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 ...
If there is one single book that I started out this year looking forward to the most, it’s Sunrise. I read Ashfall just about a year ago, and I just fell completely in love with it. I’d read science fiction before, but not realistic sci-fi–nothing like the world Mike Mullin creates. There is just no way not to be engrossed ...
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 ...
“I swear to be the skinniest girl in school.” There is no way to discuss Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls without using words like haunting. Disturbing. Painful. There is no beating around the bush: this novel made me uncomfortable. Lia, Halse’s protagonist, is suffering from an eating disorder, which begins to spiral completely out of control (again) after her best friend dies. ...
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 ...
The three things I love to read most? YA lit, historical fiction, and Asian-American lit. So when a book like Pioneer Girl comes along that combines an obsession with Little House on the Prairie and a narrator whose parents emigrated from Vietnam, I’m all in. The basic premise is this: Lee Lien’s grandfather owned a small cafe in Vietnam in ...
“I’ve been single for my entire life. Not one boyfriend. Not one short-term dating situation. Not one person with whom I regularly hung out and kissed on the face.” It’s a quote from Katie Heaney’s book, Never Have I Ever, but I could have written that. Up until a certain, shockingly late point in my life, that was me. I ...
I picked Vibes up just to see what Ryan could do with something that wasn’t set in space (am I the only one who hears “set. in. space.” in Julia Roberts’ voice, ala Notting Hill?). It’s a very different sort of novel, and a completely different type of heroine–she’s brash and abrasive and would almost be off-putting, if she ...
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 ...
I read several reviews from readers who were so excited by how much better Spark was than Glow. I have to disagree. I thought Spark suffered from the same weakness Glowdid–not enough interpersonal development. Ryan is fantastic with dramatic tension when it comes to plot: she can craft a great story, and she is an excellent wordsmith. But something is ...