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 ...
I'll admit that I still haven't read Andrews' Me & Earl and the Dying Girl, but I adore the movie and screenwriting, so I went in to The Haters with high expectations. I wanted to be in love. And I was, for the first half. The depictions of teenage jazz-poseurs, the male friendships, the subdued awkwardness...I fell hard for ...
Unexpected Everything | Fefferfit
"From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone comes a feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans." I love Morgan Matson. I love her thoughtful, intelligent, heroines and their true-to-life emotions. I love their friendships. I love their smart-girl approaches to dating. I also ...
When We Collided | Fefferfit
There's no other way to put this: When We Collided is the first novel that I've read concerning mental health that didn't depress the crap outta me. It's real, and vibrant, and necessary. I don't mean that in a "take up the cause" kind of way. I mean it like, "Do you really want to understand this? Because this book might help you ...
We’re friends, right? And friends can be honest with each other, and admit when they’ve, say, not exactly kept up their end of the deal? I KNOW. This is a book blog, and here I am, blithely reading away, and NOT REVIEWING ANYTHING. YOU GUYS. I could offer excuses (holidays health concerns surgery crazy crazy new church responsibilities) but come on, now. I’ve ...
This is the book that made me eat my words. I think I’ve mentioned a couple of times before that usually I really dislike short stories. I mean, I’ll read the occasional, well-written short story on its own and enjoy it. And it’s not like I dislike short-form writing–I’m an essayist, at heart, and I like things succinct. But there’s ...
“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, ...
“Please don’t confuse love and logic, Charlie. They aren’t even remotely related.” OK, so: first, let me just say that I have been watching for this book for a *long* time. Ages ago, Mike Mullin–whom a lot of you will know from the Ashfall series–mentioned that one of his writing group friends had had her book picked up, and that it was ...
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 ...