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When We Were Vikings [Reading] ➷ When We Were Vikings Author Andrew David MacDonald – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Sometimes life isn t as simple as heroes and villains For Zelda, a twenty one year old Viking enthusiast who lives with her older brother, Gert, life is best lived with some basic rules A smile means Sometimes life isn t as simple as heroes and villains For Zelda, a twenty one year old Viking enthusiast who lives with her older brother, Gert, life is best lived with some basic rulesA smile means thank you for doing something small that I likedFist bumps and dabs respectStrange people are not appreciated in her homeTomatoes must go in the middle of the sandwich and not get the bread wetSometimes the most important things don t fit on lists But when Zelda finds out that Gert When We Epub / has resorted to some questionable and dangerous methods to make enough money to keep them afloat, Zelda decides to launch her own quest Her mission to be legendary It isn t long before Zelda finds herself in a battle that tests the reach of her heroism, her love for her brother, and the depth of her Viking strength When We Were Vikings is an uplifting debut about an unlikely heroine whose journey will leave you wanting to embark on a quest of your own, because after all We are all legends of our own making.

  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • When We Were Vikings
  • Andrew David MacDonald
  • 14 January 2019

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  1. Paige Paige says:

    I absolutely loved being inside of Zelda s mind Zelda, a high functioning young adult diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome, has something about her that everyone can relate to While exploring life s boundaries, she often compares her world to the Viking world Though others consider Zelda not normal , she considers her life a quest and strives to fulfill her legacy while searching for identity, battling for independence, and overcoming life s villains.I told him that I was used to itI absolutely loved being inside of Zelda s mind Zelda, a high functioning young adult diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome, has something about her that everyone can relate to While exploring life s boundaries, she often compares her world to the Viking world Though others consider Zelda not normal , she considers her life a quest and strives to fulfill her legacy while searching for identity, battling for independence, and overcoming life s villains.I told him that I was used to it People call me a retard all the timeHer older brother and caregiver, Gert, really pulled on my heart strings as well He doesn t always make the right decisions, but I felt like he had good intentions Gert truly represents the depth and complexity of life s unexpected turns. Gert s character speaks volumes, and it is difficult to fully love him or fully hate himWe do not have very much money, but Gert is powerful at surviving life s battlesSexual freedom among the cognitively disabled is a topic explored in this novel Zelda has intimate feelings for her boyfriend and wants to explore those feelings like most other young adults would Please note that there is a long segment on this topic The language was very colorful, and I loved it Zelda often utilizes her Word of the Day , but she also mimics the language of her peers and environment As a result, this book is filled with adult language, but it made it so muchpalpableThose people, the ones who don t trust Gert, are shit heels and fuck dicks, because Gert is one of the smartest people I know, and the bravestI think this book will create excellent conversations and highly recommend it for a buddy read or group read It has several controversial topics and covers a lot of current issues with cognitively disabled young adults. Though sensitive in subject areas, if you do have a respectful and close reading group it would inspire valuable discussionAnd sometimes the heroes of legends have to break the rules in order to save the people they care aboutWhat are the differences between responsibility and accountability How do we decide where accountability falls Can someone who loves you be bad for you I really enjoyed this book and couldn t put it down The last chapter, especially the very last page, had me in tears I think we can all learn many lessons from Zelda. Thank you Gallery Scout Press, NetGalley, and Andrew David MacDonald for this copy Opinions are my own.More on these topics Living with Fetal Alcohol SyndromeCognitive Disability and SexualityEmployment with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

  2. Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell says:

    Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestWHEN WE WERE VIKINGS is a book that has a very interesting premise but is potentially problematic in a lot of ways I breezed through it pretty quickly normally a good sign but when I finished, I found that I had a really bad taste in my mouth Something about the book really didn t sit right with me I finished the book on my lunch break and spent the rest of the day with my thoughts on the back burner, trying to figure out, what, e Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestWHEN WE WERE VIKINGS is a book that has a very interesting premise but is potentially problematic in a lot of ways I breezed through it pretty quickly normally a good sign but when I finished, I found that I had a really bad taste in my mouth Something about the book really didn t sit right with me I finished the book on my lunch break and spent the rest of the day with my thoughts on the back burner, trying to figure out, what, exactly, it was about the book that rubbed me the wrong way I think I figured out what those things are, but before I get into that, I need to tell you what the book is about.WHEN WE WERE VIKINGS is the story of Zelda, a high functioning adult with fetal alcohol syndrome She lives with her older brother, Gert a man who should be in college but instead works as a runner for a local gang Zelda, who lives her whole life by rules that make her feelcomfortable, takes umbrage with this, and when Gert s activities get all of them into trouble, she takes it upon herself to bail her brother out.Interspersed with this are scenes of Zelda s everyday life she goes to an adult daycare where they teach her life skills she ll need to take care of herself she has a boyfriend, a developmentally disabled boy named Marxy, with whom she wants to have sex and she also sees a therapist named Dr Laird, who she talks to about everything else Zelda has a narrow scope of interests, which mostly revolve around vikings and dabbing She dabs at people to greet them, and lives her whole life to the viking credo, including talking in Ancient Norse and, later, hefting around a giant viking sword.So what didn t I like about this book Honestly, I m shocked that this book has such high ratings I m guessing that people probably think the subject matter is brave, but I found a lot of it upsetting First, this whole book feels incredibly exploitative in some ways Zelda has fetal alcohol syndrome, which typically causes facial irregularities or deformatives Zelda is quick to tell us she doesn t have these she s just a small woman All the men in this book think she is SO attractive and keep telling her how hot she is What makes this extra icky is a big part of this book involves a subplot with Zelda wanting to have sex for the first time with her developmentally disabled boyfriend.I get that people with disabilities want to have sex, too, but making sex the major focus of Zelda s internal and external sense of worth seemed kind of gross When she and her boyfriend do go at it, it goes horribly, horribly wrong It was SO cringe The only other action she gets is from a guy she refers to as normal normal meaning not disabled very ableist who only wants to use her, and a guy who attempts to rape her So even though sex is a big part of this book, none of it works out well for Zelda She is lusted after by virtually all male characters in this book but doesn t really get to experience any empowering sexuality for herself it s all abuse and disappointment.I also felt like the whole viking and dabbing angle was really twee It felt like an excuse to make Zelda seem precious and quirky Like a manic pixie dream girl She even refers to herself as a valkyrie Everyone else in this book is super quirky too, just in case that wasn t annoying enough And what s with the blurb calling this book heart swelling It s actually really disturbing and dark and takes a pretty dismal look at how women and people with disabilities are viewed Even Zelda, the main character, looks down her nose at her less functional peers with superiority Yikes Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 2.5 stars

  3. Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance says:

    As a fan of all things Vikings, I was drawn to the cover of this novel and had a certain expectation on how it would follow If the blurb and quotes did not give it away, I soon found myself questioning if I had the correct book at hand that I so expectantly put on top of my tbr the moment it was in my possession What I was reading was both plain and endearing in the use of verbiage but also resembled the main adult protagonist of child like character How was this supposed to make a leap from As a fan of all things Vikings, I was drawn to the cover of this novel and had a certain expectation on how it would follow If the blurb and quotes did not give it away, I soon found myself questioning if I had the correct book at hand that I so expectantly put on top of my tbr the moment it was in my possession What I was reading was both plain and endearing in the use of verbiage but also resembled the main adult protagonist of child like character How was this supposed to make a leap from a coming of age story to the fierce tales of the Vikings I signed up for Zelda is a young woman with cognitive differences Born with fetal alcohol syndrome, she lives with her brother Gert who struggles to take care of her and make ends meet After their mother had died, they lived with their uncle until they moved out on their own to escape his abusive tendencies Gert being a young adult himself, is trying to juggle many aspects of his own life, college, jobs, girlfriends, while tending to the well being and emotional needs for Zelda, the bills and putting food on the table The two of them have set up rules to follow and they are clearly posted around the apartment For the most part, this and her weekly visits to a therapist plus her friends from the community center keep Zelda stable What Gert does not anticipate or is prepared for are Zelda s aspirations growing from observing the world around her She is in love with a young man named Marxy who has differences as well She wants to be legendary like a Viking and do right by her incredible sense of justice and is in preparations to have sex for the first time and get a real job at the library While Gert s life is slowly unraveling making the wrong choices, dealing for money, Zelda is inadvertently taken advantage of by the wrong kind of people A situation that could cost them both dearly What prevails is love, but that isn t even half of the story As you can see, it isn t a book of Viking raids and plunders, but one of heroes of a different kind of tale, courageous and valiant in its own right So much so, that I was taken by the powerful message it held about people with cognitive differences, invisible disabilities, and an unbreakable spirit What a great surprise of a novel It took a while to get into the grove of reading in Zelda s POV in the appropriate childlike voice the author chose to convey her differences It is that what threw me off at first all together and had me question if I can read a whole book in this way, but it grew on me I should mention perhaps that there are a lot of curse words throughout that in connectivity with the childlike language was odd or krass at times, though they became almost an endearing part of it all in the end When it comes down to it, Zelda s character is an amazing choice to portray a clear heart devoid of prejudice and full of perseverance Whereas Gert s struggles show the grasp in complexity that makes life challenging and caring for her so difficult, the lack of a strong adult in their lives is clearly obvious A very unique book unlike anything I have read before, but one that deserves to be tackled and read I could see this as a contemporary summer reading assignment for older high school students as well I m curious about what else this author might write in the future Till then, put this on your tbr Happy Reading More of my reviews here Through Novel Time Distance

  4. Jenna Jenna says:

    I m surprised how much I enjoyed this book I figured it d be a 2 3 star read for me and I m glad it exceeded my expectations.The main character Zelda is a young woman with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome She is obsessed with Vikings and makes sense of her world and herself by comparing them to Vikings She is such an enjoyable, vibrant, and likable character and I found myself drawn to her from the first page As another friend noted in her review, the book felt derivative of The Curious Incident of t I m surprised how much I enjoyed this book I figured it d be a 2 3 star read for me and I m glad it exceeded my expectations.The main character Zelda is a young woman with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome She is obsessed with Vikings and makes sense of her world and herself by comparing them to Vikings She is such an enjoyable, vibrant, and likable character and I found myself drawn to her from the first page As another friend noted in her review, the book felt derivative of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Often that is a turn off for me, even when I loved the first book as I did Curious Incident However, this one still worked and I didn t want to put it down It s different enough that it felt original As Zelda learns to become an independent adult, she strives to live according to Viking ideals, especially when it comes to putting her tribe first and being brave When events begin spiraling out of control, Zelda uses the lessons she s learned from studying Vikings to give her courage to confront the challenges that arise Engaging and heart warming, this is a beautifully rendered novel with characters who jump right out of the pages When used to describe a book, the term heart warming is usually a big red flag that I won t like it However, for this one, it worked

  5. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    Audiobook read by Phoebe Strole ebook sync.I m not an enthusiastic Viking reader in any shape or form I trusted other readers that this book had very little to do with Vikings, but it was still too much for me.I wasn t interested in Zelda s tribe, or dressing correctly to get into character Even with a somewhat lovable character,.Zelda, a high functioning 21 year old with fetal alcohol syndrome I just didn t really enjoy the story Zelda is an unreliable character which is Audiobook read by Phoebe Strole ebook sync.I m not an enthusiastic Viking reader in any shape or form I trusted other readers that this book had very little to do with Vikings, but it was still too much for me.I wasn t interested in Zelda s tribe, or dressing correctly to get into character Even with a somewhat lovable character,.Zelda, a high functioning 21 year old with fetal alcohol syndrome I just didn t really enjoy the story Zelda is an unreliable character which is fine This is a fiction storybut for me I would prefer a character portraying FASDwithout anything Viking I ve read other heartbreaking true stories of the life long implications from FASD.This type of storytelling light humor mixed with the serious effects of the Neurobehavior disorder just didn t connect right for me I have a friend who adopted a child who was born with FASD and what their family went through was soooo horrific I just can t digest this book well So..For me..This book was Too cuteToo much of Annieaka AK47.Too much of Gert and his lies older brother of Zelda Too much obsession with Vikings birds, swords, lores, Kepple s Guide to Vikings, mythos, hero worshiping, and Zelda identifying herself as a Valkyrie Too much chatter about rules of legends and or breaking rules for the greater good.Too much identifying gays, tall people, large beards, villainess people, rich people, bad news people, smart people, strong people, not normal people, black people, ugly words, the N word or retards , abnormal people, weak people, short people,organize people, messy people, sexual people, and sex questing I appreciate that many readers loved this book really I do It wasn t really for me Pinky swear

