Unexpected Everything | Fefferfit
"From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone comes a feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans." I love Morgan Matson. I love her thoughtful, intelligent, heroines and their true-to-life emotions. I love their friendships. I love their smart-girl approaches to dating. I also ...
When We Collided | Fefferfit
There's no other way to put this: When We Collided is the first novel that I've read concerning mental health that didn't depress the crap outta me. It's real, and vibrant, and necessary. I don't mean that in a "take up the cause" kind of way. I mean it like, "Do you really want to understand this? Because this book might help you ...
“I need your help. You see, your friends are hot. And you, darling, are the Duff.” Yep–I’ll admit it, I picked up this book purely based on the title. It got me. It might be hard to see in that cover photo, but DUFF stands for Designated. Ugly. Fat. Friend. I honestly don’t know whether my junior high/high school experiences were entirely ...
I know, I know, I’ve been dragging my feet about writing these reviews! There’s no real reason for it, really; sometimes it just takes me a little longer to process a book, and figure out what I want to say about it. Sometimes, that’s a sign that a book made a deep and lasting impression on me. For the ...
This has been the week of the beach novel, and it all started with Jenny Han. There is so much about The Summer I Turned Pretty that’s absolutely perfect summer reading. If you’re in love with the ocean, as I am, Han’s descriptions will evoke the warmth, freedom, and elation of being on vacation at the beach so flawlessly, you’ll ...
  It’s such a bummer when you go into a sequel with high hopes and it’s just…kinda…okay. There’s nothing wrong with the writing in Just Call My Name. Holly’s style, which I quite like, is the same here–shorter sentences, which make for more pauses, causing me to process each a little more thoughtfully. She’s a different voice in YA, and I really enjoy her writing. The ...
My backlist choice, today, is I’ll Be There. I originally picked this up from the library because I’m planning to review its sequel, Just Call My Name, which released last week, but I really enjoyed reading the first book! (And yes, the titles totally refer to the Jackson 5 song on purpose. I sang them to myself every time I picked ...
I know that there are a lot of adult readers who have strong (and possibly negative) feelings young adult literature. Let me say this: if you read just one YA book in your entire life, may I suggest you consider this one? Jellicoe Road is the kind of book that has teenage protagonists, but they have mature voices and experiences, and ...
I pretty much adore Sara Zarr. If you’re looking for a contemporary novel with realistic characters and authentic emotions that can portray the beauty of real life without being overly dark, Sara’s your girl. I picked up The Lucy Variations without really knowing anything about the story. The cover, as you can see, implies there’s something about a piano. That’s ...
The Crossover is a book about twin 12-year-old boys who love basketball. My boys are 11-year-old twins who love basketball. They’re also always complaining that they can’t find any good fiction about basketball, so when I saw a teaser on HMH’s Twitter feed, I knew my kiddos’ brains would basically explode. My only concern? It’s written in verse, and ...