A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder

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Hi guys. I am back with a new book review. Today I will review the book A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson. It is about a girl named Pippa who investigates a closed case of a girl named Andie Bell that is deemed solved by the town of Little Kilton she lives in. However, she chooses to reopen it again for her school project and starts to uncover secrets from the people and see if the supposed killer Sal Singh was really guilty or innocent.

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:

Book itself:

  • Love the cover, the murder board look and the red yarn 🧶 and pins📍in places. 
  • I liked that the title itself was below the red yarn. 
  • I also liked that when you turned it over, you can see drawings of what seemed to be pieces of paper 📄 with Andie Bell and Sal Singh written on it.

Characters

  • Pip is the sort of person that I would love to be friends with and solve a crime with.
  • I love how she is really organised with everything.
  • Her random knowledge quirk is cute and educational as well. 
  • It was sad when her dad died when she was ten months old but it’s nice that her stepdad Victor came along. I like how they get along real nice and have a close, tight bond and he has a nickname for her. It’s refreshing to see that stepfather-daughter dynamic be so nice and calm and without so much tension like you see in other books. 
  • I love how she is so close with her whole family as well as the dog 🐕
  • It would be nice to know more about her friendship with Lauren although they weren’t as close as Pip was to Cara.
  • Ravi sounds like a really nice guy to be around and to be a partner in a crime with.
  • It was really sad that we didn’t get to know Sal more. He sounds like he would be a really fun character. 
  • I agreed with Pip: Stanley seemed like a racist jerk.
  • Andie Bell is quite an enigma as Pip put it. She had layers: she was a bully to some, a shoulder to cry on for others and she had insecurities of her own, which stemmed from her dad Jason Bell. 
  • Jason Bell seemed strange to me too. His behaviour with his wife and his 2 daughters was disturbing. 

Plot

  • I wish I could do a crime for a school project. Make the murder board, question suspects… etc
  • I can’t believe it was Elliot Ward, but as they say, it’s the ones you never expect. 
  • He seemed like such a nice person and father to Cara and Naomi. But everyone has their limits. 
  • It was unfortunate that he ran down that path with Andie after his wife died. 
  • I felt bad for Cara and Naomi. They lost their mum and now they lost their dad. 
  • Becca didn’t mean to hurt her sister but I mean I get the fight with Andie. She was someone that she could confide in but she just brushed it off and it really hurt Becca.
  • To be honest, I felt bad for Becca. She didn’t deserve to be drugged and taken advantage of like that by Max. And thank god he was arrested too. 
  • Why did Barney have to die?? Why? I hate animals dying in books, tv and movies. 
  • I’m glad that Howie Bowers got arrested too.
  • I knew something was gonna happen to Pip when she drank her tea 🫖 from Becca.

Moments

  • It was interesting when we got to see Nat’s brother but his wife’s behaviour was really interesting. 
  • Max Hastings gave me that ‘rich 💵 white kid’ vibes. 
  • I liked the friendship scenes given even if there were a few.
  • I liked the slowburn romance 👩‍❤️‍👨 between Ravi and Pippa. His nickname for her was so cute.
  • The way she could talk to an audience full of people… Me and my social anxiety 😰 could never 
  • It was interesting to see a moment where it was explained to the audience that Pip’s and Ravi’s privilege were different and in her relationship with her dad Victor too and we seem to forget that. I liked that the book mentioned that. 
  • It was sweet to see that Cara never left Pip’s side in the hospital 🏥after her attack, even with her dad’s arrest. 
  • It’s nice that Andie’s friends got some distance from her after high school 🏫 and living good lives. 
  • Natalie was hostile but I get it. I feel bad that she was tormented by Andie in high school. She did not deserve it. 
  • It was painful watching Pip smash her laptop 💻
  • I feel bad for Isla getting kidnapped by Elliot and having to be Andie to soothe his guilt. 

Overall it was such a good book. Loved the twists and turns. Can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the trilogy!! 

