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Rebels Like Us Book Review!

Published April 2, 2020 by Shay Taree

Over this past weekend I decided to do some reading and I ended up finishing a book that I’ve been reading for a while called Rebels Like Us. The book is about a girl by the name of Agnus who moves from New York to Georgia after some drama regarding her mother. While in Georgia she ends up meeting a guy by the name of Doyle and the two fall for each other but experience some drama along the way.

The book dealt with of course romance but also prejudice, the experience of getting older, and realizing that not everyone in world is going to like purely based on your skin color. The dealings of prejudice in this book didn’t appear until almost half way into the book but once it was there it definitely took over the entire story and showed how these issues can affect a relationship. It also showed how these issues can change someone who has never experienced those things before.

The book did have a bit of a slow start and I think that has to do with the topic of the family issues that Agnus and her mom were going through. It was a lot of push and pull with her and her mom which after a while got to be very redundant and needed to be resolved. But after those things were kind of resolved the book really took off especially when it came to the romance between Agnus and Doyle.

Their relationship was pretty much a typical teenage romance all the way down to now knowing what they were to each other but all they knew was that they loved each other. Plus there was the knowing that Agnus may not stick around after they graduate. The issue that made their relationship have the most hardship was the issues and race and how people within their city looked at Agnus and the traditions that the town already had. Agnus in the book is half Irish and half Dominican which Doyle is white. So people in the down automatically looked at Agnus differently especially once she started talking with her New York accent.

Overall though I enjoyed this book and I think what originally had me drawn to this book was the relationship. Thats mostly because I’m in a interracial relationship and know that people can be very ignorant if someone dates outside their race. So seeing the 2 main characters deal with this at such a young age was amazing to see and made the story very interesting.

I definitely recommend checking out this book just know that it does get better as you continue to read since the beginning can be kind of boring. Also this book is available for digital download through iBooks and there is also a audiobook. Also be sure to check me out on youtube where I post videos every Monday, Wednesday, & Saturday.

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~Shay Taree

Trent Shelton’s The Greatest You Review!

Published June 21, 2019 by Shay Taree

So I’m doing my first self improvement/positivity book and it was by motivational speaker Trent Shelton. So check out what I had to say about this book and check out his channel.

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February 2019 Favorites!

Published February 28, 2019 by Shay Taree

I had a suggestion from one of y’all about doing a monthly favorites video so I decided to give it a shot. So I mostly decided to do favorites when it comes to things in entertainment such as books, movie, podcasts, etc.

Podcasts Mentioned Links:

Beardz N Brewz

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The Lavendaire Lifestyle

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The Blissful Soul By Jasmine Lipska

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February 2019 Favorites!

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Honey So Sweet Vol. 2 Review!

Published January 26, 2019 by Shay Taree

So I finished reading vol 2 of Honey So Sweet so of course I had to do a review on it. I honestly enjoyed this volume better than so 1st one. So be sure to check out the review to know more.

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Honey So Sweet Vol 2. Manga Review!

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The Hate U Give Book Review!

Published October 2, 2018 by Shay Taree

Of course many of y’all know that I love to read and I just finished a book that I wanted to do a review for y’all for. The name of the book is called The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

The Hate U Give is about a girl by the name of Starr Carter who witnessed the death of her friend Khalil at the hands of a white police officer. It then shows the hate, stress, and sadness her, her family, and her community go through after this horrible event. It also touches on other events similar to this and the toll it can take on not just the person but everyone involved.

I completely fell in love with this book from the first page due to the fact that I could in some ways connect with Starr. This was due to the fact that she felt that she loved too different lives and had to change the way that she acted. While Starr lived in the “hood” she went to a school where she was only one of a few black kids. So while at school she didn’t want to act “too black” so that the stereotypes about black people wouldn’t be brought up.

While at home though she talked all the slang she wanted. She understood how the streets worked, but she also had a lot to learn. Once the death of her friend happened she definitely learned a lot and one thing she learned was bravery.

She learned what it took to be brave and what it takes to use your voice to make a change. The story tells of her testimony about what happened the night of the murder and the after affects in her community.

From her having to hide the fact that she was the witness to her having to try to protect her family from the secrets she finds out a long the way. I loved how it spoke about the snitching rule that seems to apply to minority neighborhoods when things happen and how this can definitely hinder the prosecution of someone. Plus it also shows what happens to those that do.

After reading this story I had the intense feeling of anger but also being very proud of who I am and what a voice can really do. So I definitely recommend everyone to read this book and also to watch the movie starring Amandla Stenberg which comes out in theatres October 5th.

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~Shay Taree

One Of Us Is Lying Book Review!

Published August 15, 2018 by Shay Taree

So I’m back everyone with another book review. I know its been a long time but I felt that it was time for another. Also be sure that you let me know if you would like me to do more book reviews since I read a lot of books.

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Bloomability by Sharon Creech Book Review!

Published June 5, 2018 by Shay Taree

So I decided to read this book by the name of Bloomability mostly because I remembered reading this book as a kid. I really enjoyed reading this book and to see if it was as good as I remembered I decided to read it again.

Bloomability is about a girl by the name of Dominica Santalina Doone nicknamed Dinnie who moves around with her family a lot. After her sister Stella has a baby she ends up leaving with her Uncle Max and Aunt Sandy on an opportunity. This opportunity is for her to go to a private school in Switzerland where she makes tons of new friends.

While in Switzerland she meets Gurthie and Lila and they become friends along with many others.

Bloomability tells the story about a young girl that starts off wanting to keep things the same and also her old and new life separate. But as the year continues in Switzerland she starts to see both these worlds come together and also grows as a person.

After reading this book I realized that I loved this book just as much as I did as a kid. The only thing that I wanted more of was I wanted to see more of Dinnie growing. We got small glimpses of it at different times but I just wish there was more of her explaining her feelings. Also I of course would have wanted a sequel to this book.

Overall though I enjoyed this story and I think that many of you will too. You can purchase the book iBooks and I’m also sure that you can purchase it on Amazon as well. So check out this book and if you haven’t comment down below and let me know what you thought of it.

~Shay Taree