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Would I Date a 30-Year-Old?

With my move-in date for college in less than a week, I doubt I’d get to meet many older men – but if I could, would I? Several times when age-gap relationships come up, people automatically react with comments like “oh, that’s so gross” or “what a pedophile.” I don’t support relationships in which one person takes advantage of another, but in terms of mutually consensual relationships in which the partners have a considerable age difference, whose place is it to discriminate? Continue reading

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Cover via Goodreads.

Cover via Goodreads.

Rating: 5/5 stars.

In 23 days I’ll be 18. That’s part of the reason why I’m giving Clockwork Princess five stars, even if it may not deserve all of them.

There were definite imperfections within the finale of the Infernal Devices trilogy. Some of the plot twists could have been easily predicted ahead of time. The characters leaped out of their personalities for the sake of the plot, and there was a repetitiveness to the story structure I found irksome (how many times can you end a chapter with someone screaming?) Also, that epilogue was pure fan service – I almost found it insulting that Cassandra Clare chose to include it.

But, through pathos, the book hit all the right points. Continue reading

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The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

Cover via Goodreads.

Cover via Goodreads.

Rating: 4/5 stars.

In one of my college essay drafts I made a metaphor comparing myself to Jane Eyre; I liked it, but I don’t think my AP English Language teacher appreciated my line that went “one day, I will find my Mr. Rochester too.” I just loved Jane Eyre. Out of all of the classics I’ve read, it probably possesses the protagonist I relate to the most. I suppose it’s fitting then that the first retelling I read is one of, you guessed it, Jane Eyre.

Gemma is an orphan. First her parents passed away, then her caring uncle did as well, leaving her with her cruel aunt and teasing cousins. Yew House is a home that isn’t a home, and Gemma feels wonderful when sent to Claypoole, a private school far from her remaining family. But the faculty treats her like a servant and does not reward her outstanding academics. Once again Gemma is glad to move on once the school closes, taking a job as an au pair on the Orkney Islands. There she meets Mr. Sinclair, a rich, successful businessman who tests her ability to stay true to herself.

Margot Livesey retells Jane Eyre fantastically in The Flight of Gemma Hardy in regard to setting and basic plot. Continue reading

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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Rating: 5/5 stars.

What a great classic. There are many things that I love about Jane Eyre, but you can find most of them in other reviews, so I’ll state a couple that propelled me toward a five-star rating.

Here’s a quote from Lady Gaga I adore: “Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” In the novel Jane Eyre, Jane has to fight for her independence from the beginning. Later in the story she is forced to make difficult decisions regarding whether to sacrifice autonomy for the sake of marriage, or to remain self-governing and essentially give up love. I could relate to this conflict and its resolution, though on a smaller scale.

The romance was amazing, of course. Despite the fact that Jane Eyre was published over 100 years ago, the dialogue between Jane and Mr. Rochester seemed incredibly modern. Their witty conversations had me laughing out loud, while their passionate inter-courses pushed me to the edge of my seat. Quite the intellectual romance indeed.

If you’re looking for something sophisticated or romantic, I would recommend Jane Eyre. It took me a while to get through but I don’t regret a second I spent reading it.

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