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Queen Of The Tiles

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Hi guys. I am back with a new book review. Today I will review the book Queen Of The Tiles by Hanna Alkaf. It is about a girl named Najwa Bakri who tries to solve the mysterious murder of her best friend Trina Low, one year later, at a scrabble tournament.

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:

Book itself:

  • I absolutely love that this is a book set in Malaysia 🇲🇾 and written by a Malaysian author. I definitely relate to most of the things she writes in this book. 
  • I love the book cover 📕 and that she added a visual representation of Najwa. Kudos to the person who made it!
  • I just realised she’s wearing the friendship bracelet on the cover. 

Characters

  • I kinda get Najwa and like that feeling when your best friend has another friend and now it’s 3 people instead of 2. It feels kinda awkward. Although having another person in your friend group is cool. Sometimes we can forget that. 
  • I liked that Najwa assigned a word to describe the personality of all the other characters. I wonder what mine would be. 
  • I definitely feel like Trina was one of those girls you would call popular in school but she herself wouldn’t think of herself as that. 
  • Alina was really funny in some of the chapters. 
  • I definitely felt that Josh was hiding something behind his cold facade like pressure from his parents or something but not a crush on Trina.
  • Mark was definitely a rollercoaster 🎢 in this book, with his charms, personality and his obvious anger 😠 issues. 
  • Ben was cool. And he also liked Trina.
  • Puteri was distant, but then she opened up to Najwa which was nice. Puteri deserves better. I kinda get why she did not like Trina. Like at all. 
  • Shuba was okay, although we didn’t see much of Shuba in the later chapters. 
  • I felt bad for Emily. Although she helped Yasmin in her revenge plan, she was allegedly cheating in the past and now it’s a stain on her reputation. But damn, she brought a lot of medicine. 💊
  • I liked the Tweedles. 
  • I felt like Najwa’s mum was a lot like the Malaysian mums you encounter but she wasn’t too bad. 
  • On a random note 🗒️, we didn’t see much of Najwa’s dad. 
  • Trina’s parents were interesting, to say the least. Although I do feel bad for Trina. One of the reasons she wanted attention was cause she didn’t get a lot from her parents. 
  • Damn a lot of people liked and hated Trina. Like Mark said she was ‘easy to love, easy to hate.’ 

Plot

  • Damn, it was Yasmin all along. 
  • I mean I feel for her – your best friend having another best friend and spending all their time with them, leaving you behind. It’s understandable, honestly. 
  • Well, the saying is true – it’s always the ones you don’t expect.
  • It wasn’t a murder 🔪🩸 but an accident- cardiac arrest. 
  • She has been plotting this for a year, like her determination and dedication. 
  • Her personality from the start to the end was chilling 🥶. Like she was so nice ☺️ and helpful and then at the end, she’s just like this evil 😈 mastermind, wanting to ruin Najwa’s reputation and life. 
  • I mean it was interesting to see how Yasmin used that perception that people had of her, that she couldn’t play Scrabble, she couldn’t be that smart and turned it against Najwa and the rest of the characters. Clever ngl. 
  • I liked how they managed to record 📹 her confession with the help of the ‘Tweedles’ aka Shanker and Diana. 
  • I liked how she used Scrabble 🧩clues with the Instagram posts and the overall theme in this book was Scrabble and getting that title of ‘Queen’ 👑 of the tiles or ‘Monarch’ 👑 of the tiles. 
  • But the way she caused Najwa to doubt teaming up with Mark by saying he seems dangerous because of the anger issues and making him look like he could be the ‘killer’ 🔪 was devious af. 
  • I liked the author’s note. It was real and raw and something for everyone to learn about. 
  • I liked that the author researched police investigations with the help of another writer, Scrabble tournaments and handling grief from experts. 

