Sunday, 25 September 2011

Alice Bliss


When Alice learns that her father, Matt Bliss, is being deployed to Iraq she’s heartbroken. Alice idolizes her dad, working beside him in their garden, accompanying him on the occasional roofing job, playing baseball. After Matt ships out, her mother begins to crumble under the pressure of suddenly being a single parent and Alice struggles to fill the void as she balances the drama of adolescence with the effort of keeping her family together.

But Alice is supported by a safety net strung with relationships, including almost boyfriends, a grandmother, a baker with too many children, her track coach, her kid sister, her Uncle Eddie, and even her well meaning but complicated mom. She will learn to drive, plant her father’s garden, and fall in love, all while trying to be strong for her mother, and take care of her precocious little sister, Ellie. But the smell of Matt is starting to fade from his blue shirt that Alice wears everyday and his infrequent phone calls are never long enough.

Alice Bliss is a profoundly moving coming-of-age novel about love and its many variations: the support of a small town looking after its own; love between an absent father and his daughter; complicated love between an adolescent girl and her mother; and an exploration of new love with the boy-next-door. These characters’ struggles amidst uncertain times echo our own, lending the novel an immediacy and poignancy that is both relevant and real. At once universal and very personal, Alice Bliss is a transforming story about those who are left at home during wartime, and a teenage girl bravely facing the future.

I really enjoyed this book, though it was sad, there were also some parts that were funny and parts where I thought "I can remember feeling that way" (at 15!).
I would like to know what happens to Alice next, whether Uncle Eddie settles down, if John comes home safely.. and more.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

The Things that Keep Us Here

The Things That keep us here by Carla Buckley.

Mum bought this book and loant it to me. (so I can't share it with anyone :( )

Mum was reading it while we had the floods and evacuation messages so she found it a bit ironic at the time.
I read it in 2 days (I would have read it all at once but these kids keep expecting me to feed them!)

So you can read about it here -

It's about a family trying to survive during an Avian Flu Pandemic.
I couldn't put it down and it really made me think about how unprepared we all are for any major disasters, be they flu or floods.
So many things fell apart so fast, if everyone is sick, there's no one to deliver milk or operate petrol stations or keep the power running etc.

Because of the floods here it only took 1 day of no normal deliveries for the stores here to run low on milk, and 2-3 days for there to be no vegetables,fruit, bread or milk. Our well built society falls apart pretty damn fast.

I did wish the chapters had "day 13" etc as it was hard to follow the time line and I did wonder how they had frozen vegetables and a loaf of bread after so long with out power.

I was sad when I got to the end of the book as I really liked the characters and would have been happier if the book had been a bit longer. It reminded me slightly of "The Stand" but possibly only because of the flu connection (and because The Stand is one of my fav books ever)

And here's a link with what you should stock your pantry with (just in case)-

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

2011 Wins 2011- $2859 1995-now $65277


Book from Goodreads $25

Book from Home magazine $25
Inflatable ball $10 from praise/msterfoods comp
Ipod $66

BBC dvds $440
Mightymite plate $10

Simple Skincare products $500

Ballet tickets $200

Puzzle Book $4

Whale cruise tickets $258
Avenged seven fold tickets/shirts/cds x6 $840
Eye Roll on $20
Woolies giftcard $100

baby show ticket $15

Symantec norton 360 $130
Movietickets x2 One day $30
4myearth products $40

Tony bennett cd $20
Fiona O'loughlin book $25
Frostbite cookbook $35
Puzzle book $5

Movie tickets $26
Mightymite plate $10
Book Night circus $20
Organiser $20

Red Dog dvd $20