Genre: Contemporary

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

If I’m being completely honest, Vinegar Girl was a bit of a bust for me.  I blame most of it on the source material – writing a modern version of The Taming of the Shrew is no small feat.  Our climate called for a twist – we want Kate to be a strong, independent woman who doesn’t need a man to escape and make her happy, and well, let’s just say I didn’t expect the ending?  And I know I should have liked it on some level, but I felt a bit let down. Anne Tyler focused a lot of getting Kate’s personality […]

Posted August 24, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite & Marizita Moulite

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite & Marizita Moulite

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine was all over the place. It would be fair to say that a mixed-media novel in ebook format may not be the best means of experiencing this.  Even aside from shifting through tweets and realtime action and various owners’ journal entries… I felt like the authors didn’t know where they wanted to go with the novel.  The book starts off with Alaine at school, not taking an assignment seriously and waiting for her famous mom to visit.  Throughout the story it bounces between Alaine’s rich family history, Haiti’s history, breaking a curse, working at a non-profit, and […]

Posted August 21, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Hag-Seed has a few different things I like, right off the bat. It’s a retelling. It’s an uncommon retelling – Shakespeare’s The Tempest. It’s a theatre book. It’s a revenge book. It’s a Margaret Atwood book. So without even going into the book itself, this was bound to be a winner for me.  None of these aspects promise a pure five-star review, but they do promise I won’t be bored.  And honestly?  I enjoyed Hag-Seed, as a whole. I think that Margaret Atwood captured the feel of The Tempest so well.  There are roundabouts and trickery and malevolent revenge.  For those familiar with the […]

Posted August 19, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew

Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew

I respect what Julie Mayhew was trying to do with this book, but I don’t think it worked. Mother Tongue is a fictional account of the family of one of the victims of the Beslan school siege in 2004.  I will admit my ignorance – before reading this book, I was entirely unfamiliar with the event.  Also, I was 14 and admittedly not following the news.  The Beslan school siege was a three-day siege at a Russian school where approximately 1200 people were held hostage on the first day of school for three days.  Over three hundred people were killed, […]

Posted July 31, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Aquarium by David Vann

Aquarium by David Vann

This book is at once extremely well-written, and extremely disturbing.  The characters are rounded and troubled and struggling with all the depths of their souls.  I deeply disliked listening to this book, but I just had to keep listening because I needed to see if something better came for Caitlin. I’m not going to tell you if something better came or not.  You’ll just have to read this book.  Content warnings:  sexual descriptions, child abuse (physical and emotional), underage sexual relationships, trauma, elder abuse (physical and mental), homophobia.  Even without having triggers from any of these things, this book was unbelievably […]

Posted July 17, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin was an incredibly difficult book to read. It’s a really short book, just over 200 pages, and every sentence is jam packed with reality.  Honestly?  It’s difficult to stomach.  It’s supposed to be.  Dear Martin is a book that makes you cringe because just about everyone in this book is racist.  And before I go too deep here, I’m going to step back and say that I am a white girl living in Massachusetts and I have no idea the struggles young black man go through, especially in the American South.  I am super privileged and I stand back and acknowledge […]

Posted July 10, 2019 in Reviews // 6 Comments //