Book Review: Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare

Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare: 9780679734819 |  PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

Title: Six Degrees of Seperation

Author: John Guare

Genre: Plays

Number of Pages: 120

Rating: B

Recommended?: Yes


I’ve never seen the film adaptation of this starring Will Smith, but after reading the play it’s definitely something I’d like to check out in the future. Six Degrees of Separation is an odd play about class and privilege, with an unsettling tone and very unlikable characters. It starts out with a young gay black man who’s an extremely skilled con artist insinuating himself in the lives of a rich white couple, and how his deceit and people’s reactions to his behavior set off a chain of peculiar events.

The young grifter, Paul, preys on his entitled victims’ racially biased perceptions of the ‘well-spoken educated black man’ and something about his ruthless opportunism appeals to them and arouses their sympathies even as he callously ruins lives. The nature of this play is misanthropic and somewhat satiric, and it’s strength lies in character motives that are both perplexing and often fascinating.

Book Review: Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson | Scholastic

Title: Locomotion

Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Genre: Middle Grade/Books in Verse

Number of Pages: 112

Rating: B

Recommended?: Yes


I read most of this book years ago (when I was an actual kid) and even though I liked it, it took me ages to go back to it and read it all the way through. Jacqueline Woodson can be a bit hit-or-miss for me, but this was one of the books by her I actually really like and I’d also recommend the sequel. Locomotion is a really quick read that revolves around Lonnie, a little boy who went into the foster care system after his parents died in a fire. He ends up being adopted by someone who loves him, but he ends up separated from his beloved younger sister in the process when she goes to a different foster family that doesn’t accept boys.

Lonnie has several positive friendships with his peers, but he’s often lonely and his love of poetry is something his most boys his age can’t relate to. Locomotion is told in a lyrical and intimate style that still feels appropriate to the character’s young age, and Lonnie is a sensitive, thoughtful character who’s a good role model and provides a engrossing portrayal of someone falling in love with the creative process and dealing with life events that are sometimes traumatic and difficult, but never devoid of hope.

Book Review: Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner

Fake Blood: Gardner, Whitney, Gardner, Whitney: 9781481495561: Amazon.com:  Books

Title: Fake Blood

Author: Whitney Gardner

Genre: Juvenile Graphic Novel

Number of Pages: 332

Rating: C

Recommended?: No



I didn’t have particularly high expectations for this book, but I thought the premise sounded cute and that it might be a nice quick read. Fake Blood is a inoffensive but forgettable graphic novel for middle graders, about a little boy who has a crush on his classmate but doesn’t feel she knows he exists.

The kid, A.J., decides to model himself after an angsty vampire bad-boy to win his dream girl Nia’s affections, but it turns out what he interprets to be a vampire fandom is way off- Nia is actually a vampire hunter who keeps tabs on bloodsuckers in order to kill them. Trying to avoid being killed by Nia over a unfortunate miscommunication, A.J. also teams up with his two goofy friends to track a real vampire who’s infiltrated the school.

The antagonist is the most entertaining part of the story, his identity is obvious right off the bat but he adds a bit of humor to a story with mostly flat characters. There is very little tension and even the characters don’t seem to take their conflicts seriously. As a reader I didn’t even get a sense that the characters were frightened in life-threatening situations, it was very slapstick-y and the none of the emotions rang true.

I think even in a silly and light-hearted story written for children, the author should lend some sense of authenticity to the characters and that wasn’t present here. The only parts of this book I really enjoyed was the ones where the author parodied Twilight. This might appeal to middle graders who are reluctant readers but it lacked crossover appeal.

