Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Publisher: Balzer + Bray Pub. Date: 2015 Genre: Contemporary YA, Romance Pages: 303 Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Back in June, I saw Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda on display at the library in honor of LGBT Pride Month, but I got around to reading it in July. I was looking for LGBT books at the time.… Continue reading Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Publisher: Poppy/Little, Brown and Company Pub. Date: 2012 Genre: Contemporary YA, Romance Pages: 236 Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan missed her flight by minutes. She reluctantly has to reschedule the flight because this excuse would not be good enough to skip her father’s wedding. On her new flight, she meets a British… Continue reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Poetry · Review · Young Adult

Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

Synopsis from Inside Cover: Matthew Turner doesn’t have faith in anything. Not in family — his is a shambles after his younger brother was bullied into suicide. Not in so-called friends who turn their backs when things get tough. Not in some all-powerful creator who lets too much bad stuff happen. And certainly not in… Continue reading Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Caught in the Crossfire by Juliann Rich

Synopsis from Goodreads: Two boys at Bible camp; one forbidden love. That is the dilemma sixteen-year-old Jonathan Cooper faces when he goes away to Spirit Lake Bible Camp, an oasis for teen believers situated along Minnesota’s rugged north shore. He is expecting a summer of mosquito bites, bonfires with s’mores, and photography classes with Simon,… Continue reading Caught in the Crossfire by Juliann Rich

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Faking Faith by Josie Bloss

Synopsis from Goodreads: Dylan Mahoney is living one big unholy lie. Thanks to a humiliating and painfully public sexting incident, Dylan has become the social pariah at her suburban Chicago high school. She’s ignored by everyone–when she’s not being taunted–and estranged from her two best friends. So when Dylan discovers the blogs of homeschooled fundamentalist… Continue reading Faking Faith by Josie Bloss

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Yes, I know I’m behind on the trend to have read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. I saw my classmates read it this year. I felt this was going to be overhyped, so I chose to avoid it altogether. Then when the movie was released in theaters and when I heard good things… Continue reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

The Last Girl by Riley Shasteen

Riley Shasteen’s The Last Girl, a contemporary YA novel, is the first book in the Slave Auction trilogy. Synopsis from Goodreads: “The Slave Auction.” “What the heck is the Slave Auction?” I ask. Jenna Brown has just started her freshman year with her two best friends, Jessica and Daisy. They hear a rumor about the… Continue reading The Last Girl by Riley Shasteen

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The Booksplosion read-along for June is E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars. As others who have read this book have said: go into We Were Liars without expectations and no spoilers. This is the synopsis from Goodreads: A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose… Continue reading We Were Liars by E. Lockhart