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My YA Life in Book Titles Survey

Hello dearies! University has really been eating up my time, but I wanted to post another survey that I found over at The Perpetual Page Turner. Essentially, you think about who you were as a teenager and answer the questions in book titles of books you’ve read. Its really fun to do, especially if you have shelves of books or a Goodreads page to scroll through. Enjoy!

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You

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  • How would you describe your 16 year old self: Bright Purple: Color Me Confused
  • When You Looked Into The Mirror What Did You See: Uglies
  • Your 16 year old self’s outlook on life/motto: Can’t Get There From Here < I was totally a “glass half full” kind of chick. >
  • How You Think People Would Describe Your Personality: Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd 
  • Describe An Insecurity In High School: The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things
  • Describe Your Worst Trait As A Teen: Bad Connection < I was awful with people my own age. I’d babble about fanfiction, forums, and books, while everyone just stared…okay, maybe only some people stared. >
  • Describe the contents of your diary/journal: Freaks and Revelations
  • Your biggest Fear: Pushing the Limits < It sounds silly now, but I was terrified of doing too much, being too much, and going too far. Like, in anything and everything. >
  • You excelled at: How Not to Be Popular < Not a complaint, just a fact that I quite liked. >
  • You were always concerned about: The Rise and Fall of a Tenth Grade Social Climber < Please, someone, explain the social hierarchy of high school. I understood it about as well as a German listening to a Russian talk about tea. >
  • You Thought Your Life Was: Elsewhere <It was always about the future, yo! >

Love Life

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  • How would you sum up your high school love life: Along for the Ride < I was very much the “what in the world is going on” type. >
  • Describe your most serious boyfriend from high school: Empty
  • Describe your first kiss: Notes on a Near-Life Experience < It was one of those things where it kinda happened and it was kinda awful, so let’s just pretend it totally didn’t happen. >
  • Your philosophy on dating/love: Something Like Fate
  • Describe Your Worst Break Up: So Yesterday < Why relive a bad moment, I’m so over it haha. >

 

Family

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  • Your relationship with your mom as a teen: Allegiant < She was/is very much the “come to your defense without provocation” type. >
  • Your relationship with your dad as a teen: Just Ask < He was/is very much the “silent but supportive” type. >
  • Your relationship with a sibling: Far From You < He dropped off the map around the time I realized card stock was way cooler than construction paper, and that baking was better than cutting play food out of paper, so he’s missing out, man! I’m a genius with card stock and baking now. >
  • What you thought about your parents rules/parenting style: The Unwritten Rule

 

Friends

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  • Describe you and your best friend at 16: What Happened to Goodbye
  • Your Social Status: Dreamland < I was the listener or therapist among my friends, so I spent a lot of time trouncing about in my and other people’s heads. >
  • Describe Your Group Of Friends: Extras < Island of misfit toys, anyone? >

 

School

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  • Your Perception Of High School Upon Entering: Soul Harvest < Yeah, I wasn’t a fan. >
  • Your relationship with academics: Perfect Chemistry < Academia, I was good at…the other people participating in academia, not so much. >
  • Your Weekends Were: Ballads of Suburbia
  • If Your High School Life Was A Movie It would be called: I Am the Wallpaper < I was incredibly happy to be a wallflower socially and a teacher’s pet otherwise. >
  • A Class You Wish High School Would Have Offered: The Truth About Forever < Philosophy! >
  • Your Senior Year Was: My Most Excellent Year
  • Describe prom: It’s Kind of a Funny Story < Friends, annoying people, way too many seniors bringing freshman dates, and cinnamon twists. >
  • When High School Ended It Was: The Call of the Wild < College, baby! >

 

The Future

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  • How You Felt About The Prospect of College: Becoming Me
  • How You Thought Your Life Would Be At 20 (insert whatever age you are now): Come Alive < I was a bit over zealous and optimistic about how different life would be at this point. >

 

