I’ll Give You the Sun is a book that is going to stick around with me for a long time I think, maybe forever. After I finished reading it, I cried because I was done reading it. I don’t think I’ve ever done that before with a YA book, not trying to knock YA too hard but it’s sometimes hard to find the “literature” part in some of the YA lit I’ve been reading. Not so here. Jandy Nelson’s writing is amazing, the word choice, the magical realism, the characters–everything just WORKS and works to the point where your heart breaks […]
Life is a balancing act. We have to balance what we want to do with what we have to do. We have to balance our comfort with our risks. Eliza Mirk has lived a mostly anonymous online life where she has created one of the most popular stories on the Internet. Written and drawn in installments, Monstrous Sea pretty much consumes Eliza’s life. When she is first introduced to a new student named Wallace, she thinks he’s just another jock who will make fun of her, later she learns that he writes Monstrous Sea fan fiction that is so good she can […]
Ramona lives in Eulogy, Mississippi with her dad and her pregnant sister in a trailer. The trailer was supposed to be a place for them to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Katrina. However, lives don’t just miraculously piece themselves back together and money doesn’t grow on trees and sometimes, moms can’t handle reality and leave. So now 12 years later, Ramona works hard to keep her family afloat. Fiercely protective of them and constantly worried about their future, she seems to think of her own as a footnote, an afterthought, or even less exciting, already written. But when her childhood friend Freddie […]
Y’all, this book. As soon as I got about a quarter done, I immediately hopped on the CBR Book Chat facebook page and commanded you all to read it. I hope some of you listened (*stern look*) because this book is adorable and sweet and funny and hits you right in the feels. I’ve been following Federle on twitter for awhile (and you should also do that) and I’m aware he’s written some middle-grade books, but this was his first YA novel. Last week was my last week at a beloved job, and I needed a little something to cheer […]
I picked up this snappily titled free book fully expecting to hate-read it, but I found that I didn’t actually hate it. I even posted the blurb on fb and dared people to read it (all smug like). But no one took me up on my jerky offer so I had to do it myself. And you know what? It offered everything the title said: I got love, I got lattes, and I was introduced to a mutant (in the form of a dolphgirl–yup, half dolphin, half human). Listen, it’s no great work of literature but I had more […]
Late last year I read the first book in Aveyard’s series about a young girl with extraordinary abilities. Because this is the sequel, there will be spoilers for the first book. If you plan on picking up this series (and I recommend doing that), then I would skip this review and go right to reading! Mare has such a fun story, one that I think greatly improved with this second book. I thought this was only a two-book series, and when I got to the end of this one, I almost threw it across the room (except not, because it was an […]
Look, any book that’s described as “Nick and Norah’s Infinate Playlist meets Easy A…” is a book I’m going to have to read. I think what made me take notice was Steph Perkins (an amazing YA author in her own right) tweeting about it, and my needing something light and fluffy to read. I’ve been feeling in a reading rut lately, starting and stopping a few books because I just can’t get into the right headspace. Well, Kissing Ted Callahan has cleared that up, and this is the first of four reviews that I need to get myself to write.
Two reviews for the price of one! The Selection is one of those series I’m going to have to read to completion. The fifth (and I believe final) book is out in the spring, so in anticipation, and because I needed something light and fluffy to read, I finally picked up The Heir, the fourth book in this royal saga. About 20 years have passed since Maxon’s Selection was completed, and people ain’t happy. The caste system is gone, but there are still riots and people calling for the head So, in order to try and get the plebeians to forget […]