Lita's Blog

{January 28, 2010}   Undiluted Minds – Danae Ayusso

The story is simple.

Depressed boy meets crazy, possibly legally insane, girl at therapy and a whirl wind adventure starts including attending mass dressed as a pregnant nun whose water breaks on the altar, the Gnome Liberation Project which
involves stealing regular garden gnomes and replacing them with ones that got a Queer Eye for the Straight Guy makeover to look like either the biker from the Village People or the Gimp from Pulp Fiction the verdict is still out on that one Korin dressing in drag as a candy stripper in order to bust Micha out of the hospital and in the process gets felt up by an old pervert going to x-ray, and so much more!

That first meeting in therapy changed Micha and Korin lives for the better.
What therapy cant fix they fix in each other. Micha helps Korin to be less
introverted and cynical and Korin teaches Micha how to be more grounded.
An intense love builds between the polar opposites that rivals that of Romeo
and Juliet…..minus the whole suicide ending.

Wow!!! I couldn’t stop reading this story! Micha is an easy character to relate with, seeming to represent the hurt and insanity of people and this world. She is fun and crazy and makes me want to jump up and switch out some gnomes. There was a nice amount of insecurity, kinkyness, and craziness. The recurring theme is death and that’s how Micha and Korin relate. The ending is strangely satisfying with a feelings of nostalgia and content. I would eagerly read a sequel of the story or another story from this author.
Best part: chapter 20
Age: 14+
Grade: A+

Undiluted Minds


The book, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, on my phone was only 43 pages!!!!!! It was so short!!! I was amazed since the movie was 3 gourde long. It was a cute short story. I really enjoyed the plot line and the character Ben. It was so easy to follow how Ben felt when he became younger and his wife was becoming older. His discontent was believable and I followed Ben’s maturity to immaturity with ease.
It’s a great, easy, SHORT story!
Best part: his college days
Age: any age
Grade: A

For Christmas I asked for an old, hardback of Alice in Wonderland. Instead, I received a greater gift. It was an old, hardback of  The Line of Love. Its pages are yellow and torn, and the pictures have onion paper over it. It’s publication date is September 1905 by Harper & Brothers. Each page looks like is has been illuminated with the border around each page, and the books holds the love stories/tragedies of every generation of a family. How a book looks heightens interest!

The culture of this time was different. It says “love was only the man’s folly, the woman’s diversion.”
They believe in destiny because twice it says, ” Fate grinned and went on with her weaving.”
I loved reading these stories right before bed. They were like longer fairy tales and although not all of them were happy, I still loved the stories. The details were mostly about the beauty of the girl or the roses in the garden.
Best part: story of Adalais
Age: 14+
Grade: B+

et cetera