Wing Jones by Katherine Webber – Book Review

Title: Wing Jones Author: Katherine Webber Genre: Realistic YA with magical realism vibes, Family Dynamics, Death due to Drunk Driving, Historical(ish) Fiction [1990s], Racism, Bullying Blurb from Goodreads With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running … Continue reading Wing Jones by Katherine Webber – Book Review

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp – Book Review

Title: The Spectacular Now Author: Tim Tharp Genre: YA contemporary, Coming of Age Sutter Keely. He's the guy you want at your party. He’ll get everyone dancing. He’ ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. Okay, so he’s not exactly a shining academic star. He has no plans for college and will probably end up … Continue reading The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp – Book Review

If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich – Book Review

Title: If This Gets Out (review copy) Authors: Sophie Gonzales, Cale Dietrich Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ+, Pop Culture Blurb from Goodreads Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen … Continue reading If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich – Book Review

Me and Me by Alice Kuipers – Book Review

Title: Me and Me Author: Alice Kuipers Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Contemporary, Magical Realism, Domestic Abuse, Sexual Peer Pressure Blurb from Goodreads It's a perfect day for Lark's dream date with Alec from school. Blue skies, clear water, a canoe on the lake. Alec even brought flowers for Lark's birthday. Everything is just right ... … Continue reading Me and Me by Alice Kuipers – Book Review

Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett – Book Review

Title: Alex Approximately Author: Jenn Bennett Genre/Themes: Young Adult, Cute Romance, Secret Identities Blurb from Goodreads Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California … Continue reading Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett – Book Review

Night Owls by Jenn Bennett – Book Review

Title: Night Owls Alternative Title: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart Author: Jenn Bennett Genre/Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Family Dynamics Blurb from Goodreads Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an … Continue reading Night Owls by Jenn Bennett – Book Review

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes by Holly Bourne – Book Review

Title: Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? Author: Holly Bourne Genre/Themes: YA Contemporary, Mental Health, Residential Care Facility Blurb from Goodreads Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make … Continue reading Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes by Holly Bourne – Book Review

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – Book Review

Title: The Sun is Also a Star Author: Nicola Yoon Genre/Themes: Contemporary YA Romance, Family, Falling in Love, Immigration Blurb from Goodreads Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on … Continue reading The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – Book Review

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – Book Review

Title: The Hate U Give Series: The Hate U Give #1 Author: Angie Thomas Genre/Themes: YA Contemporary, USA, Black Lives Matter, Racism, Police Brutality, Unlawful Killings, High School Blurb from Goodreads "What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?" Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: … Continue reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – Book Review

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett – Book Review

Title: Starry Eyes Author: Jenn Bennett Genre/Themes: Contemporary YA, Easy Read, Cute Romance, Family Dynamics, Teen Relationships Blurb from Goodreads Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best-friends-turned-worst-enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern-day version of the Montagues and Capulets. But when … Continue reading Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett – Book Review

Not Here to be Liked by Michelle Quach – Book Review

Title: Not Here to be Liked (review copy) Author: Michelle Quach Genre/Themes: Contemporary YA, High School Feminism Blurb from Goodreads Falling in love wasn't part of the plan. Eliza Quan fully expects to be voted the next editor in chief of her school paper. She works hard, she respects the facts, and she has the … Continue reading Not Here to be Liked by Michelle Quach – Book Review

The Butterfly Shell by Maureen White – Book Review

Book Title: The Butterfly Shell Author: Maureen White Genre/Themes: Contemporary Junior YA, Mental Health, Bullying, Self Harm Blurb from Goodreads There are some things about me you should know.1. I always wear my butterfly shell - even when I’m swimming or sleeping2. I don’t cut myself anymore3. I believe in ghosts. It's the beginning of … Continue reading The Butterfly Shell by Maureen White – Book Review