Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

American Panda by Gloria Chao | Book Review

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….


Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Graphic Novel · Review

Wandering Son, Vol. 1 by Shimura Takako

At the threshold of puberty, two fifth graders, Shuichi Nitori and Yoshino Takatsuki, live with loving families and are well-liked by their classmates, but they share a secret. Nitori is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy. As they try to figure out their gender identities and places in the world, they have to deal with their peers’ reactions. Wandering Son, Vol. 1 by Shimura Takako is a coming-of-age manga about two transgender kids and the exploration of gender.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston

No one knows what happened at River Point. Of the five boys who went hunting, only four came back. Grant Perkins was killed by his Remington, and everyone had handled that gun. Kate Marino, who interns at the DA’s office, wants justice for Grant, despite the DA wanting to sweep it under the rug. Was it an accident or was it murder? That’s what Kate hopes to find out. This Is Our Story, by Ashley Elston, is a mystery, involving love, a photographer’s eye, and careful combing through the evidence.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan

James Liddell is in the closet in his small Vermont town. Everyone in town knows him to be a star athlete who is dating sweet Theresa. He writes his darkest secrets in letters that he will never send, like Abraham Lincoln. He likes boys. As he figures out who he is, he befriends new people and works through his problems in writing.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Pub. Date: 2013 Genres: Contemporary Realistic Fiction, YA Pages: 308 Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars Lucy Beck-Moreau, once a famous child pianist, is still trying to cope with quitting piano. She decided to quit when her family hid that her grandmother was dying before a performance in Prague. When the… Continue reading The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Pub. Date: 2013 Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction, Romance, YA Pages: 435 Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars When Cath and her identical twin, Wren, start college, Cath has to strike it out on her own with a stranger for a roommate, a fiction writing class, and an obsession with writing Simon… Continue reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell