Becky Boer

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Everything You Want Me to Be

I finished this book a few days ago, but it has stuck with me ever since. It’s been a while since I’ve read something that I’ve enjoyed this much! I loved the fact that the story was told from three different points of view. Hattie is dead, but throughout the book we’re given the story in her words, seeing it in through her eyes. It’s an interesting technique that makes it easier to forgive Hattie’s transgressions, because we know what’s going to  ...

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The Woman Upstairs

I hovered between two stars and three stars for a minute before I rated this book. To me, three stars is a decent book; two means I didn’t really like it. I did like this one, in a lot of ways. I feel like the story itself is decent – haven’t we all had those relationships that are so all-encompassing that we can’t stop thinking about them? And especially unreciprocated ones. I can so relate to that, but I feel like it was executed somewhat poorly. I like that the  ...

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All Fall Down

I couldn’t decide between three or four stars for this one, but ultimately, I decided on three because of one factor: the musicals. I suppose that a five-year-old could have an obsession with musicals. I suppose. Especially one as annoying and precocious as Ellie (thank God they called her Ellie, and not Eloise, most of the time). And I suppose part of the reason that Weiner wove that little thread throughout the book was so that it would make sense when Allison tried to escape rehab,  ...

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Teacher Misery

This review was previously published on Goodreads. The title describes this book perfectly: miserable. I kept waiting. Waiting for the light-hearted moments, for the “this is why it’s all worth it” stories. There weren’t any. No, this is just a person who hates her job. It’s hard to say which is most disturbing: the stories she tells about her severely troubled, needy students, or the hateful attitude with which she relives the stories. Ms. Morris has no  ...

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