The Inside Out Book Tag

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Inside Out was one of my favourite movies to watch last year, and the characters were so cute, I just couldn’t help myself but to want to do this tag when I saw Jenna from Reading with Jenna do it, all those months back. Besides, whatever makes my blog more colourful is always fun and exciting to me. :p

A book that brings you joy

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In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape. 

In a weird way, the setting of this book makes me super excited. I’ve always been into games and I LOVE the idea of a world where technology facilitates work and education and pretty much life to the extent that OASIS in Ready Player One does. So amazing!

A book that brings you sadness

A Monster CallsThe monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This one is a Middle Grade novel, but it’s really, really sad. I know several grown adults who have burst into tears reading this book, and I myself teared up a couple of timesReview here.

A book that brings you fear

22573856When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options.

Fear might not be the right exact word here, but Little Peach was gripping and emotionally difficult to read, and the subject matter it dealt with is definitely one of importance, one that’s very, very real.

I think rather than making me fearful, it made me conscious of the devastating fact that child prostitution still happens… and that’s what’s quite scary.

A book that brings you anger

The Night We Said YesBefore Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life. But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan. And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.

For such a fun idea, this book was sure disappointing. I found the primary romantic relationships in The Night We Said Yes to be incredibly toxic and the main characters weakly characterised and dangerously co-dependent. Not a fan.

A book that brings you disgust

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When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars).

I went a bit more in-depth in my review about the several problematic things in this book, but the one thing that really disgusted me was Mallory’s mum; her whole character just left a really bad taste in my mouth. Not only did the things that she did frustrate me, more than that it was this golden line that I really take issue with:

“Mallory, did you give a piece of yourself to this boy? It only takes one bad act to ruin a girl’s reputation.”

Personally, I think it’s wrong to imply that having sex is inherently a ‘bad act’ that can ‘ruin a girl’s reputation’, and I was really bothered when she got away scot-free with it. We need more sex-positive YA books that actually teach, not deliver wrong messages that make teenagers feel bad and ashamed of something that’s part of human nature.

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22 thoughts on “The Inside Out Book Tag

  1. As always, I’m with you in grief with A Monster Calls! I’m about to start Knife of Never Letting Go. Hopefully, it wouldn’t fail in comparison to AMC. Patrick Ness, please don’t disappoint! LOL. Have you read Chaos Walking trilogy yet, Reg?

    Thanks for tagging me 😀

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    • Yeees, it’s still one of the books that I feel portray the loss of a parent really realistically and heartbreakingly. It’s just super sad.

      I have not, actually! A Monster Calls and The Rest of Us Just Live Here remain the only books of Ness’s that I’ve read… my boyfriend also recommended Chaos Walking a couple of times, but my backlog of books to read is CRAZY. I try not to be too ambitious. Would you say the trilogy’s better than A Monster Calls?

      And no worries. ❤

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  2. I loved Inside Out, too, what a great movie! I’m sad to hear you didn’t like The Night We Said Yes, but you’re not the first one. I have this book on my TBR for a while, now, and I’m still curious about whether I’ll like it, or not. And I NEED to read A Monster Calls. I only read one Patrick Ness’ novel for now, and I’m eager to pick up the rest of his works!

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    • Pixar never disappoints. ❤

      Aww, no! Reviews are mixed on Goodreads, and hey, books are always so subjective. Do let me know what you think of it if/when you finally read it–I'm curious too about whether or not you like it. 😛

      Which of Patrick Ness's novel have you read?

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  3. Thanks so much for tagging me! I can’t wait to get to this! I’ve heard a lot of great things about Patrick Ness, especially about how sad “A Monster Calls” is. I really want to read “The Knife of Never Letting Go”!

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    • No worries, I’m happy you’re interested in doing it! ❤

      I haven't yet read The Knife of Never Letting Go, but it's been highly recommended to me by people whose tastes I trust. It's definitely somewhere on my TBR list… perhaps some day I'll get to it. Definitely recommending A Monster Calls, though–it remains one of my favourite MG novels ever. 🙂

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  4. Thanks for the tag. Inside Out is possibly one of the cutest films I’ve ever seen and to add books into the equation sounds like so much fun. Ready Player One and A Monster Calls are two books I plan to knock off my tbr list this year because I’ve heard so many wonderful things about the books. I will stock up on the comfort food for A Monster Calls though.

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