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Oof Not well written Actually, really terribly written I m sure there are, like, Real Live Teens young ones, because I don t know many older teens who could stomach how childish the writing is out there who will find comfort and solace in this book and it s rad that almost all of the characters are latinx, loved that, but like I do seriously wish that Dole had like had a better editor to tighten this mess up Or maybe a ghostwriter Because like wow is she not a good writer It was a mess Oof Not well written Actually, really terribly written I m sure there are, like, Real Live Teens young ones, because I don t know many older teens who could stomach how childish the writing is out there who will find comfort and solace in this book and it s rad that almost all of the characters are latinx, loved that, but like I do seriously wish that Dole had like had a better editor to tighten this mess up Or maybe a ghostwriter Because like wow is she not a good writer It was a mess It was an easy read tho, and the characters were sweet, even when nothing about the book or plot PLOT, wow, I wanna like explain some fundamental guidelines about laying out a book to Dole, too was making sense So many things were handled so weirdly trans issues..bi issues..likeI m sure Dole s trans and bi friends are out there sighing with their faces in their hands closing their eyes saying to themselves I know she means well I know she means well I know she means well , like, anyway, it is way too much to even get into but yeah I m glad this book exists, but I wish a different person had written it While I think the plot could have formed an excellent book, I was very disappointed in Dole s writing style I felt like she was pushing way too hard to make Shai into a hip, relatable teen Shai constantly uses slang phrases and awkward metaphors that don t fit a teenager s lifestyle, and she and her friends are involved in a whirlwind of activities that most teens never dream of doing The whole book was a colorful whirlwind of action and drama, but it lacked the underlying introspection that While I think the plot could have formed an excellent book, I was very disappointed in Dole s writing style I felt like she was pushing way too hard to make Shai into a hip, relatable teen Shai constantly uses slang phrases and awkward metaphors that don t fit a teenager s lifestyle, and she and her friends are involved in a whirlwind of activities that most teens never dream of doing The whole book was a colorful whirlwind of action and drama, but it lacked the underlying introspection that Shai s predicament deserved Spoilers I was also dissatisfied with how Shai is kicked out of school, but experiences no hardship She already has a full time job that pays well, doing something she loves Very rare And she moves in with her friend s mom with no consequences the mom loves her and doesn t ask her to pay rent or anything She is kicked out of her house, and the only hardships she suffers is loss of contact with her mother and brother She isn t worried about her future, or money, or anything Frankly, it frustrated me, the unrealism that was Shai s life All of her broke friends were gallivanting about Miami, partying and living it up, going on fancy vacations and excursions that no regular teen could afford #DOWNLOAD ¿ Down to the Bone à What if you don t follow the rules and it radically alters the course of your life What if you get kicked out of the house and lose all your friends and everyone you love Will you turn the corner into a world filled with unusual friends and create a new kind of family or self destruct BOOKLIST STARRED REVIEW At 17, Laura As is a Cuban teenager in Miami who attends a Catholic high school But when she is caught reading a letter from a friend and not paying attention to the class, the nun reads the letter aloud Turns out, the missive is from Laura s girlfriend, and details an intimate relationship Laura has kept hidden from everyone.Suddenly friends Laura has known her whole life turn on her Her own mother is mortified at her immoral behavior and throws her out of the house, refusing to speak to At 17, Laura As is a Cuban teenager in Miami who attends a Catholic high school But when she is caught reading a letter from a friend and not paying attention to the class, the nun reads the letter aloud Turns out, the missive is from Laura s girlfriend, and details an intimate relationship Laura has kept hidden from everyone.Suddenly friends Laura has known her whole life turn on her Her own mother is mortified at her immoral behavior and throws her out of the house, refusing to speak to or even see her until she decides to become straight Even the girlfriend seems to buy into that mentality, returning to Puerto Rico when her brother discovers their relationship and choosing to settle down into a loveless marriage instead of fighting for her heart s desire.The only people who stick by Laura is her childhood friend, Soli, and Soli s mother, Viva They take her in when she has nowhere left to go, and they love her unconditionally Soli, an over the top hairdresser with a zest for life, tries to convince Laura to embrace her sexuality But the pain of being outed in front of her classmates, coupled with being shunned by her own family, has left Laura confused If she weren t gay, none of this would have happened.This story is a wonderful look at the confusion that many feel when they re on the path to discovering their own sexuality Laura denies that she is gay her belief is that she was in love with a girl, but she can t say the words out loud, even to her new queer circle of friends, for fear of a rejection similar to that she suffered when she was first outed So instead, she vacillates between a growing attraction to a beautiful girl she meets at a gay club and the desire to be accepted as normal and straight Throw in a growing friendship with a confident lesbian who self identifies as a boi, Soli s unrelenting pressure to own up to her own heart, and her mother s continuous cold shoulder, and the reader will find it hard to put this book down until the very end.Laura s journey rings true Many times I found myself frustrated with her, only because she couldn t readily embrace who she was, but I had to keep reminding myself she was only 17 The road to self acceptance is a hard one, for anybody, and the author doesn t go easy on her character Laura is torn apart emotionally, her life a roller coaster that anyone who remembers their own turbulent teenage years will identify with all too well When she finally begins to figure things out for herself, the change is vividly written Something comes over me I feel as if I ve finally taken off a tight iron mask that I ve been wearing all my life It s about finally letting go of the fear that didn t allow me to be who I truly am There is something for everyone in Laura s story, whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, genderqueer, or questioning Through her tale, she grows into a stronger person,sure of herself and her heart In the final pages of this book is a lesson we can all embrace, an acceptance not only of ourselves but of others around us, as different as they may be Laura learns to embrace her sexuality and, through the process, learns who loves her unconditionally and, in return, is deserving of her love Everything changed for Laura the day her teacher read her love letter out loud Laura s been dating Marlena for two years on the sly and suddenly the whole world knows she s a tortillera, a girl who loves girls Laura s expelled from school and her mom kicks her out Then Marlena is shipped off to Puerto Rico to marry a boy But although she s hurting, big hearted Laura s got a support network to hold her up while she figures things out And eventually she ll figure out who she is and who will l Everything changed for Laura the day her teacher read her love letter out loud Laura s been dating Marlena for two years on the sly and suddenly the whole world knows she s a tortillera, a girl who loves girls Laura s expelled from school and her mom kicks her out Then Marlena is shipped off to Puerto Rico to marry a boy But although she s hurting, big hearted Laura s got a support network to hold her up while she figures things out And eventually she ll figure out who she is and who will love and understand her down to the bone While I loved getting a unique perspective and couldn t help but like the vivacious Laura, there was too much telling and not enough showing We re told that Laura s an environmentalist into making her own clothes and watching foreign films, but we never see any of that happening There s a huge cast of characters in this novel and some random events that don t add to the story I would have liked it better if it had been 150 pages shorter That said, the Miami setting and cast of diverse characters make it stand out and I hope to seefrom Ms Dole By trying to fill the void where lesbian characters of color should be in YA lit, Doyle seems to have tried to cover every possible problem one could face as a lesbian teen of color, creating a book that is certainly filled to overflowing with colorful characters, but becomes a bit of a mess along the way Here the whole plot focuses on being gay, rather than a gay character leading the story.Additionally, way too often the writing was weak and sloppy, telling us about the characters wayof By trying to fill the void where lesbian characters of color should be in YA lit, Doyle seems to have tried to cover every possible problem one could face as a lesbian teen of color, creating a book that is certainly filled to overflowing with colorful characters, but becomes a bit of a mess along the way Here the whole plot focuses on being gay, rather than a gay character leading the story.Additionally, way too often the writing was weak and sloppy, telling us about the characters wayoften than their quirks and idiosyncrasies were shown.My full thoughts on this book, and queer young adult lit in general, is over here This is a powerful book