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ilyssa.g

Joined September 2018

"We accept the love we think we deserve." Huge Harry Potter fan Instagram:ilyssa.g
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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
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Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
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Becoming by Michelle Obama
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Just finished this! It‘s my 2nd Taylor Jenkins Reid book and I much preferred Daisy Jones. This one was highly cliched; none of it surprised me. I also didn‘t love any of the characters. The problems felt too easily resolved. The descriptions of the landscape are great and I can picture it as a movie/show. I felt compelled to keep reading it because of the writing style; otherwise, I would not have kept going. Sadly disappointed by this!

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Such a phenomenal book and my fave bell hooks book I have read so far! She did an excellent job of exploring intersectionality and depth of love in female-identified individuals! My fave section was the one focused on the lasting and impactful love of a true friendship. It was a quick read yet so profound! It emphasizes the importance of different types of love, what these loves are, and what influences them, for all people!

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Just finished my book club‘s pick! Such an intriguing read! It is unlike any book I have read before! Montell did a great job of showing the depth and intersectionality of the word cult, cults themselves, people in cults, and people fascinated with them. There are diverse types of cults explained, not just the typical ones, such as Jonestown. The book is easy to understand for readers not in linguistics. I look forward to reading more by her!

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Such a phenomenal book and a must-read!!!!! This is the 2nd book I‘ve read by bell hooks and I plan to read many more! She did an excellent job at tackling the importance of intersectionality and addressing societal problems head-on. She explored the complexity of issues, such as the limitations of mainstream feminism, thoroughly. She did not take an us vs. them approach or state that only one group is at fault. One of my new fave books!

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Haven‘t read much lately because I‘ve been busy with grad school but I did finish this one! It had a slow start but I ended up loving it! It was original, well-written and so interesting! I liked both Roma and Juliet and many of the side characters. I don‘t like most retellings I‘ve read: thus, I was pleasantly surprised by this one! It also had a great amount of diverse representation! I am so excited to read the next book!

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Finished this yesterday! I loved it! Beck made so many important points about the need for an intersectional feminism and how much of mainstream feminism is highly limited. She did an excellent job discussing key historical periods for feminism in an intriguing manner! Beck proposes necessary changes to the broadening of feminism for all women rather than just the elite. I have read a lot of feminist nonfiction and this one stands out!

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Marvel-Verse: She-Hulk | Stan Lee, Dan Slott, Marvel Comics, Kathryn Immonen, John Byrne
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A very quick read that I really enjoyed! She-Hulk is one of my all-time fave Marvel characters! I loved reading a collection of She-Hulk comics published throughout different decades and with different artists/writers. John Bryne‘s She-Hulk comics continue to be my fave ones. I also loved the first ever comic of her by Stan Lee and the one with Spider-Man. Each comic in this had enjoyable elements to it!

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Finished this yesterday! It was outstanding and has become one of my favorite books! Mojica Rodriguez handles so many topics so well, such as racism in academic, toxic family dynamics, and the journey to accepting oneself amidst discrimination and trauma. It was incredibly well-written and engaging. It‘s an important read for diverse individuals. I love how authentic she is in her journey and the innumerable problems that exist for BIPOC globally.

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Blazing World | Siri Hustvedt
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Finished this yesterday! I loved the premise of the book; however, I found it oftentimes to be repetitive. The different perspectives throughout the book were very similar and even indistinguishable sometimes. The primary character Harry did not face much development. Many of the psychological points seemed to just be thrown in there without context or appropriateness to the story. It did make many important points about sexism and discrimination

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Loved it so much!!! Evanna is an amazing writer! She covered so many themes and literary elements so honestly and well! There were many emotional moments; however, they were interspersed with inspiration and humor. I did not know much about her before reading this book beyond knowing that she played my fave character in Harry Potter. She shows the importance of mental health help not only at low points but throughout life. A must-read!

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First completed read of the year! I enjoyed the first comic of the book, which was by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee. However, the remainder of the book with other authors and artists got repetitive. Some of the dialogue seemed to be trying too hard. Also, the art for the female characters, especially Mary Jane, was too sexualized. The villains were all cool; I would love to read other comics with them, especially Hobgoblin and Doc Oc!

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My final completed read of the year! This was my first complete bell hooks book; I had read many passages from her works in my gender and sexuality courses. This has become one of my all-time fave books. It‘s so important to talk about the relation of men to feminism and patriarchy. Many works I have read focus on only a limited population of women when talking about feminism. This is profound and truly a must-read!!!

