“The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely…” It’s hard to believe that The Fault in Our Stars came out five years ago! I didn’t even realize how much I missed John Green until I started Turtles All the Way Down. Maybe I never mentioned this before, but I love John Green. All of his books are fantastic, as you can see from my reviews of: The Fault in Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Paper Towns (I have also read Looking for […]
I loved this book! I was just feeling lost and didn’t connect with any of the books I was trying to read, so I looked at what was available on the library website, and checked this one out. The Solar family was cursed by Death. Every member of the family has one great fear, and that fear will be the thing that kills them. Esther started her Semi-Definitive List of Worst Fears because of the curse. She writes down anything that scares her even a little, avoids that thing, and it can never become her great fear. One day while […]
I managed to make it through the long, but very entertaining, The Diviners. It’s set in the 1920s and follows Evie as she is sent to stay with her Uncle Will in New York. This is meant as punishment, but she’s a girl who loves excitement, so she has no problems trading her small Ohio town for the Big Apple. Unfortunately, there is a series of grisly murders. Uncle Will runs a museum of the paranormal, so the police bring him in to try to catch the killer. Evie ends up helping because of her secret power: she gets visions […]
Things I’m Seeing Without You is about a girl named Tess. When we first see her, she is dropping out of her boarding school to go live with her estranged father. The boy she loved, Jonah, just killed himself, and Tess is (understandably) distraught. Her father has always pursued some outlandish career goal; the current one is funeral planning. Tess decides to help him, and they plan a great memorial for a beloved racehorse. They decide to become partners and form a new, closer bond. Then Tess gets a Facebook message from Jonah, and things get complicated. You can read […]
I was a big fan of Francesca Zappia’s Made You Up, and was excited for her follow up, Eliza and Her Monsters. The book did not disappoint. It’s about Eliza, who is a loner misfit at school but secretly the mastermind behind Monstrous Sea, a phenomenally popular web comic. The trouble starts when she befriends the new boy at school, Wallace. He’s a very active member of her fandom. The closer that they get, the worse it will be when he finds out who she really is. You can read my full review here.
This is another speculative YA novel. Meant to Be presents a future where Names suddenly showed up on every adult’s chest. They continue to appear after every teenager turns 18. The names aren’t completely understood, but most people believe that it’s supposed to be your soulmate, or Meant to Be/MTB. Agatha “Aggie” does not buy into MTBs at all, preferring to call them empties. She gets a name on her birthday, Hendrix Cutter, but chooses to ignore it in favor of her own plans. She wants to hook up with her newly single crush at the amusement park she works […]
All Rights Reserved is an interesting dystopian/science fiction story. It’s set in a future controlled by lawyers. From the age of 15, everyone gets fitted with a cuff around their wrist. From that point on, the cuff charges for every word spoken, even most gestures. These forms of expression are protected by strong copyrights, upheld by the lawyers. Speth, our main character, is just about to give her big speech as she turns 15, when her friend kills himself at her party. His family is in serious debt (Though every family is). Instead of giving her speech and pleasing her […]
Queens of Geek is a cute story about three friends attending a convention in California, SupaCon. The two girls narrate the story. Charlie is a YouTube celebrity and rising movie star. Her career is the reason they are there. She wants to do publicity for her movie and show her fans that she’s over her relationship with her ex-boyfriend, costar Reese. She starts to fall for a fellow YouTuber, Alyssa, and things get complicated when Reese shows up. Meanwhile, Taylor has anxiety and Asperger’s, so the crowds can overwhelm her. Still, she is excited to be at SupaCon where she […]