Aren’t we all a little nutty when it comes to a really great read? And, you guys, Isla is a REALLY GREAT READ. For starters: though Isla and the Happily Ever After is part of a series, it stands all on its own, which as a blogger/book recommender, I really appreciate. I can shove this book at people Imean You can pick ...
  Feiwel and Friends were lovely enough to have sent me an advanced copy of Mortal Danger (always so exciting)! I’d already seen some early reviews, despite trying my hardest not to, and they were MIXED. It was clear that this was a book people either really loved, or just did not connect with, so I went into my reading optimistically, determined to ...
Dear Kasie West: Please never stop writing real girls with real insecurities and real family relationships! Oh, how I love a Kasie West novel. I pre-ordered On the Fence a gazillionty years ago because I knew it would make me every bit as happy as each of her other three has, but little did I know it would be delivered on ...
Sometimes my Backlist posts can be difficult to write, either because I didn’t keep very good notes on books before I was blogging, or because it takes a long time for inspiration to strike as I’m looking through my list of older reads. Looking at my list from 2011 today, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t yet recommended The Kitchen House. If you like ...
Soooo, I dare you not to love this book. Mambo in Chinatown is the story of Charlie Wong, a Chinese-American young woman who feels like she’s stuck in her own life. Her father is a noodle maker at the local noodle restaurant in New York’s Chinatown. Charlie works there too, badly, as a dishwasher. She hates her job, but she’s ...
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 ...
Trying to write a review of We Are the Goldens is giving me fits, and I think it comes down to the fact that it’s not really a book about what I thought it would be about. The synopsis for Goldens talks a lot about two sisters, Nell and Layla, and their relationship–the things they’ve struggled together, and what happens ...
I will freely admit that beginning to read All the Light We Cannot See made me nervous. It’s been a really long time since I last went on a first date, but that’s exactly what picking up this book felt like: all that excitement and hope, but that familiar nervousness at the back of my mind that it might not go ...
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 ...
“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. ...