Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Fanfiction · Young Adult

Books That Celebrate Fandom

Have you seen more references to Harry Potter, Twilight, or other fandoms in YA books this decade? I think it’s a good trend when it’s done right. I enjoy it more when the book celebrates fandom, and it’s usually about a fictional fan culture. These are cool to read because it speaks to the fan… Continue reading Books That Celebrate Fandom

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis | Book Review

Rachael Lippincott’s Five Feet Apart is adapted from Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis’s screenplay of the same name. It’s a love story between two teens who have cystic fibrosis (a.k.a. CF), and they must remain six feet apart to protect their health. One of them is a YouTuber who makes a video-diary of her life, and the other pushes back against his mom’s insistence on trying every possible treatment that could cure him. It’s a pretty good novelization of a movie.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Graphic Novel · Review

Let’s Play, Ch. 46-75 by Mongié | Webcomic Review

Season 1 has finally come to an end for Mongié’s Let’s Play, and I want to review it. Last year, I reviewed the first 45 episodes/chapters, and those were great. The last half of this season is also great, but I don’t think it’s as good as the first. As I go through this review, forgive me not remembering exact details since I’ve been following it weekly since October.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo | Book Review

An overachieving Korean American girl meets a new, hot guy in her class and develops a crush. She decides that to get him to be her boyfriend that she’s going to follow the K-Drama formula to make her own romance. When I read that, I thought, “Dani (from Perspective of a Writer) would love this!” Then….

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner | Book Review

Julia is a deaf, Indian girl who has attended a school for the deaf until her friend snitched on her for covering up offensive graffiti in that snitch’s defense. She is also a street artist. Now she has to attend a school where the vast majority of the student body is hearing, and her moms banned her from spray painting.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Graphic Novel · Review · Young Adult

Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 1 by Karuho Shiima | Manga Review

I can’t remember where I heard about Kimi ni Todoke, by Karuho Shiima, but the concept of a shy girl who has been dubbed “Sadako,” the name of a horror movie character, by her classmates because of their eerie similarities sounded light but intriguing. I like that this is a light….

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry | Book Review

After watching way too many Mr. Atheist videos, I was pretty excited to find a YA book where the protagonist is atheist and has to attend a Catholic school. It then spoke to my high school self, who was very into comparing world religions and denominations of Christianity, by then showing that this atheist teen joins a group of friends who have a variety of beliefs, including….

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

The Last Leaves Falling by Fox Benwell | Book Review

About a year ago, my mom discovered The Last Leaves Falling, by Fox Benwell*, on the Internet and was inspired by an interview with the author that she read to go find this book. She also found an interview, which I think was this one, where she was surprised to find out that there were different plot threads between the U.K. and U.S. editions, so she purchased both editions. She has been encouraging me to read it, so I finally did—the U.K. edition.

This book is about a Japanese boy who has….

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Young Adult

9 Reasons Why You Need to Read ‘Speak’ Right Now

I read Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak this month in reaction to the Kavanaugh Hearings. Speak follows a teen girl’s first year of high school, after the summer she was raped by an older student. She deals with being an outcast, watching her high school have shifting identities, completing the crazy assignments of her teachers, and… Continue reading 9 Reasons Why You Need to Read ‘Speak’ Right Now