A Mother’s Love: For One More Day by Mitch Albom

I was (unknowingly) seeking a book that dives into the powerful and complicated mother-son dynamic when my eyes landed on Mitch Albom’s For One More Day sitting idly on the library shelves. Something about the blurb featuring the quote “Every family is a ghost story…” captivated me.

For One More Day explores the story of a mother and a son and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one? This compact book packs a punch with what seemed like honest intentions on reconciling the hurt, love, and power dynamic over the decades within the Benetto family.For One More Day- bookspoils

I breezed through the first half, anticipating a reality-based retelling on mother-son connections, however, I was quickly given a lifetime movie in its place, when I was expecting something to hit as deeply as Motherhood and Emotional Intimacy in Tully 2018. Charles “Chick” Benetto is too frustrating for his own good. Honestly, his mother opening her arms to him after he spits in her face so many times is what makes her a true hero; a mother. She even invented a whole new way to say ILY: “I love you every day!”
She worked her butt off to send him to college to become a mensch and all he does is run off to his daddy at the first glance. She makes the effort time and again to communicate, he brushes her off with an “I’m busy. Maybe next week.” He gives up on fulfilling her dream to see him with a college degree only to make his father happy (which he’ll never be) by chasing the big leagues. F R U S T R A T I N G.

“I met a man once who did a lot of mountain climbing. I asked him which was harder, ascending or descending? He said without a doubt descending, because ascending you were so focused on reaching the top, you avoided mistakes.
“The backside of a mountain is a fight against human nature,” he said. “You have to care as much about yourself on the way down as you did on the way up.”
I could spend a lot of time talking about my life after baseball. But that pretty much says it.”

Speaking on frustration, the father is a piece of garbage. He never provided for them, or paid the basic alimony and living expenses after he up and left, and yet he stills perceives to live the best of both worlds, where he gets to slip in and out of Chick’s highlighted points in life. All he wants is to benefit himself by living vicariously through his son’s baseball career.

“Not surprisingly, my father faded with my athletic career.”

Another point: This also didn’t keep its full promise of delving into the mother-son dynamic when it focuses the majority of the story on unwrapping the mystery. So I cherished those chapters titled “Times My Mother Stood Up for Me” and “Times I Did Not Stand Up for My Mother” that showcase exactly what it is that I seek in this book: the complexity of family interactions and the details that make up our daily lives.For One More Day mother It blows wide open so many truths we hold out to be self-evident when it comes to parents and their kids and the impact they have on each other’s world.

“Sometimes your kids will say the nastiest things, won’t they, Rose? You want to ask, ‘Whose child is this?’”
Rose chuckled.
“But usually, they’re just in some kind of pain. They need to work it out.”
She shot me a look. “Remember, Charley. Sometimes, kids want you to hurt the way they hurt.”
To hurt the way they hurt? Was that what I had done? Had I wanted to see on my mother’s face the rejection I felt from my father? Had my daughter done the same to me?”

This made me sit still till I let it fully sink in. There’s so much truth in the phrase “Sometimes, kids want you to hurt the way they hurt.”

It’s stirring moments like these, simply, the small joys and frictions in life we tend to overlook over the years till they’re gone out of our grasp, that made this book shine over the bad.

Sticking with your family is what makes it a family.”

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Local Friendly Ghosts, Grief, and Solitude

Sheets 2-- bookspoilsSheets illustrates the determination of a young girl to fight, even when all parts of her world seem to be conspiring against her. It proves that second chances are possible whether life feels over or life is over. But above all, it is a story of the forgiveness and unlikely friendship that can only transpire inside a haunted laundromat.

This book is also quite a looker; I only wish that the storyline would’ve managed to stir me just as much as the art did. I mean, just take a look at the below:

Sheets 4-- bookspoilsThe amount of dedication it takes to capture the intricate details in one page is mind-boggling.

The color pallets in here make for a visually stunning graphic novel, which means that I have to share my many, many favorites:
Sheets 6-- bookspoilsI seriously can’t get enough of the above. Every time I look, it stirs me anew.Sheets 7-- bookspoilsThere’s so much truth in the last panel.Sheets 8-- bookspoils

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Just your local friendly ghost telling ghost stories:Sheets 12-- bookspoils

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Overall, I’d say that though the nonsensical plot felt a bit lacking, in comparison the art style had me wholeheartedly committed to the story. SO MUCH VISUAL INTRICACIES.

Also, fittingly, this song came on loop during my reading:

ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication: August 28th, 2018

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Review: Coady and The Creepies by Liz Prince

Coady and The Creepies 3-- bookspoilsI got hooked on Coady and The Creepies as soon as I reached the ending of the 1st issue, simply because it went down such an unexpected road that I was quite literally left dumbfounded. Had I read the blurb the surprise would have been 100% ruined, but I thankfully went into this not knowing what the expect and it payed off so much in the end.
And I’m just now laughing at myself for thinking this would be just anther contemporary graphic novel like Giant Days and the like.

So this comic is essentially centered around sisters and bandmates Coady, Corey, and Criss as The Creepies, a trio of punk rockers determined to become the greatest band that’s ever lived. But that’s kinda tough when one of them is technically dead. As The Creepies, they’re heading out on their first tour since a freak accident left Coady eerily unscathed…fighting their way through blood-sucking promoters, fanboy zombies and ghoulish rival bands to achieve their dream. There’s only one problem…it’s hard to be the greatest band that ever lived when your drummer is…a ghost?

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Their horror pop punk band “The Creepies” includes:Coady and The Creepies 5-- bookspoils

Corey as the bassist and lead singer: she was left with a huge scar across her face during the van accident, and she hates when people make Harry Potter references at her.

Criss is the guitarist, who totally shreds despite being in a wheelchair after the accident: she is obsessed with ghost stories, urban legends, and local lore, and often bores the rest of the band to death by reading from a giant tome of the history of the supernatural.

That is to say: She’s my favorite. And I appreciate her love for the supernatural non-creepy ghosts in here.

And Coady is the drummer of the Creepies: she experienced unwanted fame from the outcome of the accident, which left her seemingly unscathed, and she often runs from the spotlight (there’s a reason why she’s behind a drum kit!) Her sisters are a little bit jealous that she was the only one who didn’t get seriously injured when their van crashed, but that’s only because they don’t know that she’s actually dead.

So I was over the moon to discover one of their songs brought to life:

But what I cherished most about the band was how both Corey and Coady reminded me immensely of the dynamic duo in The Raven Cycle: Ronan Lynch and Noah Czerny, respectively.

Corey is gay, cynical, and angry, just like Ronan. And they both enjoy shoving people off high spaces:Coady and The Creepies 7-- bookspoils

While Coady has Noah’s signature “I’m dead” reminders that this next post perfectly captured:

Examples:

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Like her sister said, she’s totally punk, even if she is super emo most of the time.

Plus, the unexpected humor in here was another pleasant surprise, which is why I have to feature another round of excerpts:

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Moving on to the star of this comic, Criss whose obsession with ghosts is all too relatable for me.

Coady and The Creepies 1-- bookspoilsNot only that but seeing this graphic novel include an important section where Criss addresses and voices her rights made my heart soar. Coady and The Creepies 10-- bookspoils

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Overall, Coady and The Creepies wasn’t without flaws, but it got a lot of important things right for which I’m more than grateful. It’s for sure a treasure not to be missed.

4/5 stars

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