oh my god these books

it is YOUR book, you can

  • break the spine
  • draw/write in it
  • put sticky notes
  • place it somewhere dirty
  • rip pages out
  • bend pages/fronts/backs
  • DO LITERALLY EVERYTHING WITH YOUR BOOK BECAUSE IT IS YOURS AND YOURS ALONE

and everyone else should keep their mouth shut and stop with the “how could you do this to your book?”/”the poor book”/”oh my god your such a bad person for doing this” WHAT THE FUCK come on guys, do with your book what you think is right and let other people do with theirs what they think is right.

“Stop looking at me like that,” he whispered.

“Like what?” she glanced into his eyes and drowned in them uncontrollably. “Like you’re the only person I want to be looking at?”

He stayed silent.

Fires were igniting in her eyes. “God, I would give anything to not be looking at you like that.”

—  // b.k.
Okay real quick - Melissa Chase is an inattentive-type ADD kid and here’s why

 - the high stakes in the math book episode are literally nothing but “THE PRINCIPAL IS GONNA THINK I’M IRRESPONSIBLE” and Melissa is losing her shit over it

- apparently CONSTANTLY forgets her stuff at school

 - frames the repetitive frantic lost-thing search as a quest to make it less awful; insists that Zack also call it a quest

 - thing in science class makes a weird noise. immediately picks up and inspects, no second thought

 - “a tremendous portion of my self esteem is based on my grade point average”

- “hang on let me get my notepad” - proceeds to hustle every single kid in her homeroom

- knows every president’s blood type but forgets february doesn’t have a 30th

 - “melissa said she had to study” - shot of melissa spacing out in a kiddie pool

 - well meaning friend tells her to make a list of things she has to remember - “i tried that. lists don’t work.”

 - “wait where did i put down that key literally one second ago”

 - wanted to be a journalist/queen of the universe when she was little; continues saying that’s what she’s going to be because fuck you i can be whatever i want

 - that science project on the first day of summer. either it was assembled FAST (hyperfocused) or she had been working on it for days already (overdue school project). both are evidence

 - analyzed the FUCK out of Dr. Zone in under a day

 - VISIBLY ENRAGED when changes to her favorite event are sprung on her with no time to prepare (tenses up, limbs go stiff, death glare, clenched teeth) - she cannot stand the idea of being made to look stupid at something she’s really good at

 - witty as fuck bc hyperdrive snark brain

 - haha wow this wasn’t quick at all was it

 - i just feel very strongly about this

 - i love melissa

Are you… crying?” Simon asked, incredulous.
“Of course not.” George gave his eyes another furious wipe. “Well, in my defense,” he added, sounding only slightly abashed, “death is a terrible thing." 
"It’s a dead rat,” Simon pointed out. “A dead rat in your shoe, I might add.
—  Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
5

I am reading a brand new book for the first time in months and it is G R E A T. I’ve been reading fan fiction for so long I’ve forgotten how thirst quenching a real book can be. 

I’ve said “oh my god” at least 6 times.

It features:
1. Sci-fantasy that is entirely unexpected at every turn.
2. A BLACK GIRL who is not a sidekick and instead is every bit as well rounded, important, developed and vulnerable and romanticized as Hermione.
3. A GAY KID (the MC) who spends pretty much none of the book hating himself for being gay and only 20% of the book being upset about gay related things (brought on by other people). Its mostly him dealing with terrifying sci-fi, which is refreshing as fuck.  (literally the way this is handled when he meets the other kids is “i dont date girls” “oh you wouldnt date me because im fat right?” “no, i dont date any girls” “oh. ok.”
4. A POLISH CHILD. It is so rare and refreshing to have mixed age characters in YA books and it feels so realistic. I think the MC and the black girl are like 17-18 and the kid (who is also a fully realized and respected person) is about 13 years old. Also, its crazy refreshing to have Eastern European characters that aren’t tropes.

I’m almost done with the book (maybe 30 pages left) and its taken be abut 3-ish hours to read and I STILL have no idea how its going to end,

I highly recommend picking it up if you’re interested in diverse, imaginative Sci-fi.