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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
It’s difficult, really, to explain a novel like Peace Like a River. I try to be discriminating about how often I give five stars when I review books, so that when I do, it really means something. Here, five stars doesn’t even feel like enough. Trite quips like “tour de force” and “emotional powerhouse” come to mind as I ...
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’m going through and trying to add reviews for the books I read a couple of years ago (the ones I can remember, at least), and I am SHOCKED to discover I haven’t reviewed The Dry Grass of August yet. I loved this book so much that I can’t simply post a review and then have it sit quietly ...
I’m struggling to find the words to begin this post. I’m not quite sure how to talk about Me Since You without giving away too much, and yet, it’s such a powerful book, it deserves quite a lot of discussion. Maybe I’ll start with the publisher’s synopsis: Before and After. That’s how Rowan Areno sees her life now. Before: she ...