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Blogging for Books Review: Reasons My Kid Is Crying

Reasons My Kid Is Crying coverTitle: Reasons My Kid Is Crying

Author: Greg Pembroke

Random House Description: It all started when busy father Greg Pembroke posted a few pictures online of his three-year-old son, mid-tantrum, alongside the reason his son was crying: He had broken his bit of cheese in half. In Reasons My Kid is Crying, Greg collects together photos sent from parents around the world, documenting the many, completely logical reasons why small children cry.  Among them: “I let him play on the grass” . . . “He ran out of toys to throw into his pool” . . . “The neighbor’s dog isn’t outside”.  The result is both an affectionate portrait of the universal, baffling logic of toddlers—and a reminder for burned-out parents everywhere that they are not alone.

Review: I found the Reasons My Son Is Crying tumblr a while back, and it cracked me up. I don’t have kids, but I’ve always had kids in my life for various reasons–work, family, friends. And it has always stunned me how completely and totally toddlers commit to having a tantrum over the smallest things. (One of my cousins wanted to play soccer as a little girl, and after the first game she was done: “I had to RUN! I got SWEATY! THERE IS GRASS ON MY SHOE!!!”) I know, for parents of a child in the middle of a breakdown, there is nothing funny in the moment. I know that strangers stop and stare and judge, and it’s embarrassing and Not Fun. This book, though? This book shows the humor in those embarrassing Not Fun moments. It’s okay, parents of melting-down toddlers: you aren’t alone.

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June 27, 2014 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

Weekly Wrap-up

This isn’t a what we loved/what we hated list. I have a lot of hate for a certain show which is dead to me (DEAD TO ME FOREVER, and no, I don’t want to talk about it), and I wanted to focus on the happy. So this is a Weekly Wrap-Up of the stuff we liked, with a few criticisms thrown in, just because. –ab

TV:

The Office
amelie: I kind of adored this episode. It was light and fun and there was no real drama. I agree with Michael–Cafe Disco is a magical place. I think Erin, the new receptionist, is adorable. She fits in well with the Scranton crew without trying too hard. And she has fun in the office, you can tell. I still can’t figure out why Dwight had to take his shirt off to give Phyllis a horse massage, though…

Favorite Moment: Kelly and Andy’s dance-off.

kegger:  At the beginning of this episode, I was thinking, man, Michael’s REALLY having a hard time getting back into the groove of things at Dunder Mifflin.  But THEN, he invented Cafe Disco.  And then I was like, oh, Michael, you’re awesome.  Loved it!  [Completely Unrelated Side note:  Does anyone else think think that Ryan’s next issue is going to be an eating disorder?  Since he was all like, “I’ve discovered since becoming a temp again that food is the only thing I can control.”?  Thoughts?]

amelie: He’s totally going to get an eating disorder. And Kelly and Andy’s new friendship is going to exacerbate things.

How I Met Your Mother

amelie: Stella is not the mother. Let me say that one more time. Stella is not the mother. She’s integral to Ted finding the mother, but she ain’t it. $5 says I’m right. In other news, Barney is a man whore, and, oh yeah, Barney loves Robin.

I have to say, as much as I enjoyed this week’s episode (the non-linear explanation of Ted getting to that particular corner at that particular time was brilliant, vintage HIMYM funnage), I miss Lily so much. There was this gaping hole in the Intervention scene, and it hurt. Come back, Lilypad. The gang needs you. (Slightly off topic, but kegger, if you ever need a cheap gift for me, I wouldn’t say no to an Intervention banner.)

Favorite Moment: Marshall’s Venn diagram of Cecilia (people who are breaking my heart/people who are shaking my confidence daily. Oh, Cecilia. I’m down on my knees. From laughter.)

kegger:  I’m going to seriously be pissed if Stella is the mother (which she’s totally not) because I hold grudges and that bitch left Ted at the altar.  That’s all I have to say about that.  And omg, LOVE Marshall and his charts!  But yeah.  I, too, miss Lily.

