The Quick family is responsible for keeping their town safe. They receive offerings, take something from the person, and use that to maintain the cliff on the outside of town. If they were to stop? Rocks fall, everyone dies. The one rule of the Quicks is that they don’t steal from family. Guess how well that works? In the meantime, Aspen has been spending the summer with his grandma and aunt. Being the upstanding guy he is, Aspen gets his best friend’s girlfriend to break up with him by stealing her feelings for him. Then Aspen dates her. Things get […]
This one makes me a little nervous because I know there was some controversy before the book came out. It seems as though it was over a bad summary that has since been changed. Some people also took offense at how a lesbian character ends up having feelings for a boy, which is understandable. However, the book also details the journey of a character realizing that she might not be just one thing, that things can change. She doesn’t really use the term bisexual, but she lands near there. Not straight, but not all the way gay. Ramona is the […]
I was under the impression that The Walled City involved some sort of dystopian/monster/Maze Runner thing all the way up until I read it. It’s actually an action-filled story set in a realistic world. The Walled City, based on an actual city, is a place where criminals live. Our story focuses on three characters: Dai, Jin, and Mei Yee. Dai is secretly working to take down the owner of the city’s biggest drug business. He recruits Jin as his runner, whose job is to run the drugs while Dai waits as collateral. Jin is secretly a girl who is trying […]
I really like Pride and Prejudice, so I was excited to win this retelling. This book changes the setting to modern-day Texas. Instead of neighborhood dances, the activity is a debutante ball. Twins Megan and Julia are both accepted as debs because their family is a legacy. The problem is that Megan is not very girly. She prefers playing soccer, which gets her into some trouble and put on debutante probation. If she can’t prove herself, she will be kicked out and disgrace her family. The entire story plays out, with some tweaks and updates, of course. There’s a Darcy […]
Literally is the story of a girl named Annabelle who finds out that she is a character in a book being written by an author named Lucy Keating (Who is the author of Literally, which makes the book Annabelle’s story). Annabelle is given a perfect love interest named Will, but she constantly finds herself drawn towards her brother’s best friend, Elliot. Eventually, AB and Will visit Lucy Keating and demand that she stop writing about them. They think it will help, but then they start to disappear. It’s all very meta, which I kind of love. Annabelle is a fan […]
This was a weird mystery, but not in the way I like my weird. The book is about a pair of mismatched teen detectives, Benny and Virginia, who try to find the truth when a popular cheerleader jumps off a bridge during a football game. It’s so hard to talk about this book. There were moments where I liked it, then some weird thing would happen and it just put me off it. It’s like a nice cookie with raisins sprinkled throughout. Except, here the raisins are things like a football player jacking off in his car while holding an […]
Albertalli’s follow-up to Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda was just as good as the first book. The Upside of Unrequited focuses on Molly, cousin of Abby from the first book, as she deals with crushes and feelings of distance from her twin sister Cassie as Cassie starts her first real relationship. Molly decides that she needs to put herself out there in order to turn a crush into a boyfriend. Cassie pushes her towards hipster Will, but Molly can’t stop thinking about her co-worker, the nerdy, Tolkien loving Reid. It’s incredibly adorable and left me with a craving for […]
I recently read Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited, and I realized that I have never posted a review of her previous book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Anyways, it’s super awesome and I feel bad that I put off reviewing it for so long. You can read my full, somewhat brief review here, and I am going to go back and remove the hyphens from the word “Homo Sapiens” because I just realized that they aren’t necessary.