about a teen lesbian coming to terms with her sexual orientation and identity within the heavily religious Catholic Cuban culture in Miami The opening takes your breath away as you experience the ultimate humiliation, sitting in your uniform, as the nun reads your love letter from your lesbian partner of two years From there, you know it is not going to get better any times soon.Despite the painful opening and the wrenching middle, the ending of this book yells joy I This is a powerful book about a teen lesbian coming to terms with her sexual orientation and identity within the heavily religious Catholic Cuban culture in Miami The opening takes your breath away as you experience the ultimate humiliation, sitting in your uniform, as the nun reads your love letter from your lesbian partner of two years From there, you know it is not going to get better any times soon.Despite the painful opening and the wrenching middle, the ending of this book yells joy It speaks to the real meaning of family, with the understanding that your culture cannot be taken away from you Laura also known as Scunchy, Looly and Laurita which as times gets confusing since almost everyone in the book has multiple variations of their names learns about taking people as they are But most importantly, this book addresses the issue of living a lie, being a liar, and the consequences for self identity.I highly recommend this book All human beings should be loved and accepted down to the boneSweet, colorful story about a teen who is trying to come to terms about what it means to be gay to her family and community The writing is uneven and the dialogue between the various characters sometimes is over the top However, the story is a universal one and should resonate with teens who are struggling with overbearing parents, cultural s, andspecifically their sexual orientation As an aside and publishers if yo All human beings should be loved and accepted down to the boneSweet, colorful story about a teen who is trying to come to terms about what it means to be gay to her family and community The writing is uneven and the dialogue between the various characters sometimes is over the top However, the story is a universal one and should resonate with teens who are struggling with overbearing parents, cultural s, andspecifically their sexual orientation As an aside and publishers if you would please LISTEN UP , the choice of cover art is unfortunate This is a story set in Miami that follows a gaggle of Cuban teens The story is peppered with common Cuban slang and even contains a glossary in the back pages for those readers who are curious And yet, the cover art is of a fair haired, light eyed teen Nice white wash Dios m o Trust your readers though it pains me to say it, there are so many things wrong with this book it pains me because 1 i was totally excited to read this because of the reviews both slj and booklist gave it great reviews, booklist even starred it, and 2 i hate to criticize any gay teen lit, esp new stuff and lesbian stuff, because i am just so happy that people are writing it, it s getting published, and it s in my library but i actually had to get out a notepad to write down all of the things that were buggin though it pains me to say it, there are so many things wrong with this book it pains me because 1 i was totally excited to read this because of the reviews both slj and booklist gave it great reviews, booklist even starred it, and 2 i hate to criticize any gay teen lit, esp new stuff and lesbian stuff, because i am just so happy that people are writing it, it s getting published, and it s in my library but i actually had to get out a notepad to write down all of the things that were bugging me while i was reading because i couldn t keep track of them all i think partly what kept me reading was that i wanted to see what other ridiculous stuff was in there.first of all i couldn t stand the way the narrator, laura, talked, both to the reader and to other characters in the book they all talked ridiculously unrealistically, at least in my opinion i could be wrong, but i don t think teenagers say lezbo, fembo, and blazin quite so much laura also had weird ways of saying things like, i couldn t give three cracked coconuts umm, okay i ve read plenty of teen lit in my adult years so i am well versed in the cheesy dialogue, contrived plots, and melodramatics i really enjoyed freak show by james st james even though it had all these things andbut down to the bone was just not good sorry.inconsistencies abound in this book one minute laura is completely clueless, asking someone what a genderqueer is, then the next she is throwing around the word andro later in the book she s explaining how feminine looking gay girls versus butch girls or bois are in bed, when she s only been with her one secret girlfriend, has virtually no exposure to gay people culture, and still isn t considering herself gay it s just way too obvious that the author is trying to explain all these things to the reader, wanting to define every possible