Moments

  • I like when Puteri and Najwa became unexpected friends at the end. It was nice. And Puteri sending Najwa a friend request on Instagram was cute. 
  • I mean I sort of suspected Yasmin like Najwa did at first but after she was supposedly attacked, I crossed ❌ her out although that wasn’t the case. 
  • The beginning and the climax were so good. 
  • I loved that Najwa didn’t tell the plan to the audience and kept it in suspense. 
  • I was kinda waiting for the reveal of what Najwa was planning and it was great. Her casual lecture on what ZYZZYVA means was so cool. Also, the way she called Yasmin ‘Min’, Trina’s nickname for her as a way to taunt her was great since Yasmin taunted her by calling her ‘Najjy’ Trina’s nickname for her. 
  • As a Riverdale fan, I loved Yasmin’s mention of the show 📺 in relation to a murder. Classic. 
  • Trina coming in with her fancy entrance to the Scrabble tournament. Although Josh could’ve been a bit more sensitive to her death. 
  • That ‘set-up’ with Yasmin was jaw-dropping like I didn’t expect that at all. And Emily slipping the tiles into Najwa’s jacket 🧥 was shocking 😲. I knew something bad was gonna happen at that point. 
  • Hopefully, Yasmin will get the help she will need after being banned from the tournament. 
  • I did feel bad for Emily being banned too. 
  • It was kinda cute that Mark and Puteri wanted to restart a relationship again. 
  • I liked how each chapter had a unique Scrabble word and its definition. Educational 🙂 

Overall it was a really good book. Loved the twists and turns!! I especially loved the diversity. Hoping to read more diverse books by more diverse authors. 

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Am I Normal Yet?

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Hi guys. I am back with a new book review. Today I will review the book Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne. This book is the first book in a series called The Spinster Club. It is about a girl named Evie trying to be ‘normal’ after almost being taken off her meds. However, it is easier said than done.

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:

Book itself

  • Love the book title!!
  • I realised that when you tilt a book at different angles, you can see hidden text in the background that looks like her thoughts which are all over the place, like same…
  • I liked the images and diagrams in the book. Very cute. 
  • I liked the inclusion of the thoughts as being labeled ‘bad’ or ‘good’ or something completely different. 

Characters

  • Evie is very relatable, like so relatable.
  • I thought Ethan was going to be great but thanks to Evie’s spoilers, we know that’s not the case.
  • Jane was a very interesting character. I mean I didn’t like the way she kept ditching Evie for her boyfriend Joel. I mean I kinda suspected she was going to change when Evie said ‘She didn’t laugh,’ in Chapter 3.
  • But I’m glad it led her to her new friends, Amber and Lottie who appreciate, understand and are always by her side, no matter what. 
  • Oh my god, I really like Lottie and Amber. They are like the best friends you want to have in your life. 
  • I thought Oliver was really sweet and he was like Evie. 
  • I really do get the social anxiety. 😰
  • Lottie really makes you think a lot which you haven’t thought before and it gives you new ways at looking at the world around you.
  • Amber is really bold and I like that about her. She doesn’t care what other people think. 
  • I sympathise with Amber and Lottie and Evie. They all deserve better! 
  • I didn’t have much interest in Joel. He was just Jane’s boyfriend and part of a band.
  • Guy is an interesting character. Like Evie, thought he was nice and caring but definitely not the case.
  • Like Amber, I found the brother 🧒 to be annoying as hell.
  • I liked her therapist Sarah. 👩‍⚕️
  • I liked Rose 👧. She was so sweet and understanding.
  • The parents 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 were okay. 
  • If only I had the same discipline as Evie to clean 🧹 my room often 🤣

Plot

  • I really liked that the author ✍️researched a lot about OCD and other disorders to make it really authentic, but like she said in the Q & A it doesn’t represent everyone’s experiences. 
  • I really liked the creation of The Spinster Club.
  • I liked that Evie finally told Amber and Lottie about her condition at the end. 
  • I liked the interactions between Evie and Oliver, albeit it was short. I really liked them comparing their top fav movies list. 
  • The scene with Guy and Evie at his house near the end was quite uncomfortable ngl. I felt bad for Evie.
  • I really liked the banner Amber and Lottie made for Evie.
  • I hated that Evie had to go through that big moment where her OCD was blaring in her head during that battle of the bands scene but it also represented one of the many situations that people with that condition go through in their lives. 

Moments

  • It was insightful to read Evie discussing the misconceptions of people misdiagonising themselves saying ‘Oh they are OCD too’ etc and how mental health was this taboo thing but now its not and now everyone is super aware of it but they don’t truly understand it. And the way it’s ‘mainstream’ now. I think this is true today.
  • The way they made each girl have a Spinster Club meeting to discuss a different issue regarding feminism was really cool. I kinda wanna do that with my friends. 
  • Also, it was very interesting to read about different perspectives from Lottie, Amber and Evie on the topic at hand. 
  • I liked all of them, Amber’s topic on periods 🩸, Lotties on dating and Evie on mental health 🧠❤️‍🩹.
  • I liked the membership cards that Amber made for The Spinster Club.
  • I liked that at the end, Evie reached out to Oliver again. 
  • Damn, sociology and film 📽️ studies sound cool!
  • I liked that Sarah is a big feminist at the end. 
  • I’ve never heard of the conkers game until I read this book. Interesting game
  • I felt really bad for Lottie and her relationship with Tim. I’m glad that Amber and Evie were there to console and comfort her. 

Overall it was a nice and informational book. I loved the friendship between Amber, Lottie and Evie. I gotta go and read the others too! 

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A Tale of Sorcery

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Hi guys, back again with a new book review. Today I will be reviewing Chris Colfer’s third and final book in the A Tale Of Magic book series. It is another sequel called A Tale Of Sorcery. It’s about Brystal and the Fairy Council planning to take down the Righteous Brotherhood. It comes with the addition of new characters such as Ryder, Dr States and more. 

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:

Book itself

  • Once again, the book cover flap is beautiful! And the actual book cover itself is gorgeous! Love the detail
  • Also, I just realised the book cover has an illustration of the Alchemy Institute on it. 
  • Still love the chapter titles

Characters

  • I just realised that Xanthous is gay! I mean I had a theory, reading the chapter ‘The Message’ and I was right. 
  • Even the shopkeeper knew. And I loved how he empathised with Xanthous knowing how he felt. 
  • I really liked Immortalia as Queen 👑 Endustria. She seemed so sweet. 
  • I wonder what the real Queen Endustria was like…
  • When did the Immortal take over her body…
  • It was so cute when I read Xanthous meeting Elrik for the first time. It was fate. 
  • It’s so scary how Seven changes from A Tale of Witchcraft to A Tale Of Sorcery. Like now he’s just full on evil.😈
  • I really didn’t like King Elvin and how he treated Prince Elron and Elrik. 
  • I like Prince Elrik and how he wanted to be with Xanthous all the way.
  • I liked all of their interactions. A lot. 
  • However, I did not like Princess Elvina. I thought she was nice…
  • I love how the Fairy Council is one big family and they all care for each other so much!
  • I liked how there was at least one female scientist at the Alchemy Institute. 
  • I honestly liked Ryder. He didn’t seem suspicious and I would like to see him together with Brystal. She deserves it after everything she went through with Seven. 

Plot

  •  Love how everyone in the Fairy Council is doing something to defeat the Righteous Brotherhood
  • – It was so cool that Xanthous had his own story besides the main plot and that he accepted himself. 
  • The plot twist with Queen Endustria being the Immortal was so surprising!! Me and Princess Proxima were both shocked. Although when she was narrating her story to Princess Proxima, I got suspicious of the details
  •  Looking back when she wanted Princess Proxima to get a strong drink it was so it would be strong enough to kill her.
  • I’m glad it ended properly and it tied up any loose ends. 
  • It was shocking that the fire was made up of many fire people which kinda made sense, how it spread.
  • The scenes when the delegate group went into the Temple Of Knowledge were quite scary but intriguing. 

Moments

  • The fact that at the beginning, it was Immortalia as Queen Endustria blows me away.
  • It was quite funny for Dr States to teleport both into Seven’s meeting with his soldiers and in Brystal’s meeting with the Fairy Council.
  • It was really sweet when Emerelda supported Xanthous when he struggled to explain his identity conflict to her. They are like brothers and sisters, like she said!
  • It was so sweet when Prince Elrik went to stay with Xanthous when he became the new Demon King 👑😈
  • I hated when Brystal had to kill Madame Weatherberry in order to save everyone. 
  • I liked all the different departments in the Alchemy Institute. 

