It All Comes Back To You | Farah Naz Rishi | Book Review

It All Comes Back To You is a messy tale of secrets and second chances. Kiran Noorani and Deen Malik had secretly dated three years ago and were just starting to trust and fall in love when Deen ghosted Kiran. There had been a sudden incident that he was unable to disclose and in orderContinue reading “It All Comes Back To You | Farah Naz Rishi | Book Review”

Battle of the Bands | Lauren Gibaldi and Eric Smith | Book Review

Battle of the Bands is an anthology of sixteen stories all about a high school battle of the bands. Each of these stories is filled with the magic of music, the drama of high school, and the power of a wild, fun, good time. It was all so much fun and brought me back toContinue reading “Battle of the Bands | Lauren Gibaldi and Eric Smith | Book Review”

Words Composed of Sea and Sky | Erica George | Book Review

Words Composed of Sea and Sky is the debut novel of Erica George. It follows two timelines – one in present day and one during the Civil War era – and is beautifully written and easy to follow. The two stories are intersected with each other in ways that are unexpected but flowed so goodContinue reading “Words Composed of Sea and Sky | Erica George | Book Review”

Black Dove, White Raven | Elizabeth Wein | Book Review

Code Name Verity is one of my favorite young adult historical fiction books so I was really excited when I first acquired Black Dove White Raven. Unfortunately, as often happens, I didn’t read it right away and it just sat on my book shelf. Flash forward to 2021 when I was determined to catch upContinue reading “Black Dove, White Raven | Elizabeth Wein | Book Review”

The Girl Least Likely | Katy Loutzenhiser | Book Review

The Girl Least Likely is funny. It’s not the forced kind of funny which can unfortunately happen when an adult is trying to write from the voice of a teenager. As someone who always felt like they were on the outside looking in, it was nice to feel represented and seen in the maze thatContinue reading “The Girl Least Likely | Katy Loutzenhiser | Book Review”

All The Bright Places | Jennifer Niven | Audiobook Review

Why Did I Listen To All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven? I listen to All The Bright Places because I had read the advance reader copy in 2015 but, never reviewed it. As my goal for April and May was to catch up on some of my Netgalley reads, I decided that instead ofContinue reading “All The Bright Places | Jennifer Niven | Audiobook 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”

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