Genre: Realistic Fiction

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 //
Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

I know that this is about a romance and a boy and a tragic ending, but I cannot move past the slurs. I believe people with influence have the responsibility to encourage a community of respect.  If this was a book about how racist a place can be, how homophobic a place can be, how sexist a place could be… it would be different.  There would be a lesson buried.  But it isn’t. How does having a character who calls a character “negro”, having that POC character steal, and justifying it through having that same racist character say “some stereotypes […]

Posted February 22, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
American Panda by Gloria Chao

American Panda by Gloria Chao

First and foremost, this is an #OwnVoices novel.  American Panda follows the story of Mei, a first generation Taiwanese-American, in her first year at MIT.  Her parents was her to be a doctor, but she has no stomach for the human body, and germs make her sick.  What we must understand about Mei is that her culture is different than American culture.  Her culture promotes obedience and respect, reveres tradition and errs to the side of caution when it comes to superstition.  When Mei’s parents say she is going to be a doctor, it isn’t a suggestion.  It is her […]

Posted February 19, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

I really, really, really enjoyed this book. I like Elise.  I get Elise.  I didn’t go through exactly what Elise did in school, but a lot of the time, I felt like she did.  High school can be brutal, guys.  Really, really brutal.  If you don’t fit in, then it’s ten times worse.  Elise’s story is about her depression hitting an absolute low, and how she comes back from that.  It’s not pretty.  In fact, a lot of times it’s really, really messy.  There are also really strong themes about cyberbullying.  But throughout the whole thing, there is a glimmer of […]

Posted February 12, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Trell by Dick Lehr

Trell by Dick Lehr

Romero Taylor is a wrongfully accused man. He knows this, his wife knows this, and his daughter Van Trell Taylor knows this.  Everyone knows this, but nobody is speaking up about it.  Why not?  Because the crime he is accused of is horrific:  a twelve-year-old girl was shot.  Furthermore, someone is keeping people quite. Van Trell is going to get down to the truth and get justice for her daddy. This book is trying to tell an important story, but it’s doing it wrong. This book is based on an actual case that author Dick Tell worked on when he was […]

Posted November 2, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //