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.

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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

Graphic Novel · Review

Let’s Play, Ch. 1-45 by Mongié | Webcomic Review

I’ve been trying to find comics on Webtoons to suck me in, but I hadn’t had much success until I watched The Anime Man’s promotion of Let’s Play. I was intrigued by two statements: that it was realistic to life as a YouTuber (ViewTuber in the webcomic) and that two chapters had music to accompany the story. He seems to be right about it being good.

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….

Classics · Review

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Carrie Meeber, a young woman from Wisconsin, moves to Chicago in the 19th Century in hopes of finding work and becoming successful in whatever she does. When she finally gets to her sister’s, she has trouble finding and keeping work as an inexperienced worker. She meets a dandy traveling salesman on the train who helps her find her way in Chicago—for a price. What ensues is materialism, love affairs, and a fight for survival. Sister Carrie, by Theodore Dreiser, is a critique on capitalism and a spectacle of power and industry.

Classics · Review

The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett

A Bostonian woman, the unnamed narrator, moves to Dunnet, Maine, a small coastal town. Mrs. Almira Todd, her landlord, keeps her company and invites her into the town and its history. The narrator rents a schoolhouse so she can focus on writing her novel and interviews some major figures in the town. Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed First introduces a small town in Maine from the outsider’s perspective in chapters that are like short stories.

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

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

First Edition. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. 323 pp. US $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-054141-5. Genres: Realistic fiction, Romance, Young Adult, Chick Lit Synopsis from Inside Front Cover: Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket. In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat. The note in envelope 3 tells… Continue reading 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Synopsis from the Inside Cover: Clay Jensen’s first love records her last words. Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him… Continue reading Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher