Life In Outer Space

Hi guys! Back again with another review. Today I will be reviewing a book called Life In Outer Space by Melissa Keil. This book is about a boy named Sam who is a geek and is completely fine with it. Then comes Camilla Carter who changes his whole life forever.

WARNING: SPOILERS UP AHEAD! (IF YOU’VE READ IT, GREAT! BUT IF NOT THEN DON’T SCROLL UP OR IF YOU JUST WANT TO SPOIL IT FOR YOURSELF THEN GO AHEAD) 

My book review:

  • The Sam character is very interesting.
  • I love his film references especially his top 10 lists.
  • His friends are hilarious.
  • Loved his friends Mike and Adrian
  • I like how Mike came out casually to his friends and they don’t mind it or make a really big deal about it.
  • I disliked Justin at the beginning but when Camilla came in, he became tolerable in the middle and at the end.
  • I like how Camilla can seamlessly talk to anyone and everyone at the school and doesn’t mind how she appears to people.
  • I also like how she is big in the music industry but isn’t like a show-off when it comes to it.
  • I felt bad for Sam and his storyline with his split parents but it was nice for Sam to resolve the strained relationship between him and his dad
  • And in return, his dad gave him some good advice for his situation with Allison in the middle of the story.
  • I loved the costumes they were wearing at the end, especially Sam’s stormtrooper outfit.
  • It’s quite interesting to see the familial relationship between Camilla and her band friends although they’re quite older than her.
  • Adrian is so freaking funny and a great friend to both Sam and Mike like when Justin calls Mike a gay boy at the beginning, Adrian is ready to defend him.
  • I like that Sam invited Allison to the prom with him and they are still good friends despite the awkward situation between them earlier in the story and it’s refreshing to see a boy and girl friend dynamic that doesn’t automatically turn into a romantic relationship.
  • Sam and Camilla on the other hand, are an interesting dynamic. Sam meets Camilla and isn’t immediately attracted to her but is interested in her interests and points of view about the world. The same with Camilla as she appreciates Sam and his friends as they aren’t being friends with her just so they can get the numbers of celebrities and instead are just cool people to hang out with.
  • The end is something you would definitely see in a rom-com and it’s quite funny that Sam although he’s not into rom-coms, he has a rom-com style ending to his relationship with Camilla which turns from strangers to friends to boyfriend and girlfriend.
  • Camilla’s outfits were so cute!!!
  • I really liked that Mike found a guy he likes.
  • Mike’s plot with the karate center was really nice and it was good to see the resolution of that plot and how it related to Mike’s future at the end.
  • It was interesting to see Allison’s relationship with her brothers and how they go see movies.
  • It would’ve been nice to see a bit more into Adrian’s family life.
  • I can relate to Sam’s struggle with writing his screenplays and trying to write a great story and discarding them after one go.
  • Sam’s way of trying to get Mike to open up about his troubles was sweet in mind but bad and painful in execution. But in the end he’s a really great friend.

Overall this was a sweet book and I loved the cover. 

Comment down below which part of the book was your favourite!

Metal Fish, Falling Snow

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Hey guys, it’s been a long time since I made another blog post but here I am! Today I’m going to review a book called Metal Fish, Falling Snow. It’s an Australian-based book by Cath Moore. It’s about a girl named Dylan whose mother just recently died and she is left in the care of the mum’s boyfriend Pat. Both of them go on a journey together through outback Australia to meet her other family. Through this journey, she rediscovers her identity and her complicated relationship with Pat.

WARNING: SPOILERS UP AHEAD! (IF YOU’VE READ IT, GREAT! BUT IF NOT THEN DON’T SCROLL UP OR IF YOU JUST WANT TO SPOIL IT FOR YOURSELF THEN GO AHEAD) 

My (mini) book review:

  • I think this is one of the only two books I’ve read that’s solely based in Australia but I still loved it.
  • It was really interesting to see Dylan’s perspective and how she sees the world through her eyes even though it gets her in trouble most of the time.
  • I can see that she really loves her mother and misses her a lot through flashbacks of her time together with her mom.
  • It was intriguing to see the contrast between how Dylan and Pat see things and Pat often thinks her way of seeing things is unique. 
  • I really liked the character of Marge and I wished we could’ve seen her more with Dylan and her mum. 
  • Pat definitely had a rough past with his father which Dylan tries to investigate and find more about which I really liked and it shows that she really cares about him and wants to make things right. 
  • I like the transition between Dylan and the little kid from strangers to close friends as they have a secret language of their own and their own little routine that they built in the middle of the story. 

Overall this was a great book and it had an interesting depth to it as well. 

Comment down below which part of the book was your favourite and what character you liked! 

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Asian Hate Crimes

ASIAN HATE CRIMES EDUCATIONAL POST

ATTACKS ON AAPI/ASIAN PEOPLE

It first started with an elderly Thai immigrant who died after being shoved to the ground. Then it continues with a Filipino-American being slashed in the face with a box cutter. After that, a Chinese woman was slapped and then set on fire. The most recent attacks were at massage parlors in Atlanta. 

There were more attacks following 2019, 2020 till now even. 

These people were innocent human beings who were sadly taken from this world. 


PROTESTS

There have been several anti-Asian-violence rallies that have been held across the United States in 2021 in response to racism against Asian Americans related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These have been called STOP ASIAN HATE.

Many of these occurred in the wake of a series of shootings that occurred at 3 Atlanta spas on March 16, 2021, in which 8 people were killed, 6 of whom were Asian American women

However, the movement began to gain action after the killing of Vicha Ratanapakdee nearly 2 months earlier



AT THE START

At the beginning, the COVID-19 pandemic which was 1st reported in the city of Wuhan, in China’s Hubei province, has led to an increased amount of racism against Asians and Asian Americans. 

It has been believed that part of the hatred started with the repeated use of “China virus” and “Kung Flu” by former US President Donald Trump, conservative media outlets, and his supporters when referring to COVID-19



RESPONSE TO THE HATRED

People have been responding by highlighting these hate crime incidents on social media, raising  awareness and asking everyone to look out for their Asian American family, friends and neighbours.

Thousands took out to the streets to speak out against anti-Asian hate, calling for police reforms and criticising Trump for his hateful rhetoric against China during the pandemic.



WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE COMMUNITY

Tackling personal prejudices

An unfair and unreasonable opinion or feeling, especially when formed without enough thought or knowledge.

It is OKAY to admit to these opinions you may have. It is not OKAY to continue to display these negative and unjustified opinions after noticing them. 

WHERE DO I START?

  • Educate yourself: Education is one of the most valuable things you can do, there are various websites and organisations online that will explain to you why it’s so important and what you can do to help. 
  • Know your history: Educate yourself on anti-asianness, and the role you and your communities play.
  • Make your voice heard: Staying silent in times of injustice is just as bad as opposing justice. Use your platform to educate others and share what is going on!
  • Stay updated: Stay updated on what’s happening around, follow accounts on social media, so you are updated on the continuing action.
  • Normalise changing your opinion: Normalise changing your opinion, once you have educated yourself on this topic it is okay to change your opinion!


WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

You may wonder why this is relevant to you:

This is important to you because it is your job as a global citizen and a human being to understand what is happening to people, even if it is not from your country. 

Racism towards the Asian community is not as prominent in your country, but it is NOT a valid reason or an excuse for you to not understand what is happening to people. Injustice will never be justice if it is unheard, don’t stay silent! No matter where you come from, this is a global issue and is something we clearly should not be facing in 2020 or 2021. Please make sure you are not apart of this problem. If you are unsure of what is happening, educate yourself!

YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, THAT SOME OF YOU WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS LIKE, BUT YOU HAVE TO STAND WITH THIS MOVEMENT, AND SHOW YOUR UTTERMOST RESPECT.



HOW PEOPLE HAVE HELPED TO STOP THIS

Organisations have been created to help stop the trend of Asian hate. One example is Stop AAPI Hate. It is a non-profit organisation that runs the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center, which tracks incidents of hate and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the US

The organisation was formed in 2020 in response to racist attacks on the Asian community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their approach is to focus on working to end all forms of structural racism leveled at the communities of colour to truly be able to effectively address anti-Asian racism. 



HOW CAN I CREATE CHANGE?

  • Educate people in our community: Once you have educated yourself on this issue, educate others in your community don’t be afraid to speak out!
  • Speak up and speak out: SPEAK YOUR OPINION!! Don’t stay silent, spread awareness, and make sure everyone knows!
  • Donate and Sign petitions
  • Support Advocates: Support fellow advocates, making sure you are being respectful and understanding!

YOU CANNOT EXCUSE RACISM.

SIGN, DONATE, EDUCATE.



A NON-COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF ARTICLES WITH A LIST OF WEBSITES IN IT TO LOOK AT TO STOP ASIAN HATE 

https://vitruvi.com/blogs/impact-and-identity/stop-asian-hate-a-resources-list

https://www.stuvoice.org/updates/stop-asian-hate

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/anti-racism-resources-support-asian-american-pacific-islander-community-n1260467

The Magic Misfits 4

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Hi guys! I am back after quite a while to review the 4th and final installment of The Magic Misfits series- “The Magic Misfits 4 The Fourth Suit” written by Neil Patrick Harris. 