  6. Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Shelby *trains flying monkeys* says:

    A book where the main character is obsessed with Vikings Not normally the kind of book that I would jump all over I actually have no clue what made me want to read this book but whatever whoever it wasthank you Zelda is a character that is different Zelda is a character that I wish the world hadof She is honest, outspoken for her tribe and knows what she wants In this story we get to go with her on her quest for a bit.Zelda lives with her big brother Gert She goes to the comm A book where the main character is obsessed with Vikings Not normally the kind of book that I would jump all over I actually have no clue what made me want to read this book but whatever whoever it wasthank you Zelda is a character that is different Zelda is a character that I wish the world hadof She is honest, outspoken for her tribe and knows what she wants In this story we get to go with her on her quest for a bit.Zelda lives with her big brother Gert She goes to the community center during most days and reads her Viking handbook to study exactly how to live as a warrior Zelda grows as a character before the reader s eyes in this story She wants to support her tribe as in her brother Gertwho is making some questionable choices, Gert s ex AK47 who Zelda completely believes should get back in love with Gert, some villains aka fuck dicks who want to disturb the peace of Zelda s tribe and Zelda s fair maiden Marxywho she is in love with and will have the sex with Life never works out as we plan it though and Zelda s quest becomesthan she ever imagines it Including her love for Marxy.I have to burn a picture of him to show the gods how angry I am with him Are there any other ways to make it clear to the gods that we are no longer together any Also, are there any special Viking ways to curse their union To say I LOVE this book is an understatement Do I recommend it Yes, to the people with open minds who want to see Zelda be legendary.To the ones that are sticks in the mud and are going to be offended by it Fuck dicks Booksource Netgalley in exchange for review

