• Nicole Bea

A mango-shaped space

Read: A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

Product: The Estee Edit Rescue Balm

The weekend has come and gone, and I find myself at yet another Monday trying to sort out what I'm going to read next, what's going to happen in the latest chapter of my WIP, and how to promote on social media without being annoying. I want to ensure I'm providing you all with updates and content that's helpful, and so last night I hosted a live Instagram chat where people were able to ask questions and get help with querying. I really enjoyed connecting with everyone and I think I may do this again in the future. It really gave me a feeling of being productive and helpful, which, in turn makes me want to work on my stories and get my voice out there to be heard. Speaking of voice, the read of the week is one of my favorite voices of all time, the fabulous A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass.

As per Goodreads (hit this jump to add this story to your TBR pile!) :

Mia Winchell appears to be a typical kid, but she's keeping a big secret—sounds, numbers, and words have color for her. No one knows, and Mia wants to keep it that way. But when trouble at school finally forces Mia to reveal her secret, she must learn to accept herself and embrace her ability, called synesthesia, a mingling of the senses.

Mia is such a sweet main character, and I immediately fell in love with the style the book was written in, as well as the plot and the inclusion of a pet cat, Mango. The story is such a quick read that I finished it in about an hour or so, and I was crying my eyes out by the end because of a certain event that can not be named. Every time I re-read this book I cry and I cry and I cry, and therefore the paperback has well-earned its spot on my favorite books of all time shelf. Definitely pick this one up if you like contemporary middle grade type voices. It's not to be missed.

Paired this week with The Estee Edit Rescue Balm, for no particular reason other than this balm saves my poor red skin after I've been crying my eyes out reading Mango. The pink cream is soft on the skin and can be used all over the body and face, and I like it personally as a night mask to soak into my cheeks, chin, and forehead which are my problem areas anyway. The texture is a bit thick, like a body butter, which is something I like as well because it really gets into super-dry skin.

I picked up the balm at Winners/Marshalls for approximately $15 CAD, and the book is available from most major retailers.

Have a lovely week!

All my love,


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