In this thrilling finale, we get 2 plots- another glimpse of another misfit named Ridley Larsen and the other is the appearance of Kalagan, a villain they come face to face with finally. 

Whole Summary:

1st plot- Kalagan’s Appearance In Mineral Wells (finally!)

The misfits encounter trouble from Kalagan in the form of mesmerised attacks, specifically from the townspeople and who has been moving in the shadows in Mineral Wells. 

2nd plot- A glimpse into Ridley Larsen’s life

In this book, we get to see a sneak peek into what Ridley Larsen’s life is like from her personality to her parents. 

WARNING: SPOILERS UP AHEAD! (IF YOU’VE READ IT, GREAT! BUT IF NOT THEN DON’T SCROLL UP OR IF YOU JUST WANT TO SPOIL IT FOR YOURSELF THEN GO AHEAD) 

WARNING: I AM GOING TO SAY LOVE A LOT. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED 🙂

My book review:

1st plot

  • I love that we now get to see more of Kalagan’s appearance and his motivations in his attacks. 
  • I was intrigued by his method of attack- using people’s darkest secrets to manipulate them in order to attack the misfits or specifically coerce them into joining him. 
  • It was interesting that each misfit got attacked in a way that was different and that it corresponds with their lives. 
  • I love the dads. That’s it. I just love their relationship. It’s healthy and wholesome and they support each other. And the way they hold each other. It is beautiful. 🥰🥺
  • Oh. My. God. The plot twists in this one. It’s surprising how I didn’t figure this out. 
  • Like Kalagan is actually Carter’s Uncle Sly?? That is just. Wow. 
  • I was as surprised as Carter and the misfits. 😱😱
  • I was kinda surprised that the uncle followed Carter to Mineral Wells. And he looked different than I expected. 
  • A nice and neat ending to Kalagan’s reign of terror.

2nd plot

  • It’s amusing how Ridley shows her teacher Ms. Parkly a magic trick and she’s amazed like a little kid. 
  • I was surprised when I found out that Ms. Parkly was a secret guardian of Ridley and that each of the Misfit’s guardians was someone they knew as a friend.
  • It was interesting to know about Mrs. Larsen’s profession
  • I love how the book includes all forms of schooling such as traditional and non-traditional like Carter and Ridley go to a public school, Theo goes to a private school, Olly and Izzy go to school at the Grand Oak and Ridley does homeschooling. 
  • It was terrible when that librarian who was supposedly “mesmerised” ruined her invention which took her a long time to build. 
  • I admire Ridley’s knack for invention building and I wish I could stand up for myself the way Ridley does for herself when talking to the misfits. 
  • I did get suspicious at Ms. Parkly like how Ridley did because she knew nothing much about her except that she was her new teacher. 
  • I loved that the Misfits had a private welcome back/congrats show for Ridley’s invention fair. 
  • It’s intriguing how Ridley manages to stay calm when talking or arguing with the misfits. She’s trying to see their perspectives. I get it.
  • It’s cool how she has a lab of her own to do her inventions in and it’s kinda like her own personal space.
  • I love that she customised her wheelchair to include gadgets to defend herself, etc.
  • I really love that the story includes people who are disabled but still be able to have a story of their own that doesn’t always revolve around their disability.
  • It’s interesting how every time one of the misfits suggests they go to the adults, Ridley’s like nah we shouldn’t
  • I also love how Ridley’s personal arc in the story is something you can relate to as a kid.
  • It was really sweet and personal the way the story wrapped up Ridley and her mum’s understanding of each other.
  • I love their mother-daughter relationship at the end and that they bonded a lot over the course of the story. ❤️

Overall this was a great book and it created a fantastic ending for the Magic Misfits. It had a nice family aspect to it as well as the main plot. 

Comment down below which part of the book was your favourite!

Pride + Prejudice + Zombies

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Wassup guys! I’m back to review a graphic novel which is called “Pride + Prejudice + Zombies” which is based on the novel by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame- Smith, adapted by Tony Lee, and illustrated by Cliff Richards. 

Whole Summary:

It’s about the Bennet girls, their family, and their journey through the zombie apocalypse. 

