Clark, Ficção, Review

The Regulars by Georgia Clark

I didn’t have any expectations when I started this book, but it was a good and explanatory reading.

Plot summary:
A fierce and feisty debut with a magical twist about three ordinary, regular girls who suddenly have their fantasies come true… or do they?
Best friends Evie, Krista, and Willow are just trying to make it through their mid-twenties in New York. They’re regular girls, with average looks and typical quarter-life crises: making it up the corporate ladder, making sense of online dating, and making rent.
Until they come across Pretty, a magic tincture that makes them, well… gorgeous. Like, supermodel gorgeous. And it’s certainly not their fault if the sudden gift of beauty causes unexpected doors to open for them.
But there’s a dark side to Pretty, too, and as the gloss fades for these modern-day Cinderellas, there’s just one question left: What would you sacrifice to be Pretty?

Review:
I think the most important thing it’s the message that this book carries with him. It tells us that we don’t have to be someone else, that we should be ourselves… We don’t have to be afraid to show our opinions, our ideas and mostly what we stand for.

As we follow the three best friends we noticed that this book it’s like a fairytale. But it’s not like the traditional fairytales, because everything they do when they are under the effect of “pretty” turns to disaster. The girls think that because of the prettiness, everything turns fine. But, as time goes, the girls realize they were wrong, totally wrong.

Quotes

Tolstoy, Leo

Procurou o seu terror habitual e não o achou.
«Onde está ela? Que morte?»
Já não tinha medo, porque também a morte já não exista.
Em vez de morte, era a luzinha que ele via.

Tolstoy, Leo, A Morte de Ivan Ilitch

Quotes

Clark, Georgia

(…)  “Does it ever get any easier?”
“Does what get any easier?”
(…) “Just … everything.” Life. The world. Other people.
(…) “I don’t know if it gets any easier. But I think you get better at dealing with it.”

Clark, Georgia, The Regulars

 

Drama, Ficção, LaPoma

Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story of Jonathan LaPoma

I started reading this book with some high expectations and I must say that those expectations were met.

Plot summary:
Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story follows a group of recent college graduates who struggle with feelings of alienation and their addictions as they try to survive a year of teaching at two dysfunctional Miami public schools.
A poetic and insightful coming-of-age novel, Developing Minds is centered on 24-year-old Luke Entelechy, an aspiring writer who sees his creative output suffer when he begins teaching at one of Miami’s most challenging middle schools. As the year progresses, however, Luke begins to relate to the neglect and abuse his students suffer, and is faced with a “haunting” decision: continue to let his dark past destroy him, or rise above the struggle to realize his potential as an artist and a “real” human being.
Equal parts disturbing and humorous, Developing Minds offers a brutally honest look at the American public school system and the extreme measures many teachers take to cope with working in it.

The book is about a professor named Luke, who is struggling to be successful in the school he’s teaching. He’s got a job in an F school – a problematic school – where he found the most unexpected students that try to be tough on the outside — not because they want, but because they are also struggling at home and trying to fit in the society.