Are you a road-trip kind of person? I know I am. Or I used to be. I grew up taking road trips with my family, but when I went to college, that’s when the bug really hit me. I absolutely love to drive, and when you live in an apartment with five other girls, like I did, sometimes the car is your ...
  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 ...
Aren’t we all a little nutty when it comes to a really great read? And, you guys, Isla is a REALLY GREAT READ. For starters: though Isla and the Happily Ever After is part of a series, it stands all on its own, which as a blogger/book recommender, I really appreciate. I can shove this book at people Imean You can pick ...
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 ...
Soooo, I dare you not to love this book. Mambo in Chinatown is the story of Charlie Wong, a Chinese-American young woman who feels like she’s stuck in her own life. Her father is a noodle maker at the local noodle restaurant in New York’s Chinatown. Charlie works there too, badly, as a dishwasher. She hates her job, but she’s ...
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 love crime fiction. My introduction to modern adult literature as a young teenager (i.e., things that were written by non-British people after the 1800s) were John Grisham and Michael Chrichton, and I’ve been in love with intrigue and puzzles ever since. The Body in the Woods is my first April Henry novel, and I wasn’t sure what I thought of the idea of ...
Trying to write a review of We Are the Goldens is giving me fits, and I think it comes down to the fact that it’s not really a book about what I thought it would be about. The synopsis for Goldens talks a lot about two sisters, Nell and Layla, and their relationship–the things they’ve struggled together, and what happens ...
I was feeling really badly about not loving Lola and the Boy Next Door until I started reading other reviews, and discovered I’m not alone, here. Some people adore it every bit as much as Anna, but a good chunk, across the board, feel like I did: it was okay. I started off reading Lola completely in love with the concept. Lola is ...