Review: Nightfall by Jake Halpern

Review: Nightfall by Jake Halpern

Nightfall by Jake Halpern is a dystopian novel set on an eerie island where the sun only rises every twenty-eight years. This book definitely has potential to be terrifying and seems like an impressive survival novel. However, the horror aspect in this book is pretty much non-existent and the plot is not as fast-paced as one would expect in a dystopian book, definitely affecting my overall reading experience. Continue reading

Review: Future Perfect by Jen Larsen

Review: Future Perfect by Jen LarsenTitle: Future Perfect
Author: Jen Larsen
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Every year on her birthday, Ashley Perkins gets a card from her grandmother—a card that always contains a promise: lose enough weight, and I will buy your happiness.Ashley doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with the way she looks, but no amount of arguing can persuade her grandmother that “fat” isn’t a dirty word—that Ashley is happy with her life, and her body, as it is. But Ashley wasn’t counting on having her dreams served up on a silver platter at her latest birthday party. She falters when Grandmother offers the one thing she’s always wanted: tuition to attend Harvard University—in exchange for undergoing weight loss surgery.As Ashley grapples with the choice that little white card has given her, she feels pressured by her friends, her family, even administrators at school. But what’s a girl to do when the reflection in her mirror seems to bother everyone but her?Through her indecisions and doubts, Ashley’s story is a liberating one—a tale of one girl, who knows that weight is just a number, and that no one is completely perfect. 

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Review: Future Perfect by Jen Larsen

Future Perfect by Jen Larsen is definitely a book with some “All About That Bass” vibes. It is extremely  positive with an amazing message and a main character who is very intelligent and brave. However, I really disliked the grandmother in Future Perfect, who bribes her own granddaughter. Continue reading

Book Review: Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche

Book Review: Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarcheTitle: Don't Fail Me Now
Author: Una LaMarche
Publisher: Razorbill
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

From the author of Like No Other, the novel Entertainment Weekly calls "One of the most poignant and star-crossed love stories since The Fault in Our Stars": What if the last hope to save your family is the person who broke it up to begin with?

Michelle and her little siblings Cass and Denny are African-American and living on the poverty line in urban Baltimore, struggling to keep it together with their mom in jail and only Michelle’s part-time job at the Taco Bell to sustain them.

Leah and her stepbrother Tim are white and middle class from suburban Maryland, with few worries beyond winning lacrosse games and getting college applications in on time.

Michelle and Leah only have one thing in common: Buck Devereaux, the biological father who abandoned them when they were little.

After news trickles back to them that Buck is dying, they make the uneasy decision to drive across country to his hospice in California. Leah hopes for closure; Michelle just wants to give him a piece of her mind.

Five people in a failing, old station wagon, living off free samples at food courts across America, and the most pressing question on Michelle’s mind is: Who will break down first--herself or the car? All the signs tell her they won’t make it. But Michelle has heard that her whole life, and it’s never stopped her before....

Una LaMarche triumphs once again with this rare and compassionate look at how racial and social privledge affects one family in crisis in both subtle and astonishing ways.

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Book Review: Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche

Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche is a realistic road trip book with a unique twist. Readers will be both inspired and moved by this novel. This bookhas a perfect mix with its gripping plot line, plucky protagonist and so much diversity. Continue reading