Yes, hello I'm Rachel. I read YA and spend my days in a state of perpetual tiredness. Tralalala
'Scars prove that you're still here. That you can move on. Maybe missing a chunk of yourself, but here, goddamn it, surviving.
And who knows? Maybe you heal.'
Well. Wasn't this an absolute terrifying delight? Was toooootally sucked in by pg 15, which hasn't happened in a long long time, and I ended up ploughing my way thru very quickly, which I kinda regret a little now because who doesn't hate finishing a really good book?
Jason was such an interesting MC. I loved his POV, even if it scared me a little sometimes.
Anyway. You know what I'm going to say next, so...
READ THIS BOOK PLEASE.
Life is more than that. It's blissful and rubbish and crappy and kind and infinite worlds of emotion. And you know what? So are people. We've all got good in us and bad in us, and miles of murky greyness. I suppose the difference is what you choose to focus on. Whether it's on the gutter, or on the stars, or just on your miserable self.
Man, this is one hell of a book. So strange, but very well done.
'His voice shot through me. It's amazing, the things your body will do just when you don't want them to: heart speeding up, fingers aching. I'd always liked his voice, low and laid back, the kind of voice that made you listen, a voice that still caused me to teeter when I heard it saying my old nickname.'
'Jason and I are okay without talking. That's how you know you really trust someone, I think; when you don't have to talk all the time to make sure they still like you or prove that you have interesting stuff to say. I could spend all day with him and not say a word.'
'It's almost as if we're afraid of words. They hang in the air unspoken, and then seeing that they're not going to be used, they shrivel and die.'
Also, Amandla Stenberg (Rue from THG movie adaptation) is the narrator and Bird is told from the pov of the MC, a teen PoC. Good.
I have really enjoyed this book. We'll see how the ending goes, but I reckon I'll end up buying a physical copy.
And woooo, audio book I actually like alert!
'I miss English class and Mr Gaydon's way of looking at the world. Like being ourselves is enough.'
1. Holy wow bad parent alert.
2. Del is my favourite.
'"Mum - I want you to meet someone. This is Riley Rose. It's okay, we're not married." He turned to give me a beautiful smile. "We're just in deep like.'"
'I put on too much dead-red lipstick, drew a satanic star on Fleur's pillow, and then I walked through the drizzle to breakfast, undaunted.'
Riley Rose gives zero fucks and I love it.
Oh. Well that was a smart little character twist on the classic Robin Hood legend that I probably should've seen coming but totally didn't.
I’ve been in love with the Robin Hood legend ever since I was a kid. I’m not entirely sure why but I think it probably has something (a lot) to do with the Robin Hood Disney movie, which is my fave Disney movie of all time - even over The Lion King and Aladdin say whaaaaaaat oh no she didn’t
So anyway I was wasting my life away on Twitter this w/e, which is how I discovered this book. About 43 seconds after that, I had borrowed it from my library in ebook form and downloaded it onto my phone to read cos they won’t download to my Kindle (my first time doing this too, & it’s actually not going as terrible as I always thought it would). Anyway anyway I like that the protag is a female Will Scarlet and she’s hellaaaaaa badass. What is confusing me a little tho, is that she seems to have an eating disorder? Which is totally cool, but it seems a bit out of place in this story? But I also feel like there’s a strong possibility that I’m completely misinterpreting that situation so I’m going to keep on reading and I will you let you know, BookLikes. I will let you know.
'Breaking a hair tie used to account for a national tradegy, involving one of us stopping at any corner store, desperately searching for the kind she liked. That she isn't in tears over her hair being down right now is either a sign of personal growth or of the coming apocalypse.'
Aly, I feel you girl. One day, I hope to get to that place too.
'When I finished school and people told me I had the whole wide world in front of me, this wasn't what I had in mind. I feel this burning up inside me, and sometimes it's all I can think about - this restlessness and energy that feels so strong it seems strange people can't see it written all over my face.
I need something to do, somewhere to be. Things have got to change somehow.'
Well hello there, extremely accurate description of how I feel every damn day of my life.
Yeah look I don't know if I have any idea where this story is going but I am VERY invested. Still experiencing my typical audio-book-zone-out issues but this lady narrator has a sexy voice, mmhmm yes indeed.