Overall it was an amazing book, one that I would read again if I could!!

I kinda wish they made a movie 🎬 series about it, it would be so cool and (they stick to the books). 

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A Tale Of Witchcraft

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Hi, guys back again!! Today I’m gonna be reviewing Chris Colfer’s fantasy book A Tale Of Witchcraft. This book is a sequel to A Tale Of Magic and is about the aftermath of Brystal and her friends saving the world from the Snow Queen. It also presents new threats in the form of Mistress Mara, a mysterious new witch and a dangerous clan called the Righteous Brotherhood.

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:

Book itself

  • I absolutely love when fantasy books have maps as it allows the readers who want to visualise, actually see where the story’s going (aka me!) 
  • Also, I love the covers. They are just so appealing!!
  • I loved the chapter titles. They are so nice!

Characters

  • TBH, the Righteous Brotherhood made how many men they had really easy to remember: just 333
  • A white wolf for a logo is pretty cool, ngl.
  • It makes sense that everyone won’t know each other, since they are a secret society. 
  • There was a lot of eye-rolling for the Righteous Brotherhood and their Righteous Philosophy. So goddamn misogynistic.
  • I love how they are all so scared of one girl and they are like a bunch of old men. So petty.
  • I absolutely love Lucy, one of my favourite characters in the series, you know what, she’s my number 1 fav.
  • I love that she got her own side plot which was integral to the main plot! 
  • She cracks me up with her jokes and her personality, as a whole, is amazing. She cares so much about her friends although she is a troublemaker (aren’t we all?) and has a unique way of taking care of things, she still has good intentions.
  • And she has such an iconic outfit from the way she is described, I mean the bowler hat and her being into theatre, I can definitely imagine it as an extension of her personality. 
  • Tangerina and Skylene are such besties you can definitely see it. 
  • Emerelda is such a good friend to Brystal and a close friend to Xanthous, she’s just amazing. 
  • Her outfit sounds so nice like emerald is a very pretty colour. 
  • Oh my god, Xanthous. I love him. He’s just so caring. 
  • I love Brystal and her pantsuits. I would definitely wear them when I grow up as an adult. 
  • Mistress Mara had a Morticia Addams kinda vibe but I just think it was because of her outfits. 
  • I loved the additions of Sprout, Stitches, Hareiet and Beebee. Although Hareiet was a bit standoffish to Lucy.
  • It was unfortunate, what happened to Hareiet but I didn’t really care for her much. 
  • Stitches is my 2nd favourite character. Her whole personality and interest in the dark and macabre are fantastic. I mean I get her.
  • I liked how each character had a hobby that related to their name in a way like Sprout with fertiliser, Stitches with her dolls 🪆and Beebee with her insects.
  • I loved that Lucy would fully enrol herself into Mistress Mara’s academy so that she could spy on her to get back on the Fairy Council. That’s so Lucy, to be honest. 
  • The character arc with Seven was a rollercoaster. Like I liked him when he introduced himself to Brystal but then he did a 180 and became evil 😈
  • Well, technically he was evil from the start and he had an elaborate plan with Mistress Mara like man that was on another level of evil.
  • The fact that Brystal had a curse made on her to have those bad thoughts 💭 like oh my god why. 
  • I mean I get Brystal, when did she have a curse planted on her??
  • Mrs Vee is an absolute hoot. In every scene she is in, she’s just on point with her dialogue. 
  • I felt so bad for Mrs Vee when she heard about the Righteous Brotherhood. That must’ve been traumatic for her. 
  • Wow Seven starts getting petty at the end. 
  • I absolutely love Madame Weatherberry.

