Genre: Contemporary

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

  I’m glad I read We Are Okay because it was a good-to-read book.  However, it’s not a memorable book. There are scenes, particularly at the beginning of this novel, that stood out to me aesthetically. Marin sitting in her desk chair at the top of her dorm building, staring out the window at the empty expanse below.  The pottery shop just as the storm was about to hit.  There are nuances in the writing that were quite good.  Generally speaking, I thought Nina LaCour’s writing style was good.  She kept the pacing very consistent, and the book was the right […]

Posted October 31, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

  I didn’t add this book to my TBR for the longest time. I dunno, it just didn’t seem like I would like it?  I finally put it on my TBR earlier this year, and I wasn’t in a rush to get to it, except that Dani from Perspective of a Writer reached out to do a buddy read, and this was one of the books she offered to choose from. So, I figured – eh, why not? As I turns out, I really appreciated I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter.  There’s a lot going on in this book that […]

Posted October 29, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefehldt

What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefehldt

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 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 – […]

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

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley and Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 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 […]

Posted September 11, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //