Tuesday, 9 January 2018

ARC Review: A TAXONOMY OF LOVE by Rachael Allen.


SYNOPSIS:


The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it’s . . . something at first sight. He knows she’s special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spencer get older and life gets messier, the clear label of “friend” gets messier, too.

Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn’t always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it’s this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful.

SPOILER-FREE REVIEW:


I remember asking for a proof copy of this novel when the words "Tourette syndrome" and "YA novel" were used in the same premise. All I want to achieve with this review is to get you all buying your own copies now that they are out in the market.

A Taxonomy of Love follows the story of Spencer and Hope from the moment they meet at the age of thirteen until they are nineteen, so it is clearly a coming-of-age kind of story. But it is not a regular one. Spencer has Tourette syndrome and he is not doing well at school because of that. Not even his brother, Dean, seems to have his back when the bullies attack him, which is pretty dark. Nobody seems to get how Spencer is and the worst part is that no one is interested enough to try and figure it out. That is until Hope Birdsong moves right in front of his house. She gets it, she is okay with being friends with him and becomes a special someone for Spencer. From this point on, Spencer and Hope become the best friends you could ever wish for, a very healthy friendship between two young kids who do not really blend in with the rest. The thing is, people who grow up together can grow apart as well, and with this novel we go through it all. 

We have Spencer, the special kid with a special syndrome, and we have Hope, a girl full of dreams and made out of illusion and love. They both have so much heart that them not getting broken is almost impossible. In this novel, we get to witness the ups and downs of their friendships, other link between other characters and overall how they grow up to be the person they want (or are forced) to become.

The thing that makes this book stick out among all the YA contemporary out there is how real it can feel. Spencer is obsessed with creating taxonomies out of everything. He likes to classify people, moments, things... He calls himself a misfit, and I think we can all agree on that based on how he is. He is not the typical high school student: he is not really into partying or drinking, he plays in the wrestling team, he would rather speak about insects tan doing any other socially accepted activity and so on. He is respectful, sees life through a pair of eyes I would love to see through. He is simply heart-warming, and one day I want to bring my kids up just the way he was, because he really is a great person and he fails to show. Throughout this novel we see him risk his own safety to help others, we see him getting involved in Hope's darkest hours and trying to bring some light to her... I can really feel a connection with Spencer. I feel like every "misfit" will. Everything he thinks and says regarding society and teens sounds like something I would think myself. We share a very similar vision of this world and that kind of made me feel all cuddled up while reading about his life. Spencer is, by far, one of the best main characters I have read about in a while: interesting, realistic and pure. 

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Lecturas anticipadas de 2018|| VUELVE MORGAN MATSON.

Hola, Little anchors!

Bienvenidxs una entrada más a Marta's Bookshelf. 

Hoy, para empezar bien el año, vamos a hablar de los libros publicados en 2018 que más llaman mi atención. Os dejo el link a sus perfiles de Goodreads, las portadas, fechas de publicación y sinopsis.

1. Save the Date de Morgan Matson [05/06/2018] He leído casi todos los títulos de esta autora y no puedo quejarme. Tengo ganas de leer más de Morgan, pues sus historias siempre me conquistan y creo que están hechas que da gusto. 

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.
The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.
There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.
There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.
Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.
Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

Monday, 1 January 2018

10 propósitos para 2018.

¡Hola, Little anchors!
Bienvenidxs una entrada más a Marta's Bookshelf. 

Hoy os traigo al blog la lista de propósitos que me he planteado para este año que empieza. Dejadme en comentarios los vuestros y... ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Resumen 2017: ¿FRACASO DE PROPÓITOS? || MARTA'S BOOKSHELF.

Hola, Little anchors!

Bienvenidxs una entrada más a Marta's Bookshelf. Bienvenidxs a la última entrada de 2017: ¡el resumen de mi 2017 en Blogger!

Os traigo conmigo la lista de propósitos que publiqué el primer día de año, mis propósitos como lectora y blogger. El propósito de esta entrada es revisar qué ha sido de mi año, cómo lo he gestionado, cómo se han reflejado los cambios académicos, etc. 

En cuanto a cómo se ve el blog, está bastante claro que ha sido modificado a lo largo de este año. He diseñado un nuevo header, he contactado con una artista para poder utilizar una de sus obras de arte como foto de perfil, el fondo es blanco, todo está ambientado en tonos pastel...


Saturday, 30 December 2017

Libros sobrevalorados de 2017 || ¿OPINIONES IMPOPULARES?

Hola, Little anchors!

Bienvenidxs una entrada más a Marta's Bookshelf.

Hoy os traigo unos cuantos libros que he leído este año y, en mi opinión, están sobrevalorados. Suele asar que cuando hay mucho hype con un libro, acaba defraudando. Es por es que suelo entrar en los libros con unas ganas enormes de descubrir de dónde viene toda la expectativa... y a veces hay golpes que no esperaba.

Los títulos que aparecen a continuación no son necesariamente libros que no me gustaron, sino libros que, a pesar de gustarme, no considero que estuvieran valorados a la altura de lo que realmente son. Las reseñas para dichos libros están linkeadas en los títulos.



Sunday, 24 December 2017

¿Qué estoy leyendo? ¿Los acabaré antes del fin de año? || DNF BOOKS 2017.

Hola, Little anchors! 

Bienvenidxs una entrada más a Marta's Bookshelf. 

Hoy os traigo una lista de libros que he empezado este 2017 pero no he acabado por algún motivo. El propósito de esta entrada es ver qué tengo pendiente y si realmente me interesan lo suficiente como para continuar con ellos. 


¡Empecemos! 

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Libros para regalar estas Navidades.

Hola, Little anchors! 

Bienvenidxs una entrada más a Marta's Bookshelf. 

Después de ocho lustros, me digno a volver a aparecer por aquí. Sí, he estado desaparecida desde noviembre, pero si me seguís por redes sociales, entonces sabéis que he empezado la Universidad y me estoy adaptando a sus horarios y el tiempo que demanda, que no es poco. Así, no he tenido tiempo para dedicarle al blog, y eso me ha puesto bastante triste y frustrada. 

Pero bueno, las Navidades (mejor época del año) ya están aquí, y también yo.

Hoy vengo a recomendaros 4 libros para regalar estas Navidades, cada uno de ellos con su motivo.