Ever feel like you’re just in a reading slump, and you’re pretty sure nothing you’ve got on your bookshelf is gonna solve it? Today, I’m going to share with you the book that solved mine. Last weekend, I was looking for a YA standalone that’d be a fast read with great characters & worldbuilding, and my awesome friend Carrie suggested three awesome ...
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’m not sure why I went into this book thinking I’d be reading a light summer-y “chick lit” type story. (Is it the cover? It’s not like I don’t have a synopsis available! Haha!) Instead,The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street is a dense, 512-page historical saga that spans the 1910s to the 1980s, taking in everything from Ellis ...
World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They’ve survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there. At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life. The thing I loved ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, I know there’s a movie of Never Let Me Go out there in the world, but I refuse to see it. I fell so completely, unbelievably in love with this book, with Ishiguro’s writing, and with the unbelievable way in which this story was revealed, that I can’t imagine there’s any way I’ll be impressed with the film. ...
I really wanted to fall in love with Burn Out, but it just didn’t quite flow for me. From Goodreads: A futuristic blend of Beth Revis’s Across the Universe and Lenore Appelhans’s Level 2, Burn Out will satisfy the growing desire for science fiction with a thrilling story of survival, intrigue, and adventure. Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds ...
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 ...