Official Review: Primrose’s Curse

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Re: Official Review: Primrose’s Curse

Post by Brendan Donaghy » 19 May 2019, 11:06

'as an academic and supporter of the arts, I know that having characters of multiple ethnicities is important for non-white children. It isn't about being politically correct but about making children, teens, adults, everyone feel like they have a voice and that they matter.'
As reviewers, we are (I hope!) entitled to bring our own opinions to the table - a review is just a personal opinion on a particular book, after all. Your review of this book is informative and balanced. If it has stimulated a bit of discussion around representation in the arts, that's no bad thing. Many thanks!

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Post by Ellylion » 19 May 2019, 13:26

Thank you for this great review! How wonderful that the author herself is so young :) I also liked that characters clear some moments themselves not letting readers guess or make up reason. Must be a very good read for children!

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Post by Miller56 » 15 Oct 2019, 15:04

Thanks for the review. I am glad that there are young people out there wanting to share stories with others her age. Once edited this sounds like a great book for the intended audience.

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Post by kandscreeley » 15 Oct 2019, 19:36

I'm definitely impressed that the author is only in middle school. It sounds like a good book that young readers would enjoy. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Bhaskins » 16 Oct 2019, 07:44

I love the idea of this book. I also very much appreciate your thought on the decision to make the lead white and your wanting for more representation in literature. I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for your thoughts.
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Post by tristenb » 18 Oct 2019, 10:17

I love that this book was written by a teenager. I think that your review shouldn't focus so much on ethnicity and race. Frankly, the author can write about whatever character she wants to write about. I understand that you want to see more people of color in literature, but this shouldn't effect how you rate this particular book. Anyway, I think that 3 out of 4 stars is a great score and based on other critiques of the books is adequate.

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Post by melissy370 » 18 Oct 2019, 11:01

It is impressive that a young woman wrote this book. Thanks for your review.

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Post by Letora » 19 Oct 2019, 06:54

I love that this was written by a middle schooler. She has also given fairy tales a new twist I have not seen before. It's great that her father is helping her develop her writing ability and giving her the confidence to continue. Wonderful review!
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Post by SomeoneInTheWorld » 20 Oct 2019, 15:54

This sounds like a beautiful tale. Thank you so much for your review!

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Post by corinaelena » 20 Oct 2019, 23:29

Wow, you really entered in some deep waters with the racial issue 😂. I agree with your point. I believe they (the daughter and the father) chose to create such a stereotypical character because this is what they are used to see as beautiful. And I agree that it is sad. Probably the daughter wanted the protagonist to look like this. But this is just speculation.

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Post by Mbrooks2518 » 06 Nov 2019, 20:07

What a great book. My niece would love it. Although, hopefully the errors get fixed. Thanks for the thorough review!

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Post by Rayasaurus » 11 Jan 2020, 11:52

I'm very proud of the author for doing this at such a young age! It sounds like an adorable book, perfect for one of my nieces. Thank you for the review!

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