A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

I love the book, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by the author, Betty Smith. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a timeless classic of love, hardship, and of people that overcome the obstacles of life.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is about a girl named Francie Nolan. Francie is a poor immigrant during the early 1900’s. Francie struggles to grow up in Brooklyn, New York City with very little money. Her mother, Katie Nolan, and her father, Johnny Nolan, work hard to put food on the table for Francie and her brother, Neeley Nolan.

However, one of the things that separates Francie Nolan from the other poor immigrants in her neighborhood is her love of learning. Francie wants to go to a better school so that she graduates to get a well-paying job in New York City. Johnny Nolan, her father, lies and says that Francie lives in an upper-class home so that Francie is allowed to attend a more prestigious public school. That one decision changes everything about Francie’s life.

One of the things that I love about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is that the author, Betty Smith, moves forward and backward in time. The reader learns about Katie Nolan’s family and the problems they faced when they moved to America from Ireland. We learn about Katie’s sister. We learn about the family’s thriving desire to make it in Brooklyn and in America.

Some people may say that A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a slow book. Some people may not like that it does not have a lot of action in it. However, I thought that the slow-pace was refreshing. I get to learn about Francie, about Neeley, about Johnny, and about Katie. The family has a fire-y spirit that they share that helps them to make it in the end.

I give the book, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, a 10/10 rating. This book captured my heart. I learned to love the dreamy and the determined Francie Nolan. I learned to love this book.

That is it for this review. I will see you later.

Always with infinite love,
Selena London

Bad Feminist

I decided to take a break from fiction books. I picked up this book instead. The book, Bad Feminist, is a book by the author named Roxane Gay. Bad Feminist is a funny and an articulate book. It is a book of essays. It is a memoir. It is also a critical analysis of today’s world from the eyes of a feminist.

The author talks about her journey as a feminist. The author writes about what it means to be a feminist in today’s world. She writes anecdotes about her life. She uses these anecdotes as a way to discuss feminism. She also writes about pop culture, about race, and about her issues with the opposite-sex. She is critical and makes reflections about the world and the culture of the 21st century while making comments about feminism in the current world.

Bad Feminist is a call-to-arms that encourages women to be feminists. The book encourages women to be, “bad feminists.” Let me explain. It encourages women to be whatever-type-of-feminist that they want to be regardless of labels and the different beliefs people have about what a feminist should be, or what a feminist should not be.

The book is also written with an engaging voice. The author writes in a personable way. The author writes with wit and humor. There are parts of this book that are laugh-out-loud funny. There are also parts of the book that are thoughtful.

I thought the book was smart and funny. Overall, I give this book an 8/10 rating.

Until next timeā€¦

Always with infinite love,
Selena London

The Magicians

I really liked the book, The Magicians, by Lev Grossman. The Magicians is the first book in a three-part series. Many people say that the book, The Magicians, is like an adult-version of the Harry Potter books. I would say that I agree with them.

The Magicians is about a boy named Quentin Coldwater. One day Quentin is transported to a magical location. While he is there he discovers that he is accepted into a magical college. The magical college is named Brakebills University. Quentin happily decides to go to Brakebills University.

At Brakebills University Quentin learns magic. He goes on many adventures. He makes friends that are a part of those adventures. Quentin learns that even though he has magic his problems aren’t entirely solved. In fact, magic doesn’t solve everything. Sometimes it is even a hindrance, not a boon.

The Magicians is a great novel. It is a smart and an edgy book. It is filled with magic, friendship, and even love. I give this novel a 9/10 rating. I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a wild ride. I will definitely pick-up the other two books in this book series.

That’s it for this book review.

Until next time…

Always with infinite love,
Selena London

Never Let Me Go

I read the book named Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. The book is a dark dystopia-type-of-novel. It is also a science-fiction book. It is a book that has gone under-the-radar. I liked it, overall, but I had my problems with the book.

Never Let Me Go is about a girl named Kathy H. Kathy H. recounts her time at a boarding school named Hailsham. At Hailsham Kathy H. had to deal with many things. She had to do with social-politics. She had to deal with growing-up. She also had to deal with love. At Hailsham Kathy H. grew-up to be the woman that she is.

She also learned a dark secret there.

I will not reveal the secret in this review, but I will say that the whole book is centered around that secret. When you read the book you can not help but to wonder, “What is this really about?” You ask, “What is Hailsham?” Finally, you ask yourself, “Why are these kids so different?”

The answer to these questions becomes apparent in the second-half of the novel. When you find-out what is really going on in the story you are shocked.

First, I will begin with the reasons why I liked this book. I liked Never Let Me Go because the novel was a good character study of the main character, Kathy H. It was interesting to get into her thoughts and into her memories.

However, in my opinion the book was too dark. I also didn’t like the fact that the author did not tell you the secret about Hailsham until the second-half of the book. Throughout most of the novel I could not help but to wonder, “What is going on here?”

Another thing that I did not like about this book is the love-story between the main character, Kathy H., and her love-interest, Tommy. I wanted there to be more about Tommy and Kathy H. I wanted the author to flesh-out more about the two character’s relationship and the love that they shared.

Overall, I give this book a 5/10 score. You should pick up this book if you like dark stories. You should also read this book if you are interested in dystopia-fiction, or if you are interested in science-fiction. However, if you want something lighter to read, then, you should give this book a pass.

That’s it for this review.

Until next time…

Always with infinite love,
Selena London

Emma

I love the book, Emma, by Jane Austen. I love Jane Austen’s books in general; however, Emma is one of my favorites. I have read the book over a few times and I still find it to be an engaging and a romantic read.

Emma is about a beautiful and rich woman who lives in an English manor with her father. Emma loves going out to parties and she loves going out on outings with her other privileged neighbors. She also loves match-making. Emma tries to match-up one of her new friends… a girl named Harriet Smith. She tries to match-up Harriet with another one of her friends, a pastor named Philip Elton. However, Emma’s machinations cause more harm than good. It is Emma’s fault that Harriet’s true-love is pushed away.

While all of this is going on, Emma has to deal with other matters of the heart… her own. Emma must look deep inside-of-her-heart to figure out which man she is truly meant for… the dashing Frank Churchill or her neighbor, George Knightley. She also has to deal with her inner-jealousy against the accomplished and the poised Jane Fairfax.

Emma is a great book to read. It is a dense read because it is written in an old English style; still, I found myself loving it again when I did re-read it. If you are interested in Jane Austen, then, I think you should give this book a shot.

I hope you take this recommendation to heart. ‘Til next time…

Always with infinite love,
Selena London

The Lovely Bones

I read the book, The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold. It’s not a book for the faint of heart. The Lovely Bones is a book about a girl named Susie Salmon. Susie Salmon is murdered. Her family tries to deal with her tragic death… and they try to discover the killer.

The Lovely Bones is a sad book and a dark book. The book is written from Susie’s perspective. Susie watches her family from her place in heaven. She watches as her family struggles to cope with her murder. She watches as her family tries to find her murderer.

I didn’t like this book. I kept reading The Lovely Bones with the hope that there would be some closure. I kept reading the book with the hope that there would be some spark of light in it. I kept reading the book with the hope that there would be a rhyme or a reason to the madness. Sadly, there was none.

I think that you should not read this book. I think that you should skip this book instead. There is so much more to read out there. You should save yourself the pain and the heartache.

That’s all for this post.

Until next time…

Always with infinite love,
Selena London