  7. PattyMacDotComma PattyMacDotComma says:

    5 With Gert, I do not mind going to new places If I am alone, I do not like new places, since it s easy to become lost or kidnapped and held for ransom It s Zelda s 21st birthday, and she s an adult today Her older brother Gert, with whom she lives, has already surprised her with a Viking stripper who makes balloon animals but doesn t strip today She thinks he s great He looked like he could defeat hordes of villains and commit acts of bravery, like BeowulfZelda s favourite book i 5 With Gert, I do not mind going to new places If I am alone, I do not like new places, since it s easy to become lost or kidnapped and held for ransom It s Zelda s 21st birthday, and she s an adult today Her older brother Gert, with whom she lives, has already surprised her with a Viking stripper who makes balloon animals but doesn t strip today She thinks he s great He looked like he could defeat hordes of villains and commit acts of bravery, like BeowulfZelda s favourite book isKeppel s Guide to the Vikings , which she follows as a sort of life guide to help with rules for behaviour She frequently spouts Viking phrases, but she doesn t dress up, like a Trekkie She explains fairly early in the book why she is the way she is I do not like people who are drunk in general and especially not Gert, since Mom was drunk when I was in her stomach and that is why I am different, which is a better way of saying retarded Gert did not drink very much when he and AK47 were together Zelda is a terrific character with an infectious personality Yes, she s awkward and outspoken and frank and sometimes embarrassing, but she s also earnest and honest and caring and thoughtful She and Gert are living on their own and have household rules which are posted on the wall, and it makes her uncomfortable when visitors don t follow the rules if they don t take their shoes off, for example.It s the middle of the night, Gert has brought a young woman home, and Zelda woke up She peeks out her door, sees he s drunk and she hasn t taken off her shoes When Gert goes to the bathroom, Zelda makes her move This was the time to confront the intruder to the house, while she was alone and did not expect to be confronted This was a battle tactic the Vikings employed attacking at night so that they caught their enemies unaware I jumped out from the hallway and stood behind her and said, WHO GOES THERE, in a booming voice You can imagine the reaction Then Zelda says Identify yourself and then You cannot pass That will give you some idea of Zelda She is very aware that she s different, but by golly she has found a way to work with the world, in the world, and she s not taking nonsense from anybody She has a boyfriend, Marxy, and friends at the centre, but her best friend is AK47, Gert s former girlfriend who was said to have a laugh like a machine gun, hence Zelda s nickname for her AK47 is fearless When it comes to Viking things, she is the person most like the Valkyries That was one of the reason why Gert fell in love with her She could take his shit Other people are afraid of him, but he is afraid of AK47, especially when she gives him THE LOOK THE LOOK is like a missile, which actually didn t exist in the time of the Vikings A missile goes from one place or another and explodes the villains AK47 does THE LOOK and like a missile it explodes whoever she shoots it at Gert is not a villain, but sometimes he does villain things and she needs to explode him back to normal Gert is taking courses at university but mixes with some dodgy characters outside of school, and Zelda senses that there s something off about them The story does take some dark turns, and Zelda is troubled by grendels in the walls and bad thoughts shouting at her, exploding in her head It is not a feel good sweet story, because there are proper villains and actual bad things that happen and grendels in the walls , but it IS a feel good story because you can t help admiring Zelda s enthusiasm and initiative She has the candidness of a small child but the sensitivity of an older person who tries to think of others Her therapist, Dr Laird, helps her translate her Viking rules to everyday life We should all be so lucky as to know a Dr Laird She has friends at the community centre she attends, each with their own challenges, some of whom she understands will never be as independent as she is, but no matter She loves them anyway, so how could we not also Great characters, great story, a firm favourite Thanks to Scout Press, Simon and Schuster, for the print copy for review It s wonderful

  8. Lisa Lisa says:

    3.5 I have mixed feelings about When We Were Vikings Zelda is a young woman born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, who functions well in a scripted routine She views everything in black and white, is crazy about Vikings and uses simplistic language with words of the day thrown in Initially the novel felt derivative Curious Incident and YA except for the sex talk I stuck with it because I thought the contradictions around her burgeoning sexuality and desire for independence were interestin 3.5 I have mixed feelings about When We Were Vikings Zelda is a young woman born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, who functions well in a scripted routine She views everything in black and white, is crazy about Vikings and uses simplistic language with words of the day thrown in Initially the novel felt derivative Curious Incident and YA except for the sex talk I stuck with it because I thought the contradictions around her burgeoning sexuality and desire for independence were interesting as well as her relationship with her brother The novel becamecompelling and less predictable as it continued and in the end I liked it

