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: 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 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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