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I was really disappointed in this one. The first book is one of my fave books of all time. However, this one is repetitive. There were so many tropes and overall predictable things. Many problems were wrapped up too simplistically. I didn‘t like that almost Ari‘s entire focus is on Dante; more occurs in senior year of high school than a relationship. I also found many grammatical and spelling errors. So disappointing for me!

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Women and Madness | Phyllis Chesler
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I greatly enjoyed this book! Even though it was published in the early 1970s, the insights are still so applicable. Chesler is unflinching in describing the terrible sexism, discrimination, and overall harm that has been done to women. She excellently described how psychological treatment has especially failed women time and time again. This is the 3rd book by Chesler that I have enjoyed and will surely stay with me!

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Meg and Jo | Virginia Kantra
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The book started out intriguing; however it got repetitive quickly. I thought the direction Meg‘s life had taken was realistic and pertinent to her character. I found myself enjoying her perspective more than Jo‘s. However, I think Jo‘s side of the story grew too focused on romance and obscured her independent spirit. The immense devotion given to Jo‘s infatuation to Eric was disappointing.

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I loved the premise of it! I think it is so interesting to explore women murderers. However, I found the book to be repetitive at times. Additionally, the focus was not only on murders-sometimes it meandered into describing female displays of aggression. I wished there was more diverse cases described rather than just ten or so female murderers. Overall, the writing was good but the book was disappointing.

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I loved it! It was so thrilling and psychologically complex! The imagery and perspective of Joan was oftentimes disturbing and unlike anything I have read before. I did not like Lisa Taddeo‘s first Book Three Women too much; I liked this one so much more. It was unpredictable and gripping. It‘s a hard, emotional read at times. I love psychologically complex stories and characters and this book satisfied this love exquisitely!

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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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It started out a bit slow for me; but, I ended up loving it! Now it is not only one of my fave books of the year but one of my favorite all-time YA books! It is unique, and Boulley does an excellent job capturing the mind of a teen. The book excellently explores the complexities and challenges of love, loss, grief, and hope. Each character, especially Daunis, was well-developed and intriguing. It taught me so much about Native American culture!

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The Echo Wife | Sarah Gailey
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I love the premise of the book; however, I was very disappointed in it. I love stories about clones; my favorite show centers around clones. However, I found much of this book to be cliched and boring. I felt minimal suspense or eagerness to know what was going to happen. I predicted the "twists." I wish there was more character and plot development. There are much more interesting and developed stories on clones out there.

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Black Futures | Kimberly Drew, Jenna Wortham
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Such a phenomenal collection of works gathered from around the world!!!! The diversity is exquisite! Each piece is so powerful. The division of sections was well-done. I love that the editors did not just choose creators from particular areas or careers; they strived for and achieved reflecting the rich, innumerable experiences of black people. The collection shows the tough realities of being black but also provides hope and love.

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I love the premise of the book; however, I find it to be repetitive and much too long. I didn't find any of the major characters likely and did not think there was much character development. I did not like the portrayal of depression as seen in Henry. After 300+ years of living, I expected Addie to visit more diverse places, not just white American or European countries. The imagery is good; I can certainly see this as a movie.

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I'm a big fan of Jenny Lawson, but I found this book to be disappointing. I didn't have any laugh-out-loud moments. I found much of it to be repetitive. There is a lack of order to the essays. My favorite essays were the 1st one and last 2. She did make a variety of important points about mental health, especially related to ADHD and depression. I do love the cover of the book. I recommend Furiously Happy much more.

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Lady Killer | Joelle Jones
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An enjoyable graphic novel!!! I loved the art and storyline of it especially! It was engaging and just the right amount of pages. I love books and stories that go beyond the stereotypical housewife trope. The book also included a good amount of dark humor and sarcasm, which I love. I could definitely see this as a great show. This 1st volume makes me very eager to read the next one!

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I greatly enjoyed this book! I was reluctant to read it because I don't like most self-help books; however, Tawwab provides so many valuable lessons and vital points. Even as someone who has studied boundaries in school, I learned a great deal. The chapters and lessons are clear-cut;thus, it is not just for people who know psych and/or boundaries. The book was the perfect length. I think it can be applicable to any person!

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The Lost Night | Andrea Bartz
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I recently read Andrea Bartz's 2nd book The Herd, which I loved. However, this one I found to be much more predictable. I am tired of the tropes of the main female protagonist being an alcoholic and people in their 20s always going to a ton of parties and getting wasted. There was a lack of character development. I did not care for any of the characters. I felt that quite a few parts dragged and could have been shorter.

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This has become one of my favorite feminist nonfiction books! I had never read a book by a feminist lawyer before. Goldberg's work is impressive and so vital. I love that she focuses on her successes, failures, and in-between situations. She doesn't pretend to have all the answers. She knows that she has to do something to make society a better place for women, which she has done. I would definitely read another book by her!

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Maya's Notebook: A Novel | Isabel Allende
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Finished this recently! I think Isabel Allende is a wonderful writer; however, I didn't like this book too much. I liked the beginning but then it went downhill for me. I especially did not like the portrayals of addiction, rape, and mental illness. These portrayals and explanations were very stereotypical. Complex issues were treated simplistically. I wanted Maya's character development to be more thorough.

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Shit, Actually | Lindy West
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Such a funny, engaging book! I don't usually read humorous books; however, I heard Lindy West is a great writer. I laughed throughout the whole thing. She makes many valid points about the movies she reviews. I especially love her reviews on Twilight, Love Actually, and Top Gun. I would love to see more movie reviews from her. Her reviews explain the movies more realistically than most other reviews. I look forward to reading more by her!

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Cemetery Boys | Aiden Thomas
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One of my new favorite books!!! I loved it from page 1. It only took me a few days to finish it because it was so engaging. I have never read anything like it. There is wonderful representation of the LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities. It conjures such a wide range of emotions. As I was reading it. I could clearly picture each character in my mind. I am excited to see what else Aiden Thomas writes!!!

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Men Explain Things to Me | Rebecca Solnit
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An intriguing collection of essays that hits on a variety of vital themes and points. It started out slow for me; however, by the 3rd essay I was enjoying it. I especially liked the section on Virginia Woolf. Rebecca Solnit is a wonderful writer. This is the 1st book I've read by her, and now I plan to read others. I now understand why this book is on my lists as a necessary, feminist read.

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Hench | Natalie Zina Walschots
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Such a unique book that kept me intrigued throughout its entirety! I love the focus on superheroes not being the best or most admirable people in the world. I loved reading a book that showed the "humanity" of villains. The book does a great job of showing that people are much more complex than just good or bad. The imagery is incredible. Their is a great diversity of characters. I would love to see this become a movie or show!

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Rage Becomes Her | Soraya Chemaly
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I consider this such a neccessary, powerful feminist read!!! It's so well-researched, well-written and engaging. She voiced so many feeling and thoughts I've had and brought new perspectives to light. Chemaly does an excellent job realizing and writing about the intersectionality of issues and actively works on not letting her privilege blind her. She vividly paints the reality of being a woman, but also presents a sense of hope and solutions.

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The Herd | Andrea Bartz
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I was surprised by how much I ended up loving this book! I'm picky with psychological thrillers and have not liked most of the ones I have read. This was my first time reading a feminist psychological thriller. I enjoyed that there were 4 main female characters and not one fit the cliche of a drunk, unreliable character. I loved the 2 distinct perspectives. I have never read any other book like this. It would make a great movie or show!

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I absolutely loved this book!!! It is one of my new favorite books! Friedman is a wonderful writer. The book gives so many valid, important points about sex education, feminism, the treatment of women, and society in general. I love that she maintains a realistic yet hopeful tone. She does not look at a problem and think nothing can be done. She reiterates that there is so much to change and act on. I highly recommend this book!!!

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Sometimes I Lie | Alice Feeney
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The book had a slow start for me, but I ended up really enjoying it! I can be very picky with psychological thrillers since I guess most of them and get tired of the cliches, especially about women. However, this book was not like that. The ending took me by surprise. I like that many details were left mysterious or ambiguous. I especially thought the psychological aspects were well-done. If it sticks to the book, I think the show will be great!

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I enjoyed the 2nd volume of this She-Hulk collection!!! I loved the combo of both her lawyer and superhero skills. There was also a good amount of other cool superheroes such as Ant-Man and Hellcat. Each character was fleshed-out and complex. The art is well-done. I was engaged throughout the entirety of the volume. These comics further instilled just how awesome She-Hulk is. I am excited to read more She-Hulk comics!

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Read this a few weeks after finishing Invisible Women, her 2nd book. I did enjoy Invisible Women more: however, this book is still so well-researched and well-written. It kept me intrigued the entire time. Perez excellently shows the realities of being a woman in a variety of fields around the world. Even though the realities are bleak yet sadly unsurprising Perez does provide hope that the lives of women can and will change for the better.

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Another She-Hulk graphic novel I enjoyed! I didn't like it as much as the '90s graphic novel collection. However, She-Hulk is still such an enjoyable, humorous, and intelligent character. I loved that this book delved into both her job as a lawyer and her being a superhero. The other comics I had read focused on one or the other. However, this one shows that multiple sides can be shown to Jennifer without losing the essence of the story.

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I wanted to love this book and was intrigued by the synopsis. Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite writers. However, I was very disappointed. Many parts were cliched and predictable. It seemed very similar to a show I have seen before. I did not like the plot or character development. I did not think Atwood's writing was as eloquent in this one. It's not a book that will stick with me. So far, this is my least favorite Atwood work.

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Finished this recently and loved it!!!! She-Hulk is one of my favorite Marvel characters. The book was so funny. It had been a while since a book made me laugh. I love how she breaks the 4th wall so often and makes fun of comic book cliches. I was intrigued throughout the 400+ pages. The art is incredible. it is more entertaining than many comic books or even books I have read. It makes me look forward to the show coming out next year even more!

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I completed this book a few days ago. It's my first completed read of the year! I loved it! It's extremely well-written and well-researched. Even though there are many statistics, Perez explains them thoroughly and makes them applicable to everyday problems. I learned such a great deal. It shows that there is so much work to be done in establishing data on women and striking for even a hint of gender equality around the world.

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I finished this just before Christmas. This is one of the few instances where I liked the movie better than the book. I thought the movie was entertaining and well-acted. However, I found the book to be very repetitive and not too well-written. It didn't feel like I was reading the point of view of a teenager. I thought the solutions to the problems were too simplistic. I love the ideas of the books but not their execution.

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The Robber Bride | Margaret Atwood
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Greatly enjoyed reading this! The book was a bit long; however, I never got bored. The writing is phenomenal. The writing makes it feel as if you are watching the story unfold right in front of you. I love the great uses of metaphors and similes. There are also many good points on feminism. I found the story to be unique and engaging. This was my 3rd Margaret Atwood book and I look forward to reading more of them!

Come-read-with-me @ilyssa.g Alias Grace was one of my favourites! 2y
ilyssa.g @Come-read-with-me I have to read that one soon! 2y
Come-read-with-me @ilyssa.g I hope you love it. I really thought it was one of her best. I also really enjoyed The Heart Goes Last.... but I like most of her books! 2y
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Absolutely loved this book!!! It is so well-researched and well-written. It provided insight into issues I was aware of as well as taught me new information. I especially did not know much about feminism and women of color in Australia. This book is different from anything I have ever read. It shows that progress has been made; however, there is much more change that needs to come. It is one of my all-time favorite reads.

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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier
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Just finished this and loved it! I read it after watching the new movie adaptation of it on Netflix. The book is much better than the movie. It kept me entirely intrigued. I loved the twists. The writing is elegant. I like the narrator's, Mrs. De Winter, character development and perspective. Even the secondary or minor characters had significant roles. And I would love to read more by Daphne Du Maurier as well as other gothic fiction books!

Cathythoughts Beautiful dramatic cover 2y
batsy I love this book! And I've enjoyed both My Cousin Rachel and Jamaica Inn by the author :) 2y
ilyssa.g @Cathythoughts Yes, I love the cover too! 2y
ilyssa.g @batsy Thanks! I look forward to reading those two other books! 2y
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Made You Up | Francesca Zappia
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Finished this yesterday! I think it was entertaining. However, I did not find the portrayal of schizophrenia to be realistic. The portrayal of schizophrenia was stereotypical. I did not enjoy any particular character. I also did not find the book to be unique. The dramatic scenes were especially cliched. I had heard many great reviews about it from my friends and family, but I did not enjoy it much.

TrishB I only brought this one for the cover! 2y
Nute The book cover art is lovely! 2y
ilyssa.g @TrishB It does have a beautiful cover! 2y
ilyssa.g @Nute I love the cover too! 2y
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Wow, No Thank You | Samantha Irby
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Finished this recently! It was nice to get a funny read after reading some serious books. Few books made me laugh out loud but this one did many times. I found it relatable, and I think Samantha Irby is an expert at self-deprecating humor. I also love the title of the book and the titles of each essay. It's a quick read that I would recommend

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Midnight Sun | Stephenie Meyer
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Finished this recently! I enjoyed getting Edward's perspective! I especially loved learning more about Alice and Jasper. This book helped me view Bella in a stronger light (not simply a damsel in distress). It brought me back to my Twihard phase that I went through in middle school and beginning of high school. The one aspect that bothered me were the high amount of grammatical mistakes. Otherwise, I would recommend to all Twilight fans.

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Just finished this! It provides a variety of perspectives on living with disability in the US. I agree that it is time to tell and listen to stories from individuals with disabilities more. It's different from any other anthology I have read. I hope to see more stories of the realities of disabilities come to light.

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I loved this book! Each of the stories was intriguing and taught me at least one lesson. The diversity of voices is amazing. There was no part or story that was boring or unnecessary. The anthology shows that anyone can be a feminist and the strength that collective feminism can hold.