A Triple Treat Review: Fantastic Beasts, The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart and Holding Up the Universe

Another week has gone by and November is already more than halfway through (NaNoWriMo participants including myself, good luck!). Another three more books I’ve finished…

Fantastic Beasts (JK Rowling)

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I’m still having Harry Potter fever. Having seen Fantastic Beasts (twice!), I read the screenplay.

Likes:

– better than the movie as more description to what the characters are thinking or going through are given. Gives opportunity to see scenes with different actors – but no one can replace Ezra Miller as Credence :p

– Shows JK Rowling’s script writing skills which are pretty good

– Beautiful cover

– more canonical than Cursed Child

Dislikes:

– Little diversity despite being set in 1920s New York City. The poc characters are either in the background, in remembrance or in power but actually not having a major role and proven wrong by the main white characters in the end

– The Thunderbird, a creature in Native American myths, is named Frank. Really?

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart (Lauren DeStefano) 

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If you need a good ghost story, then I recommend this book which is about a ghost possessing a girl and with the latter and her friend’s help, they investigate her case.

Likes:

– the ghost takes different forms including animal

– Beautiful but haunting writing

– Kids doing detective work

– Strong friendships

Dislikes:

– Disconnected with the main characters most of the time

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Holding Up the Universe (Jennifer Niven)

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This book centres on Libby who’s defined by her fatness and Jack who’s a popular guy at school but has a secret: he has prosopagnosia – meaning he can’t recognise faces, not even his family’s. Libby and Jack’s worlds collide, forever changing their lives.

Likes:

– Well written

– As someone who is fat and has anxiety, this book is relatable

– Libby chooses not to be a victim but a fighter

– Libby and Jack bonding is cute but I think the romance itself is forced

Dislikes:

– Even though Jack is biracial and and a good character, the rest of poc characters are either bitches or quiet/weird.

– on repping fatness, it’s sort of messy. On one hand, it’s great to have a protagonist who is fat and doesn’t lose weight to fit in. But on the other hand, the whole lifting a fat person by crane thing is…overdramatic and an insult?

– I have a thyroid condition (hypothyroidism) which effects my weight. There’s a character who has it (Iris). She’s involved in a turning point scene for Libby, but is pushed to the background like the rest of Libby’s friends afterwards. So I was put out by this use of a character as a one-time agent to the protagonist’s development.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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