CN: addiction, anorexia mention Lexi Volkov is a socialite. Young. Fashionable. Rich. She has everything. Lexi Volkov is kidnapped. Dragged into a rehabilitation facility. Throwing up. We first meet Lexi as a stubborn and immature teenager, trying to fight her way out of her stay at the rehabilitation facility, denying her drug addiction. But it's… Continue reading Review: Clean by Juno Dawson
This was a beautifully written, moving and poignant novel. It's a story about splitting apart then coming together again, about suffering and hurting and accepting that pain and moving on. It's a novel about love, loss and family. The characters suffered- the novel contains plenty of tragic occurrences, but at their suffering is not outlandish,… Continue reading Review: The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells
David is a young American who has gone to Paris, while he awaits the return of his fiancee. There he meets the love of his life, who turns out to be another man. However, the course of their relationship is not smooth in a homophobic world. And David will make a decision that will determine… Continue reading Giovanni’s Room
CN: misogyny, discrimination mentions, etc. (Toby Young and Boris Johnson) I didn't do a lot of writing during the winter break (refusing to use the term 'vacation' is a form of resistance, however mild). But I did a decent bit of planning, and I have increasing confidence of what will happen in the middle part… Continue reading An Update on My Writing: Politics, Society and Literature 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzP4kQhlPBY Sometimes it feels like I've got a war in my mind I want to get off, but I keep ridin' the ride I never really noticed that I had to decide To play someone's game or live my own life And now I do I wanna move Out of the black (out of the… Continue reading Returning to University: Not-being-happy and breakdowns.
^ My theme song for 2017. "I rose from the almost dead" ^ My quote of 2017 CN: suicide, anxiety, OCD 2017 was one fucking rollercoaster of a year. From outside, it is easy to conclude that 2017 has gone perfectly for me and I should be happily proud of my (academic) achievements. But being… Continue reading Reflections on 2017 and Goals for 2018
Note: possible spoilers are in white Anohana is a tale of grief and recovery, love and jealousy, and of course, friendship. The main characters are make a close-knit group of friends as children, with Jintan as the leader of their group called the "Super Peace Busters", and Menma who is loved or envied by all.… Continue reading Review: Anohana
I had grand plans to post every week this holiday and even write enough to schedule some for later. As it turns out, I barely wrote anything. Mental health recovery, getting a job, going on holiday, learning a new language, filling out forms and getting vaccinations and packing for university, reading for university, meeting new… Continue reading Why haven’t I been posting and where have I been?
Lan Yu (2001) tells the story of a poor university student, Lan Yu, who agrees to have a one night stand improve his financial situation. However, he falls for the wealthy businessman Chen Handong instead of the man he is supposed to service. The story is a struggle between Lan Yu's desire for a loving… Continue reading Review: Lan Yu (2001)
I love LGBTQ fiction, and I love LGBTQ representation in the media. But despite the increase in LGBTQ representation in the media, for a long time I still felt left out. And it's only recently that I realised why. When I flick through description of gay novels, they appear either to be endless remakes of Dorian… Continue reading LGBTQ Fiction: Fitting In and Non-Binary Representation