Genre: Contemporary

What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefehldt

What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefehldt

I ended up liking this book more than I thought I would. You know, I never really ended up connecting with the characters and the setting didn’t really stand out, but I feel like the story it told was really well done.  It was a little cluttered at times, but it was a good message and what I felt was a realistic – if relatively tame – portrayal of what would happen in this situation. The world is a complicated place, my loves.  People are not always as nice as you think they will be.  Humanity itself is not as […]

Posted October 1, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart

Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart

I had zero expectations for this book, and it blew me away.  What a fantastic debut. Scars Like Wings combines so many of the things I enjoy in contemporaries, and attached them to an amazing girl and an important topic.  How many times have we judged people by their outside, or thought less of them because of some sort of difference that makes us, for no good reason, feel uncomfortable? Difference is not something people like to talk about.  Because we all want to believe we have no unconscious bias and that we are all perfect humans. Ava is the sole […]

Posted September 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

I would like to open this review by touching briefly on how much I liked Morgan Parker’s writing style.  This novel is poetic without being flowery and it all flows together so well.  There was such an amazing balance of description, dialogue, and events and I never felt like I was being “told” something. There’s a lot of pop culture references here, as the book is partially autobiographical.  Morgan Parker also has a great, if subtle, sense of humor that comes through in the constantly-falling-flat jokes.  Nobody in the book seemed to think she was being funny, but I thought […]

Posted September 13, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger

Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger

It took me a little while to untangle the threads of this book, but once I did, I thought it was wonderful. Six Goodbyes We Never Said is a story about grief and growth.  Both characters have a mental health condition – Naima has generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) while Andrew “Dew” has PTSD.  Both characters are orphans.  Both characters are trying to process the loss of their parents.  Candace Ganger opens up in the introduction to say that these mental health conditions are one she is or has experienced, and she’s split them into the two […]

Posted September 11, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

This book came at me so unexpectedly, and I absolutely loved it. Honestly, I was expecting something a lot darker after reading A Great and Terrible Beauty, but Beauty Queens is downright laugh-out-loud funny!  This book is highly satirical, so I think if it doesn’t tickle your sense of humor early on, you probably won’t like it.  For me, I understood where Libba Bray was going with a lot of her regional stereotypes.  And honestly?  This is one of the best narrated books I’ve ever listened to.  Libba Bray reads this audiobook herself, and she’s got all the regional accents down pat to […]

Posted September 2, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai

A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai

A Match Made in Mehendi is such a delightful little contemporary romance, and I am here to SHOUT about it. First of all, as this is an #OwnVoices book, it’s important to mention that the cultural experiences Nandini Bajpai relays in this novel may not necessarily mirror the experience of an #OwnVoices reader.  As I am a white girl, I’m really not equipped to talk about the rep with any real authority, but for myself I was so excited to see terms like “Desi” and “auntie” used regularly.  Honestly?  We need to normalize the inclusion of other cultures and books like A […]

Posted August 28, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //