Posts tagged maureenjohnson
May 31st – Big T Trauma

Have you ever experienced something that changed you life forever? I’m not asking about something good, like a marriage or a child. I mean something you don’t even want to think about, and when you do it just hurts.

To quote Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye, girl, that’s Big T Trauma. My first experience with something like that was the passing of my grandfather. I was only in fourth grade and in all honesty, I’ve never been the same. 

Then, when I became a teenager, I got really sick. I’ve mentioned this before, but that’s because I would not be the woman I am today without that terrible experience. However, little things associated with it still set me off. The smell of alcohol wipes makes me want to puke. I instantly throw up jell-o if I try to eat it. I will never eat a Popsicle again. I had to change all the soaps and shampoos because I started to associate the smell with washing off hospital stink. Even getting my blood drawn nearly sets off a panic attack.

Big T Trauma.

Sequels are rarely as good as the originals. Look at Highlander 2. Actually, don’t. save yourself the heartache.

We are reading ‘The Madness Underneath’ by Maureen Johnson. This is the sequel to ‘The Name of the Star’. (I’m fairly certain Casye got us into this book series because she wanted someone to suffer with.) Rory has survived a murderous ghost who copied the Jack the Ripper murders across London. Her parents spirit her away to Bristol to protect her, but what happens when she gets pulled back into the London Shades? Things get even more interesting when more people start dying by someone they cannot see? Oh, not to mention she has to deal with going back to school, a boyfriend and she’s the only known case of a human Terminis.

Being a teenager is tough.

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February 28th - I See Dead People

Leaving home for the first time can be scary. We typically have had our parents as a back up every day of our lives. It’s frightening and exhilarating to have that safety net suddenly removed. For most of us, moving away to college is this moment.

I didn’t feel frightened till I studied abroad. It was one of the best experiences I ever had in my life. I got to learn about architecture, wine, and I was completely on my own for the very first time. Still, the thought of all my close friends and family being an entire ocean and half a continent away was terrifying. What was I going to miss? What if I got sick? What if something happened to someone I loved and I couldn’t be there? What if I needed to cry to my mom about something entirely stupid? It was a lot to take on, but I’m glad I did it. If we never do anything that makes us uncomfortable, we never grow.

in ‘The Name of the Star’ by Maureen Johnson, Rory is leaving home for the first time. She’s a young teenage girl who is going to study abroad in London. The big city is vastly different from her little hometown in Louisiana. After an unfortunate accident, Rory realizes she can see ghosts! And to top things off, she soon finds herself tied up in a series of murders. Not just any murders, but murders that closely match that of Jack the Ripper.

This is the first book in the ‘Shades of London’ series. And you can bet we are going to read the rest of them!

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