My book review:

  • I love Elizabeth Bennet and her character in the story. She has such a strong, fearless, intelligent personality and takes no crap from anyone. 
  • I love that her sisters call her Lizzie. 
  • I love the enemies to lovers trope in this book between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. 
  • I love the gory images of them killing the zombies. 
  • I felt bad for Charlotte who admitted to Elizabeth that she got bitten by a zombie and is now infected but it’s bittersweet that she wants to spend her last months with her husband before turning. 
  • I like that Mr. Darcy redeemed himself in the middle of the book.
  • When Lady Catherine De Bourgh made her first appearance I thought she was a little too proud of herself for being the greatest female zombie slayer in Britain and was a little hesitant of Elizabeth’s fighting skills. Afterwards at the end of the book Elizabeth and Lady Catherine had a duel because of Lady Catherine’s insults towards Elizabeth’s family and supposed inferiority. 
  • To be honest I would also be angry and challenge her to a duel. Thankfully she ends the duel for her dignity. 
  • I love that the sisters care so much for each other and support each other in their endeavors. 
  • I absolutely love that they did a retelling of the book with zombies and they incorporated it into a movie along with the original Pride and Prejudice novel and movie.
  • I like that they trained in the deadly arts and they’re not your typical girly princesses. 
  • I like that they call zombies as “unmentionables” or “dreadfuls” or call the event “the strange plague”.
  • I loved all the plotlines in the book as it was all related to each other in a big or small way. 

Overall this book was great to read and I love the pictures!!

Comment down below which character you loved the most!

Also, comment down below any more thoughts that you had from reading the book that I haven’t mentioned yet.

Chemical Hearts

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Hi guys! It is now 2021 and I’m here to review a book for the start of 2021 which is called Chemicals Hearts by Krystal Sutherland and which is a movie as well.

Whole Summary:

It’s about this boy named Henry Page who wants to experience heart-stopping, breathtaking love at first sight. However a new student and girl comes into his high school named Grace Town who Henry falls for but isn’t your typical girl crush. She wears oversized boy clothes, carries a cane and smells like she hasn’t showered. After they both meet in the newspaper room where both of them write for the school’s newspaper they start a relationship which is raw, complicated and unique. 

My book review:

  • I love Henry’s friends Lola and Murray and their friendship together.
  • I love that Grace is labeled as an enigma throughout the book and she has interesting quirks.
  • I like that we see all of this through Henry’s eyes and his perspective on all the people in his life.
  • His sister Sadie was hilarious and it was interesting and insightful to listen to what she had to say to Henry about his supposed parents being an “in love” married couple and the obstacles they faced.
  • I love the communication that Henry has with his parents. The dialogue was great and I found myself laughing at it.
  • Lola’s personality is amazing and I love her friendship with Henry and that she keeps him grounded and makes sure his judgement isn’t clouded when he begins a relationship with Grace.
  • Murray on the other hand is also amazing and his hardcore Australian side.
  • I love that he has inside jokes with his friends and that he has known them for a long time and has an individual past with both of them.
  • I like that Grace shows Henry her secret hideout and her feeding the koi fish and he does as well.
  • It was quite interesting to see that Henry could only talk well when he’s writing and Grace can talk well when she’s talking and it creates an interesting mirror or parallel moment between them.
  • I liked the part where Henry, Sadie, Lola and Murray went on a secret mission to see where Grace had always gone after she drops off Henry at his house which turns to be a graveyard where later in the book, Henry finds out it’s the grave of Dominic.
  • It was quite fascinating to read about Lola’s opinion of Grace and how she first assumed she was an MPDG, a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, a girl meant to fix someone preferably a boy who’s troubled in some way and I had to search it up to be honest and I get why she said that.
  • It was so sad to read in the climax that she had a previous boyfriend named Dominic who she loved so much and that they were both in a car crash and only she survived.
  • It was emotional reading the part where Henry stumbles onto the fact that she still lives with Dominic’s parents, in their house and that she sleeps in his bedroom, wearing his clothes.
  • It was thrilling to read the part where Grace is missing one day and Dominic’s parents are really worried and Henry knows where she’s gone and when he goes down to the koi pond he sees Grace in a white dress and she’s standing inside the pond and Henry tells Grace that she is suffering from survivor’s guilt as she cannot bear with the loss of Dominic and that she thinks she’s the one that should’ve died since she was the one who caused it, and not him. Also when she said that they were going to marry one day, that was quite cute.
  • Grace wasn’t an MPDG in my opinion. She was just broken literally by her limp from her leg and metaphorically as she cannot move on from the death of her boyfriend.
  • Grace’s mom was mostly absent in the book due to alcohol/drugs etc but we did get a glimpse of her in the middle and now I get why Grace wanted to live with her boyfriend.
  • Other than the main plot, we did get to see some fun parts like the school parts such as the school newspaper getting published, Henry, Grace and his friends just hanging out in his basement, new friends, relationship problems with the friends and the classes.
  • I really like that they added LGBTQIA representation in the book such as Lola’s sexuality as a lesbian.
  • It was heartbreaking to read the part where Henry is watching Grace on the school field trying to walk without her cane but she can’t and she screams in anger. It really made the part emotional.

