than finished art. It’s not the end of the world, I guess, but this is a book that’s been put out into the world for people to purchase. I expected more from it.

As for the stories, some of them hit me very hard. I can’t imagine being in the situation that a lot of these women were in and I can’t imagine how difficult the choice to get an abortion must be. I also found the stories from the abortion doulas and clinic escorts very interesting. I hadn’t even known that abortion doulas were a thing before I picked this book up! But some of the stories seemed to be there just to prove a point or push an agenda, which is something I don’t really appreciate, even when it’s a point or an agenda that I can get behind.

When this anthology was good, it was good. But when it wasn’t good, it was just disappointing. Overall, I think two stars is probably the best I can do here.

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Book Review: Dodge City by Josh Trujillo

Dodge City by Josh Trujillo
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Source: Borrowed

Dodge City is a YA sports comedy about making sense of a chaotic world and growing up against the insane backdrop of competitive dodgeball, told through the eyes of oddball Tomás and his teammates.

Life comes at you fast, but dodgeballs come way faster! Tomás is a teenage misfit, but when he joins the Jazz Pandas dodgeball team, he’s thrown into a family of oddballs and outcasts who are willing to do whatever it takes to win the summer regional dodgeball championships. Through a season of highs, lows, and blows to the face, Tomás might finally find a place where he truly belongs, and the person inside himself he didn’t know he could be.

I checked this graphic novel out from my library because, first of all, it looked like fun, and second of all, I more or less enjoyed the first several issues of Fence. A graphic novel focusing on dodgeball sounded like it would be a great time — after all, Dodgeball was one of my favorite movies when I was in high school.

The thing is, I feel like this graphic novel was a lot of nice art featuring a ton of diverse characters and not much else. There’s not much of a story aside from the dodgeball, and what little story there is is kind of choppy and confusing. This is definitely a fast-paced story, but it’s almost too fast for anything meaningful to happen. The characters aren’t particularly well-developed either — four issues in and I feel like I know them about as well as I did on page one.

All of that said, I don’t think this is necessarily a terrible graphic novel. There’s definitely potential for character development and for the story to improve, but I don’t know that I’ll be jumping at the chance to read any more of it any time soon.


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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

  • Review: The Mental Load by Emma
  • Review: She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d love to have as a best friend
  • Review: Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine
  • Tag: Anything But Books
  • Review: Smooth Criminals, Vol. 1 by Kiwi Smith & Kurt Lustgarten

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • Nothing this week!

1 thing this week:

  • I scheduled this post very far in advance because at the time it posts, I’ll be in Tennessee!

Blog hopping:

  • Kristi is doing a giveaway to celebrate her two-year anniversary!
  • Brittany is also doing a giveaway! Hers is to celebrate hitting 500 followers! (Congrats!)

Song of the week:


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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