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Book Crate Unboxing – &book (October 2016)

This is &book‘s second month as a book box, and I think they’re doing a reasonably good job so far. The first month I had a couple of complaints, and they actually resolved every single one. Including my number one issue: the box coming to my door looking like it got caught up in asteroid belt.

Another big complaint I had: wanting a newer book, as last month’s selection came out in January. They resolved that issue too.

I’m very impressed.

I’ve actually read this book and already have a copy, but I’m glad they sent it anyway, because I have the ARC, and I bought the ARC, which you shouldn’t do and I felt bad about, so now I have the actual copy and yes, I feel balanced, lol. The world spins on.

As you guys know from my review, I didn’t like Holding Up the Universe, I thought Jennifer Niven evaded conflict by giving the characters impairments, which is lazy to me. But I’m sure others will have different opinions.

Moving on.

In this month’s &book crate we got: 

  • Tissues, vegan dark chocolate

I tried the chocolate and it wasn’t my favorite, but that’s okay. Also, I live in LA, so probably won’t ever get around to using the tissues

  • Lip balm, small journal, letter bookmark

My biggest complaint so far is the bookmark. My name is Charlee, so I don’t know where they got the letter G from.

I love the lip balm. I use it all the time. It smells like roses.

  • Bookmark and button with the monthly quote

This is a cute way to incorporate members, as one of the quotes is from a member.

  • Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven


Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone. 

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.


Good crate. I only wish there was more of a theme (like colors or items). But I think that’s something we will see &book get better at.



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