OK, so I totally get, now, why everyone (EVERYONE) on the blogosphere geeks out every time Anna and the French Kiss comes up. It is unequivocally, entirely, absolutely adorable. Anna is a high-school senior who’s sent–unwillingly–off to Paris to attend boarding school. She’s frustrated to be leaving her friends, and feels like her father, a famous schmaltzy novelist, just wants her to go ...
Catching Air is a nice little vacation escape of a read. Kira and her husband Peter set off from their high-stress jobs in Florida to try their hands at running a bed & breakfast with Peter’s brother, Rand, and his wife, Alyssa. None of them has done anything quite like it before, but they each bring their separate talents–and baggage–to ...
  I was so excited to start reading Delicious!: A Novel. The synopsis promises a story about a girl, New York, renowned chef James Beard (!), and a food magazine. It’s like someone asked me what I love and then pitched a big, fat juicy one right to me. Delicious! is absolutely everything it promises, and more. A story about family and relationships, ...
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 ...
f you’re from Boise, Idaho, you have to read this book. Love and Leftovers is not quite like anything I’ve ever read before: a novel written in verse. No, no! Don’t go away! I promise it’s not as weird/boring/intimidating as it sounds. More on that in a minute. Not at all a book of poetry, instead, Love and Leftovers is a coming-of-age ...
If you’ve been searching for a book that’s moving, thoughtful, and a little bit unexpected, The Language of Flowers could be just what you’re after. From Goodreads: A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others ...
I’m really struggling to start this review, and I think I’ve put my finger on my problem: Don’t Even Think About It is kind of a muddle. I’d like to start by giving you a little plot synopsis, but I don’t even know whose name to start typing: there is no main character, no voice through whose eyes this story is ...
A Scattered Life is proof positive that self-publishing is not always the mire of horrifying drivel its cracked up to be. Karen McQuestion is a fun, talented writer who shopped her manuscripts around, but just couldn’t get her foot in the traditional publishing door. This can happen for a number of reasons, but knowing, as I do, a couple of ...
I was initially really interested in reading Beauty: A Novel. It’s a tale about a female executive who goes to shut down a dying fish processing plant, only to discover she wants to buy it. She falls in love with the town and the people. It sounded like exactly my kind of book! Instead, this one felt like a ...