gay term and tell every possible version of a coming out story there s the guy who tells the story of his brother who was trans and not accepted by their father and committed suicide handled all to casually, by the way mention of stds and aids, tons and tons of labeling boi, butch, femme, t girl, genderqueer, etc., etc the author seemed to want to have a character to represent all these types of people but unfortunately they are all terribly one dimensional.oh and the overt persecusion they face maybe i am naiive, but not all straights hate the gays just about every insult is thrown at these people and just about every character in the book who is not gay hates the gays and is not afraid to let them know.the general mood in the book is also inconsistent like the suicide story it came up out of nowhere and then just as quickly they were on to a different topic another time laura s work crew is having quite a heated argument about gay people a few moments later she is reflecting that she is going to miss all the good times she and her crew have together the author also apparently thinks readers can t deduce anything for themselves so she has to spell it all out laura explains that she can tell someone was a kind, thoughtful person, rather than just let readers figure that out from the character s actions describing someone by saying she s feminine looking and then describing her dress, earrings, etc is redundant and repetitive and my last complaint is that the author kept putting emphasis on certain words, sometimes excessively, and sometimes even on the wrong word for instance, here i am thinking i d be HER type, and she ends up going for YOU shouldn t it be, here i am thinking I D be her type, and she ends up going for YOU i don t know, maybe my expectations were too high maybe i m too old, i m not cuban, and i don t live in miami so i don t get it i hope that s the case cuz i do still hope that lots and lots of teenagers read this book if it might educate them just a little bit or help them find comfort in a character that s like themselves i just wish the lessons were a bitsubtle Laura attends a Catholic high school and is almost done with her junior year like most teenagers, she is looking forward to her summer break where she has her family and a nice job awaiting her Not only that, but it s almost her two year anniversary with her girlfriend, Marlena Unfortunately, Laura is caught reading a love note from Marlena during class Not only does her teacher confiscate it, but she also reads it aloud to her entire class Even though Laura is mortified and almost pees h Laura attends a Catholic high school and is almost done with her junior year like most teenagers, she is looking forward to her summer break where she has her family and a nice job awaiting her Not only that, but it s almost her two year anniversary with her girlfriend, Marlena Unfortunately, Laura is caught reading a love note from Marlena during class Not only does her teacher confiscate it, but she also reads it aloud to her entire class Even though Laura is mortified and almost pees her pants, she refuses to tell the administrator her girlfriend s name This results in her immediate expulsion When her mom finds out, she throws her out of the house and says that she will only allow Laura back when she changes her sinful ways Luckily, Laura meets an entirely different type of family the type that may even accept her for who she really is.I have many mixed feelings on this book I bounced from three stars to four, then two, then four, then three One of the things that made this book uncomfortable reading at first was my age and gender, obviously I don t think fourteen year old males are generally the target audience for this book, even if it was for teens I was a bit perturbed, at times But that doesn t really have to do with the book, that sabout me specifically.Anyway, once I removed that aspect it didn t deduct from the rating , this was a pretty decent novel, especially for a first time author I enjoyed the diversity of it, with all the varying sexualities as well as focusing on Cuban Americans Good thing I took Spanish 1 in middle school, because otherwise I might not have understood a lot of the words There is a glossary in the back, though.The writing was very stylistic Dole wrote Laura as a very raw character, I pretty much felt everything she was feeling and even tasted everything she tasted There were a lot of great descriptions in this book Sometimes the writing was a bit awkward, like as in awkward dialogue or phrasing, but other than that the writing was great.Plot and character wise Down to the Bone was okay Sometimes I felt Laura s confusion over her sexuality really annoying I understand how confusing it can be to a person, but once she fell in and out of lovethan twice I started to get bothered Also, I didn t feel a lot of development from some of the side characters Otherwise it was a good novel and my rating shouldn t stop anyone from reading this book, especially those seeking a fresh and unique read