Plot

  • The twist to Mistress Mara’s manor was wow. I mean the invisible butler and the goat in the painting. 😲
  • That plot twist with Seven and the Righteous Brotherhood, like my god. I didn’t even see it coming. 
  • I felt bad for Brystal like you could see how happy she felt with Seven then to have that happiness crushed when she discovered Seven killed his own family. She was even scared to let Seven go after the Righteous Brotherhood with her.
  • I kinda felt bad that Mistress Mara got backstabbed by Seven at the end but she did deserve it after attempting to kill Brystal. 
  • I was so scared when Lucy did the three initiations but she attempted to ‘fake’ it and she passed all three. 
  • Unfortunately, this resulted in a demon being inside of her which needs to be exorcised and luckily, her friends came to her rescue.
  • Although the demon escaped which wasn’t good. 
  • It turns out that Mistress Mara’s academy was just a front to create a demon in the students to be used in Seven’s plan.

Moments

  • I did not like when Lucy tried to impress the crowd and it turned into a disaster. Although she had good intentions, it wasn’t the best execution.
  • I hated it when she was kicked out from the fairy council, although it was reasonable, I still hated it. It had that feeling when you are kicked out of a friend group and your friends do stuff without you.
  • It was kinda sad and painful when Pip wanted to go to Mistress Mara’s academy but Brystal wouldn’t let her but she had to let go.
  • I loved how Lucy attempts to give Mistress Mara a nickname ‘Double EM’ but she did not care for it at all.
  • I really liked the scene where Brystal and Seven first meet at her brother’s wedding – however, that was just a ruse for Seven to enact his plan
  • I loved how Brystal described the scenery in the ‘In-Between’ after she died from the bloodstone.  
  • I loved how Brystal overcame the curse and got out of the pit with the help of her friends. 
  • Tbh, I feel like the thoughts in Brystal’s head were quite relatable. Those harsh feelings make you feel like you can’t do it, you are gonna fail etc. 
  • It was interesting to find out that Mistress Mara was Death’s daughter.
  • It was relieving to read Brystal finally telling her friends the truth about what has been going on with her. 
  • I hated when Brystal and Lucy fought when Lucy found out about Madame Weatherberry’s Snow Queen’s body in the ice cave.
  • Although it was nice that Lucy caught the Fairy Council up on everything that Brystal has kept from them so they are not in the dark anymore.
  • It was quite disturbing to find out that the lynxes at Mistress Mara’s academy were all the disobedient students that were cursed so they can learn a lesson. 
  • Tbh it was kinda fun to read Pip and Lucy get revenge on their past tormentors, while I don’t condone it, it was fun to see their tormentors get what they deserve. 

Overall it was an amazing book, one that I would love to read again if I could!!

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Lack of Proper Asian Representation in The Media

This is just a little rant that I have wanted to get off my chest.

I’m pretty sure that girls of all ethnicities want to see themselves portrayed on the big screen. Media has portrayed the Caucasian identity for as long as cinema has been around and in many different forms and genres. However, on the downside, when it comes to representing the Asian identity, it gets the short end of the stick. From stereotypes to tired-out cliches, the movie industry has a lot that needs to change.

The first aspect is the lack of Asian lead roles in movies and why in almost every movie, the Asian character just follows the white character. For example, in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, there’s this white girl named Tamara that’s like the “leader” and then we get this one Asian girl named Eva who just “follows” her actions or instructions and doesn’t have her own opinion or anything and it’s frustrating. Another example in Harriet The Spy, there’s a white mean girl named Marion who just acts like a leader, and the Asian girl Rachel just follows her. Also, the Netflix movie Moxie has the same kind of traits as the Asian girl Claudia following a white girl Vivian. It’s exhausting and it’s the same for Asian boys. They act like followers instead of leaders and it diminishes Asians, specifically Asian girls and boys and it creates a toxic mindset that Asian people can’t be leaders themselves which isn’t true. Now there is more inclusivity in Netflix shows like Never Have I Ever, with the main girl Devi being Indian, To All The Boys I Loved Before with the main girl Lara Jean being Asian- American and more which includes more Asian leads.

