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.

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The Beloved Brother Award Goes to Johnny Olivera

For the first I Heart Characters prompt of 2019, I am going to write about a beloved sibling character. There are some truly great siblings in YA books, but one is a particularly great big brother. The fictional sibling I think deserves an award is Johnny Olivera from Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard. Girl… Continue reading The Beloved Brother Award Goes to Johnny Olivera

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 · Review · Young Adult

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake | Book Review

Mara is a music student who is close to her brother, madly in love with her ex, and writes for an empowering magazine that she founded. While she has been dealing with the aftermath of asking Charlie to be best friends instead of together, her twin brother, Owen, raped one of her best friends, Hannah, at a party. Now she has to figure out how….

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….

Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | Audiobook Review

After reading very little young adult fantasy for a while, it was wonderful to read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, read by Bahni Turpin. Inspired by West African mythology, Adeyemi created a world where the magic-users, Magi, have been oppressed and magic has been almost wiped off the face of the earth. Zélie….

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali | Book Review

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.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard | Audiobook Review

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….

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Take Your Medicine by Hannah Carmack | eARC Review

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.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2017

‘Tis the end of the month. It’s been both a busy and fast November. These next couple of weeks are ridiculously busy, but I suppose that is to be expected for the end of a semester and the upcoming holidays. Book Reviews Mini Reviews: American Realism Edition Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain: 5/5 Stars Life… Continue reading Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2017