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Our Kind of Cruelty is a novel in the style of a journal or memoir, written in the voice of a psychologically twisted man in a mad pursuit of love. The pr...Show more Our Kind of Cruelty is a novel in the style of a journal or memoir, written in the voice of a psychologically twisted man in a mad pursuit of love. The protagonist, Michael Hayes, is an amazingly charming narrator. I grew attached to this character after the first ten pages of the story because his narration is so distinctive and out of the ordinary. No matter what genre of books a person favours, I strongly believe that they will find enjoyment in following Michael’s journey and seeing the world through his misshaped morals and perspective towards love. Near the end, the story opens up to themes that relate to some social justice issues. I find this somewhat surprising. The introductions of the book and the quotation at the back referred to the book as a psychological thriller, but I did not quite expect an important theme relating to social justice. Sadly, the story does not have a happy ever after ending, and that, for me, is quite unfortunate since I really like the characters and I wish there were a resolution for every problem. However, the imperfect ending is just another reason for why this book is so fascinating Show less
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives: Amazon.ca: Dashka Slater: Books, opens a new window
Rating: 4.5/5 Review: The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater is an engaging true story which centers around opposite sides of a life-changing incident. Sasha, an au...Show more Rating: 4.5/5 Review: The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater is an engaging true story which centers around opposite sides of a life-changing incident. Sasha, an autistic teen who prefers the pronoun "they", is severely burned and has to undergo multiple surgeries after an encounter with Richard, an African American boy, who sets fire to their skirt. Richard is then arrested and accused of a hate crime to the dismay of his family. This book intricately weaves together both Sasha's and Richard's sides to effectively give the reader a clear understanding of the motives and aftermath of the incident. I loved how the author clearly explains everything that is happening in the story, such as all the laws and actions that are involved in the conviction of a minor as well as additional information on the rates of conviction for young African Americans. In addition, I loved how she also provides information on the LGBTQ society specifically focusing on the transgender and gender neutral community. The book definitely grips the reader from the start and keeps them from putting it down. Overall, this is an amazing book that I really enjoyed reading. I would recommend this to everyone as it provides a lot of insight on the sensitive aspects of our society. Show less