Showing posts from September 3, 2023

book review: This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub

This Time Tomorrow  by Emma Straub  Overview: On Alice's 40th birthday, she falls into a time loop. She goes from being a single woman with her own apartment and a job at her old high school to waking up in her childhood bedroom 16 again. Most importantly, when she wakes up, her dad is younger again too. Instead of in the hospital, attached to a million wires and unconscious, he's vibrant and wacky and the dad she remembers again. As she falls somewhere between Freaky Friday  and Groundhog Day , Alice becomes determined to wrinkle time enough to avoid her father still being in the hospital when she makes it back to the present day. Overall: 4 Characters: 4 Alice is the protagonist of the novel, but Alice is almost multiple characters within the novel. She's her 40 year old consciousness through all the ups and downs, but as she encounters new situations both as her kid self and the different possibilities she bounces into as an adult, her sensibilities shift. She's able

hope, romance, confusion, fragility: defining the Sally Rooney novel and growing up

Since this is a bit different than what I  typically share on here, I wanted to write a preamble. I wrote this piece about Sally Rooney for a unique assignment in one of my writing classes a year ago. As any young adult, I feel like I've lived many lifetimes since then, but my mind comes back to this piece quite a bit, and I wanted to share it. I think it's sat on my computer long enough. So this is long and more formal than what I normally post, but if you're not sick of thinking about Sally Rooney, this is a bit about my view of Rooney's writing devices as well as a comment on how criticism often has more to do with you than the art itself.  At sixteen, I stumbled upon Sally Rooney’s books nestled on a shelf in the library. I was wandering away from YA novels for the first time, and the main library was still a relatively new, confusing place. I grabbed the slim hardcover with two impressionistically drawn faces over blocks of blue and green sufficiently intrigued. In