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Book Review: Sketchy Tacos by Meg D. Gonzalez

Hello lovely readers and followers! Today I am writing a book review for a wonderful blogger and author, Meg D. Gonzalez.  Meg was kind enough to send me a free copy of her latest book, Sketchy Tacos, for an honest review.

Summary

Sketchy Tacos is a young adult novel that centers on Mila Gulick, a teen sketch artist who takes a summer trip to Mexico in order to learn about the culture and language–and to get away from her overbearing mother. While staying with her host family, Mila makes both friends and enemies. She also gets entangled in a love triangle, and must learn to be independent as she finds her purpose.

Character Development

What I love about Mila is that she is a character I can easily relate to. Her mother demands perfection from her, which causes great stress and anxiety for Mila. Although I am the source of my own useless perfectionism, I still cringed as I dove deep into Mila’s emotions of inadequacy. Even though I am not an artist, being a writer is an art of its own, and it can bring great self-doubt. Mila definitely grows and develops in her confidence in God throughout the course of the novel.

The development of Mila’s relationships is also well done in this fast read. She has a tumultuous relationship with her host family’s daughter, as well as one of the love interests, and in these relationships we see a lot of growth for Mila. I found myself rooting for Mila and the other characters, and I was happy how the relationship developed between Mila and her mother.

Romance

The love triangle was pretty predictable, and you will easily guess which guy Mila ends up with. That being said, this predictability does not take away from the enjoyment of the story. The two guys Mila gets involved with actually have a mysterious past with each other that unfolds in a surprising way. The romance is sweet and clean enough for teens. And of course, Mila’s reactions are very relatable.

Faith

Although Mila is from a Christian home, she is just in the beginning of her faith walk with Jesus. As she explores Mexican culture and the church her host family is a part of, we get to see her faith grow as she discovers how to use her talents to glorify God. Gonzalez did a great job incorporating faith in a relatable, “non-preachy” way that anyone can appreciate.

This book also focuses on some tough issues. Mila often faces choices that could compromise her integrity and honesty. There are definitely moments that made me cringe as I wished I could talk Mila through the situations she found herself in, but these were also the moments that really drew me into the story.  

Conclusion

I really did enjoy reading Sketchy Tacos. It was a fast read, with relatable characters and good development. The pacing was a little slow in the beginning, but it really picked up toward the second half of the book. Although there were some predictable moments in Mila’s romantic relationships, they were well-developed and joyful to read. I also learned a lot about Mexican culture, which is something I am not very familiar with.

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend, and I hope you all give it a read as well!

You can find a copy of Sketchy Tacos here.


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Her Angel Butterfly

Happy Friday lovely readers and followers! Today is Day 15 of The 30 Day Blog Challenge.

Today’s Topic: Something that you miss.

To be honest, I am crying right now as I think about how much I miss my Grandma Jean. I know she’s not a “thing,” but she is someone who means the world to me. She is with Jesus now, and I am so glad. But I’m also human, which means I still love and miss her.

I miss how she used to sing cute songs with me when I was little.

I miss how she taught me my times tables the summer before the third grade. It was the only time I was ever ahead in math.

I miss the flowers in her garden and how we used to make them dance in a bowl of water.

I miss her yippy little dogs and how they would lick my toes.

I miss spending the night with her and listening to my headphones, thinking of all my teenage woes.

I miss her telling me stories of her childhood, and believe me, some of them were pretty crazy.

I miss coming over to her house–my Grandpa sleeping in his chair while she watched her TV programs and flipped through magazines. She would always share them with me.

I miss how she chewed gum all the time and left it in odd places. She taught me how to blow bubbles when I was little, and I thought that was pretty amazing.

I miss how Grandpa would take me to the doctor or pick me up from school, and we would all go to McDonalds.

I miss her fruit salad. She would make it for every holiday, and it was always my favorite dessert.

I miss eating peanut butter sandwiches with our caffeine free Diet Cokes for lunch after her open heart surgery.

I miss her brutal honesty. She was a woman who would never hold back on her opinion.

I miss hugging her, and the way she would kiss my mouth and get her lipstick all over me.

I miss how she used to call me her Angel Butterfly. 

Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4 NKJV).


Thanks for reading! I know this post was pretty emotional, but I believe that writing these feelings out is like therapy.

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Handwriting and Hypotonia~Day 9 of The 30 Day Blog Challenge

Hello lovely readers and followers! Welcome back to Day 9 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge!

Today’s Topic: A Picture of Your Handwriting


My Handwriting

Isn’t it glorious? This is a snapshot of my notes from my Human Services class. My handwriting is actually pretty good here (although that wasn’t my intention). I know what you’re probably thinking: wow, if that’s her good handwriting, what does her bad handwriting look like?

Basically, my average/bad handwriting looks like some form of elementary cursive mixed with chicken scratch. Not bad enough to be a doctor, but not pretty enough to write cute notes for Instagram either.

