I find myself at odds, in trying to describe Britt-Marie Was Here. It's an extraordinarily odd little story, and yet I kept going back to it. I was never sure whether I was enjoying it, but I wanted to find out how it ended. I'm still not certain how to rate it. Britt-Marie is a brusque, socially awkward woman who has ...
I went through a period with books where it seemed like absolutely everything I picked up with a chore. I'm the type of girl who gets excited by covers, and usually leaves a library with a stack of seven or eight, but for a long while, not much even looked good. But last December, All We Have Left caught ...
“It’s funny how you can go for a long time in life not needing someone, and then you meet them and you suddenly need them all the time.” There was a sense of mystery that came in the package that held Belzhar. I knew little bits about the book–that it had something to do with Sylvia Plath and The Bell Jar, ...
Confession: I’ve never read Cyrano de Bergerac, but I’ve seen Roxanne, so that counts, right?   Sway is a retelling of Cyrano, from a modernized, YA point of view. For those who don’t know the basics: boy uses friend to woo girl for him. Friend falls for girl, and everything falls apart. Sway, aka Jesse Alderman, is the “friend” in this story. He’s a ...
“I need your help. You see, your friends are hot. And you, darling, are the Duff.” Yep–I’ll admit it, I picked up this book purely based on the title. It got me. It might be hard to see in that cover photo, but DUFF stands for Designated. Ugly. Fat. Friend. I honestly don’t know whether my junior high/high school experiences were entirely ...
“No matter how much I want it to be true, I can’t be dead and alive all at once.” I just read over all the things I highlighted while reading Words and Their Meanings, trying to choose a good one to start off my review. The problem is, they’re all spectacular. I finished the book less than a week ago, and after ...
I know, I know, I’ve been dragging my feet about writing these reviews! There’s no real reason for it, really; sometimes it just takes me a little longer to process a book, and figure out what I want to say about it. Sometimes, that’s a sign that a book made a deep and lasting impression on me. For the ...
“I thought she was stealing my life, but in truth she opened its compartments and let me look inside.” The Miniaturist is a sheer oddity of a novel–every bit as curious in its workmanship as the miniature figures described in the novel; as delightfully artistic as it is thought-provokingly disconcerting. To say I enjoyed The Miniaturist would be to go too far, and yet, I didn’t ...
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 ...
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 ...