Pushing Daisies

amelie: Man. Just, man. You know who sucks? ABC. ABC is a bunch of rat bastards from hell and I hope they suffer. I managed to get my hands on the final three episodes (I have kickass friends) and they were awesomely bittersweet. I appreciate Bryan Fuller and how he wrapped everything up, but I want more. There’s this rule of good writing: show, don’t tell. I know the constraints of a short season and getting the can made this difficult, but I want to SEE how it plays out. I mean, I’m glad I was told how it goes down, but it’s not the same. I’m really going to miss the Pie Hole and all its peeps.

I’m not complaining. I’m really not. I was satisfied and happy with how it ended. I’m just frustrated that it had to end at all, I guess.

kegger:  Haven’t seen it yet.  😦  One day….

Music

Metric, Fantasies

amelie: This is a fun, kind of mellow, kind of weird album, and I like it.
Favorite Song: “Twilight Galaxy”

kegger:  I freaking love this entire album.  It makes me bounce my head.
Favorite Songs:  “Blindness,” “Help I’m Alive,” and “Twilight Galaxy”

Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, It’s Blitz!

kegger:  I haven’t listened to it quite as much as I’ve listened to the Metric album, but I still love it so far.
Favorite Songs:  “Heads Will Roll” and “Hysteria”

amelie: I’ve been listening to this one, too, but I haven’t heard enough of it to have a favorite song.

The Clash, London Calling

amelie: I’ve been going through an old-school phase lately, and this has been on heavy rotation on my iPod. I really enjoy this album. I don’t have any concrete reason, I just think it’s awesome.
Favorite Song: “Lost in the Supermarket”

Books

amelie: I still haven’t read anything worth talking about. I really need to look into that.

kegger: I’m currently in a YA phase.  I just finished reading The Summoning by um… Kelley Armstrong, I think?  Not bad.  Very quick read (as in, I started and finished it on the same night).  I’m also reading Jesus for President, by Shane Clairborne.  It’s a very pretty book.  You should totally go look at it in a bookstore, because it’s pretty and artistic and fun.

Movies

Leatherheads

amelie: Eh. It was okay. John Krasinski is adorable, and George Clooney is still one of the most handsome men ever. But I felt like this movie was trying too hard. It wanted to capture the sparkle and fun of the Katharine Hepburn/Carey Grant movies like “Bringing Up Baby” and “Philadelphia Story”, but it failed spectacularly. The convoluted war story tied in with professional football…I didn’t get it. And, honestly, I’d rather watch Katharine Hepburn eat kitty litter than just about anything Renee Zellwegger has done lately. Um. Was that mean?

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

kegger:  It’s about what you’d expect, being a Kevin Smith movie and all.  But I DO have to say that while I’m a fan of Seth Rogen, he’s beginning to seem like the same character in every single movie he’s been in lately.  Anyway, it’s a pretty good movie.  Lots of boobs.  Lots of ass.  We even see a wang, and some balls.  The only thing I was slightly dissatisfied with was the ending.  It was a happy ending, but the whole point of the movie was that Zack and Miri were making a porno, right?  Well, I won’t ruin it, but I’ll just say that the movie seemed slightly unfinished.  But it was decent, and good for a laugh.

Quantum of Solace

kegger:  It was TOTALLY not a James Bond movie.  He only got one girl (he’s at LEAST supposed to bang two girls per movie!  That’s like, a rule or something!), he had NO cool, fancy gadgets, and he was dark and broody.  I’m sorry, but James Bond is NOT dark and broody.  He’s a man whore who likes cool gadgets and Aston Martin cars.  Jason Bourne is dark and broody.  Not James Bond.  But, if you pretend that it’s not a James Bond movie, it’s not bad, I guess.