Your Life Now

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  • Describe Your Love Life: Fangirl < I’m in love with characters, places, and whole fandoms…my actual love life is radio silence. >
  • Describe The State Of Your Friendship With Your High School BFF: Chain Reaction < This refers to multiple people, so we’re all just adjusting in the fallout of growing up. >
  • Your Relationship With Your Parents Now: Every Day < Like most relationships, it’s one day at a time and a lot of conscious choices. >
  • Your Thoughts On Your High School Reunion (either if you had it or if it’s upcoming): The Time Machine < I’m not so sure how I feel about a reunion yet. I’m still in the “it’s over!” stage. >
  • Biggest Lesson You Learned In High School: Cracked Up to Be < Basically, in my experience, if you stop worrying about everything high school was supposed to be, and just experience it as it comes, then high school is a lot better. >
  • One Thing You WISHED You Had Learned: The Rules of Survival < It really frustrates me how much  schools fail to teach students when it comes to skills and everyday adult tasks. I was lucky with my parents’ practical teaching, but a lot of people weren’t. >
  • Advice You Wish You Could Have Given Your Teen Self: Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You < Simmer down now, young one. >
  • Something You Could Learn From Your 16 Year Old Self: Honey, Baby, Sweetheart < For the love of all that is literary, I really need to remember to be nice and semi-affectionate to new and old people instead of just the people I’ve known forever. >

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Let me know some of your answers in the comments!

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Come Alive by Elora Ramirez

The strongest people in life are often those that you least suspect. At least, that has been my experience. They are the boy or girl who put on a brave face. The man or woman who smiles regardless. The person who makes it through terrible days and nights without anyone even taking notice. Strength is a difficult aspect of humanity to understand because it is different for every person. For Stephanie Tiller, strength is something that she consistently feels she has run out of and others believe she has no need for it.

In Elora Ramirez’s book Come Alive, the reader is instantly immersed in a world where everything holds a secret story. A girl with a dirty father and desperate hopes of escape. A boyfriend with a truly loving heart and a hidden agenda. A former teacher with a soul of pure white and an abundance of cookies. A world in which many of those that commit crimes are the same people that are meant to stop them from being committed.

While I will not tell you the whole storyline–as I wouldn’t want to ruin it for those that want to read it and some pretty heavy topics are involved–the book is overall centered around the idea that pain, darkness, and the past in general can lead a person to places and actions that they never imagined. Countless times during my reading, I had flashbacks to the dark bits of my past as well as the songs that I took comfort in at the time. “Beauty From Pain” by SuperChick (Song Link) echoed in my mind with every turn of a page.

Setting aside the religious component of both this song and Come Alive, both express this deep feeling of deliverance from the darkness. A coming into the light. An awakening of some deep seated faith or hope. For the character Stephanie Tiller, she holds such light within her, as seen in her creative writing and general thoughts on life, yet others attempt to suppress it with suffocating darkness. While many may not suffer the exact same circumstances as Stephanie, it is heartbreakingly easy to relate to the feeling of being a caged bird that is present throughout the tale.

It has taken me far too long to write this review with my only justification being that I read this novel thrice over and still could not find quite the right words to express my feelings. For almost two months I could not decide whether I should tell my readers about this tale rather bluntly or simply encourage them to read it themselves and react accordingly. I have decided on a review that allows for something in the middle. I am tiptoeing on eggshells so that I may not influence your own reading and I hope it makes sense in the end.

Come Alive will make you cry, tear at your heart strings, break another piece of your innocence, and then hold you close and dry your tears. If no other words can describe the tale of Stephanie Tiller, it is an emotional roller coaster–a roller coaster I am honored to have ridden and likely will again.

I must warn my readers however, that the topics are quite mature and dark, and might not be appropriate for my youngest of readers and fellow bloggers. On the other hand, with the topics that are discussed on daytime and evening television now, I cannot see how it would necessarily harm readers of any age as long as they are mature in their reading. The topics simply force you to face a reality that is not pretty and that some may not appreciate.

I cannot wait for this author to delve further into her creative gifts and write more pieces of literature. Congratulations on her first full publishing and I will be sure to read the next piece of Stephanie’s story whenever it comes out!

If you are interested in the author or would like to read the book, you can find quite a bit of information about that at the links below. Cheers to your reading.

Author Website

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