Sunday, October 15, 2017

Book Review: The Hate U Give

Hey everyone! I have recently read an amazing book called The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Back in August I had done a post about books I wanted to read, and this book was number one on the list. Since this book was published in 2017, it's more expensive because there are only new editions out, I borrowed it from my school's library. I haven't been reading a lot recently, which I am quite sad about, but I am getting back into it.

Synopsis from GoodReads:

"Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life."

My Thoughts: 

The Hate U Give needed to be written. In the news for the last few years, there's been talk about the #BlackLivesMatter movements and police brutality; this book hits it all. Starr, the main character,is a witness to her unarmed friend getting murdered by a police officer. She has to deal with the scarring incident, but also with a series of other events. Starr deals with people from her neighbor not thinking she's "black enough" because she goes to a prominently white school and has a white boyfriend. She deals with people from her own school calling her friend, Khalil, a thug because he was involved with sketchy business before getting killed. She deals with news reporters making it seem like Khalil deserved to be killed, and that she was an unreliable source. The list goes on and on about the things she goes through, yet she's incredibly strong throughout it all. 

This book also talks a lot about how the media discredits many witnesses to unarmed murders, and changes the way the deceased person is viewed. In the book, Khalil is made out to be a thug by the officer who shot him because the officer didn't want to be put in jail for murder. The news made the officer seem like the victim and how he was "fearing for his life," even though he's one that pulled the trigger. This situation is incredibly real and happened with many cases in the last few years. Starr mentions a lot of these cases such as Emmett Till, Eric Gardner, Trayvon Martin, and so many other black men and women who were unarmed and killed by police officers. 

Another thing I liked about this book was that the main character is a strong female. Although the amount of female characters in literature is growing, there's still a lack of female black girls. On this note, men have been writing for a lot longer than women have in history, so it's important that there is more female representation. Starr is a unique and comedic character, and gives representation to many girls throughout the world. Angie Thomas really did a good job with character development of Starr, but also with her family. Starr's mother is a very successful doctor, and she is a great influence on Starr. Even the other girl characters in this book like Maya and Kenya were very three dimensional. 

The Hate U Give is very important because Starr shows how a girl can do anything, but also how you have to speak out to be heard. The book sheds a light on how to advocate for something you believe in. It doesn't have to be just by marching, but through social media; Starr makes a tumblr account to show who the real Khalil was.  Starr shows how to cope with death, deal with broken friendships, start fresh, and to be an overall good person no matter what happens. This book will be a look into what it's like to live in 2017 for years to come. 

Some Favorite Quotes:

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.” 

“At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.” 

“That's the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?” 

“I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve Tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.” 

I really hope that you read this book. Also, this book is being turned into a movie! Starr Carter is being played by Amandla Stenberg (from the Hunger Games!), and Sabrina Carpenter is also in it. 

Thanks for reading!!

                                                                          Christina Madeleine


Sunday, October 8, 2017

OOTN: Dinner at Nobu

Hey everyone! I am back for another Sunday post (I know I skipped a week awhile back). Last month, it was my dad's birthday so we went to Nobu for dinner. Despite how hot the weather has previously been in New York City, I wore pants and definitely had to take photos in them. Also, the food at Nobu is so good and I took photos of that too.

Pictures of Food ( I don't know the name of it, but it's very pretty)

 This was a tuna tar tar dish, that my family split between the three of us. The green olive-looking item was actually a small peach.

 I believe this was also a tuna dish, but I am not certain. I loved the display of this dish.

 The lobster dish was absolutely amazing, and once again the presentation was so nice. The lobster corpse was there for show, and we didn't have to do any of the work to eat it ourselves.

 This was an octopus appetizer. I keep describing everything as amazing, but this restaurant is a bit pricey, but 100% worth it.

 Nobu is an Asian Fusion restaurant, and they have everything from sushi to cooked meals.

                                  Mochi!!!! I am absolutely obsessed with this dessert.

 Nobu Downtown is located in the original New York AT&T building, and it was cool to see the old building with such a hip, new restaurant.

