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Matt B Gets Lit

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Success! Matt B Gets Lit has read 18 of 16 books.

Review of "You'd Better Not Die or I'll Kill You"

4 stars

Back in March, just two days before Nick was admitted to the hospital, I finished "You'd Better Not Die or I'll Kill You" by Jane Heller. How's that for timing? This book is part memoir, part self-help, and all about Heller's experiences as a caregiver for her husband, who has Crohn's disease and other health issues.

Heller's writing style appealed to me. She's straightforward and funny, which makes even the heavy topics feel a bit lighter. The book is structured around different themes like dealing with doctors, managing stress, and maintaining your own health and happiness. The author doesn't sugarcoat the difficulties, which I appreciated. She talks about the emotional toll caregiving can take, but also offers practical tips and resources that can help.

One chapter was about the importance of self-care. Heller emphasizes that caregivers need to take care of themselves to be able to take care of their …

John Green: Will Grayson, Will Grayson (2009, Dutton) 4 stars

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are …

Review of "Will Grayson, Will Grayson"

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"Will Grayson, Will Grayson" is a unique and engaging young adult novel that follows the lives of two teenage boys, both named Will Grayson, whose paths unexpectedly cross in Chicago. First published in 2010, the story alternates between the perspectives of the two Wills, each dealing with their own struggles—one with friendship and relationships, the other with depression and coming out as gay. Their meeting sets off a chain of events that lead to self-discovery, personal growth, and the realization of the importance of friendship and identity.

The primary themes in "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" include friendship, identity, and the complexities of teenage life. John Green and David Levithan bring their distinctive voices to each of the Will Graysons, making their characters deeply relatable and authentic. The alternating chapters provide a dynamic narrative structure that keeps the reader engaged. The book's pacing is brisk, with a good balance of humor, …

Brené Brown: I Thought It Was Just Me (2007) 4 stars

Review of "I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t)" by Brené Brown

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I'm way behind on my book updates. I finished this back in February.

Along with reading books about ADHD, I've also been seeking out titles that deal with anxieties around perfectionism. "I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn't)" is a powerful exploration of the pervasive feelings of shame and the struggle for worthiness that many people experience. While not explicitly about perfectionism, the book delves into societal and self-imposed pressures that lead individuals to question their self-worth, offering insights on how to overcome these feelings. Brown combines personal anecdotes, extensive research, and practical advice to guide readers toward a more compassionate and authentic way of living.

Many of you are likely already familiar with Brené Brown: she is a nationally renowned speaker and has earned numerous awards for her research on shame, vulnerability, and self-worth. In this book, she provides a thorough examination of how shame manifests in …

commented on Hero by Perry Moore

Perry Moore: Hero (Hardcover, 2007, Hyperion) 4 stars

Thom Creed, the gay son of a disowned superhero, finds that he, too, has special …

"Everyone in the world should have at least one moment in their lifetime when an entire crowd of people cheers them on for something, one moment to feel exceptional, one moment that lets you know you really do mean something in the universe."