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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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I liked the way this book was written. The story was told from the first person point of view, and included Sophie's thoughts, which brought a lot of humour to the story. Sophie also wrote a blog during her time of teaching and those blog entries were included in the text of the story. The mix of storytelling, interjected thoughts and blog entries gave Newbie a light feel and made it a humorous read.
I liked most of the characters in the book. I did not however like Mrs. Hays. Unfortunately, there are a few Mrs. Hays in the teaching world. As a teacher myself, I could relate to the number of extra hours outside of class time it takes to prepare for teaching. Sophie mainly talked about lesson preparation. She didn't mention report card preparation, or marking (of which there is not a huge amount in grade one).
My favourite character was Liam. He's the kind of boyfriend every girl dreams of. I liked the clean romance Newbie. It added to the pleasure of reading the book.
The secondary characters like Beth were given enough depth to make them interesting and for us to care about them. I wanted to know whether Beth's baby was a boy or girl, but she didn't have the baby by the end of the book so now I won't know plus I won't know how Beth is afterwards. I kind of feel like Beth is my friend too.
I loved the twists and turns in the plot of this book. I found Kevin's (Sophie’s real estate partner) sneakiness absolutely despicable and he got what he deserved for pulling that stunt on Sophie. In teaching not a lot goes as planned and so there are always a lot of surprises. Sometimes attempting to get through a day of teaching can be a day twists and turns in itself!
Newbie was a humorous, light-hearted look at teaching and a beautiful clean romance. I would highly recommend it for all ages teen and older. I gave it 5 stars out of 5.
Thank you to the publishers for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.
This review was published on my blog Shelf Full of Books http://kathrynsshelffullofbooks.blogspot.com/2015/03/newbie-blog-tour-and-giveaway-with-jo.html
One of the biggest perks to teaching is the permanent sub, Liam. I love Liam! He's great with kids and he's at the school because he wants to be doing what he enjoys and not what will bring him the most money. I love how persistent he is. He's very thoughtful--having the kids pick dandelions for their teacher and things like that. I love the moments they have together and could picture the sparks flying.
A surprise closing comes up and leads Sophie into a part time real estate gig with a new, handsome partner, Kevin. He comes across as very smooth--almost too perfect--yet Sophie works really well with him. How can she decide between these two?
Sophie has a lot of big decisions to make and I love the way she changes and grows throughout the school year. She was more concerned with money and material things at first, but then grew up and realized there is more to life. I really enjoyed the blog she started and the insights she had about teaching. She had some crazy first year experiences, like being thrown up on, but she handled it all very well. One of my favorite things was the friendship that was forged with Ruby, an elderly woman in the retirement home next door, over playground balls.
Content: Mild romance (kissing); no religious elements, language, or violence. Clean!
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
I loved Sophie! She managed to walk a line between being impractical and practical at the same time. When she sits down and really looks at things, she realizes that real estate is not going to hold her in good stead. So she goes out to get a job in her original planned field, teaching. Of course, having been out of school for a few years, Sophie is just a tad bit rusty. This is not helped by the cranky teacher over the department. Thankfully some of the other teachers in the grade are much more helpful. I found this to be a fairly realistic representation of a work environment. Some people will love you, some will hate you, and yet you have to work with all of them. Sophie did a good job of trying to just do her best with everyone.
Of course, what's a career change without a little romance? Sophie finds this by way of the super handsome and somewhat mysterious Liam. I found the initial part of their relationship felt a tiny bit rushed, but things evened out at the story went on. They were a fun pair, and you couldn't help but cheer them on. Overall I found this book to be a very enjoyable read. Sophie really had to ask herself some important questions in the end about what was really important to her with regards to her life and her future. Sophie discovered that sometimes the most unexpected parts of life are the things that help us to truly find out who we are.
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