I'm a well read technosexual who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
Dear lady, no you can't touch my knee because you like my Deadpool tights. I was reading, clearly not interested in interacting once you touched me without asking, and should have said 'no, it's not okay.'
Your friend asked after the fact, and I'm sensitive about my knees - particularly the one that had a hole in marrow of the bone. I really prefer people not to touch that at all, thanks. It's been achy ever since, and I realize it's psychosomatic, but...
Meanwhile, the neighbors who were drinking on their porch with a mic and out-louding the drunken wedding flat out lied to me about it being the wedding. Ugh. I was going to tell them I was going to file a noise complaint, but my mom was afraid they'd be drunk and attack me, so I did them a favor even asking. I'm sick of people just thinking they can do whatever late at night when I'm trying to sleep. I've never called in a noise complaint, because y'know... it's me. But when my mom can't sleep? Yeaaaah, I called one in.
Maybe, just maybe, they should have listened when I said Massachusetts bylaws said tone it down after nine. Or maybe they should have listened when I complained that it was ridicoulsly loud.
Now they've got a cop coming to their house instead, because they're so self-centered, their entertainment>people sleeping. I don't know why they need a mic since they're all on a fucking porch, but, y'know...
I'm pretty pissed off that they tried to blame it on a wedding since it was clear that the sound of their mic got quieter as I got closer to the wedding. Also, I no longer give a fuck and will tell them to quiet it down at the wedding if I can't sleep. I actually find the sounds of drunken screeches more tolerable than this mic. Which means I won't actually have to do anything about the wedding, I'm guessing.
Also, dude, if you're having a wedding on your lawn, you still have to play by the laws. If it does get annoying enough, I'll tell them. I get it, but still, some people who aren't invited to your wedding might not only have to work the next day. Not me, but y'know, some people.
I downloaded it because it was free and I could use a good laugh. And the other Kindle book I'm reading is all really brutal hate banging, and even though I feel like the girl shouldn't like it she keeps begging for the dude to hate finger her real hard.
So first of all, thanks to Jessica for picking out this book for the last book swap. Secondly, I was out at lunch with my mom and I had this book on the table. The woman who took our plates started up a conversation about it after seeing Gelato, because she loves Italy, so she might read this now!
I truly enjoyed this book, about overcoming grief, finding meaning in life, and love (and gelato, of course), and all this happens in Italy. When sixteen year old Carolina - pronounced Caroleena, although she goes by Lina - loses her mother, she's sent to Italy to spend time with a man named Howard. This is a man who she assumes is her father, especially since her grandmother tells her so. Howard says so. Except why did Lina's mother only start talking about him only when she found out she was dying?
And why did her mother send her a journal about her story in Italy? See, Hadley, Lina's mother met Howard in Italy when they were both graduate students. And yet the journal implies that there is much more to the story than Hadley told Lina.
Meanwhile, Lina is torn between two foreign high school students: Thomas, who has model-good looks and makes his interest in Lina known immediately, and Ren who makes Lina feel comfortable, even when talking about her mother, and when no one else has. (No one except Addie, Lina's best friend, who is unreachable at times due to being back in Seattle.) Ren has a girlfriend, and is weird, but as Lina spends more time with him, she also finds herself being drawn to him more and more.
One of the things I like about this novel is how it treats Lina's grief. It doesn't sideline it, or act if finding a man, or a father figure, will fix everything. It never gets so overwhelming that it turns this whole thing into a depressing read, but it does treat the grief realistically, rather than a reason for insta-love.
It was warm, fun, funny, and also touching. I cried a little, but I also laughed a lot, and was cheering Lina on as she found out more about her mother and where she came from, as well as where she was going. I'll be looking for the second book when it comes out next May, I believe.
"Ren grew a tiny, hopeful smile on his face that immediately transplanted itself onto my face too."
So just to be clear, his eyes are sliding off her face, her eyes are sliding off his face, and his smile is transplanted onto her face, but also is on his face, too. Also, he grew the smile.
I know I'm nitpicking, but seriously? This whole sentence is a mess.
"I turned to look at Ren, but I was so nervous that my eyes kept sliding off his face."
I just keep seeing her eyes sliding off his face, magically appearing at the top like an unending GIF, and then tumbling down again. I can't stop laughing. Seriously, though, authors, why is this 'eyes' instead of 'gaze' thing so prevalent?
Also, a Medusa knock a couple pages ago. Seriously, Lina, binge read some Inhumans now.
ETA: after her eyes sliding off his face? The next sentence is this: "He seemed to be having the same problem." There are two eyes-sliding-off-faces problems now. I'm laughing so, so hard.
"I was so happy to him it made me want to punch his lights out.
I know. Mixed signals."
This is kinda why I love this book. It's been funny throughout, it's allowed you to get to to know the characters, and while there was an insta love factor - they fell in love quite quickly - they also spent a lot of that early time together, getting to know each other, and so it didn't feel like insta love.
Lina, lady, someone needs to hand you some of the Inhumans collections so you can see that Medusa is amazing, so is her hair, and you should stop it with this. Stop it right now.
You only wish you had Medusa's hair.
When you're introduced to a character and immediately want to punch them in their stupid jerkface.
All the feels.
I've got certain goals for the end of July and August. I want to cut down on my mystery box reads, things I've won, and my Readercon purchases. I also want to keep up with comics, so, y'know...
This at least is my latest mystery box read, so it fits.
I've been expecting this, but I think I'm stunned that he held on this long, and then quit now.
I just don't know what to think about this.
Lina told Ren what she told Mimi, and kudos to her for that. Sucked into the mystery romance that's in her mom's journal now.
I'm not sure if Lina is into Ren or Thomas, but I do know that Ren is into Mimi. I'm not sure if Ren is into Lina, though, but the whole Lina's overjealous thing is not okay with me. (Although she gets points for saving Lina from a grope-y old dude, and telling her what to do. Normalizing it, and being like, 'hey, it happens, just shove them off' is also not okay with me.)
I'm not really down with how Lina deals with Mimi - which is to brag about being with Ren when he won't return her calls - or how she doesn't tell Ren what she told Mimi.
The story is really well written and I'm still into it, but suddenly there's some really shitty behavior and I'm like 'I dunno.'
Couldn't wait to pick this book up again.
I'm hanging out with my mom and we have the day planned. We're going to the beach, then watching the Tour de France, and then we have a concert we're going to later on. So pretty much I should have the chance to finish this book.