Heartwarming is what I would like to call this book. At the same time, this book was heartbreaking. Throughout reading the book Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, I was pulled in different directions concerning my feelings toward June and her unconventional family. The dialogue was realistic, and the family dynamics were so natural. Brunt did a fantastic job creating the characters for this story.
This book takes place in the late 1980s and surrounds the AIDS epidemic as June must confront that her uncle, whom she loves dearly, dies from the disease. She must learn to confront the world without the one person who understood her while discovering more about him along the way, making unconventional friendships. I think that anyone would love this beautifully written work of art.
I would like to first start by stating that I know I’m late. I’ve been told by my friends several times over. I’ve been busy. Now, that over with, on to the review.
Many of the people in this fandom should already know from the title, but I am here to talk about Steven Universe for the people who have not gotten around to it. For the most part, I do not watch the more recent American cartoons. Even though I heard good reviews about this show, I was still slightly skeptical. For the most part, that skepticism was unfounded. The overall storyline was interesting, the characters were multi-faceted, and the ideas introduce was something I had never really seen before. I was very progressive with the ideas presented. I do have one complaint though. I promise, its nothing too bad though. Towards the end of season 5, where the story starts to really hit its climax, it felt as if the story would keep deviating from the storyline. In the beginning, when it was mainly exploring who the characters were, I was fine with it. But towards the end, I got a bit annoyed. Going back through now that I know the plotline, I might see how it added to things, but I didn’t at the time. Other than that one thing, what’s not to love about superheroes from outer space with amazing songs along the way?
As of writing this review, I have not watched the movie and what’s after, so please don’t give spoilers in the comments. But we can talk about how awesome the first five seasons are.
Following the theme of love, I decided to do one that discusses self-love. Given that information, I decided to talk about Queer Eye, the second version. I have actually binge-watch this series twice. I absolutely love this cast. First and foremost, I love diversity. Having two queer characters of color is amazing. Myself, being a person of color in the community, it feels kind of hard to find characters that I can see as myself. I don’t even care what gender they identify as I saw myself being represented in media. I also love the energy that the dive off of each other. In some shows, the people sometimes go off the deep end with the change, but these guys take it step-by-step. The nominees are still themselves at the end of the episode, they just have a better self-confidence about themselves. Also, because the changes are so simple, yet so meaningful, it’s possible to see that changes being used after the Fab 5 leave. Personally, I would love to see a “Where Are They Now?” episode, so that I can see if the changes were kept up. All of the people are lovely, so I absolutely would not mind seeing them again. This is actually one of the perfect shows to watch anytime. It will make you feel amazing the entire time. You might need to dab your eyes every now and again, but they’re tears of joy.
Just out of college, that last thing you expect is that your new roommate kills people for a living, but that is what you get out of Assassin Roommate by Monica Gallagher. The characters balance each other well. There is not an overabundance of unnecessary characters. Everyone serves a purpose. The relationships are also written very well. There are hints of a love triangle, but it isn’t annoying as some love triangles can be. Everyone involved are adults. Yes, they do have outbursts of emotion, but it is all understandable. Also, the conflict between the different assassin networks is also interesting as you are trying to figure out what everyone wants and what their true motives are. The second season of this webcomic just wrapped up, so it is the perfect time to catch up on this amazing series. I can’t wait to find out what the author has in store next.
In the webcomic set in the future, there is an amazing one known as Always Human by walkingnorth. It’s a beautiful romance between two very different girls with different goals for life. Every moment between them is beautiful; every moment is believable. One thing I enjoyed was that not every moment of their lives was not wrapped up in one another. They have struggles and friendships outside of their relationship. Not every moment is filled with fluff, even though the fluff was the cutest thing ever. And when the couple fought, it was over meaningful stuff, and their arguments were reasonable. They weren’t too nasty to one another, which made them even more adorable. I definitely would recommend reading this again and again.
Recently, I have read the super cute book A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss. It was sponsored by HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which is where I heard about the book from. I don’t read many children’s book, but this one was well worth it. I’ve read it twice, and it brought tears to my eyes both times. The best part about this book is that 100% of the proceeds go to the Trevor Project and AIDS United, two amazing causes to get behind. I would personally get this book anyway that you could. Even though this book was written with a political agenda, it is a good book. Nothing political is explicit, so if you want to read to this, they will only get the message of love. I’m not going to spoil anything from this book(except for in the tags), you are just going to have to get your hands on a copy. You can get it here.