My movie review:

  • The movie did follow the book mostly with some differences but did keep the original plot which is good.
  • Grace was played by Lili Reinhart a phenomenal actress and Henry was played by Austin Abrams a phenomenal actor.
  • Grace has a limp both in the book and the movie and one suggestion I could make is to actually hire an actress with a limp to make it authentic but no offense to Lili, she did amazing.
  • The movie itself was amazing and it captured the emotions of both Henry and Grace when they were in a relationship.

Overall this book was really good and I enjoyed it a lot. The book cover looked so pretty and a bit minimalistic with the fishes on it. 

Comment down below which character you loved the most !

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Also, comment down below scenes from the book or movie that you liked or didn’t liked.

the Help

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Hi guys! I’m back to review a book which is called the Help by Kathryn Stockett

Whole Summary:

It’s about three women named Aibileen, Skeeter and Minny. Aibileen’s a black maid who’s raising her 17th white child and is nursing the hurt caused by her own son’s tragic death. Minny is also a black maid whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue. Skeeter is a white woman who comes back home from college and wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared. All 3 of them however each have a story to tell and no one would believe they were friends. This story is about all 3 of their paths becoming intertwined and together they have an amazing story to tell….

My book review:

  • I love how one encounter from Miss Skeeter to Aibileen could result in her writing her own experiences aka her story and her telling everyone she knows that they have a once in a lifetime opportunity to tell their story and possibly change the perspective of the town they live in.
  • Minny is suspicious at first and doesn’t trust Skeeter at first but considers the offer at hand a bit in the middle of the book and takes a leap of faith at it.
  • I love how Minny and Skeeter’s relationship has grown from strangers to acquaintances to friends. It warms my heart and I love their little convos and Minny’s remarks to Skeeter.
  • I could say that Aibileen’s personality is calm, respectful, sweet, and nurturing to her white child Mae Mobley.
  • Minny’s is brash, feisty, and confident.
  • Skeeter’s is more reserved, opinionated, determined, and independent.
  • I love Mae Mobley’s personal attachment to Aibileen and I especially love that Aibileen tells her about the difference and similarities between black and white people in the form of a story and that Mae doesn’t feel threatened by Aibileen at all.
  • I love the perspectives of all the characters in the book especially Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeters.
  • It was so sad to read about Aibileen’s backstory and her son’s devastating death.
  • I was fascinated by Minny’s family and her interactions with her husband and her children.
  • I absolutely love Aibileen and Minny’s friendship and that they can tell anything to each other.
  • Minny’s interactions with Hilly are hilarious and I enjoyed every bit of it.
  • I also love the little feud that Minny has with Hilly and how it grew to a big one at the end.
  • Minny’s secret job with her new boss Celia was quite intriguing and the way that Celia pleaded with Minny to keep it a secret from her husband was quite interesting.
  • It was amusing that Celia didn’t know how to cook much and Minny had to teach her so she could impress her husband.
  • I love the comments from Minny’s perspective towards Celia as she navigates her house and her tasks.
  • It really scared me when Celia’s husband found out about Minny but didn’t mind it and actually appreciated her for the cooking.
  • It was heartbreaking to find out that Celia had a miscarriage previously and she didn’t want to disappoint her husband.
  • I love Skeeter wanting to be an author and wanting to write about important things that mattered to her and society itself.
  • I like the conflict in Skeeter’s mind when she meets a guy her friend sets her up with as she cannot tell him she’s writing a book on the experiences of black maids as that was frowned upon by the white people in the town.
  • I enjoy her rebellion against her mother because she didn’t want to be like her mother.
  • I like the first conversation between her and the guy as she did not care for his jerky attitude.
  • I like that he apologised to her and she gave him a second chance and they were good together and had grown.
  • I like that she was opposed to Hilly’s suggestion of toilets in the garage for the maids.
  • I love the main plot of Skeeter’s book along with Aibileen’s job and with Minny’s family and secret job.
  • I also love the side plots of the feud between Minny and Hilly and the horrible events that white people did to black people in the neighbourhood.
  • The drama between Hilly and Celia was really good especially in the scene of the donation event night.

A little hint: I’m probably going to do pretty long book reviews for the majority of my book blog. Not all but mostly. 🙂 

Overall this book was really good and it explained the situation based on the time then really well. 

Comment down below which character you loved the most !

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COVID-19 Outbreak!!

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COVID-19 OUTBREAK!

I know this is super super late but I want to say this to people who are reading this. It’s the end of the year 2020 which has been super sucky for all of us due to various sucky reasons, the big one being an outbreak of a virus called COVID-19. This virus has spread all around the world, causing chaos and unforeseen circumstances that aren’t convenient for people.

