Why I’m Tired of Multiple First-Person Perspectives

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I’m officially done. I’m over it. In the 2020s, can we please leave multiple first-person perspectives behind?

It seems like over the past ten years, so many more books have been written in multiple first-person perspectives than before, where two (or more) characters narrate in first-person. I’ve noticed it being especially present in young adult, and though I don’t read it much, new adult. Meanwhile, middle grade and adult don’t have quite as many books with this narrative style.

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I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver | a soft, emotional, and lovely book

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I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

May 14, 2019, from Push
Young adult contemporary
Goodreads | Amazon

When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.

But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.

At turns heartbreaking and joyous, I Wish You All the Best is both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity.

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4 stars

I’d heard a lot about I Wish You All the Best and how good it was. I haven’t read a lot of ownvoices books about non-binary characters, so I was excited to read this, and I was not disappointed. I Wish You All the Best is a soft book that deals with difficult subjects but ultimately manages to be uplifting and positive.

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Top Ten Tuesday: The 10 Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme run by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Okay, we’re jumping back on the TTT wagon for the next few weeks! This week’s topic is definitely one that interests me because it’s about the most recent additions to my bookshelf, and I … haven’t shared what I’ve bought for quite a while? So I figured now is as good a time as anything.

I’ve honestly been trying to cut down on my book-buying, so some of these are quite a few months old! This is in reverse chronological order.

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The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake | a tender story about family & friendship

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The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

October 1, 2019, from Disney-Hyperion
YA contemporary
Goodreads | Amazon

The Larkin family isn’t just lucky—they persevere. At least that’s what Violet and her younger brother, Sam, were always told. When the Lyric sank off the coast of Maine, their great-great-great-grandmother didn’t drown like the rest of the passengers. No, Fidelia swam to shore, fell in love, and founded Lyric, Maine, the town Violet and Sam returned to every summer.

But wrecks seem to run in the family. Tall, funny, musical Violet can’t stop partying with the wrong people. And, one beautiful summer day, brilliant, sensitive Sam attempts to take his own life.

Shipped back to Lyric while Sam is in treatment, Violet is haunted by her family’s missing piece – the lost shipwreck she and Sam dreamed of discovering when they were children. Desperate to make amends, Violet embarks on a wildly ambitious mission: locate the Lyric, lain hidden in a watery grave for over a century.

She finds a fellow wreck hunter in Liv Stone, an amateur local historian whose sparkling intelligence and guarded gray eyes make Violet ache in an exhilarating new way. Whether or not they find the Lyric, the journey Violet takes-and the bridges she builds along the way-may be the start of something like survival.

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4 stars

When I first saw The Last True Poets of the Sea, I found myself hooked on the premise–I’d read the first few chapters and was drawn into it. It sounded like the kind of story I would like, and in many ways, I was right. The Last True Poets of the Sea is an deep exploration of family, friendship, mental illness, and survival.
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Infinity Son by Adam Silvera | urban fantasy, phoenixes, and brotherhood

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Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

January 14, 2019, from HarperTeen
YA fantasy
Goodreads | Amazon

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.

Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.

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3 stars

When I heard Adam Silvera was writing a fantasy book, I was thrilled. His contemporary books are some of my favourites. So I went into Infinity Son optimistic. Though there are some problems with the worldbuilding and pacing, I ultimately liked Infinity Son; it’s an urban fantasy that stresses the importance of family and responsibility.
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Favourite Books of the Decade

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IT’S THE END OF A DECADE!!! Which is. NUTS. We’re five days into 2020 as I write this and frankly I still can’t fathom that we are in a new decade. Get ready for all the roaring twenties themed parties! Bringing flapper dresses, jazz music, bathtub gin, and the complete loss of faith in American society and the rise of reactionaries back!

Um. Too much?

Anyways, I just wanted to give a list (in no particular order) of my favourite books of the decade. In no particular order, or year–just books I love to death, just the wonderful books of the 2010s that stand out to me. This decade took me through a lot, and in a lot of cases, these are the books that helped me get here today.

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