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 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 ...
Truth? I was a little disappointed by Perfect Lies. I loved Mind Games, the first book in this duo. I love these characters, Fia and Annie, and the sisterhood they share. I love their connection to each other, and the way they keep each other sane and moving forward in impossible situations. I adore the premise of the books: ...
I received this lovely, glossy, *autographed* copy of Mind Games right from the hands of Kiersten White herself. I’d like to pretend it’s because I’m superfancy, but really it’s just because I follow her on Twitter like the giant book geek I am, and I won a contest. But still: how cool is that?? An author mailed me a ...
I read Lock and Key on the recommendation of a friend. This one is hard. Dessen’s writing never disappoints, but I found Lock and Key a little more tough to read, simply because the subject matter was so difficult: abandonment, homelessness, strained family ties, alcoholism and drug use. And yet, amongst all the upsetting, traumatic things going on in this book, Dessen manages to ...