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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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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