My Outfit:
Red Top - Macy's
Pattern Pants - Macy's
Heeled Boots - Thrift Shopped from Buffalo Exchange

I know this was a quick post, but I am back on my posting game. Hope you guys like this insight into my life. Also, we are so close to 70,000 views on this blog (that's crazy!!). 

See you guys with a new post next Sunday (it's a book review!)

                                                             Christina Madeleine


Sunday, October 1, 2017

I Was Nominated for the Liebster Award

Hey everyone! Last month I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Chloe from Chloe Isabelle Turner to answer the questions she's asked. So, I am just going to get to it!

1. If you could meet a celebrity dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I would love to meet Emma Watson. I think she's such an inspiration because she's a human rights activist and creator of HeforShe, went to college while acting, a style inspiration, and an amazing actress. She is so classy, and I overall a great person. If I ever had the chance to meet her, I would probably cry. 

2. Would you like to move to another country? – If not, why? If yes, where?

Although there is a lot of political turmoil in the United States, I am very luck to have grown up in New York. The U.S has so many different areas to visit. For example, California is so warm all year around, but then Nevada has a desert, and Kansas has cornfields and farms, and the East Coast has mountain ranges. I don't think I would ever move out of the United States completely, but I would definitely live in other countries for different amounts of time (definitely England, and or some other european countries). I really want to travel, but I think America (New York more importantly) will always be my home.

3. Would you rather sail around the world in a small boat or climb Mount Everest?

I  rather sail around the world in a small boat because I don't think I would be able to handle the whole climb up Mount Everest.

4. What fictional character would you most like to meet and why?

I would 100% want to meet Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. She's the ideal female character because she never left Harry, independent, intelligent, and can stand up for herself. She is also such a role model to young girls to work hard in school, and be their own person. 

5. What 3 destinations would you most like to visit? 

 I really want to visit Portland (Oregon), Paris (France), and Thailand. They are such different places, but I always watch so many Youtube videos about them.

6. How would you describe your style?

I am starting to learn my style a lot more lately. I really like 90s styles like boyfriend jeans, denim, and turtlenecks, but I am more into bohemian styles. I love pattered pants, and flowy dresses in purples, reds, and blues. 

7. Do you have any favourite bloggers or youtubers? – Who are they?

I have a few blogger friends that I have definitely mentioned in the past who I adore. My favorite youtubers are Acacia Brinley Clark, Amanda Steele, David Dobrik, and DamonandJo. 

8. Why did you start blogging?

I originally started blogging when I was about 11 on a Hunger Games Blog that I created which is pretty embarrassing. I started This Fashion Girl because I always liked the idea of having a blog, and then I saw the Disney movie called Frenemies and there's a part where two girls (Bella Thorne & Zendaya) start an online magazine and it became popular. I wanted to be able to have my own part of the internet and maybe have some success in blogging eventually.

9. Describe yourself in 3 words

Imaginative, Overthinker, and Passionate

10. Who inspires you?

I am a huge feminist, so basically any woman who is pushing herself to better the planet and make strives to equality inspire me. Women like Emma Watson, Zendaya, Rowan Blanchard, Millie Brown, Yara Shahidi, and Elaine Weltheroth are all very inspiring women.

11. What’s your favorite post you have written so far? 

This post: because it was my first fashion post in a very long time and I loved spending the time to talk about all my favorite trends.

I don't have a ton of bloggers that I can tag because a lot of people have done this tag. I am tagging everyone that wants to answer my questions! Just let me know if you do it because I would love to see the answers. Here are the questions:

1. Where is your favorite place to go? (Can be anything from a restaurant to a country)
2. Do you have a pet? What's their name?
3. What are your hopes for your blog?
4. What is your dream job?
5. If you could learn any language, what would it be?
6. What's your favorite book?
7. Who's your favorite musician at the moment?
8. What's your must-have clothing item?
9. What's your favorite sport? (if you have one)
10. What's one thing on your bucket list?
11. What's your favorite past time?

If you want to comment any of the answers to the questions, go for it! I want to know your answers to these questions :)

                                                         Christina Madeleine



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