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Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between (Lauren Graham)

15 Mar

Reading Lauren Graham’s memoir is like reconnecting with an old friend that you haven’t seen in a long time but have loved nonetheless through the years.  If you’re a Gilmore Girls fan like I am, you’ll love every bit of this book, and will undoubtedly fall in love with LG even more.

 

Talking as Fast as I Can

Squinklethoughts1.  When I saw that my husband had given me a book for Christmas, I thought, “What book could I possibly want but not already have?”  Turns out, he actually realized that in all the hustle and bustle of November and December at school, I hadn’t yet managed to pick up Talking as Fast as I Can.  Best Christmas gift ever (because his gift also included some Tsum-Tsum blind bags, and, really, he just gets me).

 

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2.  I devoured the original series of Gilmore Girls.  I saw so much of myself in both Lorelai and Rory – a fast talker, a book nerd, a self-confident student who didn’t care much about what others thought, a quirky friend, and a complete coffee addict.  This book brought me back to happy (and not-so-happy) memories that coloured my young-adulthood.  It was cool to know how Ms. Graham’s childhood and young adult-hood also developed.  Did you know she used to live on a boat?

3.  The best parts of the memoir are the two sections that discuss her life during the original and follow-up series.  Graham does a great job correlating what we saw on the screen to what was happening behind the cameras.  I loved learning more about the cast and their real-life relationships with one another.

4.  It would have taken a lot for me not to love this book, but even objectively speaking, anyone who liked Gilmore Girls or Parenthood would enjoy reading about Graham’s voice in her own words.  Her prose is humorous and a little self-deprecating, from time to time, which I really loved because I like that kind of personality.  I don’t usually buy audiobooks of stories I already have in print, but this is one that I’m really eager to get.  Can you imagine having Lauren Graham telling you her life story in her own voice, talking as fast as she can?  I’m sure it’s awesome.

 

5 Squinkles

 

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All Squinklethoughts expressed herein are entirely my own.

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Mon ami thé #10

27 Jul

Ami Thé 010 - Positive

 

Positive by Paige Rawl
[strength, courage, determination, confidence, falling and rising, continuing]

&

Garcinia Goodness by David’s Tea
[orange peel, hibiscus, stevia, red cornflower, garcinia]

 

I was blown away by the courage that Paige Rawl demonstrated in her memoir.  Although I’d like to think that now, as an adult, I can stand up for myself when need be, the truth is, when I got bullied as a child, I was more the type to ignore my bullies rather than stand up for myself.  I chose this tea because I think the scent of oranges is both powerful and subtle, which suits Rawl’s personality.  The hibiscus flower, too, I find both feminine and feisty (a great combination!).  Finally, there is a lot of goodness that radiates from Rawl, and I really admire that.

Positive (Paige Rawl)

1 May

Positive

 

So many feels come from reading this book that I must tell you now: Paige’s story isn’t just for anyone – it’s for everyone.

  • Anyone (everyone) who’s ever been bullied will find someone to relate to in this book.
  • Anyone (everyone) who’s ever had to deal with people who equate a long-term illness, disability, or health condition with being worthless or unintelligent will find something worthwhile in this book.
  • Anyone (everyone) who’s ever watched someone be hurt by others and found it challenging to do more will understand the helplessness that parents often feel.
  • Anyone (everyone) who’s ever felt that no one else understands the challenges that being different – because of gender, religion, race, or HIV status – presents will find a friend in Paige Rawl.

Positive is the story of Paige’s journey through elementary and high school.  In her back pocket, she’s armed with two innate tools: her HIV-positive status and her strength of character.  Just with that bit of information, I’m sure you can figure out that life has not been so easy for Paige, but what makes this a book for all people is the way Paige handles herself in the face of adversity.  She’s not perfect, and she sometimes mishandles situations, but her tenacity in refusing to stay down for long is incredibly admirable.  I think it’s important to cry, especially when you don’t understand things.  And Paige has had her turns of tears.  But after every setback, she rises stronger.  She refuses to let malicious or ignorant people dictate her life, and even in times of great disappointment or injustice from the powers that be, she recognizes that all is not lost.  She summons the strength to keep fighting for what’s right.  She ensures that love wins.

There are so many life lessons that teachers try to pass on to their students on a daily basis, but sometimes, the words of one who has lived through (and continues to fight) battles are more effective than any scripted lesson plan.

This book will make you run through a gamut of emotions, but I’m willing to bet that at the end of your reading experience, you will have learned a few things about what it’s like to be HIV positive, and your heart will have grown just a little.  You’ll be a little more understanding and a lot less judgmental; you’ll be a little more compassionate and a lot less disdainful.  Paige’s story may not work miracles in fixing all that’s wrong with the world, but if there are even a few more ounces of goodness in people, I think she’d take that.  And I would, too.

 

4 Squinkles

 

Paige Rawl’s Online Corners

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Thank you, Harper Collins, for sending me a copy of Positive
in exchange for an honest review.
All opinions and suggestions expressed herein are entirely my own.

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