The Day The Earth Stood Still

kegger:  (I know, I know, I’ve watched an assload of movies this week.  Sue me.  It was rainy, and I couldn’t go outside!)  Meh.  That’s all I have to say.  The movie was just meh.  First off, Keaun Reeve’s character is coming to earth to kill humanity because we’re killing the planet.  But then he goes and saves people and stuff.  Why, if you’re just going to off them, anyway?  It was stupid, and it didn’t add up.  And that’s all I have to say about that.

amelie: Where did you find time to watch all those movies?!

kegger: I watched ALL of those movies on Sunday afternoon.  You know, since it was raining all freaking day.  And also because we’d been sitting on 3 Netflix rentals for over a week.  So… yeah.  We just got rid of them all at once.
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May 8, 2009 at 11:20 am 1 comment

Weekly Wrap-Up

Fucking finally, right?

What we loved:
Television
Chuck:

amelie: CHUCK. A million, trillion, billionty times, I love Chuck. But more important than my love of Chuck is the fact that Casey loves Chuck (we already knew that Sarah loves Chuck. That’s not news.) He still hates being Team Chuck’s little fat kid, and I think that’s adorable. I want a Casey in my life. I have a feeling he’d kill spiders for me in a second.

kegger: CHUCK CHUCK CHUCK CHUCK!  I’m going to be so pissed if this show is cancelled.  And I flipping LOVE Casey and Awesome.  And Chuck.  And Sarah.  And hell.  Everyone else, too.  I could go on for about 15 minutes about Chuck, but I’m going to stop now. (Ahem.  If you haven’t seen Chuck yet, you should totally click on one of the bazillion hyperlinks I added and watch a few dozen episodes.)

The Office:
amelie:
Oh, The Office, how I’ve missed you. I haven’t really been feeling the love this season, but last night was brilliant: the return of awesome, competent Jim; Charles getting schooled in the ways of Dwight; the “idiot” ringtone; Ryan not being a total douchebag asshole…I could go on. But I won’t.

kegger: I loved Jim in this episode.  And yay, Charles is gone!  Finally!  I think.  And so awesome that instead of taking the $60,000, Michael got all of their jobs back.  And I hope Ryan keeps his “totally natural” blonde hair for a while, because every time I see it, it makes me giggle. Although I do have to say, I STILL don’t buy Angela crushing on Charles. I just don’t see it.

Party Down:

kegger: Okay, so I admit that I haven’t seen this week’s episode of Party Down yet, but I don’t care.  I flipping love this show, and if you don’t have Starz, you should totally watch it on Netflix.  The pilot ep was just okay.  After that, the show turned into all kinds of awesome.

amelie: I’m a week or so behind on Party Down, but I have loved every episode I’ve seen so far. Why aren’t you watching it?

Music

kegger: Missy Higgins–Okay, so the CD isn’t exactly new, but I just kind of discovered it on my iPod this week, and it’s mellow and great.  My two favorite songs are “Forgive Me” and “Warm Whispers.”

amelie: The Lonely Island–I’ve had Incredibad for a couple of weeks, and I still love it. It’s dirty and funny and ridiculous. My new favorite thing is to drive with the windows down and blast “I’m On a Boat” as loud as I can take it.

kegger: I’m on a boat, mothafucka!

amelie: Don’t you ever forget!

Books

kegger: I’m in a YA phase right now for some reason.  Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is definitely worth a read.  Based on the description on the inside flap, I was just, meh.  But then I read it and loved it.  I’m looking forward to the sequel.

amelie: I’m not reading anything worth talking about, so moving on.

What we hated:

Television:

amelie: NBC is On Notice for even considering canceling Chuck. I’m still so pissed at ABC for the Pushing Daisies fiasco that I refuse to watch Castle (or maybe I just forget that it’s on because my Mondays are already stacked with awesome shows. I’ll never tell.) Consider this a pre-empitive hate, which I am more than willing to turn into a love if NBC nuts up and does the right thing.

