The Devil's Mixtape

The Devil s Mixtape In Ella was one of three students who arrived at her Denver school with a cache of weapons and a plan to use them Years later she sifts through accounts of other violent young women writing le

  • Title: The Devil's Mixtape
  • Author: Mary Borsellino
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In 1999, Ella was one of three students who arrived at her Denver school with a cache of weapons and a plan to use them Years later, she sifts through accounts of other violent young women, writing letters to a little sister who had to grow up in the aftermath of that day In 1952, Sally was a runaway, hitch hiking around Australia with a strange, secretive girl named AmyIn 1999, Ella was one of three students who arrived at her Denver school with a cache of weapons and a plan to use them Years later, she sifts through accounts of other violent young women, writing letters to a little sister who had to grow up in the aftermath of that day In 1952, Sally was a runaway, hitch hiking around Australia with a strange, secretive girl named Amy Each outcasts in their own way, the pair navigate a landscape scarred by old memories and tragedies, searching for a place that will feel like safety and home And in 2011, Charlotte was a music journalist on tour with a band, listening to their stories of loss and hope Though they are in very different times and places, the three are linked by a web of legacies and second chances Demons, fallen soldiers, hunters, rock roll stars, and high school heartbreaks are all thrown together The result could never be anything but the Devil s mixtape.

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    1. >:) Yes I am adding an as-yet-unpublished book by this author to my list of read books; this is because I want to flaunt it in everyone's face! Mwaha! I mean, er, because it was really, really good.

    2. I should point out that I blame Tumblr for leading me to this. I had seen a post promoting this book, thought it sounded interesting and bought a copy for my ereader. (And then it turned out that the wrong synopsis was posted, but I thought “Eh, we’ll still give it a shot.”) And then, in the middle of this, I got to the scene with Ben’s rant about “If teenage girls like a thing, it’s automatically derided,” and I went “Wait a second, I’ve read this before! It’s that Tumblr po [...]

    3. Mary Borsellino wrote the five-book The Wolf House vampire series, which I love. It's full of horror, cruelty, compassion, love, art and rock music. The Devil's Mixtape is her newest book, and it has all the power, passion, razorblade insights and sometimes shock value of her vampire novel, condensed into a single volume. Mary Borsellino does not choose safe, easy subjects - or protagonists - but she grabs everything in two fists and propels you to places you never saw coming. The other writer w [...]

    4. As human beings, we all share an innate curiosity, if not fear, of death. The theories abound as to what constitutes consciousness, and what happens to it after the cessation of the physical form. The ideas and mythologies are as varied as people themselves. In Mary Borsellino's “The Devil's Mixtape,” traditional notions of the afterlife are twisted into something wholly original and pleasantly strange. The main focus of the narrative is an event referred to as “Cobweb” and the lives th [...]

    5. Mary Borsellino's The Devil's Mixtape is the kind of book you will be physically unable to put down until you have read the last page and solved every mystery.Told in a series of alternating points of view, this book masterfully takes a dozen different narratives from different times and weaves them together -- into a Cobweb, if you will -- and each story builds on the last so perfectly it stings with how brilliantly it's done. It's got a rich Australian voice, seamlessly blending history and ge [...]

    6. THE DEVIL'S MIXTAPE is not the sort of book you read once and stow away on a shelf. It's far too multi-layered for that. Borsellino's writing works on several levels at the same time. With a story told from the alternating views of roughly half a dozen characters, the book explores variegated topics from gun control to the positive and negative effects of the internet to pop culture's influence on youth to how creative and artistic processes work. Yet, as serious as those themes are, THE DEVIL'S [...]

    7. I like a book that really makes me think, so a book with a title such as The Devil's Mix Tape isn't something that I could pass up on reading, not in a million years. Depending on your personal tastes, the subject matter might be a bit harder to swallow than that of your run-of-the-mill contemporary book. True, it may prove to be challenging for readers who prefer a more linear sort of story but I think the scattered style of storytelling makes The Devil's Mix Tape feel like a puzzle you just ha [...]

    8. I really wanted to like this book.An Australian author, writing female characters and using an Australian setting? Indigenous, trans and queer characters? Music references? Sounds great.Unfortunately, too much time is spent on some of the interweaving storylines (especially if you count the information about young female killers as a storyline) and not enough on others; ultimately, this book tries to do a lot of really interesting things but doesn't have enough time to make them as interesting a [...]

    9. This is a book that I wish, I wish with all my heart had been around when I was a teenager. But even now, I get so much out of.The Devil's Mixtape explores voices in fiction that rarely get heard, young women and men who are marginalised, or ignored. It tells the story of outcasts and rebels, breaks your heart, but also makes you laugh when you cry.The characters are fully, richly realised, each with a distinctive voice, and you understand their motivations and ideas, even when they aren't somet [...]

    10. What this book is for me is Green Fried Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe meets the rock band AU of my dreams (of the fandom of my heart) -- and sprinkled with the transcedental beauty and intensity that lurks around the edges of Neverwhere, or American Gods.The stories told in this novel are so personal, so vividly real, so there that before you know it you sort of think they were sent directly to you, meant for your eyes, written to speak to you personally. The unfolding of secrets, hurts, lov [...]

