Weekly Update

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

Tags this week:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • Entangled Teen mailed me a physical copy of Ask Me Anything! It was such a surprise! ❤

5 things this week:

This week has kind of flown by in a blur after a very exciting weekend. Some things that happened since the last Weekly Update are…

  • Riding the world’s tallest rollercoaster! (And somehow surviving it.) The comic below is actually me and my boyfriend before and after. I am, of course, the one saying, “This seems genuinely unwise.”
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  • Going to my friend’s son’s birthday party! I unexpectedly got to play with a very cute puppy while we were there.
his name is Oliver
  • Watching The Conjuring, which actually, literally gave me nightmares. (Yikes.)
  • Baking a gluten-free carrot cake for my manager!
  • MEETING BROODS (WHAT?!) and making a new friend at the concert!

The rest of the week was pretty boring and mostly consisted of my cat screaming at me for letting my boyfriend leave.

Song of the week:

DID YOU KNOW TAYLOR SWIFT RELEASED A NEW SONG?!?


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ARC review: Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee

Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Source: ARC via Netgalley

I should’ve kept my mouth shut.

But Wilmont Academy’s been living in the Dark Ages when it comes to sex ed, and someone had to take matters into her own hands. Well, I’m a kick-ass coder, so I created a totally anonymous, totally untraceable blog where teens can come to get real, honest, nothing-is-off-limits sex advice.

And holy hell, the site went viral—and we’re talking way beyond Wilmont—overnight. Who knew this town was so hard up?

Except now the school administration is trying to shut me down, and they’ve forced Dean—my coding crush, aka the hottest guy in school—to try to uncover who I am. If he discovers my secret, I’ll lose him forever. And thousands of teens who need real advice won’t have anyone to turn to.

Ask me anything…except how to make things right.

A little over a month ago, I got an email from Entangled asking me if I wanted to share an excerpt of Ask Me Anything. A sex-positive YA book that features an awesome female hacker? SIGN ME UP. I shared that excerpt, which only made me more excited to read this book.

For the first half of the book or so, I was sure this was going to be a four- or even five-star read. I loved Amber and her friends. I loved Dean and his sister. I loved the Code Club and the whole idea of the competition between Amber and Dean. I loved the idea of the Ask Me Anything blog and I loved that the book gave reasonable, realistic advice in the form of blog posts. Simply put, I loved everything.

The second half, though? It’s not like it was bad or anything. It just wasn’t as good. Amber and Dean were cute together, but a few things happen that felt entirely unrealistic. Principal Tanner was a ridiculous character, completely over-the-top, and almost a caricature of a villain. There are also two points that I can’t really discuss without spoilers, so click below for that.

These are spoilers!Alright, so the first thing I want to talk about is Amber and Dean’s first time. In general, this book is pretty realistic when it comes to sex. I expected Amber and Dean’s first time to be at least semi-realistic. I did not expect it to be complete and utter perfection, where Dean knows exactly how to make Amber “fly apart” (or whatever euphemism the author used for having an orgasm) despite it being both of their first times.

The second thing I want to address is Tessa’s pregnancy. As I said, the majority of the book is pretty realistic. Tessa’s pregnancy, though, felt contrived, almost like something out of a bad educational film they’d have made us watch in Catholic high school health class. (That’s right, kids, have sex and you’ll get pregnant, there’s no way around it.) It seemed to add a lot of unnecessary drama without really adding to the plot, other than giving Amber and Dean an excuse to have an argument.


Overall, though, I really enjoyed this book. I think it’s timely and important and I wish something like it would have existed when I was a teenager.

Quick note: This book contains many descriptions of sexual assault. If that’s something you’re sensitive to, know that it’s handled well, but it’s still a definite presence and a fairly large part of the story.

#mm19: crack the case


Have you read Ask Me Anything? Do you know of any similar books?Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

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

Tags this week:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • nothing this week!

1 thing this week:

  • This weekend is going to be great! My boyfriend is visiting and we have so many plans. I’m scheduling this a little bit in advance, but should’ve been at a concert last night and we’ll be at a birthday party this afternoon.

Blog hopping:

  • Alex‘s review of The Mister made me laugh out loud on my lunch break! I almost want to read this one just to see how bad it is.
  • Malanie shared a list of stress-free books, which is just what I needed this week! Dear Aaron is going on my TBR and hopefully I’ll be able to read it really soon!
  • May talked about blog design and shared some really great tips!

Song of the week:

In honor of the Broods concert last night…


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Excerpt: Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee

Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee
Links: Amazon • TBD • GoodreadsPublisher
Publication Date: May 7, 2019

I  should’ve kept my mouth shut.

But Wilmont Academy’s been living in the Dark Ages when it comes to sex ed, and someone had to take matters into her own hands. Well, I’m a kick-ass coder, so I created a totally anonymous, totally untraceable blog where teens can come to get real, honest, nothing-is-off-limits sex advice.

And holy hell, the site went viral—and we’re talking way beyond Wilmont—overnight. Who knew this town was so hard up?

Except now the school administration is trying to shut me down, and they’ve forced Dean—my coding crush, aka the hottest guy in school—to try to uncover who I am. If he discovers my secret, I’ll lose him forever. And thousands of teens who need real advice won’t have anyone to turn to.

Ask me anything…except how to make things right.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you probably know that I really love sex-positive YA books. When I heard about Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee, I immediately went and requested the ARC on Netgalley. I’m super excited to read it, and I was even more excited when I got an email from Heather at Entangled Publishing asking if I wanted to share an excerpt!

Honestly, everything about the excerpt just makes me want to read the book more. I have a couple library books to get through, but once those are done… I’m definitely jumping straight into this one.


excerpt

Question of the Day:
Volleyballstar6543 asks: “My boyfriend recently went to college, and while we’re making the long-distance thing work, I’m missing not only him but his…physical contact. We have phone sex, but I feel like I need more than just me to get me there. It’s slightly embarrassing, but I want to buy a vibrator, or something, but I have no clue where to start. Help!”

I’m super glad to hear that you’re making long-distance work! That is such a wonderful thing and shows you two really care about each other. And you have no need to be embarrassed. It’s completely natural to crave that intimacy even if your partner is hundreds of miles away.

And, lucky for us, we live in a digital age where almost anything can be ordered online. This saves you the hassle of finding a specialty shop and browsing the overwhelming selection of items out there—seriously, there is a ton.

My top recommendation would have to be the Smile Maker or another product from the same company. They are top-rated for their quality and execution and have over five thousand five-star reviews by customers worldwide. If none of those pique your interest, I would recommend researching what will best fit your needs and then triple check the reviews. Customer satisfaction is the number one clue on if a product is worth it or not, no matter what that product’s use may be for.

If shipping to your house is a problem, there are some major retail stores that allow you to purchase online but pick up in store. Or you could always ask your boyfriend to purchase it and then ship it to you in a personal package from him to not draw suspicion. If it’s not an issue, then more power to you!

I hope this helps keep things fresh and continues to fan the flames in your relationship!

In the meantime,

Stay Sexy. Stay Healthy.


Do you plan to read Ask Me Anything? Can you recommend any similar books to me? Let’s talk in the comments!

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