Books I Want to Read; Part #222

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  1. The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
  2. Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta
  3. Amor and Psycho: Stories by Carolyn Cooke
  4. The Pier Falls by Mark Hadden
  5. The Photographer of Mauthausen by Slava Rubio
  6. The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper
  7. Black Forest by Valerie Mrejen
  8. The Project by Courtney Summers
  9. Everything I Found on the Beach by Cynan Jones
  10. Stillicide by Cynan Jones
  11. The Truth by Michael Palin
  12. Ray by Barry Hannah
  13. Occupy Space by Grady Hendrix
  14. The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  15. Deep Breaths by Chris Gooch
  16. Manuelito by Elisa Amado
  17. Wait for Night by Stephen Graham Jones
  18. The Sea Is Salt and So Am I by Cassandra Hartt
  19. Baby & Solo by Lisbeth Posthuma
  20. The Midnight Swimming Club by Emma Green
  21. Moms by Yeong-shin Ma
  22. Quiet No More by Nikki Barthelmess
  23. Down With This Ship by Katie Kingman
  24. Tribal Lores by Archimede Fusillo
  25. Floored by Sara Barnard
  26. Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie
  27. These Days by Jack Cheng
  28. A Crooked Tree by Una Mannion
  29. Forget This Ever Happened by Cassandra Rose Clarke
  30. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  31. Skullduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
  32. The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
  33. Fish Out of Water by Natalie Whipple
  34. Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
  35. Yellow Jessamine by Caitlin Starling
  36. The Forest God by Jamie Lackey
  37. You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly
  38. The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly
  39. Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
  40. Threads by Ami Polonsky
  41. Cages by Peg Kehret
  42. Itch by Michelle D. Kwasney
  43. American Housewife by Helen Ellis
  44. Born Round by Frank Bruni
  45. No Laughter Here by Rita Williams-Garcia
  46. Slow Boat by Hideo Furukawa
  47. Black Baby by Clare Boylan
  48. The Spectre of Alexander Wolf by Gaito Gazdanov
  49. Red Speedo: A Play by Lucas Hnath
  50. Painting Churches by Tina Howe
  51. Shook by Samuel Bailey
  52. Out of Sorts by Denusia Samal
  53. Raised in Captivity. by Nicky Silver
  54. Concord Floral by Jordan Tannahill
  55. What a Young Wife Ought to Know by Hannah Moscovitch

Books I Want to Read; Part #221

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  1. The Invisible Hero by Elizabeth Fensham
  2. Goodbye Jamie Boyd by Elizabeth Fensham
  3. My Place by Sally Morgan
  4. Puberty Blues by Kathy Lette
  5. Dead Europe by Christos Tsiolkas
  6. Lemons in the Chicken Wire by Alison Whittaker
  7. Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia; edited by Anita Heiss
  8. What Cold Be Saved by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz
  9. Little Fires Everything by Celeste Ng
  10. Into the Heartless Wood by Joanna Ruth Meyer
  11. A Silent Voice, Vol. 1 by Yoshitoki Oima
  12. The Book of Atrix Wolfe by Patricia A. McKillip
  13. Wild Roses by Deb Caletti
  14. Becoming a Visible Man by Jameson Green
  15. MIND MGMT, Volume One by Matt Kindt
  16. The Unsound by Cullen Bunn
  17. The Weatherman #1 by Jody LeHeup
  18. Perpetual Dread by Brian Bowyer
  19. Scanline by Todd Keisling
  20. Crossroads by Laurel Hightower
  21. The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho
  22. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix
  23. Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
  24. Geese Are Never Swans by Eva Clark
  25. The Infinity Year of Avalon James by Dana Middleton
  26. Kingdom by Jon McNaught
  27. A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong
  28. Don’t Go Without Me by Rosemary Valero-O’Carroll
  29. Your Mother’s Fox by Niv Sekar
  30. Beneath the Dead Oak Tree by Emily Carroll
  31. Gonzalo by Jed McGowan
  32. Taemons by Kim Salt
  33. Catch a Falling Star by Meg McKinlay
  34. The Sugar Syndrome by Lucy Prebble
  35. Jumpy by April De Angelis
  36. Lela & Co. by Cordelia Lynn
  37. London Road by Alecky Blythe
  38. Fanny & Faggot by Jack Thorne
  39. The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan
  40. Martha Moody by Susan Stinson
  41. We Play Ourselves by Jen Silverman
  42. The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver
  43. Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Varnes
  44. Crazy All the Time by Frederick L. Covan
  45. Old Rendering Plant by Wolfgang Hilbig
  46. The Tidings of the Trees by Wolfgang Hilbig
  47. A Cat, a Man, and Two Women by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki
  48. Northwood: A Novella by Maryse Meijer
  49. The Alarming Palsy of James Orr by Tom Lee
  50. Brother in Ice by Alicia Kopf
  51. The Desert of Its Seed by Jorge Baron Biza
  52. First One In, Last One Out by Marilyn Shimon