    11. Devil's Mixtape is a lyrical, at times mesmerizing reflection on gender, identity, and the complex sources (and far reaching results) of teenaged violence. I won't try to summarize the plot as it really involves the interwoven stories of three separate groups of characters (including what at first appear to be minor, sideline characters), but at it's core is the wonderfully realized voice of a teenaged school shooter (now in hell) writing letters to her now adult rockstar sister. I admit that I [...]

    12. One of the best books I've read in a while. I love narratives that switch between different characters, and The Devil's Mixtape does this really, really well. All the point-of-view characters have strong voices, and my favourite character tended to change depending on whose voice I was reading at the time.I also enjoyed the disparate narrative threads, and reading through to see how Borsellino was going to tie them all together.The Devil's Mixtape is a great read, and I particularly recommend it [...]

    13. A powerfully moving story that touches your soul or what's left of it. You get to know the characters and are able to understand them on several levels. The connection between the characters shows albeit a fictional view of how the tapestry of life weaves all our life threads into one grand patterned design. Very well written.

    14. It’s really hard to explain the appeal of this book, even though I gave it five stars; I didn’t even know what category to put it in on . Is it fantasy? Well it has fantastic elements, but mostly it’s about criminals. Is it a crime novel? In the sense that crimes are committed, but it doesn’t feel like a crime novel. Is it horror? Horrific things happen, but it seems to hopeful to be classed as a proper horror story. Which I guess is kind of the point: the story resists classification. I [...]

    15. This is certainly an ambitious book. It spans two countries, half a century, and more characters than you can conceivably keep straight (unless you take notes, which might be your best option). It wants to impart so much thought on Christianity, alienation, murder, etc, etcYMMV, of course, but it didn't convince me. I couldn't keep track of all the characters, especially the ones who went by multiple names. While the novel plays around with different formats – sometimes narrative, sometimes le [...]

    16. Mary Borsellino, author of The Wolf House, has done it again. I stayed up till the wee hours, unwilling to put this book away until I had finished every last word.Mary is very skilled at writing flawed, engaging characters who also come across as incredibly human (quite a trick when not all of them are). I love the character of Ella, even thought I don't think I'm supposed to. After all, high-school spree-killers aren't supposed to be the characters you like hearing about. But her story, on of ( [...]

    17. This is a really, really beautiful book. I can't explain too much, or I'd give it away, but its about music and hell and teenage girls and violence and popular culture and being alone and making friends and how to survive adolescence, told through the eyes of (mostly) young women and with a delightful supenatural twist. Get you teenage daughter to read this, it seems dark on the outside but, unlike the other book about an awkward teenage girl looking to escape adolescence (Twilight) this one has [...]

    18. As soon as teenage girls start to profess love for something, everyone else becomes totally dismissive of it. Teenage girls are open season for the cruelest bullying that our society can dream up. Everyone's vicious to them. They're vicious to each other. Hell, they're even vicious to themselves. It's terrible. So I basically bought the book because of this quote. I liked it. Wouldn't recommend to everyone but if the description sounds like your cup of tea then it probably is your cup of tea.

    19. Spree killers (specifically, school shootings), racism and wandering demons in 1950s Australia, and an arena-filling rock band have little in common until Borsellino takes hold of them and twists the narrative threads into a tale of outcasts spanning multiple generations.There are so many POV characters, but each is fully fleshed with their own flaws and insecurities and hopes and dreams. It was the great strength of the Wolf House novels, and the characters here are even sharper and more precio [...]

    20. This was a wonderfully original read! Borsellino's prose is intelligent, inventive, and true. The Devil's Mixtape has a non-traditional plot line in which many story lines weave together and intertwine in unexpected ways - but coherency is never lost and, as you start to learn the connections, your appreciation for the book only grows. All the characters had unique voices - no cliches here - and were awesome portrayals of figures underrepresented in most stories out there. My favorite POVs were [...]

    21. This book might not be for everyone (just a guess based on the murder that forms one of the building blocks of the narrative) (which is not so much a spoiler, and is something you should know before going in just in case that bothers you!), but it's certainly everything I love in a novel. My primary reaction consists of the word "amazing" repeated many times, interspersed with "holy crap"s and "I'd never thought of that!"s and other such exclamations.

    22. Complicated narrative and tough to keep characters straight, but a very enjoyable book. She weaves the plot beautifully and I love the social commentary that lies beneath the story. Will give it a second read so I can thoroughly enjoy it, having already been accustomed to the story.

    23. This was one of those rare books that as soon as I finished seemed to be something that had always existed. A much more honest look at what it's like to be a messed up kid than you see in most stories that try to talk about them, even with the supernatural elements. 10/10

    24. It's been a while since I finished this, but I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and everything I wanted to read about as a teenager. The diversity of the cast of characters was probably my favorite part.

    25. easily one of the most intriguing, intricate books I've ever read. it's a road trip and a supernatural mystery and a music 'zine; it's a truly original fairytale that's dark and hopeful by turns. it's straight-up great.

    26. I have an ARC of The Devil's Mixtape in .pdf, bi, and .epub and I want to pass them on-- if anyone would like a copy, just comment!

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