I always struggled with handwriting as a child because I was born with hypotonia. My muscles are healthy, but they sort of lag when it comes to reaction time. My muscles may be as strong as a normal person, but they are lazier. When I was a baby, I was “floppy.” I didn’t eat well or walk until I was two. Anything physical usually takes me twice the effort to accomplish.

I was teased in school because I could never run fast or climb the rope in gym class. I also had a hard time with fine motor skills, such as writing and typing. At the beginning of high school, I could only type 17 words per minute. I took a typing class and worked hard, and now I’m almost at 60 words per minute!

I always try to give my hands a good workout by writing, typing , knitting, and crafting. They have gotten better tone and less lazy this way. Yoga has also helped my muscles immensely. Although I still struggle with certain activities, you couldn’t tell just by looking at me. I only know of one other person with hypotonia, so if you struggle with it, let me know!

It looks like this post was another rant about my health. I guess if there’s one thing I want you lovely readers to remember from this post, it’s that with a lot of hard work and persistence, you can do just about anything. With God on your side, you will not fail. 

I may not have the prettiest handwriting on the block, but it’s mine and I like it. My friend Lauren tells me that carefree handwriting is a sign of good intelligence. I think I like the sound of that!

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him (James 1:12 NIV).


Thanks for reading! What’s your handwriting like? Tell me in the comments below!

Make sure to check out Courtney at 1Timothy4:12Girl as she partners with me in this challenge! I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 10 of the challenge 🙂

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly~Day 2 of The 30 Day Blog Challenge

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Hello lovely readers and followers! Welcome back to Day 2 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge. 

Today’s Topic: Emily–The good, the bad, and the ugly. That’s quite a lot to write about yourself in one post, but I think I can do it in a poem!


“Emily–The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”

I am bad.

My sins running red

With every lie I’ve ever told

And every part of myself I’ve tried to destroy.

 

I am ugly.

My body never good enough

For any magazine in the country

Or the accusers in my mind.

 

I am good.

Because my Creator made me with His hands

Because He died for my sins, making me white as snow

Because He calls me beautiful, He calls me worthy

 

He calls me loved.

 

Written by Emily Smith at fearfullywonderfullyme.com, 2016 ©

For all of you lovely readers who read this poem, you are beautiful and loved. God can redeem anyone and use them for His purpose!

But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine (Isaiah 43:1 NKJV). 


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What, Why, and Where I Write~Day 1 of The 30 Day Blog Challenge

 

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Happy New Year lovely readers and followers! I needed some blogging motivation for this month, so I decided to partner with Courtney of 1Timothy4:12Girl for the 30 Day  Blog Challenge! Every day will feature a new post, which will help you get to know me more as I connect with you on a deeper level!


So what do I write? Well, I obviously blog, but my writing life didn’t start there. I guess it really started in elementary school when I wrote my own “episode” of Ed Edd n Eddy (the best TV show ever), where the Eds met aliens down in their cul-de-sac sewer system.  I know, I’m that creative. My fourth grade teacher was impressed and a little in shock at my dedication to the story and dialogue, but I never really wrote much after that until middle school. I actually thought I was going to be a famous artist or rock star someday.

My love of writing really took off in the ninth grade, when I would doodle poetry in my notebook during my first period algebra class. I don’t know why, but math classes always stoke my creative juices. I actually liked that class, but my mind was always wandering in music and lyrics of its own.

Eventually I found the courage to show one of my poems to my English teacher, and she suggested I enter a poetry competition. I found out that the university near my house was hosting one for high school students, so I entered, not thinking I even stood a chance.

When the letter came in the mail from the competition, I was expecting a “sorry, better luck next time” letter to be in the envelope. I was wrong–I got honorable mention! I found out I was the youngest competitor to even place in the competition, and the dean loved my reading. I really don’t like writing about this because I hate bragging about myself. But this moment in my life was pivotal; it was the moment I knew I stood a chance in the writing world. 

Ever since then I wrote bits of poetry and short stories. I’ve entered a few competitions with no luck (does anyone know of any good poetry competitions??). I have a mentor who has always been such a huge encouragement to me. She brags about me nonstop, and I really can’t believe how blessed I am to have her influence and guidance in my life.

By the time my senior year rolled around, one of my poems ended up turning into a mini novel. I never published it, and probably never will. It’s just too personal and not terribly interesting. Eventually I started working on another book, which is the current novel I am editing (which I’m super excited about!!).

Almost three years ago, God rocked my world when I was introduced to a Christian blog that I loved so much. I loved the way the author was so open and honest about her life and faith, and the way the Lord used her to impact the lives of other women. I wanted to do that, so I started my own blog. As I keep growing, I can see that blogging is no easy task, but I’m in love with it. My goal is to glorify God with my writing the best that I can.

So now you know what and why I write. As to where I write? That would be either curled up in my recliner, in bed with my cat, or at my little portable card table set up in my room. Sometimes I still doodle poetry in class, but most of the time I find myself daydreaming of characters and blog post ideas. Oh the life of a writer!


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