Another aspect is Hollywood writing stories for Asian characters which only include war, traumatic experiences and etc. It doesn’t have to be that way. There can be multiple stories for Asian characters which show a multitude of aspects of life such as sexuality, family dynamics, friendships, the individual themselves and more. Fortunately, we are seeing more of these in shows such as The Babysitters Club with Claudia Kishi, played by Momona Tamada, who has stories that range from family situations to her friends and more. 

A final aspect is Asian characters with an emphasis on their friendships. We seldom see Asian characters with genuine friendships with ups and downs along the way. They are usually seen by themselves or with their families. Thankfully we see more genuine friendships with Asian characters in movies such as Turning Red, with Meilin and her friends. 

In conclusion, these cliches are reused constantly regarding Asian characters and representation, which is tiring. However, with the increased exposure of social media and the news media as well as up-and-coming directors, we are getting more inclusive stories in terms of Asian representation. Hopefully, it will be better in the long run. 

These are a few examples that I could think of, I’m pretty sure there are a ton more examples out there.

However, feel free to discuss any of these in the comments below or if you agree or disagree with the above.

Roe Vs Wade Overturned

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WHAT IS ABORTION:

Abortion is the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.

OVERVIEW:

On 24th June, the US SUPREME COURT overturned ROE V WADE issuing a ruling that upholds a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, and striking down constitutional protections for abortion acre

The decision, leaked in early May, meant that abortion rights would be rolled back in nearly half of the states immediately, with more restrictions likely to follow. This will mean that abortion will not be available in large parts of the country, for all practical purposes.

This decision as well as the abortion question itself will most likely be a focal point in the upcoming fall elections and in the fall and thereafter.

The ones who made the decision were Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett.

The ones who dissented from the decision were Justices Stephen Breyer, Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. They said that this court decision meant that “young women today will come of age with fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers.”

It means that “from the very moment of fertilisation, a woman has no rights to speak of. A state can force her to bring a pregnancy to term even at the steepest personal and familial costs.” 

They wrote, “ With sorrow,- for this court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today, lost a fundamental constitutional protection – we dissent.” 

HISTORY BEHIND THE THE ROE V WADE LAWSUIT

The ROE V WADE lawsuit formed in 1973 famously led to the Supreme Court, making a ruling on abortion rights. Jane Roe*, an unmarried pregnant woman, filed suit on behalf of herself and others to challenge Texas abortion laws. A Texas doctor joined Roe’s lawsuit, arguing that the state’s abortion laws were too vague for doctors to follow. He had been previously arrested for violating the statute. 

At the time, abortion was illegal in Texas unless it was done to save the mother’s life. It was a crime to get an abortion or to attempt one. In ROE V WADE, the Supreme Court decided two important things:

  1. The United States Constitution provides a fundamental “right to privacy” that protects a person’s right to choose whether to have an abortion.
  2. But the abortion right is not absolute. It must be balanced against the government’s interests in protecting the health and prenatal life.

LEGAL ARGUMENTS:

Down below are each side’s arguments before the Supreme Court

Texas Defends Abortion Restrictions:

States have an interest in safeguarding the health, maintaining health standards and protecting prenatal life 

– A fetus is a “person” protected by the 14th Amendment

Protecting prenatal life from the time of conception is a compelling state interest

Roe Claims Absolute Privacy Rights:
– The Texas law invaded an individual’s right to “liberty” under the 14th Amendment 

– The Texas law infringed on rights to marital, familial, and sexual privacy guaranteed by the Bill Of Rights

– The right to an abortion is absolute – a person is entitled to end a pregnancy at any time, for any reason, in any way they choose

HOW THE SUPREME COURT DECIDED ROE VS WADE:
– It split the difference between the two arguments being made 

First, the Court recognised that abortion does fall under privacy rights

– The constitutional right to privacy comes from the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

-> The Due Process Clause doesn’t explicitly state that Americans have a right to privacy. However, the Supreme Court has recognised such a right going all the way back to 1891

– Just 1 year before Roe, the Supreme Court held that “in a Constitution for a free people, there can be no doubt that the meaning of liberty must be broad indeed.” 

