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Robert Kingett

Joined 2 years, 3 months ago

I'm an author that loves LGBT+ audiobooks and slow paced, emotionally rich, teens and adults.

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"This hilarious part-memoir, part-manifesto reveals what sets apart the latest generation of young people coming …

Disability babble

1 star

This is one of those cases where the TV show, Special, is better than the book. I was hoping the book would teach something about Disabilities and self acceptance wrapped up in humor, but I didn't laugh once throughout this book.

One of the many reasons is because, on every page, he attempts to have an observation about the Y generation. I became so tired of hearing the words, "millennial generation this, Y generation that," that I started skipping chapters just to get rid of him saying millennial. This book has also convinced me that everybody is wrong about generational observations and every opinion about whatever generation is caked in ageism.

The tone is a prolonged skit. The funny parts are supposed to arise from ironic skits, or skits with off color dialog. I didn't laugh once because these skits didn't have a comedic touch. They did, it just painted …

Slay (Hardcover, 2019, Simon Pulse) 5 stars

'We are different ages, genders and traditions ... but tonight we all SLAY'

Black Panther …

A better Ready Player One.

5 stars

Just go read this book. Enough said. Racism. Toxicity in the Black Community. What it means to proudly be Black against self hatred. VR, card games, just go read this book. You won't regret it.

Punch Me Up to the Gods (2021, HMH Audio) 4 stars

A tough book.

4 stars

Maybe it's because I've lost interest in sex, I find this book to be particularly hard to read. That being said, it is a great examination of Black, Queer, self and what it means to be Black and Queer/gay in a white world.

There is quite a bit of drug use and quite a bit of SMUT. That being said, presenting it out of context does not do it justice. This is a book about trying to just make your own world in a world where nothing you do is accepted by anyone. The author does get sober by the end of the book but the journey is the point, not the end or the cleaning up later.

Still, I was put off by yet another gay man obsessed with sex trope. Still, I'd read anything this author puts out.

Black Buck (2021, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company) 4 stars

An unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren lives in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with his mother, who wants nothing …

The first half is better

3 stars

The satire I've read and enjoyed centered around one particular theme throughout the whole book. The first half of this book, I'd say, chapters 1 through 19, do this very well. It is a great commentary about a smart Black man losing his way while trying to work in white America.

The second half of the book was not so gripping, partly because it seemed as though the absurdity didn't have a central theme that carried the wacky jokes. It's as if the book wanted to become 2 books in one. Perhaps it was trying to show that, for Black lives, nothing is as it seems, but I feel this could have been conveyed while sticking to a centered plot.

The jokes poke fun at how whites view Black lives, but the second half of the book didn't hold my interest nearly as strongly as the first half of this …

Every Heart a Doorway (2016) 4 stars

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed …

If the murder mystery didn't exist.

3 stars

I loved everything about this book except the murder mystery. It honestly felt as if the murders existed to just make all these interesting kids do something, when, in all actuality, the characters were so developed they would have made this a fascinating read without the murder mystery. I hope the second book is a bit more character driven. Mysteries do not work well in this series. The writing is really good. Dialog is epic! And, above all, the murder mystery in this book just made me unwilling to finish it. Remove the murder mystery, and I'd give this book more praise.

Game Changer (2021, HarperCollins B and Blackstone Publishing) 4 stars

Comforting personal journey

4 stars

I may be in the minority here when I say that I don't really care if white authors are writing "woke books." If it seems shallow to one person, it may seem deep to others.

Before I begin, I should say this book tackles a lot of heavy subjects. The protagonist becomes gay. That will become apparent when you read the book, and, while it may come across as insincere preaching to some, I honestly believe the author put Ash, the protagonist, through their own personal woke journey the author went through.

It's because I thought the author was honestly sincere in his racism 101 and homofobia 101 that I enjoyed this book and, quite frankly, I really enjoyed Ash's growth.

Ash gets hit on the American football field one day and gets knocked into a parallel universe, and bounces from universe to universe. The universes all take place in …

Nick's mission (1995, Lerner Publications) 3 stars

Nick, a deaf sixth grader, is upset about having to go to speech therapy over …

Problematic as I get older.

3 stars

While the story is very fun, and this is an OwnVoices book, I feel like the book is saying that because Nick can't verbally communicate, his life is harder by choice. I understood the empowering message within, but I felt as if I was reading a bucket of internalized ableism. The main character is very smart and rejects speech therapy, which should have been fine, but I felt as if the plot was punishing Nick because he refused to verbally communicate.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (Hardcover, 2021, Knopf Books for Young Readers) 5 stars

New York Times bestselling author David Levithan takes young readers on a twisting journey through …

Just read this book.

5 stars

I'll remember this book for a very long time. Once I started it I couldn't put it down. The themes in this book can be interpreted so many ways and, gosh, can we have more precocious younger characters in books? I just loved everything about this book, including the growing bond between the two brothers. There are so many good quotes I can't include them all, but I just really loved everything about this book. I will certainly read this again, no question. But first, I am gonna recommend this to everyone I know or have ever spoken to in my life. This is a character driven story, so if you dislike deep kids and character development and growth, this book is not for you. Once again, David shows why he is one of my favorite authors.

MOSS JEFFRIES is many things--considerate student, devoted son, loyal friend and affectionate boyfriend, enthusiastic nerd. …

Pointing at the system, elequently

4 stars

Unfortunately, no matter how many times I put down social media to actually read something, something else happens that causes me to read books extremely slowly.

This has been the more fascinating part of my reading life because I read in big chunks. I guess I am just a gulper when it comes to reading, but anyway,

this book isn't one you can pick up after being some days away from it, which is unfortunate because the story is very well told. It's easy writing so it is easy to start again after stopping but when you've been away for a while, the story seems disconnected.

When you dive into it, though, you'll find a very smart critique of the police system. I like the message that even if you win a battle or small victory the system will still be there.

As for the characters, okay, all of them …

A fun listen.

5 stars

I'm quite amazed this kids box set has no anti progressive views. I mean, I did not read this series as a kid like so many others. I was a late reader and first picked this up my senior year in high school.

What else can I say? The rating says it all. This is a fun series about two pets investigating some supernatural events involving a bunny that might be a vampire feeding on vegetables. The writing is cute. The story is fun. What really amazed me though, was the message of anti bigotry throughout the stories. To an adult, it will be very surface level, but I honestly don't care how surface level the message is if it is a positive one.

The narrator really did an excellent job shifting tones, speaking styles, and more. Even if you hate YA and or MG books, this is just pure, …

This book gave me feelings

4 stars

Content warning Ending poiler inside review.

The Complete Wreck (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Books 1-13) (2006, HarperCollins) 5 stars

Still a great series

5 stars

It is amazing how a children's book series can capture ineffectiveness so well. The kids have to save the day because the adults are too busy to, well, save the day. This series, though, goes even deeper, into a subtle critique of Capitalism. I cannot recommend this series enough. The writing is especially witty. This series really does shine a light on the phrase, talk is cheap.