Through a combination of reading the synopsis and several reviews, I decided that I wanted to borrow American Panda, by Gloria Chao, from the library and read it. Having graduated high school a year early, Mei is starting her first semester at MIT on the pre-med path her Taiwanese parents chose for her. She struggles….
In February I saw several glowing reviews for the audiobook version of The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, and I decided to put myself on the waitlist. It was worth the wait to read this powerful book. One night Starr Carter finds herself the only witness to the fatal shooting of her childhood friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. As the story….
Janna Yusuf is a high school sophomore and hijabi who is dealing with a crush and a monster. Beyond this, the three main types of people in her life are saints, misfits and monsters. I was more sold by the first scene of the book than the synopsis. In this scene, she wears a burkini to the beach despite her father’s criticisms, and shortly after we learn about the monster. S.K. Ali’s Saints and Misfits visits the crushes, friendships and struggles of a Muslim girl.
Several months ago I was looking for an audiobook, and OverDrive suggested M-E Girard’s Girl Mans Up. After listening to the sample, I gave it a shot and loved it.
Girl Mans Up is about a high school girl trying to be who she is. Pen plays video games, supports her friends, wears her brother’s shirts, and wants to be one of the guys. Her Portuguese parents want her to dress like a “girl” and….
I received this electronic Advanced Reader Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. In this Alice in Wonderland retelling, Alice Liddell has “vasovagal syncope – a fainting disorder which causes her to lose consciousness whenever she feels emotions too strongly.” Her mother, a cardiothoracic surgeon, cannot cure her, but some new witchy friends think they can.
School shootings are appearing more in the national news. Told from four perspectives, Marieke Nijkamp’s This Is Where It Ends is about a school shooting in Opportunity, Alabama. A school assembly has just ended, but over the next few minutes, everyone finds themselves locked in the auditorium. Then shots start firing. Over the next hour, one student terrorizes the school to exact revenge.
Ever since I saw the review for Blue Is the Warmest Color on From Isi, I wanted to read it. Before this, I only saw the movie listed on Netflix. I checked the book out from the library and enjoyed it. In a colorless world, Clementine, a high school junior, has a family, friends, and a boyfriend she can’t reciprocate feelings for. She breaks up with him. Her gay friend takes her out to a gay bar where she meets Emma, the confident art student with blue hair. This event starts Clementine on the path of self-discovery and love. Narrated in diary entries, this graphic novel is a love story about two women in France in the ’90s.
Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, and her radio evangelist father has been supportive. All of that changes when he remarries and they move to conservative Rome, Georgia. He asks her to do the impossible: to lie low for her senior year. After she reluctantly agrees, she falls for Mary Carlson, the sister of her new friend. She doesn’t want to break the promise to her dad, even if Mary might return her feelings. Maybe. Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit, by Jaye Robin Brown, shows characters openly being themselves and ties faith into loving everyone.
It’s time for another set of mini reviews. I’m reviewing three realistic fiction novels today: Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson, Seven Deadlies: A Cautionary Tale by Gigi Levangie, and Beijing Doll by Chun Sue. I hope these reviews will help you find an interesting book to read. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson Publisher: Bloomsbury… Continue reading Mini Reviews: ‘Piecing Me Together,’ ‘Seven Deadlies,’ and ‘Beijing Doll’
One day in a programming class in Flagstaff, Arizona, a guest speaker visits to get the girls in the class to play as female characters in Coarsegold Online. Anda Bridge decides to play the game and quickly levels up in her guild by killing gold farmers for money. She meets a gold farmer, a person who illegally collects rare items and sells them to other players, from China and learns that life isn’t easy for everyone. In Real Life, by Cory Doctorow and illustrated by Jen Wang, examines a culture clash, workers’ rights, and a black market.