– The Court decided that this right to privacy extends to control over pregnancy

The justices acknowledged that being forced to continue a pregnancy puts a lot at risk such as :

– Physical health

– Mental health

– Financial burdens

– Social stigma

The Court was sceptical of the state’s argument that Constitutional protections begin at conception. 

The Constitution doesn’t provide a definition of a “person”. But it does say that its protections cover thoseborn or naturalised” in the United States. After examining other cases relating to unborn children, the Court concluded that “the unborn have never been recognised in the law as persons in the whole sense.”

The Court did not agree that the Constitution guarantees an absolute right to an abortion. In other words, privacy rights do not prevent states from putting some regulations on abortion.

The Court created a framework to balance the state’s interests with privacy rights. The Court defined the rights of each party by dividing pregnancy into three 12-week trimesters:

  • During a pregnant person’s first trimester, the Court held, a state cannot regulate abortion, beyond requiring that the procedure be performed by a licensed doctor in medically safe conditions.
  • During the second trimester, the Court held that a state may regulate abortion if the regulations are reasonably related to the health of the pregnant person.
  • During the third trimester of pregnancy, the state’s interest in protecting potential human life outweighs the right to privacy. As a result, the state may prohibit abortions unless an abortion is necessary to save the life or health of the pregnant person. 

IMPACTS:

Many think of ROE V WADE as the case that “legalised abortion”. However, that isn’t actually true. What it did was change the way states can regulate abortion, and characterised abortion as something that was covered under constitutional rights of privacy.

It may come as a surprise that Roe didn’t have much of an impact on the number of abortions performed each year in the United States. According to the Guttmacher Insitute, in the years before Roe was decided there were over 1 million illegal abortions performed in the US annually. After Roe, the number remained around 1 million, performed legally. Plus, the rate of deaths resulting from abortions dropped dramatically in the years following Roe.

There wasn’t much public reaction to Roe when the Supreme Court first released its decision. However, in the decades that followed, it became a significant issue in American politics and more so now today. 

As Justice Harry Blackmun ( who wrote the decision in Roe) points out, abortion will never be a simple issue. It remains a hotly debated topic because someone’s opinion on it depends on their view of the world, and when they believe life begins

WHAT WE CAN DO:

Here are 7 things you can do today to help people seeking care:

  1. Donate to abortion funds
  • These directly support people seeking abortion care including financial and practical support like transportation, lodging and language translation and are a critical part of ensuring abortion access
  1. Donate to independent abortion clinics at Keep Our Clinics 
  • Small, community-based clinics provide the majority of abortion care in the U.S. and are more likely to be located in states hostile to abortion rights. When clinics close, entire communities lose access to abortion and other essential reproductive and sexual health services
  1. Show up and protest
  • Attend a rally or event near youmake your voice heard. Events supporting abortion access are continuing across the U.S. – visit the We Won’t Go Back map and find one near you.
  1. Speak up and activate your network. Speak to your friends, family, business colleagues, professional associates, community leaders – and anyone else you can think of – and tell them why the right to abortion is so essential to a person’s life and future. Activate your networks by creating your own message or sharing some sample #AbortionIsEssential posts
  2. Learn more about abortion laws in your state. Click through the interactive What if Roe Fell?tool to learn about the laws in your state and all other states – and which states protect abortion, and which are likely to ban it. 
  3. Find out where your lawmakers stand on abortion rights. Do you know where your local, state, and federal legislators stand on abortion rights? Call or email them to find out – and urge them to act now to protect abortion rights and access in law.
  4. Tell Congress to protect abortion access by passing the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA). Congress can and should act immediately to protect the right to access abortion in every state. WHPA should protect abortion access from state-level abortion bans and restrictions, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe. 

*an alias

LINKS TO THE WEBSITES BROUGHT TOGETHER IN THIS BLOG POST:

https://supreme.findlaw.com/supreme-court-insights/roe-v–wade-case-summary–what-you-need-to-know.html

https://www.npr.org/2022/06/24/1102305878/supreme-court-abortion-roe-v-wade-decision-overturn

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