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IndieReader Discovery Awards 2019:
- Winner, Best First Book
"A timeless, beautifully written coming-of-age story about transformation and self-acceptance." - 5/5 stars (read full review)
Eric Hoffer Awards 2019:
- Finalist, Fiction
Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2019:
- Finalist, General Fiction / Novel (over 80,000 words)
- Finalist, First Novel (over 90,000 words)

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~ Journal 24 ~

Like Father Like Son is the seventh movie by Hirokazu Koreeda I've seen. Though centering on children (switched at birth), the story focuses more on the emotions of the parents, which lead them — gradually and sometimes tortuously — away from a simple solution. The telling might have been soapy or...

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Neumos was packed to the sweaty gills with fans so we stood crammed together the whole time, but despite the excitement I found a lot of the music surprisingly dull (and the sound at Neumos was awful). There were some good songs, especially when the drummer had more irregular stuff to do, but overal...

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This movie made me squirm. It felt like a soap opera instead of a movie, or a Reader's Digest Condensed Book in film form. So many scenes that might have been beautiful were instead made to seem inauthentic, somehow or other. A great many episodes had to be squashed together and thus truncated, havi...

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Music is universal, sort of. I mean, could a teenager ever get this music? Elgar's 2nd is a hard nut to crack to begin with, but I can't imagine it being comprehensible to someone with less emotional experience.

Beyond form and color, or through it, this music presents a contrast...

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I hate Mahler's 3rd! Or I did. Maybe I still do, a little, but after this recording a lot less.

For me, each time getting to like a Mahler symphony has been sort of like joining a cult: "This is ridiculous!" I feel at first. But then later, well of course the blig-blugs fly throug...

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