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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

I recently finished reading "Made You Up" by Francesca Zappia, a young-adult novel about a schizophrenic teenager finding her way into normality.   Alexandra is a high-school senior who's recently shifted schools. Over the summer, she makes a friend while working at a restaurant, and uses the owner's Magic 8 Ball to navigate through both her paranoia and schizophrenia.
  While waiting on a customer, she bumps into a character she from her childhood, whom she always thought that she'd imagined. When she realizes that he goes to her new school, she's confused by the fact that everyone else can see him as well.
 Alex uses her camera regularly to take pictures of what she feels might be a product of her schizophrenia. Over time, the reality is captured in the image, and the imaginary items fade away, allowing her to have a clearer recollection of what happened. It seems however, that Alex doesn't need to take a picture of "Blue Eyes", because everyone else already thinks that he's real.
 As the new school year begins, she finds that she's in six classes with Miles ("Blue Eyes'" actual name). Her exuberant curiosity shines through all of her thoughts, which constantly include the Magic 8 Ball, her younger sister (Charlie) and "Does Miles remember me?".
  For some unknown reason, relating to an incident that occurred at her previous school, Alex is put into the community service team, that basically sets up the gymnasium for the sports teams' practice every day. This team also, is head by Miles, and is a place where she gets to know him better, and make some new friends.
 Battling stereotypes and high-school classifications in a school where her real identity is concealed, Alexandra makes her way to parties, restaurants and classes, almost like a normal teenager, until her schizophrenia kicks in again.
 I'd recommend this book to fans of young-adult novels, or of contemporary fiction. It has very expressive, colloquial language, therefore the language does not stand as a barrier between the reader and the author. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cry

Exhausted from the effort,
Efforts further cannot be put in
By the eyes that have once cried

For all your misfortune,
Misfortune further follows,
Eyes that have once cried,
Refuse to put the matter aside

Cry into your shell,
Shells that you cannot come out of
For the eyes that have once cried,
Will not let the matter die

The tears will dry,
The day will go by,
But it is at bedtime,
When you will feel like you cried.

-Poem Fanatic

Monday, March 20, 2017

IMWAYR- 20/03/2017

Hey guys! I know it's been a while since I've updated you all on my reading, but to be honest, I haven't really been reading much. The week of 6th March, I was away on a camping trip, so I didn't get in much reading at all. Last week however, was much better in terms of reading!

I finished reading "Made You Up" by Francesca Zappia (look out for my review this week). This book is about a schizophrenic girl attempting to adjust to normal teen life when she stumbles upon a person she always thought was imaginary.

I also finished "Poison Study" by Maria V Snyder, a young adult novel about a prisoner/poison taster in a militarist country. The series soon turns into a fantasy one. It's a series that you can go through in a month, as the language is colloquial and simple.

  This week, I read"Magic Study" the second book in the "Chronicles of Ixia" by Maria V. Snyder. They're quite light reads, and I've had a lot of free time on my hands.


I've been re-reading "The Giver" by Lois Lowry for a school assignment. For those of you who don't know, "The Giver" is about a futuristic society where opinions and expressions don't exist. Everything is black and white and only one person has any memories of the real world.

I recently visited "Full Circle" Bookstore in Delhi. For those of you living in the area, you should definitely check it out, it has a lot of books that I've never found in Indian bookstore. including recent releases of YA and Debut Authors. I picked up "I am the Messenger"  by Marcus Zusak, which I hope to read this week.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday Snapshot-18/03/17

It's that time of week again! I'm back with yet another Saturday Snapshot*. This week I'll be further elaborating on my trip to Italy in 2012. So sit back, relax and soak in as many Mediterranean vibes as you can get from your screen!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Smoke and Ashes: The Story of the Holocaust by Barbara Rogasky

I recently picked up "Smoke and Ashes: The Story of the Holocaust" by Barbara Rogasky from my school library. We'd been studying about WWII in History and I picked up the book for further information. I'm so glad I did, as I found out so many things I'd never have known otherwise, including various horrendously overlooked elements of the Holocaust.
 I read the second edition of this historical book, which had a revised format and more information. What struck me most about this was the dedication at the beginning, to Rogasky's fifty family members who'd been killed during the Holocaust in the U.S.S.R.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Anticipation

Rise up, gurgling,
Boiling, it's almost over 
The edge of containment

Be held within a beating
Body, pulsating with the beat
Of energy and excitement

Energetically awaiting,
The rush, the whirlwind
Of the awaited

Whirling through the 
Stormy days before,
The anticipation surges

Straight into what becomes
Anticlimactic in reality

-Poem Fanatic


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday Snapshot-11/03/17

Hey everyone! I'm back with another Saturday Snapshot* post. Today, I'll be starting a new mini-series, about a family trip to Italy back in 2012. This post highlights some of the quaint, small-town expressions of a few places we visited.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Ice and Insect

Flitting between cracks,
In the ethereal ice,
This minuscule, magnificent
Being considers them gorges

Of delicate ice, yes,
Not of the gray, scratched
Rock that makes a gorge
So harsh and hurtful

The majestic ice-cap,
Prepares for its funeral,
Slowly gives way to the 
Haunting presence above

Cracking for relief, is a 
movement the insect applauds
For the Ice that is dying,
Has preserved far too many 
dead insects

-Poem Fanatic

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Hollow by Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot has been invited to Lady Angkatell's weekend house party. Also invited are a few cousins and family friends, who all arrive before the famous Belgian detective. When he does arrive, he doesn't appreciate the elaborate murder tableau that has been set for him.
 Dr. John Christow lies near the swimming pool in a large puddle of red paint, and his meek and timid wife stands over him holding a gun. The rest of the party, scattered around the scene look shocked.
  What Poirot doesn't realize immediately is, that this is no scene. However fake it may look, Christow is dead and the immediate suspect is his wife, the seemingly simple-minded Gerda Christow.


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Saturday Snapshot-04/03/17

Hey everyone! Now if you're a regular here at Poems and Poets- you'll know that every Saturday I post a Saturday Snapshot*. You'll also have guessed that in between holiday mini-series, I often have a post about a short trip my family took. Well this is one of those posts. Today I'll be showing you some pictures from a family trip to a hill-station in India, called Kasauli.

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