Here’s the Plan, Man

Hi everyone and welcome to Elizabeth’s Bookstore! Every week, I post 2 reviews on books I read (and often the movie adaption as well). I also post a Let’s Talk, which can be about trips/tricks I’ve picked up on reading, my favorite authors/ genres, or even updates on my personal life/ blog. But I also want to throw in other ideas for content. This post is simply my master list of things I am trying out:


Tuesday: Review posted at 5 pm EST

Thursday: Review posted at 5 pm EST

Saturday: Let’s Talk posted at 10 am EST


First Friday of every month: Series review posted at 5 pm EST

Third Friday of every month: Once Upon a Book Club review/unboxing posted at 5 pm EST

Last full week of the month: monthly Book of the Month picks posted Monday-Friday at 5 pm EST

Author series can/will cause changes in this schedule. Those changes will be addressed in the announcement prior to those series. You can also see me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog to see more announcements, or you can always email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks guys for helping this blog along the way, and I hope to see you all in the next book!

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

How I Read It: Audiobook

Dates Read: 10/9/19-10/17/19

Set in the time of the Underground Railroad in the US, Hiram Walker was born out of rape to a slave mother. His father was his master. He grew up on the property, and was gifted with an eidetic memory. As he grew, he began to develop feelings for his brother’s slave woman, Sophia. He was the person forced to drive her to his estate and back, but he also kept up a relationship with her outside of that. One night, they decided to run for freedom and they were caught.

Hiram was sent to a prison where he was starved and tasked. He was put in a death pit where he was allowed to get out and try to run, giving the white trappers a chance to catch and torture him every time he did so. One of those runs, he was able to escape to the Underground.

While in the Underground, Hiram worked often with Harriet Tubman as a forger to provide passes for the slaves they set to free. He creates passes to get his fellow conductor’s family out of Alabama. His mentor goes to get the family and he dies after capture. Hiram takes this personally, so he works on getting Sophia and the woman who raised him, Thena. He is forced to go back and work for his father, where he plots his plan for conduction.

While this book has Oprah’s seal of approval, I struggled to get through this one. I am unsure if it is because I don’t feel connected to the culture, or if it is because I am easily bored by historical fiction, but I had to go back and recheck sections because I had gaps in my memory. The hardest part for me is that I don’t know how I would change anything about the book. It is very good for what it is, I just did not keep interest as well as other books. I would ultimately give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

No One’s Home by D.M. Pulley

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 10/13/19-10/17/19

This is the Spooky Mini Halloween box for 2019. I don’t know anything about this book, other than that it is supposed to be “spooky”. I am slightly concerned because I am not a “scary” book type of person, and I often get bad nightmares from horror novels. But YOLO, so I am going to be reading this and trying it out. Pray for me.

Page 184

There was no good way for me to get a picture, but the gift this time around is a silk robe with the lace embroidery on the sleeves and the bottom. My big concern is that I am not a small gal, and often “one size fits all” scenarios do not include my size, but I will try it out and let you know!

As for the story. I don’t find it particularly scary, but it is creepy. The concept revolves around this house and the families that live there. As far I can tell, I think that we only really follow 4 of the 5 families that lived in the house (according to the family listing in the front of the book), but it may just be that we haven’t gotten to their storyline yet.

Margot and Myron Spielman, along with their son Hunter, move into this “fixer-upper” in the outskirts of Cleveland, Ohio. With every family comes secrets, and this family is no exception. Margot runs a yoga class online, which then becomes a sexual webcam situation. Myron has a drug problem. And Hunter feels the presence of something in the house.

Then you have the Rawlings, who were the original owners of the house. Set before the big crash of ’29, Walter Rawlings comes home and tries to put a gun to his head. He couldn’t get himself to do it, so he took a bunch of pills instead. He left his wife, who has gone through multiple miscarriages after the birth of her only child, and his son, Walter Jr. The maid, Ella, has been trying to fix the money situation, so she began to run a bootlegging brewery out of the attic.

The next family is the Bell family. As far as I can tell, we don’t know anything about them, though I wouldn’t be surprised if we learn a lot of messed up things about them soon.

The next family is the Klussmans. The son, Benny, is in his 20s, but do to some mental or physical defect, is unable to communicate (especially through vocation). He hits his head when he gets upset with himself, he convulses, and he hears a voice in his head. His mother is trying to take care of him in the house instead of sending him to a hospital.

