Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I wanted to love When Dimple Met Rishi. Everyone loves this book. It’s gotten so much hype. Unfortunately, I think that killed it for me. I started the book expecting to be sucked into the story right away, but I had a hard time getting into it. I liked the characters right away, and the premise is so cute, but something about the writing made this book a little hard for me. It almost felt like there were too many words. Maybe it was too literary? I felt like I was wading through all of the description to get to the plot of what was actually […]

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Review: What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross

What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross

In What Was Mine Lucy Wakefield, desperate to have a baby, steals one from an Ikea. Twenty-one years later, she is finally discovered. This book is written in flash back, kind of, so at the beginning the reader knows that Lucy has been caught but then gets the story from her perspective and others – including her ex-husband, the baby’s mother, and the baby herself. This book was an easy read, and I enjoyed it, but it’s nothing amazing. I think a big part of that was that the ending was known. The interesting part of this book was hearing each character’s version of the story. […]

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Review: The Possible by Tara Altebrando

The Possible by Tara Altebrando

The Possible is a short novel, but it’s packed with intrigue. Kaylee’s birth mother, Crystal, is serving life in prison for killing her little brother. Crystal has professed to have telekinetic powers that started when she was a teenager. When Kaylee is approached by a woman doing a podcast series on Crystal’s case, she cannot resist getting involved. It opens Pandora’s box for Kaylee. Suddenly everyone things she’s a freak. People are questioning her softball pitching abilities, wondering whether she too has mind powers. I loved how contemporary this book is. The whole podcast aspect was pretty fascinating. Kaylee also had an adorable boy best […]

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Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Alienated by Melissa Landers

I loved the premise of Alienated: an exchange program for teens between Earth and a newly discovered planet, L’eihr. Cara has been selected to host one of three L’eihr students coming to Earth. And then next year she’ll take her turn on L’eihr. Of course Aelyx is gorgeous and feelings develop. Many humans aren’t happy with the presence of aliens on Earth. The next level of racism and discrimination abound in this book, from threatening notes to outward protests. I really disliked that part of the plot. Cara loses her boyfriend and her best friend over housing Aelyx. It was pretty realistic, but it was too painful to read. This […]

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Review: The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

I am a sucker for camp stories, so of course I loved The Name They Gave Us. Lucy is a pastor’s kid. She’s always been good. She’s dating the perfect gentleman, and they’ve done nothing more than kiss. But when Lucy’s mom’s cancer comes back, she gets angry. Everyone’s platitudes aren’t cutting it anymore. It’s just not fair. She starts swearing, and her boyfriend can’t handle it. It’s seems a little crazy, right? Unless you grew up in a conservative church, this part of the story might be ridiculous. I completely got it. Lucy’s mom persuades her to take a last-minute job at a camp for […]

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Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Before reading this book I listened to an episode of 88 Cups of Tea where Yin Chang interviewed Angie Thomas about The Hate U Give. Angie made some comments about writing diverse books that kind of rubbed me the wrong way, but I read this book anyway because it was a book club pick. I am so glad I did. And now I completely understand what Angie was trying to say. Writing diverse books is about so much more than just making a character have brown skin. It’s about telling real stories about what happens to people who live lives very different from the one I […]

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Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited was the perfect YA contemporary novel. It has two adorable love stories, twin drama, and absolutely wonderful parents. Molly and Cassie are fraternal twins with lesbian moms and a little brother. All three kids have the same donor father, but the girls were carried by one mom, and their brother was carried by the other. Both girls are falling in love for the first time, but it isn’t going exactly as planned. Molly, the narrator of the story, has had a bunch of unrequited crushes, but she’s never had an actual relationship. When Cassie starts dating a new girl (whose name […]

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Review: Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave

I was so excited to read Laura Dave’s newest book because I loved Eight Hundred Grapes so much when I read it couple of years ago. Unfortunately, I really didn’t like Hello, Sunshine. The main character, Sunshine, has lied her way into her own YouTube cooking series, A Little Sunshine. She’s got a book deal, and she’s about to have her own Food Network TV show…until she gets hacked. Someone shares the truth of her origins and her affair with her producer, and then everything falls apart. There were two things I didn’t like about this book, and almost nothing that I did like. First, Sunshine loses everything […]

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Review: The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Two-Family House is a decent family drama. The wives of brothers live in a two-family house in Brooklyn in the 1940s. One has only girls and one has only boys, so when they both go into labor in the middle of a snow storm while their husbands are out of town, they switch babies thinking it could solve all of their problems. Instead it marks the beginning of the end. I enjoyed the plot of this book. I love family drama, especially when it involves sisters and/or children, but something about this book just didn’t work for me. I read it a couple of […]

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Review: Delancey by Molly Wizenberg

Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg

Delancey is a memoir about a couple who opened their own pizza place in Seattle. Or at least that’s what I was expecting it to be about. What I was not expecting was for it to be written by the wife who had very little involvement in the restaurant that her husband was starting. What I also didn’t expect was for there to be so many recipes in the book. I guess since it’s kind of a food memoir that shouldn’t have surprised me, but it did. And because I was listening to this book on audio, I couldn’t really skip over the recipes. This book […]

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