Review: When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

When We Were Worthy is an adult drama focused on four characters in the aftermath of a small town tragedy. After a high school football victory, when the whole town should be celebrating, four families are mourning. Three cheerleaders are killed when a teenage boy crashing into them while presumably racing his new car. The reader learns the truth about the accident and other scandals in town from these characters: Leah, the friend that should have been in the car that night, Ava, the substitute teacher who’s relieved that one of the girls didn’t live to tell what she saw at the game that night, […]

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Review: The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor

The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor

The Shark Club reminded me of Love Walked In. Maeve is a marine biologist who became obsessed with sharks when she was bit by one at age 12. Her life didn’t turn out as she planned because her lifelong love cheated on her a few months before their wedding. While in between research jobs, she goes back home to stay with her grandmother and twin brother, but neither of them decided to tell her that Daniel is back as well. Maeve is captivated by his 6 year-old daughter, and she decides to give it another go. This book is rich with plot, so naturally I loved […]

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Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

I reserved We Are Okay from the library on a whim after reading an article on Goodreads about Nina LaCour. I was only familiar with Nina LaCour because she co-wrote You Know Me Well with David Levithan. I really enjoyed that book, so I decided I should read one of her novels. This book is quite sad. Marin’s grandfather died right before she was supposed to start college, and she’s not dealing with it very well. She escaped to NYC early and hasn’t spoken to anyone from home in a few months. It’s now Christmas break, and her best friend, Mabel, has come to the city to […]

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Review: What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard

What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard

What I Lost is so well done. It’s the story of Elizabeth and her anorexia, which has landed her in rehab. Alexandra Ballard does a great job of explaining anorexia as an illness. I had a friend who struggled with anorexia in high school, and so many of the behaviors included in this book brought that experience back for me. When Elizabeth enters treatment, she is determined to get out as quickly as she can, so she can get right back to her old eating habits. But over time she has experiences and meets friends that help her realize that she is not healthy. There […]

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Review: The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

I started reading The Whole Thing Together without knowing anything about the book. I loved Ann Brashares’ Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and I wanted to read her latest book. This novel is about a very unique modern family. Let’s see if I can explain this correctly. Ray’s mother used to be married to Sasha’s father, and they share 3 half sisters, but they have never met. Their divorced parents never speak to each other, and they can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But the two families share a vacation house. The alternate weeks in the summer and weekends the rest of the […]

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Review: I Wish You Happy by Kerry Anne King

I Wish You Happy by Kerry Anne King

I Wish You Happy is a rather strange book. Rae prefers animals to people, but really she likes rescuing and fixing things. When she runs over Kat, a woman who tries to commit suicide by riding her bike in front of a moving car, she gets tangled up in her recovery. She takes Kat in, and she becomes involved with her crisis worker. This book is quite dark, but it also has some magical elements. Rae is described as an Empath. She feels the emotions of others very deeply, as if they are her own. This reason is given for her withdrawal from people, but […]

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Review: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes #2) by Brittany Cavallaro

I enjoyed The Last of August, but I just wasn’t as attached to the characters as I was in the first book, A Study in Charlotte. This book picks up right where the first book left off. Jamie and Charlotte are in England for the Christmas holiday. They spend most of their time with Charlotte’s family, and the mystery in this book centers around Charlotte’s Uncle Leander, who’s gone missing. Watson and Holmes travel to Berlin and Prague, getting wrapped up in the illegal art auction scheme. The plot in this book was a lot more complicated, but I didn’t find it as interesting. Also, Charlotte doesn’t […]

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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: 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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