The final family of the house is the Martin family. The father is the head of the town construction company, and he may also be sexually abusing his daughter, Ava. Both Ava and her brother, Tony, sense bad energy in the house, and they try to explore the parts of the house that were considered “off-limits” for them.

The main focus is the Spielman family, and especially Hunter who is trying to unearth the history of the house. The robe is supposed to signify the white nightgown that the ghost of a little girl is seen wearing. (Update: it does fit, and it is super cute, though very short)

Page 228

One night while Benny gets out of the house, a young girl gets murdered. So far, police have no evidence against him. Tony is forced to leave the house after his father dies and his mother can no longer pay the bills. Ava could not come with him, and is possibly the little girl ghost of the house. The Spielman’s find the secret room in the attic and the papers within. Information from those papers say that Walter Jr. was killed by his mother. Myron learns of Margot’s webcam situation, and Hunter learns of Myron’s drug addiction. This leads to huge rifts in the family, and Hunter has taken to sleeping in the basement to stay away from his parents.

When I read the sentence for the gift, I got really excited. I was going to be really impressed if they sent me wine through the mail. But alas, I got bubble bath (nothing wrong with that!). While my current living situation prevents me from taking a bath, it did bring up memories of my youth when I went on vacation in a cabin by the lake. Good times, good times.


Meh. As a work of fiction, I found myself engrossed in the story. As a horror novel, it didn’t do it for me. If you are looking for something more spooky, check out Laurie Faria Stolarz. I personally feel like a horror book should not be able to be tied up in a perfect bow, but that might just be me.

Once I got into the meat of the story, I was able to read over 100 pages a day. But it took me a solid 3 days to get 100 pages in. For someone who wants to get into the spooky season without getting TOO spooked, I would recommend this book! I would ultimately give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

House Witch by Katie Schickel

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 10/9/19-10/12/19

This is the 2019 Sweet Halloween mini box from Once Upon a Book Club! I know absolutely nothing about this book, other than that it shouldn’t be scary and it is supposed to be fun with an added magical element. Unlike the larger boxes, this box only contains two gifts, which I will share with you guys as I get to them!

Page 132

I didn’t completely open this up, but I am pretty sure this is a blanket and not a cape, which I am grateful for. I do not know what to do with a cape if I had one, although I probably could try and make a Halloween costume out of it, but I digress.

This book is about a Allison Darling, born Allesone Ellylydan. She originally was raised by her mother, Wilhemena, but at the age of 9 was removed and placed in foster care, while her mother was forced into a psychiatric hospital. Now in adulthood, Allison is focused on fitting in with the other mothers in her small town of Monrovia, MA. The head mom, Astrid, soon takes a shining to Allison, though that might be because she catches Allison performing transfiguration.

When Wilhemena dies suddenly, Allison is pushed toward her aunt, Aurora. Aurora warns of the Black Witch, who is also Allison’s aunt, and that Allison is vulnerable to attack. After Aurora has a suspicion that the Black Witch is recruiting people in Monrovia, Allison begins pinpointing who she thinks is a witch. We finish this section by finding out that Astrid’s group of friends are all witches that use their magic (in the form of potions) to make the small town paradise. They offer a spot in their coven to Allison, which she has been given 2 days to decide if she will join or not.

As for my opinion, I haven’t been able to keep this book down! I was surprised how easily I fell into it, and I am excited to keep reading! I am not a huge fan of the actual storyline of the book, but I am extremely attracted to the writing style, which has continued to pull me along.

(Side note: when I opened it up all the way, it appears to be a scarf? It’s a strange material for a scarf, and also ridiculously long, so I’m not sure I will wear it, but hey, it is still a cool concept!)

Page 165

OOOOOoooooOOOOOO!!! I knew it had to be something chemically because the actual present was shrink wrapped, but I was not expecting this! Now I am slightly concerned because I did read ahead and the mask from the book turned her face permanently green, but they wouldn’t do that to me, right?

As for the storyline, Allison goes to Aurora in the hopes of letting her know that there is a coven, but that Allison is going to stick with her family. Aurora essentially says, we don’t want you, so Allison gives the middle finger by accepting a place in Astrid’s coven. After accepting a place, she is pampered with a spa day, a makeover, and a new designer wardrobe. This section ends with a basket being delivered to her door with all the ingredients and the instructions to make a face mask, which Allison then applies to her face. It didn’t seem to go well.


