Just finished reading this marvellous book. Wow! So many legit questions I feel I now need to explore. To simply put it- regardless of what your religious or spiritual beliefs are, everyone - and I mean EVERYONE should read this book! It’s only 119 pages, and super easy to read! Chapters are short (2-3 pages long) which makes it easy to put down and pick up later. I can guarantee you will not be disappointed, and in fact I challenge you to read it! After you do, please reach out to me, I’d love to discuss it with you! ❤️ #theessentialpath#bookstagram#bookworm#spirituality#mustread#wingswildflowerswisdom#readersofinstagram
“There is no need to carry yesterday’s fears and disappointments into a brand-new day.” This was a re-read as I first read this when I was around 9 or 10, I didn’t love it but it wasn’t a bad re-read.
🛑 LONG POST🛑—Bear with me:
Holy controversy surrounding this novel right now. I am going to try my best to review it as a stand-alone work of fiction.
Lydia Quixano Pérez, a bookstore owner who lives in Acapulco, is suddenly on the run for her life with her young son, Luca after a Mexican Cartel shoots their whole family to death. The story follows Lydia and Luca as they travel north to the Mexico/United States border in order to escape the vengeance of the cartel. .
I believe Cummins’ target audience was most definitely female. If you liked Where The Crawdads Sing, you’ll probably like this novel. If you enjoy “chic-lit” works, you’ll probably like this novel as well. .
Analysis as a work of fiction:
The main thing this story has going for it is the suspenseful plot, which, unfortunately was the only thing that kept me reading. I only wanted to find out what happened. BUT, I didn’t find all of the elements of this story believable. Too many coincidental conveniences, and at times, predictable outcomes. .
The writing itself is alright, but not great, and Cummins inserts italicized Spanish words as though her audience doesn’t have the capacity to separate them from English words. .
I’m not going to pretend that I immediately saw the stereotypes Cummins used in her characters. I didn’t see them. Do you know why? Because I have little experience reading books written by the Latinx community. I’m not proud, but I’m not going to lie about it either. Unfortunately, Cummins is not the first writer to capitalize on political or “hot-button” issues (may I direct you to Jodi Picoult’s works); But this book has inspired me to search after real accounts by the people who are affected by the “border crisis” first-hand. .
I encourage you to make your own decision regarding reading this novel or not. Keep in mind that this is a work of fiction— but also keep in mind that this novel is probably not a good source to gain insight on The Border Crisis. .
120 #americavsthewest by #korischake -
A one-sitting wonder. This short @lowyinstitute paper examines the retreat of America from Western Liberal ideals under Donald Trump. Schake outlines how America is undermining the liberal order, how middle countries are attempting to step into the void left, and how they should do this even more. Russia are swiftly dispatched as a successor to America's position as world hegemon. China are given more time and credit, with their autocratic capitalism put forward as a genuine threat to western ideals. The book is a defence of liberalism as an idea, not as a tool of American foreign policy. The author is keen for America to stay within these set of norms and western institutions, but argues for other nations to take up the defence of liberalism.
What ate some series you enjoy reading?
I loved Skyward when I read it last year, so I'm so excited to read Starsight! Another series I'm loving right now is the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire ❤