  9. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    This is a very engaging debut novel featuring a young adult with a cognitive disability Born with fetal alcohol syndrome, Zelda is high functioning but is quite guileless and naive, not always understanding social interactions and people s intentions, which can get her into dangerous situations Her parents both died when she was young and she and her brother Gert were sent to live with their creepy Uncle Richard, who was cruel to Gert and liked to touch Zelda After a knee injury put paid to t This is a very engaging debut novel featuring a young adult with a cognitive disability Born with fetal alcohol syndrome, Zelda is high functioning but is quite guileless and naive, not always understanding social interactions and people s intentions, which can get her into dangerous situations Her parents both died when she was young and she and her brother Gert were sent to live with their creepy Uncle Richard, who was cruel to Gert and liked to touch Zelda After a knee injury put paid to the possibility of a college football scholarship, Gert dropped out of school, got a job at a gas station and moved himself and Zelda into a cheap apartment to get them away from Uncle Richard Gert does his best to look after Zelda, making sure she the structure she needs to her life and receives all the help she can get, but Gert s life is tough as he has his own emotional and financial problems and mixes with a rough group involved in drug dealing.Zelda loves going to the library and is obsessed with Viking culture, reading everything about them that she can lay her hands on Her favourite book isKepple s Guide to the Vikingsand she frequently sends emails to the author asking for advice on how a Viking would behave in the situations she encounters She also decides that she wants to become a Viking Hero of her own legend, protecting her tribe Zelda s boyfriend Marxy, Gert and his girlfriend Anna and standing up for people who can t defend themselves Zelda is a unique character, easy to like as she fearlessly strives to do her best for her tribe When she comes across people who are cruel or nasty she will boldly call them out, using the swear words she has grown up hearing Things also don t always go her way as she is often unable to take into account how others will react, but she is able to learn from situations that go badly When she decides it s time to have sex with her boyfriend Marxy also cognitively impaired , she tackles the issue head on, unashamedly seeking advice and instruction from Gert s girlfriend but the results are both humorous and sad She is also easily deceived into being too trusting of others, leading to a major disaster for Gert and Anna However, despite all this it s a delight to see Zelda experience a lot of personal growth as she gains enough confidence and independence to takecontrol of her own life This quirky debut novel gave a lot of food for food, especially on how disabled people should not be labelled, but treated as individuals, all capable of personal growth with the right opportunities and encouragement With many thanks to Netgalley and Simon Schuster Australia for a digital copy to read

  10. Susan& Susan& says:

    What a fine A VERY FINE story Andrew David MacDonald has brought us in When We Were Vikings That ending was just beautiful I m still leaking tears as I write this review At the end of this epic tale, this talented author did not leave any loose ends untied we certainly have a lot to learn from Viking lore For Zelda the world is a place where courage and being part of a tribe meansthan anything else where we are all Vikings paddling together, to the beat of the same drum Zel What a fine A VERY FINE story Andrew David MacDonald has brought us in When We Were Vikings That ending was just beautiful I m still leaking tears as I write this review At the end of this epic tale, this talented author did not leave any loose ends untied we certainly have a lot to learn from Viking lore For Zelda the world is a place where courage and being part of a tribe meansthan anything else where we are all Vikings paddling together, to the beat of the same drum Zelda was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, due to her mother s heavy drinking Their biker father died in prison Their mother died shortly after, leaving them to the mercy of their abusive Uncle Richard But, somehow, both Zelda and Gert were going to defy the odds and escape the stereotypical outcome for two young people who were caught in the vice of poverty and abuse or would they Gert is encouraged by one of his girlfriends to apply for a hardship scholarship to the state college He was awarded a scholarship, due mostly to the moving essay he submitted which he won t let Zelda read and life improves for the better for this hapless pair But Gert s alcohol and drug addictions, and his self defeating attitude to life cause him to mess up time and again, threatening their fragile world As he himself admits there are people around the poker table of life whose hands aren t perfect and they see what they have and fold right away They don t even bother playing Unfortunately, Gert is well on the way to becoming one of those folders , unless Zelda can marshal every ounce of courage in her tiny body and set out to save her brother from all the evil forces that are threatening to destroy her precious tribe During Zelda s perilous and often horrifying quest, I was spellbound as Zelda learned to becomeself reliant and confident in her abilities she made me see ability, not disability You might well be thinking that this tale is all Forrest Gump gets inducted to the Sons of Anarchy biker gang and for a while there I thought that this was exactly where we were headed But I am pleased to report that this story has so many levels to it, very few of which could be labeled predictable These characters were real and precious to me I wanted to cover brave, tiny Zelda in a suit of armour Her trust is continually abused, she suffers a major crisis of faith and the reality of stark, ugly death almost destroys her completely What a legendary journey, indeed I rate this a 10 out of 5 star read I could barely catch my breath when I finished the last sentence This truly impressive novel should be read by everyone.My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

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