How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought

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The pacing is fairly slow to begin with. However, about a little before halfway in, the pacing speeds up, and it quickly held my attention for the rest of the book. In fact, I couldn't put the book done after that! So if you start off a bit bored with the book, please do continue reading or you'll out miss out on a really good story.

The plot is interesting enough. It deals with racism, being an outcast, sexual abuse, and an emotionally distant mother as well as some other issues. I thought it was an original idea to use Michael Jackson as a teen girl's saint. I love the references to some artists of old. The characters were written really well. Wendy, aside from her obsession with the king of pop, is just your average teenage girl. Her goal is to see Michael Jackson in concert in London.

Wendy is definitely easy to relate to. Shaye comes across as being very cool and charismatic. I felt bad that I had ever liked him though after what he did to Wendy.

How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought

My favorite character was Tanay though. I loved her attitude as well as her sass. She's super funny, yet she's a friend who's got your back.


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The dialogue, for the most part, runs smoothly. However, at the beginning of the book, it does feel a little bit forced especially when it focuses on racism a little too heavily, at least I thought so. Some may get offended with the racism being used, but I didn't feel like the book itself was racist. I just felt that there was too much focus on how segregated Wendy's school is and how much racism against all colors there is in that school. Other than that, everything is smooth sailing. The character interactions feel normal, and the dialogue goes well with what a teen book should read like.

There is some cussing in this book as well as some sexual situations, so I wouldn't recommend this book to younger teens. The issues it deals with are issues that have plagued teens as well as adults for awhile. Hawks does a fantastic job of writing about this issues. I received a free paperback of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Dec 21, Compulsion Reads rated it it was amazing. In , Wendy and her mother, Sunny move back to her hometown after Sunny goes through another break-up.

For Wendy, this is just another stop on the carousel that is her life. In three months Sunny will have found and lost a new boyfriend and Wendy will be forced to make new friends and go to a new school all over again. This affection creates havoc for the young teen as she deals with her feelings towards this new man. Wendy Redbird Dancing is a beautiful character. While her life is far from perfect she manages to cling to her innocence and focus her energies on finishing her AP classes and becoming a famous actress.

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I thought it was sweet the way she found solace in his songs. Overall How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought is an emotional tale from the very beginning when we watch Wendy tackle a new school, to her hopes that this move will be different, to the way she deals with tragedy repeatedly.

I would encourage fans of thought provoking stories to give this book a read. If you are in a book club add this to your list of books to read. While the story may be heart-wrenching at times, it provides plenty of food for thought on a variety of topics like racism, poverty and child abuse. This book was provided to Compulsion Reads for review by the author. May 05, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: I absolutely loved this book! Written in first person, this novel shows us what it's like for teens to growing up in this difficult world today. Dealing with sexual abuse, race and many other things that plague teens in this day and age.

Wendy struggles with her emotions a great deal. This book will draw you in. I received this through the Goodreads first read program in exchange for an honest review. Aug 04, Maria rated it it was amazing. It is a wonderful feeling to read such a good book and know that the author is a friend. Wendy Redbird is a strong girl who becomes a woman and in the process learns the importance of faith and love. I absolutely loved it! Nov 25, Written Melodies rated it it was ok Shelves: First off, the beautiful cover drew me to this book.

The red, old-fashioned, worn-looking diary and sideways glance of the black-lined eyes peeking out from under a gray hoodie conveyed pages of juicy secrets. Though after reading the premise, I realized it was less juicy secrets and more of a series of events unfolding between the pages of the diary. It took me awhile to get into the book, but I kept pushing.

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Wendy is snarky, sarcast 2. Wendy is snarky, sarcastic, bright, a Michael Jackson fanatic, and a semi-loner. As the story progresses, I learned why Wendy loves the King of Pop, lives by certain routines, and why she's obsessed with sets of four, specifically the number sixteen. While reading, I had mixed feelings about the story and wasn't quite sure how I felt about it.

