Review: Paper Girls, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

The second volume opens up with the girls finding themselves launched from 1988 to a distant and terrifying future: June, 2016.paper-girls-vol-2-6-bookspoilsHowever, they quickly notice that their friend KJ is missing and set out to find her with the help of future Erin Tieng.paper-girls-vol-2-10-bookspoilsAlong the way they encounter some difficulties that make them question who they can trust in the present or future. Side note: the Paper Girls issues are almost impossible to put down. I kept thinking, “after this issue, I’m going to get up…no, after this issue…”

Plus, I have to mention that the art in this volume was just stunningly beautiful, especially the coloring. It sets the mood just right:
paper-girls-vol-2-13-bookspoilspaper-girls-vol-2-14-bookspoilspaper-girls-vol-2-5-bookspoilspaper-girls-vol-2-15-bookspoilspaper-girls-vol-2-16-bookspoilsAnd since it’s June 2016, there’s a little politics thrown in for good measure:paper-girls-vol-2-12-bookspoilsIt kind of hurts to read now that the election’s over.

Also, am I wrong to assume that Mac and Tiff (my favorites) are going to become canon?
I mean:paper-girls-vol-2-17-bookspoilsAnd:paper-girls-vol-2-18-bookspoilsthumbs up while choking back tears I’m rooting for them.

I’m beyond curious to find out the fates of this young quartet. And I’m over the moon excited for volume three to come out!!

4/5 stars

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Review: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

In #GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso recounts her life from stumbling upon her passion of selling vintage clothes online and becoming an unlikely businesswoman to building her retail fashion empire. Along the way, she realizes the value and the difficulty of being the #GIRLBOSS of her own life.

“The energy you’ll expend focusing on someone else’s life is better spent working on your own. Just be your own idol.”

This book started out interesting enough, but it gradually lost its steam in the second half when Amoruso began sounding like a broken record. Also, the author’s bragging and over-the-top tone was a little off-putting at times, so I ended up skimming the last 50-100 pages.

I did, however, really look forward to the illustrations featured throughout:

And I would like to pay homage to that first half by quoting some of my favorite phrases:

“I, along with countless other #GIRLBOSSes who are profiled in this book, girls who are reading this book, and the girls who are yet to become a #GIRLBOSS will do it not by whining—but by fighting. You don’t get taken seriously by asking someone to take you seriously. You’ve got to show up and own it. If this is a man’s world, who cares? I’m still really glad to be a girl in it.”

I also loved the chapter about her school experience:

“So, #GIRLBOSS, if you suck at school, don’t let it kill your spirit. It does not mean that you are stupid or worthless, or that you are never going to succeed at anything. It just means that your talents lie elsewhere, so take the opportunity to seek out what you are good at, and find a place where you can flourish. Once you do, you’re going to kill it.”

I didn’t know I needed this, but I did.

“You have to kick people out of your head as forcefully as you’d kick someone out of your house if you didn’t want them to be there.”

“I have a friend who told me something recently that really resonated. He said that he felt like he’d “gotten off at the wrong stop,” as if there’s a bus traveling through space and time that randomly opens its doors and drops souls off to live through whatever time they’re assigned. I don’t believe we’re all fit for the time we’re assigned. It’s a weird world we live in, and until time travel exists we’ve all got to make the most of where we land.”

“No matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be. You is who you is, so get used to it.”

Overall, #GIRLBOSS had a nice starting point, but  ended up lacking that special something that I love in memoirs such as Buffering or Born a Crime.

2.5/5 stars

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Review: Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann

This poetry collection takes a honest look on love, sex, food, and bodies. And it does so with dark, unsettling imageries that ultimately made it so unique.

Though it was brilliantly exceptional and bizarre, it ultimately failed to impress me save for a few poems:

If Tampons
Were for Guys

“Of course there are no pink wrappers,
only camo.
Forget Gentle Glide and pictures of pearls—
the box reads Smooth Ride across
the hood of a bitchin’ red Porsche.

For pads with Wings, Kotex shows jet fighters.
For Heavy Flow, ninjas surf a tsunami.
For Scented, smiling blondes in bikinis
enjoy sniffing a crotch.

Panty Shields are now just Shields
or maybe Boxer Armor.
On the commercial, tanks roll through the bathroom,
manned by scowling marines in white pants.

Then it’s back to Monday Night Football,
where both starting quarterbacks are on the DL.
“Dysmenorrhea,” mutter the trainers.
In other words, cramps.”

The Little Mermaid

“Even before I found the globe in his study
and realized that this endless land
is really just a few stray crusts drifting
through the blue, my world had shrunk

to the size of my tender new feet
on the dance floor, each minuet
like a harpooning,

to the size of the satin pillow he lets me
sleep on beside his bed,

to the size of his eyes reflecting my eyes
begging lovemeholdmedon’tleaveme,

to the size of my mouth, this dead
eel’s nest, open now while he feeds me
oysters, or, as I used to call them,


“How foolish I was to believe that
crooning my name from below meant something
more than pressing an elevator button.

They all want to feel themselves rising
higher. They all want the girl in the tower
to pour herself into their hands.

Who’s to say that, given a chance
at lower altitude, I would be different
from the rest?

Today will be the day I refuse
to lift my head from this damp pillow,
far away from the comb and the brush and the pleading
bodies always luring me down.”

Nature Lesson

“The dress code says
we must cover ourselves
ample pants,
skirts that reach well below
our lascivious knees,
polos buttoned over
the rim of the canyon,
a glimpse of which can send a boy
plunging to such depths
he may never climb back up
to algebra.
We say
that if a hiker strays
off the path, trips, and
winds up crippled,
is it really
the canyon’s fault?”

Overall, Poisoned Apples was a quick read, but failed to leave a lasting impression. However, the photographs scattered throughout really made for a more fascinating and haunting read: poisoned-apples-1-bookspoilspoisoned-apples-2-bookspoilspoisoned-apples-3-bookspoilspoisoned-apples-4-bookspoilspoisoned-apples-5-bookspoilspoisoned-apples-6-bookspoilspoisoned-apples-7-bookspoilspoisoned-apples-8-bookspoilspoisoned-apples-9-bookspoils

3/5 stars

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