Reviews by katieh
Well, let it publicly known that I like Lady Gaga! Born This Way is definitely an improvement on the last two releases. It's interesting and fun and danceable and everything that pop music usually is.
Mary and Max is one of the best movies I've ever seen, ever. It is visually stunning, even when it is gray and drab, and the acting is great. Be prepared to have your heartstrings tugged while watching this...it is totally worth it!
It's Kind of a Funny Story, though a bit predictable and cliche, was an entertaining watch. Keir Gilchrist and Zach Galigianakis made an interesting and funny duo. I feel like the movie downplayed mental health issues a little too much in order to make room for the teen's romantic life.
Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was a fantastic read. I'm generally not a huge fan of YA fiction and I found myself getting very involved with this novel--I read it in one sitting! Alexie uses his semi-autobiographical novel to explore what a teenager goes through living in two worlds (the white and the Indian). Junior is a clever young narrator and seems extremely honest, it is very believable that this is actually a 14-year-old boy's diary. Alexie softens the blow of some of the more mature subject matter by utilizing humor. The writing is funny and the drawings that are featured throughout are absolutely wonderful!
Written on the Body uses the narrative to explore gender, sexuality, and relationships. Winterson's prose is breathtaking and it is an enjoyable experience to soak up all of the imagery that is presented to us. I found myself getting involved in a complex relationship with the narrator--I was in love with them, frustrated with them, sympathetic towards them, it really caused me to have some visceral reactions. It might be frustrating to some readers not to know that narrator's gender, but that is the whole point of what Winterson is trying to do with Written on the Body: Why do we need to know the gender of someone to get involved in the story? This lack of information creates an interesting tension that will continue for the whole novel. I will say that I did have a hard time seeing the narrator as a male because I could not picture a man using the type of language that the narrator uses. But, what that did do was cause me to question why I held that belief. It's an interesting and worthwhile read.