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: While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

I borrowed While We Were Watching Downton Abbey because it was available on audio on Overdrive when I randomly searched the available books one day. I almost never borrow books without placing a hold or at least picking them off of my TBR list. But this book caught my eye because of the Downton Abbey reference, and I enjoyed it. Edward, the concierge of a high rise condo building, organizes a weekly Sunday night viewing of the first two seasons of Downton Abbey in preparation for the start of season 3. Three women from the building meet there and become good friends despite their different places in life. […]

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Review: The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

The Almost Sisters was so much more than I was expecting. Joshilyn Jackson is known for her Southern women’s fiction. There’s always romance and family drama, but this book had so much more. Let’s start with the main character: Leia Birch Briggs. I loved her! She’s a comic book artist who hosts weekly board game nights and regularly attends comic conventions. Can I be friends with her? Seriously. My husband and I host monthly board game nights, and he just built a gaming table for our living room. Guess what Leia has in her dining room? A gaming table! I couldn’t believe it. I love when […]

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Review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

I’d heard so many great things about The Royal We, but I wasn’t sure whether I would like it. Sure, I love Julia Stiles’ The Prince & Me and The Princess Diaries, but I didn’t follow the romance of Prince William and Kate Middleton at all. I remember thinking people were crazy for taking off from work to watch their wedding. Well, I’m so glad I gave this book a chance because I loved it! The romance between Bex and Nick was totally adorable. I especially loved their early days at Oxford. And I thoroughly enjoyed all of the drama between Bex and her twin sister, Lacey, from […]

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Review: The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot

The Boy Is Back (Boy #4) by Meg Cabot

I absolutely loved The Boy Is Back. It’s technically the fourth book in a series, but I think the series is more about writing style and title. The characters in this book are completely new. The night of their prom something happened between Becky and Reed, and they haven’t seen each other in 10 years. Reed is now a professional golfer, who’s supposed to be headed to Orlando for a big tournament. But when Reed’s parents are arrested for trying to buy a restaurant meal with a vintage postage stamp, he has to come home and help deal with their situation. Becky is the senior moving […]

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Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte is the first in the Charlotte Holmes series. Brittany Cavallaro puts an interesting twist on the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson characters by imagining what their descendants would be like. Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson meet at boarding school in Connecticut. Holmes has been solving crimes since she was a young child, and Watson is a typical teenage boy. When a fellow student turns up dead, the pair strike up a fated friendship and set to solving the case. I’ve never read Sherlock Holmes, but I have watched the BBC show Sherlock and the Robert Downey Jr. movies, so I am familiar with the characters. […]

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Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility did not live up to my expectations. I had heard so many great things about this book, but surprisingly I had no recollection of what it was about before I started listening to it. Nastya is new in town. She’s come to live with her aunt after some sort of horrific attack on her life. She was a concert pianist, but she can no longer play because her attacker crushed her hand. Josh Bennett keeps to himself. He lives alone because his parents are dead, and his grandfather is dying. They’re both damaged, so they develop a unique relationship. This book was […]

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