Besides this, the rising of COVID-19 has thus led to new and different changes that we must adapt to if we want to stop this in 2021.

One of the new changes is the use of face masks. If we want to stop this, we must wear a face mask in public, wherever we go, no matter what time it is. They are affordable, there are plenty to go around and they come in various sizes, colours and designs. If we don’t do this, we are being ignorant and the world doesn’t have time for that.

Another new change is sanitisers. If you are at a place that doesn’t have a bathroom, use a sanitiser instead. They are lightweight, portable and you can get some pretty ones for a collection. Just like the masks, if we don’t use this, we are contributing to the rise of COVID-19.

On the other hand, if there are bathrooms available,you can just wash your hands. It’s easy and doesn’t take a lot of time. This will kill off germs and leave you healthy.

The third change is the limit on gatherings, whether family or friends. This goes for work meetings too. If it is absolutely crucial, then it is fine but you need to show a slip for it if your area has a procedure. If you are not respecting these rules, you are going to be a danger for other people.

Another note to this is that you can avoid crowds also. This can be applied to grocery shopping, family gatherings and more. A solution to this is online shopping. Nowadays there are a ton of apps and services that allow you to shop for essentials or for your wants. This can allow you to be safe from big crowds and keep you healthy while in your house.

The fourth change is the physical distancing between people. People must distance themselves at least 1-2 metres apart from each other. This is for the benefit of you, your friend and other people so you don’t get sick.

Please do not think these rules are for your discomfort. These rules are for everyone’s safety, health and overall benefit.

To end on a good note, I hope all of you reading this have a good day, be safe, stay healthy, and make sure to follow the rules.

IT IS FOR YOUR SAFETY

Write down in the comments if you’ve heard of different rules in your area and other solutions to these changes.

Don’t You Cry!!

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Hi guys! I’m back to review a book that I got for my birthday this year which is called Don’t You Cry by Cass Green

Whole Summary:

It’s about this woman named Nina who gets trapped in her own home by 2 people Angel and Lucas who are siblings and she has to endure the scary situation and she has to learn to do things that she thought she would never do in her life.

My book review:

  • I loved that the whole situation stemmed from this whole favour thing between Angel and Nina when she had a really bad blind date.
  • I love that Angel is the type of person who is the opposite from her name like it’s just so ironic.
  • Lucas, on the other hand is just so broken like he wants to do the right thing but he’s been mentally and physically abused by Nick that he feels like he’s useless but he wants to help people especially women who have been abused by Nick.
  • Nina grew throughout the book as a person and she faced challenges on the way as a mother which involved her son Sam.
  • I really liked that the author made this to tell the public in general about partners and/or ex-partners who have been emotionally and/or physically abusing their partners. And I liked that she included a hotline for people in need of help with domestic abuse.
  • Nina, Angel and Lucas’s thought processes throughout the novel was interesting to read, the maternal mind set of Nina, the ruthless impulses of Angel and the damaged mentality of Lucas.
  • One mind set that I didn’t expect from the book was Nick’s mindset but it was intriguing to see how Nick felt towards the end with Nina meeting him and the struggle in the bedroom.
  • It was riveting to see the flashbacks from Lucas’s and Angel’s childhood revolving around their mom Marianne and how their father died when they were really small and how Nick came into their lives before wrecking it.
  • We also get to see both of the relationships that Angel and Lucas had with Nick, Angel’s being more fiery and Lucas being more timid.
  • We also see how Lucas and Alice’s situation came to be throughout the book and Lucas’s urge to protect Alice from Nick and what he did to Marianne.
  • It was fascinating to see Nick’s charm in making the women who meet him think that they’re useless and that he’s a good person but deep down he was and still is a monster.
  • There’s a compelling contrast between Nick’s seemingly pleasant presence in the media versus Angel’s and Lucas’s broken-down demeanor which is played around a lot in the book as a way to increase the tension of the situation.
  • I relate a lot to Nina’s obsessive research into Nick’s background and his actions over the media as I would have done the same thing researching someone or something.
  • I love how Nina and Angel’s relationship turns from an attacker and hostage situation to acquaintances and then to friends at the end and Nina being a motherly advisor to Angel.
  • Angel and Lucas’s brother and sister relationship is complex and we can see that through the flashbacks, from their personalities all the way to their actions. Their relationship to Marianne is also different.
  • It was quite nice to break away from the main plot and to delve into the personal lives of the characters such as Nina’s struggle with keeping a platonic relationship with her ex-husband Ian and their son Sam, Angel’s bumpy relationship with her boyfriend Leon, and Lucas’s previous situation before Alice and Nick.
  • Zach was cute and it was interesting to see the complexities of being a mother as presented by Nina.
  • It was compelling to read Nina and Marina’s conversation relating to her previous relationship with Nick and you can see that she was hesitating revisiting a dark past that she never wants to experience again which is understandable.
  • It was sad to realise that he’s never gonna understand the situation he was in and he is going to grow up without a mother which is devastating.

My apologies for making such a long review of the book. I just wanted to spill my thoughts on the book and all the interesting parts that I came across when reading it. 

Overall this book was great to read and insightful and I hope they make a second book to make another storyline revolving around Nina, Angel and Lucas, maybe adding in a side plot for Angel’s baby.

Comment down below which character you loved the most and whether you would like a second book or not!

Also comment down below any more thoughts that you had from reading the book that I haven’t mentioned yet.

BLACK LIVES MATTER!

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Lake Charles residents and friends of George Floyd speak out

BLACK LIVES MATTER EDUCATIONAL POST

THE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD

The murder of George Floyd revolved around him dying at the hands of 4 white police officers, one of them placing their knee on his neck. He then stated “I can’t breathe” to the officers who simply ignored him while bystanders plead for them to stop. He passed out after 8 minutes and 46 seconds and passed away in the ambulance an hour later. He was accused of a counterfeit $20 bill which was indeed real.

His death has been piled on with Breonna Taylor’s death, Ahmaud Arbery’s death, and many many other black people’s death.

The 4 police officers’ have been fired and have faced charges. As of 4th June Officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged with 2nd-degree murder, manslaughter, and 3rd-degree murder. The officers with him will be charged with aiding and encouraging 2nd-degree murder.

George Floyd was a 46-year-old man, father, friend, son, brother, and a human being.

This isn’t the first case either. There was a similar case that happened in 2014 to a black man named Eric Garner, who was also not given his human rights when officers suffocated him to death whilst he was simply on a walk. His last words were also “I can’t breathe.”

PROTESTS

People have been protesting every day to raise awareness of the injustice of the US police system, the justice of George Floyd, justice for all the innocent black lives taken by police brutality and racism, and the systemic racism that is still much real and present today. These protests are what brought the 4 officers arrested.

The most important matter that they are protesting is Black Lives Matter.

WHAT IS THE BLM MOVEMENT?

The Black Lives Matter movement is an international human-rights movement that stems from the African American community’s campaign towards the violence and racism inflicted upon them. The social movement was founded in July of 2013. It began with the trending hashtag of #BlackLivesMatter on social media.

But don’t all lives matter?

People are also protesting the “All Lives Matter” ‘initiative’.

Black people in America are disproportionately likely to be incarcerated and suffer police brutality. 

“The entire point of Black Lives Matter is to illustrate the extent to which black lives haven’t mattered in this country [The US]”.

ALL LIVES WILL MATTER AFTER BLACK LIVES MATTER.

STATISTICS

Here are some statistical facts that prove to you that systemic racism is indeed real.

MICROAGGRESIONS

WHAT ARE MICROAGGRESSIONS?

Microaggressions are terms used (unintentionally or intentionally) that communicate negative derogatory insults towards people or cultures, specifically those that have been mistreated and marginalised. 

Examples of microaggressions:

  • Internalised fear of POC
  • Negative imagery of POC
  • Use of slurs and degrading terms against minorities

Words like the n-word are racial slurs and can be a potent symbol of slavery, white supremacy, and historical violence. It’s typically directed at black people specifically AFRICAN AMERICANS, who have reclaimed the use of the word. This DOES NOT MEAN everyone with dark skin NOR those who feel entitled based on uneducated views and personal opinions, that misinterpret the severity and origins of the word regardless of the current circumstances can say it!!!!

WHY MICROAGGRESSIONS ARE DAMAGING:

No matter how subtle, or blatant the things you say or do are, they have consequences.

One should NOT have to have thicker skin for a joke that you’d like to make because those words DO HAVE MEANING.

The slurs and insults that you say don’t hurt you, because THEY WEREN’T MADE TO HURT YOU. The slurs and insults that you say don’t hurt you, because THEY WEREN’T MADE TO HURT YOU. The slurs and insults that you say don’t hurt you, because THEY WEREN’T MADE TO HURT YOU. The slurs and insults that you say don’t hurt you, because THEY WEREN’T MADE TO HURT YOU. The slurs and insults that you say don’t hurt you, because THEY WEREN’T MADE TO HURT YOU. The slurs and insults that you say don’t hurt you, because THEY WEREN’T MADE TO HURT YOU.The slurs and insults that you say don’t hurt you, because THEY WEREN’T MADE TO HURT YOU. The slurs and insults that you say don’t hurt you, because THEY WEREN’T MADE TO HURT YOU.