Books I Want to Read; Part #220

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  1. Blue Window by Adina Rishe Gewirtz
  2. The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh
  3. Mosquitoes by Lucy Kirkwood
  4. One Shot: A Story of Bullying by Alex Carl Bruorton
  5. Crooked by Catherine Trieschmann
  6. Tacky Goblin by T. Sean Steele
  7. How the World Began by Catherine Trieschmann
  8. Holy Laughter by Catherine Trieschmann
  9. The Original Dream by Nukila Amal
  10. Mina by Kim Sagwa
  11. Identity: A Story of Transitioning by Corey Maison
  12. A Troublesome Boy by Paul Vasey
  13. Beasts Head for Home by Kobo Abe
  14. Outdoors by Yuichi Yokoyama
  15. The Man Without Talent by Yoshiharu Tsuge
  16. Bend by Nancy J. Hedin
  17. Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso
  18. Grace by Barbara Boswell
  19. The Unfamous Five by Nedine Moonsamy
  20. Elliot Allagash by Simon Rich
  21. Ant Farm and Other Desperate Situation by Simon Rich
  22. Free-Range Chickens by Simon Rich
  23. The Chicken Dance by Jacques Couvillon
  24. Elmer by Gerry Alanguilan
  25. If I Knew the Way I Would Take You Home by Dave Housley
  26. Anagrams by Lorrie Moore
  27. The Long Dry by Cynan Jones
  28. Klickitat by Peter Rock
  29. The Shelf Life of Ashes: A Memoir by Hollis Giammetteo
  30. The Road to Elephants by Maram Taibah
  31. Farmhand #1 by Rob Guillory
  32. The Weirdo by Theodore Taylor
  33. Coming Undone by Terri White
  34. Filthy Beasts by Kirkland Hamill
  35. The Maids & Deathwatch by Jean Genet
  36. The Zoo Story by Edward Albee
  37. Read Me by Leo Benedictus
  38. I Miss the World by Violet LeVoit
  39. No-No Boy by John Okada
  40. Flake by Matthew Dooley
  41. The Lindbergh Child by Rick Geary
  42. Hostage by Guy Delisle
  43. Trashed by Derf Backderf
  44. Fingerprints by Will Dinski
  45. No Beast So Fierce by Edward Bunker
  46. Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
  47. The Odd Couple by Neil Simon
  48. The Browning Version by Terence Rattigan
  49. Death in Midsummer and Other Stories by Yukio Mishima
  50. Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories by Hisaye Yamamoto
  51. Molly Fox’s Birthday by Dierdre Madden

Books I Want to Read; Part #219

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  1. Out of It by Simon Hattenstone
  2. The Eros Hunter by Russell Celyn Jones
  3. Ten Seconds from the Sun by Russell Celyn Jones
  4. Larry’s Post-Rapture Pet-Sitting Service by Ellen King Rice
  5. H by Elizabeth Shepard
  6. The Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar
  7. Alone by Megan E. Freeman
  8. Life in the Balance by Jen Petro-Roy
  9. We Belong by Cookie Hiponia Everman
  10. The Elephant in the Room by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  11. A Thousand Minutes of Sunlight by Jen White
  12. Summer of Brave by Amy Noelle Parks
  13. Rumpole of the Bailey by John Mortimer
  14. Middlewest, Book One by Skottie Young
  15. Middlewest, Book Two by Skottie Young
  16. Middlewest, Book Three by Skottie Young
  17. The Flicker of Old Dreams by Susan Henderson
  18. The Great Passage by Shion Miura
  19. In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd by Ana Menendez
  20. Scratches by Joshua Marsella
  21. One Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina
  22. Dreams in a Time of War by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  23. Blue Suburbia: Almost a Memoir by Laurie Lico Albanese
  24. Forever Nerdy by Brian Posehn
  25. Everything’s Fine by Matthew Pridham
  26. Jubilee by Jennifer Givhan
  27. All Your Little Lies by Marianne Holmes
  28. A Little Bird Told Me by Marianne Holmes
  29. Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
  30. Love and Other Thought Experiments by Sophie Ward
  31. Summerwater by Sarah Moss
  32. The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss
  33. Beautiful Mutants by Deborah Levy
  34. The Year I Flew Away by Marie Arnold
  35. Fish Out of Water by Joanne Levy
  36. The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf
  37. Running on Empty by S.E. Durrant
  38. Talking to the Moon by S.E. Durrant
  39. Little Bits of Sky by S.E. Durrant
  40. Forgetting Foster by Dianne Touchell
  41. The Nearest Faraway Place by Haylee Long
  42. Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks
  43. Against the Odds by Marjolijn Hof
  44. Lyric Novella by Annemarie Schwarzenbach
  45. And the Wind Sees All by Guomundur Andri Thorsson
  46. In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey
  47. City of Clowns by Daniel Alarcon
  48. That Face by Polly Stenham
  49. What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us by Laura van den Berg
  50. Love Letter by George Saunders
  51. Children of The Cave by Virve Sammal Korpi
  52. Requiem by Shizuko Go

