Anything but Fine by Tobias Madden

You know how a couple of weeks ago I said I totally loved a book that I could totally see bits of my life in? Well, I had absolutely NOTHING in common with this book, and it still blew me away. Tobias Madden has been on my radar ever since he edited the Underdog #loveOzYa […]

Nobody Knows But You by Anica Mrose Rissi

This novel is told in epistolary style, in the form of letters from one girl to another after the summer camp that changed their lives. Kayla is the main character, and the story is about her tumultuous and instant friendship with Lainie at a summer camp that’s probably not that appropriate to send a bunch […]

One Small Thing by Erin Watt

I really enjoyed this novel. I felt like some of it was over the top, but I didn’t go into a romance about a rebellious girl and the boy who killed her sister expecting realism. For example, Beth’s parents are caricatures of overprotective parents. They desperately want to control everything Beth does including her future, […]

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

This was a great little book, mostly because of how effectively the audience is immersed into the point of view of a love-struck fifteen year old girl finding her place in the world, who doesn’t really understand everything that is going on because the world of adults is confusing. I’m not normally drawn to war […]

With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

This book interested me right away because of the blurb: a poor half-black half Puerto Rican single teen mother trying to complete high school and fulfil her love of the cooking. There is so much conflict just in that elevator pitch, and I think I kind of fell in love right there. I was also […]

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens was a parody/spoof/comedy book, based on the concept of a plane full of teenage beauty pageant contestants crash landing on a deserted island and how they survive that. Think of a comedy version of Lord of the Flies, but with girls. I like clever parodies, and I really enjoyed Beauty Queens. It was […]

Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman

Ice Wolves is the story of 12-year-old orphaned homeless boy Anders who, upon finding he can transform into an ice wolf, is separated from his twin sister Rayna, who transforms into the ice wolves’ bitter enemy the scorch dragon. I didn’t know what to expect going in to this. I’ve never read an Amie Kaufman […]

Where Is That Kid From ‘Matilda’ Now?

I don’t really review autobiographies or memoirs on this blog, it’s largely devoted to YA fiction, but these memoirs are written by the child actress who played, among other roles, beloved Matilda, Natalie in Mrs Doubtfire, and Susan from the remake of Miracle on 34th Street. Her name is Mara Wilson and she has some […]

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