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It wasn't that the writing was bad, on the contrary, it's good actually, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. The story was sad, depressing, plus Wendy's elevation of MJ to a god made me slightly uncomfortable, although I understand her idolization. She lives an unstable home life, parented by her irresponsible, hippie mother Sunny, who chases men to irritate her rigid, unemotional mother, and MJ is the only one that gets her and is able to voice all that she feels through his music.

I liked that Tanay in befriending Wendy becomes her support and in a sense her solid foundation. Through visits to Tanay's home, Wendy sees what parental support, love, and acceptance looks like—familial love unpolluted of toxic relationships. I liked that Tanay's and Wendy's friendship mirrored reality. Their friendship hit a rough patch and ultimately they were able to get through it together and save each other in the process. I liked Andrew, even though his character wasn't fully developed.

Deanna Faire is your standard one-dimensional, popular, beautiful, mean girl. She experiences zero character growth and Hawks missed a great opportunity to show a little growth at the end during her confrontation with Wendy. Certainly Wendy's character is the most developed, however, Wendy's grandmother and mother are both critical to the plot. Within the story, lies three generations of women who have each adopted coping mechanisms to make it day to day.

While Wendy is somewhere in the middle, her mother and grandmother are on extreme opposite ends of the spectrum. Whereas Wendy's god is Michael Jackson, her mom—stuck in the rebelliousness of her youth still bucks against the confines of societal expectations—delights in the abundance of male companionship, and her grandmother dives into the comforting familiarity of strict, religious structure, in addition to indulging in alcohol and cigarettes. I love how Wendy is determined to take back her power and eventually reclaims herself.

Despite the melancholy and somber tone of the book, it ends on a hopeful note. Lena Cox rated it really liked it Feb 19, Matt Jerdan rated it really liked it Aug 20, Vic rated it really liked it Feb 28, Nikki Laird rated it it was amazing May 07, Patti rated it it was amazing Apr 05, Miller Sigmon rated it it was amazing May 04, Kareby rated it liked it Jul 13, Caroline rated it it was amazing Dec 02, Antonia rated it it was amazing Aug 03, Dianne rated it really liked it May 05, Robert Pyszk rated it did not like it Sep 12, Layla Carr rated it really liked it Feb 12, Jonathan Oag rated it it was ok Apr 16, Kramervherself rated it it was amazing Dec 02, Amy rated it it was amazing May 04, Morris Smeader rated it really liked it Oct 23, Brenda Aranda is currently reading it Mar 31, Stephen Fairchild marked it as to-read Apr 01, Olivia marked it as to-read Apr 01, Barry marked it as to-read Apr 08, Sonia marked it as to-read Apr 08, Bekki marked it as to-read Apr 08, Tracey marked it as to-read Apr 08, Lisa Ann marked it as to-read Apr 08, Monica Sanchez marked it as to-read Apr 08, Brianna marked it as to-read Apr 08, Ashley Barrieau marked it as to-read Apr 08, But Wendy suddenly hears his ethereal voice, offering guidance and sending her west.

Michael now the only one she can trust? Michael, prince of heavenly hosts, thrust into hell this Satan, who prowls about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

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If I start telling how things happened, it must be nothing but the unblinking truth. Every raw, horrific fact must be laid bare. But each dream ends with my hands, arms, head flying into outer space. Hounded by night creatures. Stamped by the smoothest of criminals. Let truth be told in this old-school journal. Not some tweet-text-IM, spamming everywhere, gone with the next breath. Ink instead, sure as blood.

Note the red leather: Note the lock and key. If he shows again tonight, or tomorrow, and I must look him in the eye, I will find the strength to say it. Then I will Grandma. I will beg her presence in this house. Show her this tome when terror takes my tongue. Thanks for featuring it! Nicole Feed Your Fiction Addiction. Lena, thanks for the shout-out and the great memories of 80s fandom and moonwalk obsessions!

Years later, around , when I had become a high school teacher, one of my most precocious and hilarious students came to school outfitted like MJ—rhinestone glove, loafers, you name it. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email.