So Astrid makes Allison do some bad things, including destroying the mental health home in Monrovia for the “sake of beauty”. When Allison realizes that the good things are not worth doing the terrible things, she throws out any product from the soap factory Astrid owns and finds herself exiled from all the members of Astrid’s coven. Soon, Astrid begins using tactics to mess with Allison’s kids as well. Allison convinces Astrid to leave her family alone as long as she gets the ashes of Wilhemena for the use of an immortality like potion. Allison teaches her kids that they are witches and Astrid (who is the black witch BTW) sees them at work and within their meeting, Allison’s youngest daughter gets mortally injured. Allison then has to try to defeat the Black Witch in order to save her daughter’s life.

This book is a lot of back and forth between we like this person and now we hate them. It seems really strange and almost juvenile for the intended audience. I was extremely invested (especially in the last 2 days) in the storyline, but I also was easily distracted as I was reading it. I think that for a debut, it is really good, but I also thought she contradicted herself at times. I ultimately would give this book 3.25 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Let’s Talk… The Questions

When we learn to form questions, we are told to use the magic words: who, what, when, where, why, and how. I remember being in 3rd grade and having to write stories for class. We had to sit there and plan out all of those questions before we could start writing the story. So why don’t we do that for our lives too? We are so excited to make changes, to “fix” yourself, to make things better, but we don’t sit back and ask ourselves the simple questions. So I figure, since I am taking you guys on this emotional journey with me, to give you my answers.

Who: Elizabeth

What: Happiness

When: Whenever I can get there

Where: Wherever I can get there

Why: I don’t want to wake up in the morning and complain. I don’t want to go to a job I hate for the sake of money. I want to do something that I love, and work my butt off for it. I want to wake up and smile instead of scowl. I want to be moving, not stuck. I want to experience. I want more out of my life.

How: 1) Exercise and eat right. I need time to be happy and the best way is to start taking care of myself. 2) Meditate. Read the Bible, pray, realign my faith and how that connects to my body. Try yoga. Try not to break my back in the process. 3) Rebuild friendships. There are people that needed to leave my life. There are also people that I removed because life was hard. Figure out who needs to stay and who needs to go. Be selfish when needed. 4) Give back. Volunteer for charities and non-profits. Help when people need it. Give my heart to people who need it. 5) Get out. Go for walks. See my friends. Get off my butt and out in the world. 6) Grow up. Move out and move up. Figure out the next steps. If it scares me, then it probably means that I should do it. Keep moving. 7) Don’t expect things to happen. Take the steps I want to take. Be my own advocate. I got this.

These are my questions. Now ask them to yourself. What are your answers? How long have you been working on them? Everyday is a process. It is a chance to work on your answers. But you gotta want it. It’s not easy, being your better self never is. But hey, you got this!

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

The Institute by Stephen King

How I Read It: Audiobook/Print

Dates Read: 10/4/19-10/8/19

A week and a half ago, I was in the car with my dad to go get groceries (I know, cool story bro). My dad is also an Audible addict (put that on a shirt!), so I was forced to listen to this book. A few days later, he comes home and tells me that I need to read this book, and I was hesitant. I read Under the Dome a couple of years ago, and I was completely unimpressed with the ending. Trusting that my father, who had to listen to my complaints the first time and wouldn’t do me dirty this time around, I purchased the book, and ultimately the audiobook thanks to my complete lack of self-control.

Okay, so we got this dude, named Tim Jamieson. He was a cop in Sarasota, until he fired a gun in a mall in an effort to stop a fight. No one was killed, but a bystander was injured, effectively ending his career there. He planned to go up to New York to do security work, but he ended up losing his seat on his flight, causing him to begin hitchhiking north. He meets a woman who gets him to DuPray, South Carolina, a hole-in-the-wall town in the southern part of the state. While there Tim gets a job as a night knocker with the police force.

Then we got this kid named Luke Ellis. Luke is a genius, with the opportunity to do a double enrollment at Harvard and Emerson at the age of 12. He had the habit of accidentally knocking empty pizza platters to the ground or turning pages without touching anything. These things did not go unnoticed, and one day a group came and kidnapped him, killing his parents in the process. Luke wakes up in a room that is like his room, but isn’t.

He leaves his room and finds other kids there. One of those kids is named Kalisha. Kalisha helped Luke meet the other kids, Nick, George, and Iris. They informed him that he was in the Institute, a facility in Maine that was testing kids who were TK (telekinetic) or TP (telepathic). They often give “shots for dots”. meaning that they give you shots that are both supposed to help see dots and suppress them. Those dots help build the TP/TK power. They also use an immersion tank, which is supposed to bring you close to death so you see more dots. Luke also meets Maureen, the housekeeper in charge of the kids in Front Half. When a kid is done testing in Front Half, they move to Back Half, where they are never seen from again.