Movies:

kegger:House“–Whatever you do, don’t rent this.  It’s awful.  It’s horrible.  It can’t decide what it wants to be.  Does it want to be all creepy, or mystery-like, or ghosty, or WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON???!!!!  I mean… seriously.  Don’t watch it.  I was actually paying attention, and I couldn’t figure out what was going on.  I was all like, “Huh?  Why is chick like, drowning under a slab of ice in a closet?!?” and stuff.  Not to mention, you really shouldn’t name your movie House when there’s already a popular show named House.  AND, can I just say that movies really need to work on getting the South right?  The architecture for that house was so off.  And so were their accents.  Just because we’re from the South doesn’t mean we’re creepy inbred rednecks, y’all.  And if we WERE creepy inbred rednecks, we’d be living in trailer parks.  Not in mansions.  Maybe you should actually, I don’t know, VISIT Montgomery, Alabama and see what it’s actually like there before you start making movies about it.

amelie: Creepy Inbred Rednecks is so the name of my imaginary band. I wasn’t even aware this was a movie until you started griping about how much it sucks. No movies to hate on this week for me. Ooh–can I hate on the 30 seconds of “Twilight” you made me watch? Because I really hated it.

kegger: You can count the 30 seconds of “Twilight” that I made you watch.  They really were the worst 30 seconds of the entire show.  He was supposed to look like he wanted to EAT her (dirty!) when he first smelled her.  Not like he wanted to vomit.

amelie: Heh. Eat her.

Pee Ess: I have edited this stupid thing forty bajillion times, and the size is still all wonky. I call shenanigans. Sorry.

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April 24, 2009 at 2:47 pm 1 comment

Twilight Movie Review

I’m probably going to go easy on the movie–mostly because I didn’t expect much from it to begin with, and therefore, I wasn’t disappointed with it. [amelie: Whereas I, had I gone to see it, would rip it to shreds because that’s fun and I’m evil.]

Basically, the movie is comparable to the book.  [amelie: so it’s really boring and filled with creepy relationships? Good to know.] Don’t get me wrong, I’m a closet fan of the book, [amelie: “closet fan” my ass. That’s like saying I’m a closet fan of The Office. You love it and you know you love it and I know you love it.] [kegger: I’m a closet fan.  Most people know I’ve READ the book.  Most don’t know I LOVED the book.  And the only person I really talk about the book to is you, amelie.] but when you look at it–and I mean HONESTLY look at it (for you fangirls out there that think Stephenie Meyer can do no wrong)–it’s not that well written, it’s not that exciting, and there really isn’t much of a plot [amelie: Welcome to the darkside. We know good books here].  Remember, this is coming from someone who LOVES the book even though I can’t understand why.  And while I’m an Edward fan, when you think about it, he’s kind of creepy.  1.  He’s freaking 100 and he’s in love with a 17 year old.  2.  He’s kind of a stalker–watching Bella while she’s sleeping and following her to Port Angeles and all.  [amelie: “kind of” a stalker? KIND OF? I just…he…and then she…No. This is not my review, so I’mma shut up now.] So really, with a book like Twilight, you can’t expect an Oscar winning movie, right?

Having said that, I wasn’t disappointed in the movie.  It’s exactly what I expected it to be.

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November 24, 2008 at 2:17 pm 2 comments

Names that rival Renesmee

I’m not sure how it came up, but amelie and I were (as usual) e-mailing each other back and forth instead of working, and we started coming up with names that were as bad as “Renesmee.” Mostly by putting two random names together and seeing what we could come up with. Here’s what we’ve got so far.

  1. Libricia (Libby & Patricia)
  2. Wesoug (Wesley & Doug)
  3. Horothy (Horace & Timothy)
  4. Vanargaret (Vanessa & Margaret)
  5. Elizalotte (Elizabeth & Charlotte)
  6. Herboody, Woodbert,Bertoody, Wooher, Bertwood (Herbert & Woody)–they were too good, we couldn’t pick just one!
  7. Pickenerzie (Piper & Mackenzie)
  8. Euner (Abner & Eugene)
  9. Jubarabudy (Judy & Barbara)
  10. Pelvin (Peter & Melvin)

Anyone care to add more??!

August 8, 2008 at 2:17 pm 74 comments

I have a confession to make…

I’m secretly a little bit obsessed with the Twilight books. amelie knows this. [amelie: Shyeah, she does.] One or two other people know this. But mostly, I pretty much stay in the closet about the whole thing. [amelie: So, you’re saying your gay for Twilight? I’m sorry. That was inappropriate. Snerk.] [kegger: Hee!] Mainly because I’m NOT a teenybopper fan girl. I’m 26. (I also am most definitely NOT one of those Twilight Mom weirdos. I’ve got no problem with being a fan, but they’re kind of overkill.) Anyway, though.

I’ve been pretty excited about Breaking Dawn coming out. Ask amelie. [amelie: She’s been pretty excited about Breaking Dawn coming out.] I’ve been counting the days until I could finally find out what would happen at the end of the book. So I picked the book up on Saturday and was really excited about reading it. I love the characters Stephenie Meyer has invented. They’ve sucked me in, and I enjoy reading about them even though the books are definitely flawed.

And… geeze. How do I say this without being rude? Oh, screw it. Stephenie Meyer was obviously on crack while she was writing Breaking Dawn. [amelie: Word.]

I don’t even know where to start when talking about how awful the book was. I will say this. I liked it better than the final Harry Potter book. (I know amelie disagrees with me on that one.) [amelie: Aw, kegs, you know me so well.] That’s the only good thing I can say about it, though. And Bella got turned into a vamp and ended up with Edward. [amelie: Dude–spoiler!] [kegger: Hee. Oops.] Those are the only good things. But how they came about didn’t even make the good parts good, if that makes sense.

So, below, I’ve complied a list of things about the book that pissed me off. (Warning, there will most definitely be spoilers.) [*amelie does the jazz hands of yay spoilers*]

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August 5, 2008 at 4:17 pm 8 comments

My secret talent

I can do something I’m pretty sure kegger can’t. I can recite all the letters of Dr. Seuss’ ABC book. I used to read it (or have it read to me) all the time as a kid. Every family I babysat for owned a copy of it. So even though I’m 25, and even though I haven’t read that book in years (the kids I babysit now are too old for Dr. Seuss. Sad.) I still know what begins with J (Jerry Jordan’s jelly jar and jam begin that way); that Vera Violet Vin is very, very, very awful on her violin; and that X is very useful if your name is Nixie Knox. It also comes in handy spelling ax and extra fox.

Seriously. Ask me any letter, and I can tell you what Dr. Seuss had to say about it. My favorite letters are P, J, and L. I don’t know why; I just like those.

May 11, 2008 at 2:54 pm 4 comments

Weekly Wrap-Up

Television:

How I Met Your Mother
amelie: I am heartbroken at Ted and Barney’s breakup. I have mixed feelings about it, but I trust the writers and creators to get the pair back together in an awesomely legendary way. My favorite part of the episode was the flashback to the creation of the Bro Code (Me, D.C.–snorfle). I also loved flustered Barney at the bar when everyone was talking about hitting it. It kind of reminded me of nervous Marshall in The Bracket (“I don’t know what to do with my hands!”) I’m kind of surprised that they got the X-Box joke past the censors. (Actually, I’m not. I watched Veronica Mars all three years, and the things they got away with…)

kegger: amelie, I can’t believe you forgot to mention the goat! I’m kind of a big fan of animals (and I had all kinds of random pets when I was little at my grandparent’s house, including goats) so the goat was kind of one of my favorite parts of that episode. I’m hoping that they’ll unite Barney and Ted soon.

amelie: Goats are evil, y’all.

Reaper
amelie: I haven’t watched every episode of this show, but I’ve seen enough to know what’s going on. I think the addition of Ken Marino (Vinnie Van Lowe!) as a gay demon is genius. (Trust me, kegger, it totally works.) I like that the Devil is starting to be a little more…er, devilish, I guess. His veneer of buddy-buddy is wearing thin. This was probably my favorite episode that I’ve seen. It had just the right mix of playfulness and drama. kegs, you should really start watching it. The first part of the season isn’t great, but these last few post-strike episodes have been really good.

kegger: I can’t add anything to this, since I don’t freaking have CW! (Which still pisses me off. But it’s okay, because I’ve kind of boycotted the CW since they cancelled Veronica Mars, anyway.) The gay demon does sound entertaining, though. Especially if Ken Marino is playing him.

The Office
amelie: Toby. God, Toby, you’re a douche and I no longer feel sorry for you. You can’t go behind Jim’s back and bitch to Ryan and think that’s going to help you out with Pam. Not gonna happen. I used to like you and feel sorry for you, but I’m thinking that Michael might have been right all these years. I never thought I’d say that. I love Michael’s moments of self-awareness. He doesn’t have them often, but when he does, they are glorious. His standoff with Stanley was tense and hard to watch, but I thought the resolution fit with both characters. And of course Michael is going to latch on to the clear-the-room method for dealing with unruly employees. Watch your back, Phyllis.

kegger: Since I supervise people at work, I can totally sympathize with Michael. There’s a thin line between being friends with your employees and being their boss. It really kind of sucks sometimes. It looks like Michael might actually be turning into a boss. I felt proud of him last night. And Jim! Poor Jim! When Ryan told him that his job performance wasn’t up to par, I felt so bad for him. He looked like his puppy dog had gotten run over. And poor Pam could tell that something was off, but he didn’t tell her about it. And I think Ryan is a little bitch and he needs to get run over.

Movies:
amelie: I didn’t watch any movies this week. Confession: I still haven’t returned Stardust to Netflix. I should probably do that…

kegger: That’s the beautiful thing about Netflix. No late fees. I LOOOOVE Netflix. I’ve had Atonement for about a month now and still haven’t had a chance to watch it. But, I DID watch Into the Wild last week. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like that movie or not, but I really did. It was very different that I expected it to be, and it kind of made me want to just quit everything and go rough it. But I think I might miss television and toilets a little too much for that. Still, it made me realize how materialistic everyone tends to be sometimes. I’m more of a happy ending kind of person, though, so the ending kind of bummed me out. Still, I really liked it.

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May 2, 2008 at 9:15 am Leave a comment

Weekly Wrap-up

Here are all the things I loved (or hated) pop-culturally this week.

Television: How I Met Your Mother, “The Chain of Screaming”–I liked this episode. It wasn’t the best Mother episode, but it certainly wasn’t the worst. And the continuity was off the charts. Marshall’s scream-ologue at Barney was legen…wait for it…

The Office, “The Chairmodel”–Now, I know this was the squee-worthy Jam-filled episode of goo, but the MVP for me was Kevin. He made me laugh and, yes I’ll admit it, made me cry. I’m so sad that he and Stacey broke up, but at least he got his parking spot back.

Bones, “The Man in the Mud”–Very cute episode for Booth and Bones. I didn’t really care about the case so much, and I figured that it was a family member in the first five minutes (I was torn between the sister or the dad). But Booth’s horse was awesome, as were his interactions with Brennan. If these two don’t do the do by the end of the season, I’m going to spontaneously combust from all the chemistry.

…dary.

Books: I read through “Not Quite What I Was Planning.” Very poignant and funny, and a fascinating concept. How do you boil your entire life down into six words? I tried, and ended up with at least three possibilities. My current favorite is, “‘Its’ and ‘it’s’–two different words.” What would your six words be?

I’m also rereading “Cold Comfort Farm.” As soon as I finish that, I plan to start on “Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less” by Jeffrey Archer.

Movies: I tried to watch “Eragon” on Sunday. But if I want to watch wizards and dragons and quests involving elf-like creatures and sword play, I’ll watch the far superior Lord of the Rings trilogy. If you’re a kid, I’m sure “Eragon” is fun. But if you’re me, and you’ve both read and watched the Lord of the Rings, “Eragon” leaves you bored and angry that you wasted two hours of your life and you’ll never get that time back.

Music: A friend gave me Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea.” I know it’s not a new album, but it’s new to me. Since Spoon is in very heavy rotation on my iPod, these songs are a nice complement. Favorite songs: “In The Areoplane Over The Sea” and “King of the Carrot Flowers Part 1.”

April 18, 2008 at 4:32 pm 1 comment

The more I think about it, the more pissed off I am with the last Harry Potter book

Ever since they announced that they’re going to make the final HP book into 2 movies instead of one, I’ve been thinking.

I didn’t like Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows. I was somewhat disappointed with it when it first came out, but now, the more I think about it, the more I’m just PISSED. I mean, I still have an assload of questions. And you aren’t supposed to have an assload of questions at the end of a series, all of your questions are supposed to be answered! And I don’t want to get my answers from some stupid J.K. Rowling interview, I want to get my answers from the BOOK!

And also, I think most of the book was a complete waste of time. Couldn’t Rowling have condensed all of the aimless wandering into less space? Because honestly, I was bored with Harry, Hermione, and Ron fighting all of the time and walking around with no clue as to where to go. That could have been shortened a LOT.

I also don’t like that it wasn’t at Hogwarts. I missed Ginny and Neville and all of the professors and classes. It’s like Rowling created the awesome, kickass world that is Hogwarts, and then said, “Oh, nevermind, I’m taking it away, we aren’t going there again!” Well, foo on you! I don’t want to read about Harry wandering around all angsty, I want to read about Harry in his final year of school with his friends. And he can be angsty with his friends all he wants, but at least make him angsty with other people instead of wandering around aimlessly by himself and fighting constantly with his two best friends over and over again! That was BORING! Things concerning Voldemort have always happened in Hogwarts, why couldn’t he have stayed at Hogwarts? I mean, in the end, he ended up in Hogwarts, anyway. That’s where all the trouble ends up happening, so why leave it?

And the fight scene–it felt so rushed. It’s like, the entire book was blah blah blah, slow slow slow, aimless wandering, and then BAM! We’re back at Hogwarts and everything is crazy and there’s fighting and there’s no cool down time, or anything. If I were to compare it to an exercise, it was like the warm up was WAY too long, the actual vigorous exercise that gets your heart pumping was WAY too short, and then there was no cool down period to keep you from getting sore muscles. It was just suddenly over.

And THEN we get this REALLY crappy Epilogue that pretty much tells us nothing! We find out that Harry and Ginny end up together and have kids (which we knew all along.) We find out that Ron and Hermione end up together (which we also knew all along.) But we don’t find out crap about what happened after Voldemort was dead. I mean, sure, Voldy was dead, but I imagine there were some bad witches that they had to deal with–like Malfoy’s father. What happened to them? And the Ministry of Magic was a complete wreck, right? What happened with the magical government? How did they get their crap straight? And did Harry and Ron and Hermione go back to school for their last year? For that matter, Hogwarts was completely trashed after the big fight and half of the students were injured or had snuck out of the secret tunnel, etc. So what happened? Did they have to postpone the end of the year, what?! WHAT HAPPENED?!? Who ended up as Headmaster after Snape died? What did Ron and Harry and Hermione and Ginny end up doing for a living? When did they end up getting married and having babies? I WANT ANSWERS, DAMNIT! And NOT from interviews!!!

And what happened to the Weasley’s? How did they deal with the death of George? I think it was George that died. It might have been Fred, I really can’t remember. I would have liked it more if Percy had been the one that was offed, honestly, but she had to pick one of the twins to make it more sad and emotional, I’m sure. And that wasn’t a big suprirse, either. I mean, there were so many Weasley’s that you knew that at least one of them would die.

And Tons and Remus. I wanted more of them. And what was the point of making Harry the godfather if he didn’t even raise their baby? You’d think Harry would have wanted to raise the baby no matter how young he was simply because he didn’t want the baby to be as unfortunate as he had been. But anyway.

as;ldfjasodfkja;lsdfkj!!! I’m sure I could complain a LOT more, but I’ll stop for now. I’m sure that amelie has a few things to add.

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