Normalizing Abuse; Middlegrade Edition

So, I just finished a review for a middlegrade book that I read recently and I'm still kind of angry about it. I try not to let myself get into angry rants about books but with this one, I just couldn't help it. And perhaps my anger is justified. At the end of the day,…

New Project; Is This Something You Think You Might Buy?

So, I've started doing something new. And I more or less just finished my first project. A while back I learned that painted books were a thing that existed and immediately decided I wanted one. Then I decided maybe I could try making one...to okay results. Well, recently I got into engraving. And I have…

Which Books in YA Romanticize Abuse?

Shatter Me is an incredibly gross offender of the abuse romanticism that goes on in YA novels. I recently finished a reread of Shatter Me in which I annotated the novel to point out in-depth signs of the moments in which abuse happens and how it is subsequently romanticized by the author. Currently, I have…

Romanticizing Abduction (and Abuse)

The truth is that we can always learn something new, even with subjects we're pretty knowledgable about. For me, this lies squarely in my research on abusive relationships. But I learned a lot from watching this video. And I'll be one of the first to say that I genuinely love Beauty and the Beast, but Pop Culture…

Shatter Me Romanticizes Abuse; Chapter Ten

This is a weekly reminder that Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi romanticizes abuse. This post is an in-depth commentary on chapter ten. If you're interested in reading more comprehensive commentaries about the deeply problematic aspects of Shatter Me, chapters one through nine are linked below. - Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapters Five…