Girls With Glasses: My Optic History by Marissa Walsh


Book Description

Publication Date:November 1, 2006
Being a Girl with Glasses isn’t just a style choice; it’s a way of life. If you’ve ever had your specs steam up when walking into a bar, squinted into the sun on the soccer field, or laid eyes on a new haircut only after your locks are strewn across the floor, you know what it’s like to be a GWG.
Marissa Walsh has worn glasses since third grade. Now — ten pairs of glasses, one pair of prescription sunglasses, and endless pairs of contacts later — she has fully embraced her four-eyed fate. As she recounts her optic history through the lenses of each pair of glasses — from the Sergio Valentes and the Sally Jessy Raphaels to the pseudo John Lennons and the dreaded health plan specs — at last she found them . . . the perfect pair.
Marissa’s comic look at a life behind glass is at once a poignant personal journey and a wry, canny exploration of just what it means to be a glasses-wearing kind of girl. Peppered with pop culture references and complete with appendixes of resources, classic GWG moments, and helpful tips on finding the right frames for your face, Girl with Glasses will give you reason to commiserate with your shortsighted sisters and celebrate your less-than-perfect vision.
Review –
I forget if this was a free audiobook or if it was just cheap, but anyway I listened to it and found it okay.
I, too, have worn glasses for the majority of my life but I never minded because without them I couldn’t see anything. Not quite blind, but almost. I love frames and if I were rich and famous I would have  a hundred  different pairs to wear to match my moods. But I’m not so I have three pairs and one I don’t wear because when the lenses were being put in the frame stretched and now they are too loose and fall down the bridge of the nose so there went $400 up in smoke. Oh well, that’s the life of a GWG (girl with glasses).

Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi

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Publication Date: October 2, 2012

Set after Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me and before Unravel Me, the spellbinding sequel, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing
Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in
Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of …

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, the Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Review –

This novella is told from Warner’s point of view and we find out he’s mot the hard-ass he is pretending to be. He truly loves Juliette and hates his father and what he is being made to do.

Great cover.


Shatter Me(Shatter Me #1) by Taherej Mafi


Book Description

Publication Date:November 15, 2011

“You can’t touch me,” I whisper.

I’m lying, is what I don’t tell him.

He can touch me, is what I’ll never tell him.

But things happen when people touch me.

Strange things.

Bad things.

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.

But Juliette has plans of her own.

After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

Review –
I gave this book five stars ***** although when I first started reading(or listening, in my case) I wasn’t sure what to think.  The main character, who has been in isolation for 264 days when the story begins, seemed over melodramatic in her speech, but as the story progressed I could see a reason for the writing technique. The author uses metaphors and similes all over the place.
Here are a few of the lines that stood out:
“his voice (Warner) like an icicle piercing the flesh of my memories.”
“my face has been slapped by a hundred hands” (when she’s embarrassed
I’m dripping red paint on the carpet” (embarrassed when she’s told she’s beautiful)
“touching me like I’m made of porcelain and I want to shatter”
“I want to rip up the carpet and sew it to my skin” (when she’s wearing a tank and shorts)
“I’m gapping like a dead fish”
my throat is a reptile covered with scales”
Juliette is 17 and was put in an asylum because she has the power to kill if she touches someone. She thinks she is alone.
Adam, who Juliette hasn’t seen for many years and loves) is put in as a cell mate and over time falls for her.
Adam was a plant by Warner who wants to own Juliette.
Adam and Juliette escape and Warner tracks them down.
They escape once more and find others like Juliette.
Warner continues his search to find Juliette. He loves her.
Great story and series and the covers are fantastic.