Bree Crowder

Bree Crowder is a writer of dark and strange tales, and a freelance editor. She holds a B.A. in English, a graduate certificate in Creative Writing, and an M.A. in Creative & Critical Writing. Writing, reading, photography, and travel are a few of her favourite things.

  • Book Review: “Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling

    Book Review: Prisoner of Azkaban

    Ugh, this book. Prisoner of Azkaban is the Harry Potter book that made me really fall in love with the series. Obviously I enjoyed Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets, but it was Prisoner of Azkaban that made me really fall in love. I have fond memories of running through forests to find a place to sit and read this book. I wanted to feel like I was at Hogwarts, so I found places that reminded me of the Forbidden Forest. I’d sit for hours, reading about Hermione and the Time Turner. Prisoner of Azkaban is a refreshing break from the constant threat of Voldemort. It’s the only book in the…

  • Book Review: “Cracked Up to Be” by Courtney Summers

    Cracked Up to Be

    I think Cracked Up to Be is one of the best debuts I’ve ever read. Courtney Summers has masterfully crafted an “unlikeable” female protagonist who somehow makes you root for her. If you’re going to read one Summers book, make it Cracked Up to Be. Parker Fadley used to be the cheerleading captain, girlfriend of the most popular guy in school, and future valedictorian. Now, she’s failing classes and drinking in school. What the hell happened? Nobody knows except Parker. I love how beautifully damaged Parker is. Her incessant need to prove to everyone that she isn’t worth the time is incredible. You want to hate her, but you still end…

  • Feminism & Emma Watson’s Boobs

    feminism & emma watson's boobs

    I know this has been talked about to death, but with the recent Demi Lovato debacle, this debate is rearing its ugly head again: can a woman be a feminist while posing “topless” or “scantily” for a photo spread? It makes me sad to think that we need to define feminism, but I think we do. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, feminism is “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.” So, feminism is about gender equality. Being a feminist means that you believe in gender equality. Every gender can be a feminist. So, does Emma Watson posing with only a cardigan to cover her top…

  • Book Review: “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

    The Fault in Our Stars

    There are very few books that have ripped my heart out and mended it quite like The Fault in Our Stars has. This book is beautiful in every single way: it’s the perfect length, its plot advancement is steady, and the characters are realistic. This is one of the only books I’ve ever read that I continuously had to put down while reading and ask myself, Was that okay? The Fault in Our Stars tells the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenager who’s suffering from terminal cancer. Through a support group she meets Augustus Waters and they quickly form a friendship that breeds love. They teach each other what…

  • Book Review: “Go Ask Alice” by Anonymous

    Go Ask Alice

    Go Ask Alice is the first-person tale of an accidental downward spiral into drugs, alcohol, unwanted sex, and impoverished living. Go Ask Alice has been around for decades, and is even being used as reading material in high schools. This is my second read of Go Ask Alice, and I loved it just as much the second time around. I’m an advocate for banned stories that teach difficult lessons the easier way, and Go Ask Alice definitely falls into this category. This book is an honest account of a young person finding themselves accidentally in the world of addiction. Our protagonist doesn’t fall into this bottomless pit because she seeks out drugs,…