And if they were that doesn’t enable you to participate in the use of other slurs or harmful behaviours that weren’t.

WHY MICROAGGRESSIONS ARE DAMAGING (con):

It is important to realise that you don’t know anything. Anything about the slurs and insults you say, anything about the actions and microaggressions you enact and anything about anyone who is hurt in these minority groups because PEOPLE ARE DIFFERENT.

You only know something once you EDUCATE YOURSELF. You shouldn’t be the reason, someone feels UNCOMFORTABLE around you when you’re singing a lyric. You shouldn’t be the reason someone considers silencing their PAIN around for your benefit. AND you SHOULDN’T have to be the reason someone feels TARGETED just being born with their skin colour around you.

You have the freedom of speech but it’s up to you whether or not you choose to dehumanise others with it. 

SYSTEMIC RACISM:

“Systemic racism” or “institutional racism” refers to how ideas of white superiority are captured in everyday thinking at institutional or systems of a society’s level: taking in the big picture of how society operates, rather than looking at one-on-one interactions.

One noticeable example of systemic racism is the wealth gap in the US, where the median net worth for:

-a white family is $134,000

– a Hispanic family is $14,000

– and an African American family is $11,000

Racism= Privilege + Power

Privilege: A structural, institutional, and social advantage.

Power: the ability, backed up by society, to be a strong social influencer with a greater scope when it comes to what you do, where, and how.

From this definition, it is clear that white people have the strongest ability to be racist and to live in a society built upon systematic racism that works in their favour. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO IN THE COMMUNITY

SAY THEIR NAMES!

Tackling personal prejudices

An unfair and unreasonable opinion or feeling, especially when formed without enough thought or knowledge. 

It is OKAY to admit to these opinions you may have. It is not OKAY to continue to display these negative and unjustified opinions after noticing them.

WHERE DO I START?

  • Educate yourself: Education is one of the most valuable things you can do, there are various websites and organisations online that will explain to you why it’s so important and what you can do to help. 
  • Know your history: Educate yourself on anti-blackness, systemic racism, oppression, and the role you and your communities play.
  • Make your voice heard: Staying silent in times of injustice is just as bad as opposing justice. Use your platform to educate others and share what is going on!
  • Stay updated: Stay updated on what’s happening around, follow accounts on social media, so you are updated on the continuing action.
  • Normalise changing your opinion: Normalise changing your opinion, once you have educated yourself on this topic it is okay to change your opinion!

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

You may wonder why this is relevant to you:

This is important to you because it is your job as a global citizen and a human being to understand what is happening to people, even if it is not from your country. 

Racism towards the Black community is not as prominent in your country, but it is NOT a valid reason or an excuse for you to not understand what is happening to people. Injustice will never be justice if it is unheard, don’t stay silent! No matter where you come from, this is a global issue and is something we clearly should not be facing in 2020. Please make sure you are not apart of this problem. If you are unsure of what is happening, educate yourself!

YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, THAT SOME OF YOU WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS LIKE, BUT YOU HAVE TO STAND WITH THIS MOVEMENT, AND SHOW YOUR UTTERMOST RESPECT.

HOW CAN I CREATE CHANGE?

  • Educate people in our community: Once you have educated yourself on this issue, educate others in your community don’t be afraid to speak out!
  • Speak up and speak out: SPEAK YOUR OPINION!! Don’t stay silent, spread awareness, and make sure everyone knows!
  • Donate and Sign petitions: Down below there are links to where you can donate and sign petitions to help!!
  • Support Advocates: Support fellow advocates, making sure you are being respectful and understanding!

YOU CANNOT EXCUSE RACISM.

SIGN, DONATE, EDUCATE.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: DONATIONS AND PETITIONS

WHERE TO DONATE:

George Floyd Memorial Fund:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

Minnesota Freedom Fund:

https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/

Reclaim The Block:

https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/

Black Lives Matter:

https://blacklivesmatter.com/

Black Visions Collective:

https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/

Bail Project:

https://bailproject.org/

LINKS TO DONATIONS AND PETITIONS!

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS IMPORTANT AND VALUED.

I think this quote below from the TV show Mr. Iglesias and this quote from the Invisible Man novel perfectly explains how black people feel they are being treated. But I may be wrong and I will educate myself on this.

“Invisible, you say Gabe?”

“People of colour knows what that feels like,”

“I am invisible simply because people refuse to see me”

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS AS IT IS SO IMPORTANT IN THIS TIME.