Review: The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

I love a good amnesia story, and The Upside of Falling Down was a pure delight. Clementine wakes up in a hospital in Ireland after surviving a plane crash, and she cannot remember anything about her life. She doesn’t know what she’s doing in Ireland or why she was on that plane. She panics when she learns her father has arrived from America, and she convinces a nice young Irishman that she’s been mugged and just needs somewhere to stay for a couple of days. This book was packed with wonderfully nice characters. I loved Clementine’s male nurse at the hospital, and of course Kieran, the […]

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Review: Between the Lies by Cathy MacPhail

Between the Lies by Cathy MacPhail

Between the Lies definitely kept me on my toes. In this book a high school student is missing, and no one knows where she is, but another girl receives a text message saying she wants to come home. Thus begins a whirlwind of twists and turns. The narration flips between the outcast girl receiving the mysterious texts and the popular girl who’s gone missing, and I honestly didn’t know who to trust. This book takes place in Ireland, so that was a fun aspect. And it’s a pretty quick read, but in the end it didn’t stand out too much in my mind. I was […]

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Review: One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying is supposed to be like The Breakfast Club but with a twist. Five students enter detention, but only four survive. Simon, the writer of a school gossip blog, dies from anaphylactic shock after drinking a cup of water during detention. Simon was allergic to peanuts, but his epi-pens and those from the nurses office were all missing. All of the students were there by mistake. Someone planted phones in their backpacks, so their strict teacher would catch them and give them detention. They all had secrets that were meant to be revealed on Simon’s blog the next day. The four other […]

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Review: Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Little Monsters is a pretty twisted story. Kacey’s friends Jade and Bailey begin freezing her out after an incident at a supposedly haunted barn, and she’s not quite sure why. They go to a party without her, but then she can’t even really confront they about it because Bailey doesn’t come home the night of the party. Jade does reach out to Kacey to help determine what happened to Bailey, but suddenly Kacey’s step-brother is a suspect and things get a little out of hand. This book was disturbing to say the least. I thought I’d read great reviews, so I recommended it to my […]

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Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

There’s Someone Inside Your House in a YA horror novel. I don’t usually do horror, but this book was compared to the movie Scream, so I thought I could handle it. It’s really addictive, and definitely not too scary. I’d say it’s more suspenseful, while quite gory, but I really, really enjoyed it. The book centers around Makani, who’s new to the town and high school. Her parents shipped her from Hawaii to Nebraska, so they could deal with their divorce without her getting in the way. In short, her parents really suck, but thankfully her grandmother is awesome, despite her sleep-walking habit. Makani falls for […]

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Review: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

I love Jennifer Mathieu. She has the ability to tackle difficult issues in stories with amazing characters. Her latest book, Moxie, is no different. This time she has created a terrific YA story about feminism where the mother is not a hated character. Vivian has always been curious about her mom’s youth and her time as a Riot Grrrl in the 1990s. Fed up with the way boys in her high school have been treating girls and the double standard when it comes to dress code, she decides to fight back by writing a ‘zine called Moxie. In it she calls for the other girls in the […]

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TV to Book Recommendations: Teen Dramas

TV to Book Recommendations: Teen Dramas

No matter how old I get, I still love a good teen drama TV series. If you’re like me, and you loved the series discussed below, you will likely enjoy these book as well. Dawson’s Creek…Emmy & Oliver So, yes, Dawson can be kind of whiney, and Joey doesn’t pick him in the end, but there’s still something fun about the classic boy next door trope. Emmy & Oliver is a terrific YA contemporary romance with one of the healthiest teen relationships I’ve ever read. Oliver returns home after being kidnapped by his father 10 years earlier. Emmy and Oliver used to be best friends, but […]

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Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Like many of you I’m sure, I was beyond excited to learn that John Green had written another book. I bought Turtles All the Way Downheard John speak about his OCD at NerdCon right away on Audible because I wanted to listen to it immediately after it’s release, and I was hoping my husband would listen to it as well. (He hasn’t yet.) I didn’t know much going into the novel other than that the main character, Aza, has OCD, just like John Green does. I had a couple of years ago, but he’d only really given one example about checking that the car doors were […]

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Review: Nothing by Annie Barrows

Nothing by Annie Barrow

When I saw that Annie Barrow had written a new YA book, I bought the Audible version immediately. I love The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which Annie helped write. And while I didn’t love The Truth According to Us, I had to know what Barrows would do in the YA realm. The premise of this book is that nothing exciting ever happens in real life, like it does in YA fiction books. Charlotte is determined to prove this point by keeping a journal of her sophomore year of high school. It’s a pretty short book, and it mostly chronicles Charlotte’s friendship with Frankie. The […]

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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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