Genre: Realistic Fiction

Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali

Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali

  I think I may have added Saints and Misfits to my TBR on a whim just before it came out (two years ago) and then promptly forgot about it. … Until it popped up at the head of my TBR!  I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut lately – I’ve been reading and listening, but haven’t really been able to fully immerse myself in anything, even old favorites.  Little did I suspect that Saints and Misfits would pull me in so thoroughly! I would like to take this moment for the traditional aside – I am a white woman […]

Posted November 4, 2019 in Reviews // 0 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 //
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 //
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

I wish I had this book when I was 13.  My dad, totally ignorant, used to tell me that my responses were emotional because I was a girl and discount me completely.  I wish I had this book when I was 18.  On my 18th birthday, my boyfriend-of-the-time drove 400 miles to surprise me at college, and when I went to the hotel to spend the night with him, he expected sex.  I was sick as a god that weekend and I didn’t want to, but when he explained to me all that he had sacrificed to be here for me […]

Posted January 17, 2019 in Reviews // 10 Comments //
Small Steps by Louis Sachar

Small Steps by Louis Sachar

In 2017, we all went head-over-heels for the Black Lives Matter rep in the (truly phenomenal) The Hate U Give… but did anyone know that this rep has been out there before?  And, of all books, in the sequel to the iconic Holes? I had no idea what to expect from Small Steps, knowing only that it was a sequel to one of the beloved books I read as a child, and that it would be following Armpit instead of Stanley Yelnats and Zero.  I honestly barely read the summary – I was all in by the legacy.  I love Holes and I think it’s […]

Posted August 3, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X dropped into my life at just the point when I needed a beautiful lyrical novel.  It is written in prose, which is not the type of novel that normally draws me in.  This book?  This is beautiful.  I really like Elizabeth Acevedo’s voice.  Her poetry is simple and emotive.  Best of all?  It doesn’t rhyme. I have this thing about rhyming poetry.  Mostly?  I just like it better when it doesn’t rhyme.  Personal preference. This is more than a book of poetry.  It’s the story of a young Latino girl, first generation American, whose family comes from the […]

Posted June 10, 2018 in Reviews // 7 Comments //