“It’s funny how you can go for a long time in life not needing someone, and then you meet them and you suddenly need them all the time.” There was a sense of mystery that came in the package that held Belzhar. I knew little bits about the book–that it had something to do with Sylvia Plath and The Bell Jar, ...
“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 ...
Dear Kasie West: Please never stop writing real girls with real insecurities and real family relationships! Oh, how I love a Kasie West novel. I pre-ordered On the Fence a gazillionty years ago because I knew it would make me every bit as happy as each of her other three has, but little did I know it would be delivered on ...
My love affair with Lisa See’s writing started several years ago, when I picked up Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I went on to pick up almost everything she’s ever written (thank you, library), and can say with authority that she’s one of my favorite authors. I love See’s writing, and her characters are always lively and fully-fledged. The same ...
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 ...
I’m not even sure where to start with The Infinite Moment of Us. I liked this book, and I kind of really didn’t. I loved the characters–they’re beautifully written. I really enjoy Myracle’s voice. I totally get why she’s an acclaimed and bestselling author. At the same time…why on earth are we marketing this as a young adult novel? It’s ...
So, you know how sometimes you read a book, or even a few books by a certain author, and suddenly you become a complete and total evangelist for that person? Yeah…I’m a Kasie West pusher. I’m pretty sure that just about everyone I meet must read her books, and that they will fall 100% IN LOVE with them. And ...
A Death-Struck Year is Makiia Lucier’s debut novel and I hate to say it, but here and there, it  shows. I didn’t dislike this book–far from it. I thought the plot was interesting, the characters were mostly well-done, and the setting was great. I just wanted a little…more. Firstly: the characters. Cleo, the heroine, is lovely. She’s brave, thoughtful, and ...
I finally read The Distance Between Us by the lovely Kasie West this month. I feel like this pretty much sums up my feelings about it: HAHAHA. OK, but seriously: this book will take you right back to being a teenager again. But better. Lovelier. More dreamy and fantastic. I think we need some setup: Caymen (yes, really) and her mother live ...
May I just say that I love Thanksgiving? It’s my absolute favorite holiday–the food, the family, the food…. So the premise (um, and the title. And frankly, the cover art) of Ellen Cooney’s Thanksgiving appealed to me, completely: “the story of one family through many generations, as Thanksgiving dinner is prepared.” In execution, the premise is a little less on-point. ...