Luke learns that Maureen is in need of financial help, so he begins researching ways of helping her. Since Luke continued to provide help for her, Maureen began to look at him as a son. She became very close to him and worked on finding ways to help him, even eventually calling him son.

A few days (weeks?) after Luke came to the Institute, a 10-year-old boy named Avery was brought there. He was extremely TP, and he could have full conversations with people in his mind. He had the mindset of a 6-year-old, and often wet himself and had to sleep with someone else in the bed. Kalisha took him under her wing, and soon Luke was also close to Avery.

When Kalisha was taken to Back Half, Luke took over for Kalisha with Avery. Luke was forced to do the Immersion Tank and his TP and TK powers became a lot stronger. With that information, and his ability to hide that from the people in charge, Luke begins to plan ways of escaping the Institute, using Avery as a sounding board and conspirator. Maureen provided an escape plan through Avery, and Luke was able to escape. As a distraction, Maureen killed herself in one of the kid’s rooms.

When they learn that Avery knew of Luke’s escape, he was forced to undergo the Immersion Tank. That process only honed in on his powers and gave him a resilience against the Institute. Avery was then taken to Back Half, where he realized that the more people they could get connected, the stronger everyone’s powers become. The Institute was using this information to kill terrorists, but Avery wanted to use this information to destroy the Institute from the inside.

Luke escapes down a river, which eventually led to a shore by railroad tracks. Luke was able to get inside a boxcar, which took him to Massachusetts, Virginia, and eventually DuPray. Luke meets Tim Jamieson, and using a flash drive containing a video from Maureen, he is able to convince him of the Institute. While in DuPray, an extraction team was called in to capture and return Luke to the Institute in Maine. That mission ultimately failed, but Luke wanted to find a way to save his friends in Maine, so he began making his chess moves to make that possible.

Okay, so I think that the book as a whole was extremely interesting and complex. At a whopping 557 pages, I was slightly disappointed that I was 100 pages in before we even met Luke Ellis. It seemed like there was way to much backstory on Tim Jamieson, but I also recognize that King was trying to set the story around its hero.

As for the story surrounding the Institute, I found the different areas slightly confusing, and I didn’t fully understand what they were saying about certain things until the last 100 or so pages (which probably was the intended effect). I did think that there could have been more focus on the workings of Back Half, but I think overall King did a good job of both describing the horrors and the power of the Institute.

I will say that I probably wouldn’t have gotten into this book if I hadn’t listened to the beginning on Audible. Once I got into Luke’s story, the book was a lot easier to get into, but Tim’s initial backstory would have deterred me from continuing with the book. With all that being said, I will ultimately give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

How I Read It: Audiobook

Dates Read: 9/11/19-9/16/19

Trigger Warning: this book discusses war, suicide, and molestation. If either of these are triggers, read at your own discretion.

Quick fun fact: When I was in college, I had a roommate who was from Vietnam. She told me the story of her first American history class that discussed the Vietnam War and how she thought they were lying. Turns out, while America was extremely concerned about communism, the soldiers of Vietnam were only concerned about keeping their farmland. Everytime I read or watch something about the Vietnam War, I always remember that the 2 sides were fighting for completely different things, and that we should think about that in our own lives.

Set in the summer of 1969 (I know, it’s a shocker), this book follows the Nichols/Foley/ Levin family as they try to cope and understand the new realities they are faced with in their summer house in Nantucket. The head of the family, Exalta, is the mother of Kate, the mother of 4. Kate has an alcohol problem, especially with the notification of her son, Tiger, being selected for the draft. Her oldest daughter, Blair, is pregnant with twins, and Blair suspects that her husband, Angus, is cheating on her. Her second youngest daughter, Kirby, is a feminist who chose to spend her summer working in a hotel on Martha’s Vineyard. Finally, the youngest daughter, Jessie, is stuck on Nantucket with her family, forced to take tennis lessons, and harboring a secret sticky finger habit.

Over the course of the summer, the family is trying to process every new turn in their lives, mixed in with the moon landing, the war, and Teddy Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick incident.

I am not someone who especially appreciates historical fiction. Almost all the historical fiction I have read has either been through BOTM, OUABC, or school. It has never been something that I go for in a bookstore, and I am always hesitant when I pick one up. This was the best happy medium because I have already read a book by Elin Hilderbrand (Winter in Paradise), and I liked her writing style. This book kept that writing style so I didn’t feel like I was reading “historical fiction”.