Books I Want to Read; Part #218

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  1. Ripped from the Headlines! by Harold Schechter
  2. Barn 8 by Deb Olin Unferth
  3. Monster by Duncan Macmillan
  4. City of Glass by Duncan MacMillan
  5. The Most Humane Way to Kill a Lobster by Duncan MacMillan
  6. The Dream of Heroes by Adolfo Bioy Casares
  7. after all the terrible things i do by A. Rey Pamatmat
  8. Do No Harm by Christina McDonald
  9. Shit, Actually by Lindy West
  10. Dear America by Jose Antonio Vargas
  11. Lungs by Duncan MacMillan
  12. Missed Translations by Sopan Deb
  13. Ink & Sigil by Kevin Hearne
  14. Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink
  15. Becoming Duchess Goldblatt: A Memoir by Duchess Goldblatt
  16. Purgatoire by Christophe Chaboute
  17. Purgatoire TO2 Livre by Christophe Chaboute
  18. Purgatoire TO3 by Christophe Chaboute
  19. Moby Dick by Christophe Chaboute
  20. The Nightworkers by Brian Selfon
  21. Welcome to the New World by Jake Halpern
  22. Happiness Will Follow by Mike Hawthorne
  23. After the Rain by Nnedi Okorafor
  24. Redbone by Christian Staeber
  25. He Started It by Samantha Downing
  26. You Will Never Be Forgotten: Stories by Mary South
  27. The Gringa by Andrew Altschul
  28. The Distance from Four Points by Margo Orlando Littell
  29. The Heart Keeps Faulty Time by Sian Griffiths
  30. The Little Washer of Sorrows by Katherine Fawcett
  31. The Swan Suit by Katherine Fawcett
  32. Don’t You Know I Love You by Laura Bogart
  33. Venus in the Blind Spot by Junji Ito
  34. The Dollhouse Family by Mike Carey
  35. Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition Vol. 1 by Koji Kumeta
  36. Harmless Like Me by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
  37. Vaseline Buddha by Young-moon Jung
  38. A Small Killing by Alan Moore
  39. Escape Points: A Memoir by Michele Weldon
  40. The Removers: A Memoir by Andrew Meredith
  41. The Mozart Season by Virginia Euwer Wolff
  42. Bat 6 by Virginia Euwer Wolff
  43. This Is Why They Hate Us by Aaron H. Aceves
  44. A Million Quiet Revolutions by Robin Gow
  45. The Divines by Ellie Eaton
  46. Old School by Tobias Wolff
  47. An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
  48. Unique by Alison Allen-Gray
  49. The Magical Imperfect by Chris Baron
  50. My Storied Year by Katie Proctor
  51. Real by Carol Cujec
  52. Sister Heart by Sally Morgan

Books I Want to Read; Part #217

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  1. Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball
  2. Breath, Boom by Kia Corthron
  3. Picnic by William Inge
  4. Fool for Love by Sam Shephard
  5. Madaline by Dell Upton
  6. The Cadence of Grass by Thomas McGuane
  7. Driving on the Rim by Thomas McGuane
  8. The Bushwhacked Piano by Thomas McGuane
  9. River of Dust by Virginia Pye
  10. Bluebeard’s First Wife by Ha Seong-nan
  11. Flowers of Mold by Ha Seong-nan
  12. Mars by Asja Bakic
  13. Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker
  14. The Little Animals by Sarah Tolmie
  15. Neurodiverse Relationships by Joanna Pike
  16. Our Sweet Little Time by Hamish Ironside
  17. House of Koi by Lilian Li
  18. Heart Sister by Michael F. Stewart
  19. Harvest by Manjula Padmanabhan
  20. See the Kid Run by Bob Ottum
  21. The Cage by Alberts Bels
  22. The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea
  23. The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
  24. The Water Museum by Luis Alberto Urrea
  25. Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
  26. Queen of America by Luis Alberto Urrea
  27. Tijuana Book of the Dead by Luis Alberto Urrea
  28. Ghost Sickness by Luis Alberto Urrea
  29. In Search of Snow by Luis Alberto Urrea
  30. Six Kinds of Sky by Luis Alberto Urrea
  31. My Wife Eats from A Dish on the Floor: A Short Horror Story by Rebecca McNutt
  32. The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea
  33. By the Lake of Sleeping Children by Luis Alberto Urrea
  34. Across the Wire by Luis Alberto Urrea
  35. Never Anyone But You by Rupert Thomson
  36. Pilgrims by Matthew Kneale
  37. The Keep by Jennifer Egan
  38. Esther Waters by George Moore
  39. A Mummer’s Wife by George Moore
  40. The Untilled Field by George Moore
  41. Russian Fairy Tales by Alexander Afanasyev
  42. Chasing Eden by Cherilyn Christen Clough
  43. Notes from Nethers by Sandra Lee Eugster
  44. Pretty Theft by Adam Szymkowicz
  45. Grand Concourse: A Play by Heidi Schreck
  46. The Book of Emma Reyes by Emma Reyes
  47. Perfect Little Town by Blake Crouch
  48. Where We Land: Stories by Daryl Farmer
  49. Machinal by Sophie Treadwell
  50. Sky Lines by David-Matthew Barnes