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Book Review: How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer

This collection of short stories focuses primarily on adolescent girls. The stories are compelling and readable and not at all familiar with my experience of being a teenage girl. 221 more words

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My absolute darling: Possession, Love and Redemption

My Absolute Darling is an endearment from anyone else’s lips, but from Martin Alveston to his daughter Turtle (real name Julie, aka Kibble), it is a term of possession and ownership of the worst kind. 586 more words


Book Packing For America

On Monday, I will be flying to America for the first time. For years, probably my whole life, I have wanted to visit the States. Most of my favourite books are set in New York or small town USA. 420 more words


Trouble in Mind: Two YA Novels about Thinking Problems.

My school librarian recommended both of these books to me.  Acutally, she tested them out on me.  They shound interesting, she said, why don’t you read them. 721 more words

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The Wonder Garden -- A Wry Look at a Small Connecticut Town Through Loosely Connected Short Stories

I generally avoid short stories, but Lauren Acampora’s The Wonder Garden offers a compelling collection of connected stories featuring the inhabitants of a Old Cranbury, a small Connecticut town with historical pretensions. 214 more words


Contextual frame theory and Shirley Jackson’s ‘A Visit’ 

Contextual frame theory explains ‘how readers track reference to characters and events through the process of reading’ (Stockwell, 2002: 155). To summarise the essence of this approach, the reader constructs mental images, or ‘contextual frames’, containing characters and objects which are said to be ‘bound’ to that frame. 3,319 more words

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Book Review: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Someone recommended this book to me and I was drawn in by the lovely cover and was excited to read this story based on Russian myth and lore. 296 more words

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