There is a lot of jumping around, and sometimes she repeats herself over and over again (pet peeve of mine), but at the end of the day, it was an enjoyable experience. For that reason, I will give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Let’s Talk… Know My Name by Chanel Miller

I originally planned to make this post a normal review. I had already purchased this book off of pre-order as soon as I learned of its existence, and I was mentally preparing myself to read it. Within the first 20 pages of this book, I learned that there will never be enough mental preparedness to get ready to read the morning after a rape. I wanted to take you guys on the journey with me, through thoughts, tears, and vomit. So here goes nothing:

TRIGGER WARNING: This is the story of a woman after rape. It is extremely descriptive and hard to handle for most. Read at your own risk.

Previous history

Like most people, I had heard of the Brock Turner case, especially at the conclusion of his trial. I read the impact statement written by the victim, named Emily Doe. I was outraged that the media was more concerned by his swimming lap times instead of the fact he just raped someone. I was outraged that people were calling him a “good boy” when he literally just did a heinous act. I was angry for the victim, this nameless girl, who got no adjectives, no history. I was distraught that Turner got such a small sentence, 6 months, which he only had to serve 3. My heart is broken, and I stand with Emily Doe. About a month ago, 60 Minutes did an interview with Chanel Miller about her new book which details her truth during the aftermath of the sexual assault. I didn’t even think twice, I went straight to Amazon and purchased the book. So let’s get into my thoughts:

Sunday, September 29th, 2:51 pm, page 42

I have almost vomited 3 times already. Since I was a little kid, I have hated my body. I have been ashamed of it, and Chanel seemed to feel very similarly. Trying to imagine 3 women pulling at my skin, taking pictures, putting ointments, dyes, and whatever else on and in my body is making my hands shake just typing this. And no one told her why this was all happening. This girl is forced to sign papers already labeling her a rape victim and she doesn’t even know when and how she got there. And to find out what happened to you in a news article. It’s just heartbreaking, and all I want is to hug this girl and tell her she doesn’t have to be strong, because that’s exactly what she is doing. Being strong for her sister who puts the blame on herself. It just hurts me to read it, but I also want to learn how I can be a better ally for someone who goes through this. I don’t want anyone who goes through this to ever feel alone, because I am here and I am someone you can talk to.

Sunday, September 29th, 4:05 pm, page 75

We live in a digital age, where we can hide behind a computer screen and think we can say anything we want without repercussion. We have all heard stories of cyberbullying, and there have been shows, movies, books, and all around media created to discuss the effects on the victims. To have people who blamed Chanel for drinking, or that she was just blaming Turner because she was embarrassed, or any of the other incredibly ignorant posts is incredibly sad. But more so, it is so hard for a victim to continue to feel like it is their fault. And to hear how broken she became, to the point of calling suicide hotlines, is heartbreaking. There are no other words to describe it.

“I told my boss I was at a doctor’s appointment, but it ended up feeling like a job interview. They were deciding if I would make a good victim.” -page 57

On top of that, Chanel is a freaking beast emotionally. This girl has gone through dealing with the suicides of many of her classmates, some as often as 4 in 6 months, a school shooting, and now a sexual assault. Do not mess with this girl because she is stronger than anyone I have ever known.

“I learned it was expensive to be assaulted.” -page 68

Sunday, September 29th, 5:47 pm, page 125

One of the things that Chanel talks about is how catcalling became a trigger for her fear and anger. It’s the idea of losing her freedom, to not be able to walk around, for fear that someone could come out and attack her. As a woman, I have always been told to keep my head facing forward, to not acknowledge strangers’ catcalls, to carry pepper spray or a taser. I was told to put my defenses up, and I have never been sexually assaulted. Imagine what that is like for someone who has.

“I do not include the victims’ names here, for names are sacred, and I do not want them identified solely by what [the attacker] did to them.”– page 90

Chanel also chose at this point to seek therapy for her anger and sadness in the wake of the assault. One of the most impactful moments in this section for me was when Chanel felt so proud and confident of her testimony, only to read about it in the news and how they took the 300+ questions into a statement against her. It is almost like, what do you want her to do?

Sunday, September 29th, 9:12 pm, page 189

Within this section, we see Chanel experience her first week of the trial. We follow the power moves, the ups and downs, the guilt, and ultimately, the fight. Chanel in this week went from just trying to get by to “I will eat you alive”. The anger, guilt, and fear for her family and friends that are forced to stand up in court and defend their actions is completely raw and powerful, and it is so empowering to read. To also have so many of her friends come out and say “I have been assaulted, too, and I wish I had the opportunity you have” is so compelling.

