Welcome back to another Lit Chick post! From the bottom of our hearts (mine’s and Carla’s) we are so grateful for everyone who watched our first video and gave us such kind words. This really is a fun thing for us to and we love sharing our love of books with you!
This month we decided to read Match Making for Beginners by Maddie Dawson. We thought this was the perfect read for the beginning of the holiday season. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Love you all and enjoy!
I definitely have a few tears in my eyes after reading those final lines. This book takes place during the early 1900’s when women were fighting for the right to vote, and that ending gave me so much hope.
I could see so much of myself in Olivia (as I’m sure almost everyone lady can), but mostly because throughout the book she becomes awaken to the realities of the world and how unequal it is. She did already have a little spark in her in the beginning of the book, but because of the events with her father and the hypnotist (swoonnnn) that spark turned to flame.
I look up to her. It’s a brave than to finally find your voice, and it is even braver when you finally use it. I guess the them of this week was dreamers, because again, this book reinforced the fact that when we dream and act for a better world… it can happen. We can make it happen.
I leave you with this: “Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one’s life.” – Kate Chopin (The Awakening)
Beautifully written. Ibi Zoboi, you changed my views with your words.
From the beginning of the story, I could already tell that the plot would be driven by the characters actions, the main character in particular. Fabiola and her mother were trying to move from Haiti to Detroit and star a new life with her aunt and her cousins, but unfortunately, her mother gets detained. It was really heartbreaking for me when she got separated from her mother, and from there all her decisions were based around her quest to get her mother back. At times I would be so mad at Fabiola. I just wanted her to make certain decisions, but I know I had to respect her and where she came from, and I did. Her belief in the spiritual also really moved me and I enjoyed the spookiness and mysticism that surrounded her. Magical realism is my thing!
This book also showed me a side of the world I rarely know about… Detroit and the gritty situations that people must go through to survive. Not everything is as it seems and we get this vibe when we learn more about each character presented in their mini chapters. It was also a way for Fabiola to get to know them as well. She was bad ass honestly, and I haven’t seen a character from a book grow so much as she did in such a short period of time. She was clever and beautiful and someone I would have appreciated knowing in real life.
In actually I give this book a 4.5. It was just a wee bit slow in the beginning to merit a whole 5, but once the ball got rolling, I couldn’t put the book down.
The book was not what I expected it to be at all. Spooky? Yes. Magical? Definitely. It helped a lot that I was reading this book in the dead of night during a hurricane, with the wind rustling the leaves outside. Perfect setting to read this book.
The characters Cara, Sam, Bea, and Alice were so amazingly lovely. I loved them so much (flaws and all) that I wanted to be friends with them. I wanted to be a part of this bizarre and magical family. Every year in October, the Accident Season begins. Weird situations happen. Bruised bodies, broken bones, bloody lips, car wrecks, and deaths have occurred during this Accident Season, and their eccentric mother worries every year when the season comes along. Alice, the oldest sister is very suspicious about this season, while Cara (the main main character) knows there is more to the story, especially after she realized that a girl name Elsie has been appearing in everyone one of her photographs since she was a little girl. Does she have something to do with the Accident Season?
The whole time while reading, you can’t help but shift back and forth between reality and fantasy, which is the main thing when it comes to magical realism. You don’t know what is real and what isn’t, and this is some of my favorite type of reading. Being someone that looks for the magic in the every day, I eat this kind of novel up. One of my favorite scenes without giving too much away is the party scene. Wow… the author did an amazing job in making me feel like I was in the scene. I felt as drunk as the main character. Confused, happy, melancholy, tipsy… even more so during the party, the lines between reality and fantasy were blurred and her confusion was magical. I felt so connected to her at that moment. The added aspect of the Changelings made the scene even better. It was like having two alternate realities happening at once.
Don’t get me wrong the book got spooky, and ultimately the families demons are confronted and the truth is let out like a gust of wind that knocks all the walls they have put up throughout the years. Throughout the book, you get hints of what is really happening… and not everything is said but I like that the author gives the reader credit to put two and two together. A perfect example of show, don’t tell. Secrets, friendship, family, and the supernatural are definite themes in this book, and sometimes we cover up things with half truths only so we don’t have to confront what we truly are afraid of.
Spooky and magical book, I could relate so much to the main character, Cara. Now I want some silver converse.
Top 10. That is the first thing I have to say. This book has made it to my top favorite books and that is definitely a challenge for me to pick favorites, but wow. This book is not what you expect it to be. Magical realism drips from every page mixed with the everyday troubles and anxieties that all humans deal with. Helen, God I love her. I don’t think I’ve ever loved a character as much as I love her, but it is probably because she is my twin. If a book had a soul, then this book and I would be kindred spirits. Lovely, intense, and hilarious as hell, this book has something (and I’m sure of it for anyone). So many emotions resurfaced as I read this book, but it was healing. I think I’m hooked, and I think I’m going to read it again very soon.
Oh plus, her Harry Potter references throughout the book made my life. Helena gets me.