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: Rules for 50/50 Chances

Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern

This book had more substance than I was expecting. I knew going into reading it that it was about a young girl’s decision of whether or not to find out whether she has the gene for Huntington’s disease. What I did not know is that it is also a contemporary inter-racial romance. I was happily surprised. McGovern handled both subjects very well. Rose’s mother is slowly dying from Huntington’s disease, and since she’s almost 18, she can decide for herself whether or not to get tested for the gene. She’s an amazing ballet dancer, and she’s having trouble deciding on colleges since her future health is […]

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Review: Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Endangered is a very different type of YA novel. I would have LOVED this book as a pre-teen. I was pretty obsessed with Jane Goodall and her work with chimpanzees, Gorillas in the Mist, and Matthew Broderick’s Project X. (I still love that movie!) Sophie lives in Miami with her father, but every summer she goes back to Congo, where she was born, to stay with her mother, who runs a bonobo sanctuary there. On her way to the sanctuary this summer, Sophie runs into a desperate man trying to sell a baby bonobo. Knowing it’s a bad idea to buy bonobos, but not knowing what […]

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Review: The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright

The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright

Based on a true story, The Orphan Keeper tells the remarkable tale of a young boy who is stolen from his family in a small village in Indian, sold to a Christian orphanage, and adopted by a family in America. Chellamuthu, later renamed Taj, tried to communicate to anyone who would listen that he wasn’t an orphan. He had a family. But no one wanted to hear it except his adopted parents, but they also were met with zero assistance from anyone back in India, so they were forced to give up hope. Taj’s life wasn’t all bad though. He was always fed and well loved […]

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