“Whenever I am underestimated, I think, you mistake my quietness for weakness.” -page 131

“If you pay enough money, if you say the right things, if you take enough time to weaken and dilute the truth, the sun could slowly begin to look like an egg [yolk].” -page 150

At this point, I am going to call it quits for the night, and I will see you all after work tomorrow.

Monday, September 30th, 6:15 pm, page 245

I am currently watching a YouTube comedy video in order to try and not throw up as I talk about this. When we start this section, we learn about Turner’s testimony. He said that she said yes every step of the way. Even so, Chanel was clearly completely out of it. For the defense to completely switch her words in order to make their point is absolutely disgusting.

“He had given himself permission to enter me again, this time stuffing words in my mouth. He made me his real-life ventriloquist doll, out his hands inside me and made me speak.” -page 192

For his coach, french teacher, or best friend to decide whether or not he is a rapist is not the purpose of the trial. They aren’t there when he is sexual situations. Of anyone, his ex-girlfriend is the only character witness that I understand. But even then, why does Turner get character witnesses while Chanel is degraded every step of the way.

“Bad qualities can hide inside a good person.” -page 194

From here, we move on to the victory lap. 3 felony counts found guilty. After the verdict, Chanel opened a letter from a woman in Ohio stating that she stands with Chanel. From all walks of life, people stood beside this woman, this victim, Chanel, and that is so beautiful and powerful.

“This victory would be celebrated in rooms in towns in states I had never been to.” -page 212

And then, we fall. Based on past experiences, Chanel asked that Turner get the help he needed. That included therapy and rehabilitation. She did not mean that he would not serve time in jail/prison, but that is exactly what the probation officer interpreted her meaning. He requested the judge to only give Turner 6 months of jail time, which could be halved to only 3 months served. And then the impact statement comes into play. Within the actual narrative, Chanel does not post her statement. It is, however, located at the end of the book. After such a power moment, comes Turner’s father. 20 minutes of action. That is the only phrase we should care about. 20 minutes. In all my times of working out, I have to remind myself every single second that this is something I should do, and it that decision only affects me. You can’t tell me that we do not make a decision to continue doing what we are doing every minute of every day. He had at least 20 decisions in that time, and he STILL chose to continue. As a parent, you chose to love your child no matter what, but I can’t imagine learning all of this about my child. 20 minutes. 20 minutes to ruin all of these people’s lives. It’s disgusting.

“In swimming, one one-hundredth of a second is the difference between victory and loss. Yet they wanted to write off twenty minutes as insignificant.” -page 235

Tuesday, October 1st, 9;10 pm, end of book

“I believe, out of the millions who knew I was brave and important, I was the last to know it.” -page 251

This section is initially positive. We see the impact of her words for the other survivors across the globe. Letter after letter of outpouring and support. People cared about what she said. Chanel moved on, found a new life for herself.

“We live in a time where it has become difficult to distinguish between the President’s words, and that of a nineteen-year-old assailant.” -page 278

We then take a walk from the other high profile sexual assault allegations/lawsuits from the time after her trial. These include President Trump’s “locker room talk”, Cosby, Weinstein, Nassar, and eventually, Kavanaugh. The impact of women standing up, saying “we will not back down”, is an important milestone of our society. It is still an uphill climb to report sexual assault, but we also live in a world that is much more understanding than a few years ago.

“My advice is, if he’s worried about his reputation, don’t rape anybody.” -page 283

We also learn about Brock’s attempt at appeal. Almost 1/3rd of the appeal was about how she was drunk. That’s when you know you got nothing. Ultimately that appeal was denied.

“For Brock, his goal was to integrate, for me it was to isolate.” -page 271

Finally, we see Stanford’s response to the sexual assault case. They were willing to turn the area where the dumpsters were into a garden where students were to study. They were not willing to post a quote from the impact statement that was not hopeful. There will not be a statement of the plaque in the garden. I have talked a lot about hope in this section, but don’t forget that the backbone of hope is despair.

I don’t have a good way to conclude this post, nor do I feel like this book requires a rating system. What I will say is that I am not always a great person, and I often times am awkward and confused, but I will do my best to stand beside any person who is in need (probably with a complaint or two because that’s my specialty). I will give you sass, and I probably will make inappropriate jokes to help cope, but I will never blatantly turn my back to you. You know where to find me if you need to talk, and I hope you use those resources. Thank you for going on this journey with me.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!