Genre: Realistic Fiction

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 //
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Everybody seems to really enjoy this book, but it sort of made me angry. I have such limited tolerance for Spoiled Rich Brat Is Sad stories.  Lockhart tries to humanize Cady sometimes – she has chronic migraines and is sad and gives her stuff away.  But she’s so fake and selfish; other characters call her out on her selfishness sometimes, which is a bit satisfying, but it’s not enough for me to like her.  The tragedy in her life is genuinely horrible, but she is so disconnected from it… I couldn’t be bothered to care, either. Reading this novel, I felt […]

Posted May 9, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This book is so fucking powerful. If y’all knew me in person, you’d know that I never swear. This calls for it. THE HATE U GIVE calls for something more – something bigger and louder and angrier. This book *needs* to be taught in high school. Every one – no matter your age, color gender, political stance… any of it… everyone needs to read this book. Why? Because it’s *important*. THE HATE U GIVE wasn’t written for me, but it did educate me to check my priveldge, to move out of the spotlight, to see justice no matter its color. […]

Posted May 1, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //