Category: Reviews

Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield

Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield

Posted July 11, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Hurricane Summer is a book filled deeply with pain. It is the opposite of a Disney movie.  It is cruel and Tilla is naïve and kind and out or her element, which everyone in the story uses against her.  It is a heartbreaking book with a very specific story and I appreciate so much that it exists.  Hurricane Summer is the type of book we need when we talk about representation in books because this is a Caribbean story, a Black story, and one I’ve never seen before… which means those with lived experiences like Tilla’s haven’t seen either. […]

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Posted July 9, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  The Nickel School (also known as The Florida School for Boys) was a reform school that opened in 1900 and wasn’t entirely disbanded until 2011.  For 111 years, this “school” allowed the perpetuation of rape, abuse, and murder.  It wasn’t until 2012 that an anthropological study was done at the site and its darkest secrets confirmed.  Knowing that The Nickel Boys draws on a true story makes this novel even more haunting. Whitehead tells the story of Nickel school and the boys who went there through the eyes of Elwood, a fictional character and a Black “student”.  Through The Nickel Boys, […]

It’s Too Darn Hot: The June Wrap Up

It’s Too Darn Hot: The June Wrap Up

Posted July 5, 2021 in Reviews // 2 Comments

Truth?  I spent a lot of time in June hiding in our bedroom.  Why?  Because there’s an air conditioner in the bedroom and the temperature is lovely in there.  Honestly if we just moved the refrigerator up there, I’d never leave.  Well, almost never. Summer is not my favorite season.  I like it in theory and through windows, but as far as frolicking and enjoying the season? Ehhh, I’ll pass.  I get all sweaty and it’s icky.  If y’all haven’t figured it out yet, the only season I really like is autumn, and I adore autumn. But that’s alright, because you […]

Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Posted July 2, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Kate in Waiting is… fine.  What is going make this book review so difficult to write for me is that there’s nothing technically wrong with the book.  Becky Albertalli tells Kate’s story with the same directness and the same humor as her other books.  The style, the characters, and the story are all on point.  I liked it.  And I didn’t like it. Lets start with the basics. Kate in Waiting is another high school in Georgia book, with teenagers all over the LGBTQIAP+ spectrum.  There’s racial diversity in the character and I honestly believe that as she grows as […]

Playing With Fire by Derek Landy

Playing With Fire by Derek Landy

Posted June 29, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  The Skulduggery Pleasant books are absolutely hilarious and I enjoy them every time I read one.  These books have exactly the kind of exciting world I loved reading about when I was younger, and is still nostalgic today.  Playing with Fire is just as much fun as the first book in the series, and sets us up for even more danger and thrills to come as the series moves forward. Now that the world has been unveiled Derek Landy has a bit of room to tease out the relationships between characters, including their sordid pasts.  Playing with Fire has […]