One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston | Book Review

One Last Stop is the sophomore novel of author Casey McQuiston. I think after the success of their debut Red, White, and Royal Blue readers were wondering if they would be able to follow up. Personally, I enjoyed Red, White, and Royal Blue more as a reader but, this is not to discredit One LastContinue reading “One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston | Book Review”

This Is My Brain In Love | I.W. Gregorio | Book Review

From the opening prologue of This is My Brain In Love, I was curious about the context of what was going to happen. I had a pit in my stomach and wondered if I was going to be heart-broken by the end. Yet, I also had a feeling that this was going to be aContinue reading “This Is My Brain In Love | I.W. Gregorio | Book Review”

The Voting Booth | Brandy Colbert | Book Review

The Voting Booth is a quick young adult read. It takes place all in one day and focuses on two young Black youths voting for the first time. The first, Marva, is very politically focused and has waited for this day for a long time. The second, Duke, recently lost his politically activist older brotherContinue reading “The Voting Booth | Brandy Colbert | Book Review”

Lifting As We Climb | Evette Dionne | Book Review

Lifting As We Climb: Black Women’s Battle For The Ballot Box by Evette Dionne is such an important book. I am a student of women’s studies. I have my master’s degree in the field. However, I still feel like my knowledge is limited, and I am always looking for ways to add to it. MoreContinue reading “Lifting As We Climb | Evette Dionne | Book Review”

Parachutes | Kelly Yang | Book Review

Parachutes by Kelly Yang is a book that will stay with me for a long time. This is such a hard-hitting young adult book. It covers so many current societal and cultural issues: rape culture, cultural differences, sexual harassment, wealth, privilege, racism, classism, friendship, prejudice, homophobia, familial dynamics, parental expectations, beauty standards, sex, toxic relationships,Continue reading “Parachutes | Kelly Yang | Book Review”

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry | Joya Goffney | Book Review

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry is the debut young adult contemporary of Joya Goffney. It follows Quinn, a high school senior, who carries a journal with her everywhere she goes to write down her thoughts and feelings. One day, the journal winds up in the wrong hands, and suddenly Quinn is being blackmailed toContinue reading “Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry | Joya Goffney | Book Review”

Dreams Things True | Marie Marquardt | Book Review

Dreams Things True has been called a modern day Romeo and Juliet. It follows the romance between an undocumented teenage Mexican female and a rich white Southern male who fall in love and try to fight against his Conservative family. I enjoyed how this book tackled the issues of undocumented immigrants and the political stancesContinue reading “Dreams Things True | Marie Marquardt | Book Review”

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