Monday, 5 June 2017

Book Review : If I was your girl by Meredith Russo


Hey ! 

In a world where (hopefully) we are more open-minded , I get excited when I see a book representing the LGBTIQ community. Especially when the author is part of that community. If I Was Your Girl is a YA book written by Meridith Russo.  

Little bit about the book :  

This book is about Amanda, who used to be called Andrew. Things in Amanda's home town turned so bad that she had to move away from there, and her mother, and moved in with her father, who she hasn't seen in a number of years due to her parents' separation,  in a town where no one knows that Andrew Hardy was once a person.  

Things in the new town are great as she is making new friends, and has a love interest - all who tell her multiple times that she is totally gorgeous. 


“I know you’re one of the prettiest girls I’ve ever seen,” Grant said, leaning even closer.  

Amanda is happy to be herself. However, Amanda's secret haunts her as she is being trusted with many secrets but she won't share her own. 


My thoughts on the book : 

I loved this book- L O V E D !  
This book shows how hard it is to be a Transgender woman, and it shows how their transitioning haunts them. Whether they are going through it where everyone knows them, or if they are in a town where no one knows their opposite sex identity. Throughout the book you see how Amanda struggles to trust her friends with her secret as she is finally happy with her life, and you also see chapters where the author takes you back in time to show you Andrew, and his transitioning and all the emotions that he and his mother felt. Amanda makes it clear what you shouldn't ask when people find out that someone they know is transgender. 

“Don’t ask about my genitals,” I said, balling up my skirt and looking up at the clouds. “Just don’t.” 


I loved the characters, and that all of them had a secret that they were ashamed of. I think that the way that her friends were trusting her with her secrets, and the way that she wasn't judging them , should have been an indication to her that they are true friends who wouldn't mind about who she was. 

Let's mention Grant for a moment. Grant is her love interest. Grant is in my 'Top 5 Love Interests' because he is the cutest thing. Well, I thought he was, up to nearly the end where he just let me and Amanda down. I must point out that if you want a Romantic Happy Ending then this book is not for you, the ending is Happy for Amanda and it has an open end so you can simply imagine a Romantic Happy Ending but otherwise, Amanda and Grant end up not being in a good place.  

Ever “Everybody’s complicated,” he said, scratching his temple. 


Throughout the book Amanda's father makes it clear that people like her don't have an easy life because of the world's judgement, but despite everything Amanda knows that she is worthy of living her life, even if she didn't think so before. 

The best thing about this book is that it shows the strengths and vulnerabilities of multiple characters, and that although Amanda gets a boyfriend she still hangs out often with her friends, something that usually stops in stories once the main character gets a love interest. It shows struggles of being a lesbian, a bisexual, a trans person, a person who comes from a background of strong faith, and a person living with a single parent who is also ill. It just shows multiple struggles of multiple people but it also shows their strengths. 

I recommend this book to everyone.This book makes me want to buy multiple copies of it, and leave them in places for people to find (Just like Emma Watson did with the Maya Angelou book in the New York Underground. 



Until next time, lovelies. 

~Aby 

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Rant : Internet = Lazy?

Hey ! 

The internet has become an essential thing to have. In Malta, most government applications are now online and most schools require their students to have an internet connection in order to access material taught in class. So, why is it that when people see you on a laptop they assume that you are wasting time? 

Let me start this post by telling you how I was inspired to write this post. My sister was on video chat to my father and she flipped the camera so that I was in view. When he saw me on the laptop he said in a disapproving voice , "Always on that laptop,isn't she?"  



At that time I was reading up on my classes this semester which isn't that lazy, right? . It is so hard for people to realize that a person being on their laptop doesn't mean that they are wasting their time. I mean, I have no wifi at home so when I do get an internet connection I am checking emails, checking the University websites to get my lecture notes, updating & promoting my blog, and researching about things that I am not clear about at University. I have no wifi to waste my time on unproductive websites and the fact that people still associate technology with laziness really frustrates me. Yes, there are many websites that are good to have a bit of a break and chill out but that doesn't mean that every person using their laptop is doing something unproductive. 

Have you ever been told that you're wasting too much time on the internet whilst you were doing something important? Let me know. 

I am sorry for the rant and I am sorry that this is a short post but I just had to let it out. 

Until next time, lovelies. 

~Aby 

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Monday, 15 May 2017

Simple Recipe : Pancake Muffins

Hey ! 

Do you ever have pancake cravings during the day? Do you not fulfill your cravings because pancakes are mostly eaten at breakfast? Well, I have good news to you. I would like to present….* drum roll* Pancake Muffins. Yes, your beloved breakfast can now be eaten as a snack! 

That sounded so much like a commercial. I love it. Haha !  

Let's start this again. 

Hey lovelies, I am not sure where I had originally found this recipe but it was in my orange binder so I decided to try it out. It's such a simple recipe that it is worth trying.  



For this recipe you will need : 

  • Pancake mix (and whatever ingredients needed in order to make it) 
  • Chocolate, raisins, nuts…anything that you would like to put in your pancake muffins to give them some flavour. 
  • Muffin Cases. 

And this is what you need to do : 

  • Mix together instant pancake mix. Or you can easily make your own batter by following these instructions Do sift the flour because the batter can turn out lumpy, and don't add the flour all at one go so you can be sure to have mixed it properly. Add 50g of sugar because the batter isnt very sweet (optional.) 


  • Pour into muffin cases. Trust me, you need to do this step. Especially if you're going to be putting chocolate because it will sink to the bottom and melt and get stuck to the muffin tins. So, pour into the muffin cases. Fill 3/4 of the cases.  

  • Put chocolate/raisins/nuts/ whatever you choose inside the muffin cases. Most probably they're just going to sink like mine did. The actual direction said to put some on top and same inside.  

  • Bake at 350 degrees Celsius for 12 minutes. This may take longer. After the 12 minutes, use a skewer or a tooth pick to test if they are done. If they're not leave them for an extra 5 minutes or so, depending on how long you think you need for them to be done. 



Totally simple, right? And so quick to do ! Unless you opt to make the batter yourself then you have an extra few minutes to get this done.  

If you have done this wonderful recipe, then please leave a comment down below. Also, send me photos on social media and I will check them out. 


Until next time, lovelies. 

~Aby 

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