The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons is a story that is both uplifting and hard-hitting at the same time. As a fan of any book about sports, I was excited for this one, and I appreciated the way it exposes the transphobia that exists within this realm, and within many others. The main character is also strong, and there are many nuanced discussions of identity throughout the book. This is an important read, and an empathetic one, that I am sure many will enjoy. Continue reading
Happy Valentine’s Day! Today I am sharing reviews for Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan and Prom Kings by Tony Correia. These YA contemporaries are short, sweet, and perfect for your Valentine’s Day TBR. Continue reading
I was very interested to see that the book The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes had become a Facebook Watch movie since the story is so complex. I loved the suspense in the book, and I must say that the show is equally entertaining, however the two are so different that they seem like separate stories. The show is still enjoyable, however I wouldn’t really recommend it to those who have read the book since watching the story become so different is frustrating. Continue reading
Author: Peter Bognanni
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Seventeen-year-old Tess Fowler has just dropped out of high school. She can barely function after learning of Jonah’s death. Jonah, the boy she’d traded banter with over texts and heartfelt e-mails.
Jonah, the first boy she'd told she loved and the first boy to say it back.
Jonah, the boy whose suicide she never saw coming.
Tess continues to write to Jonah, as a way of processing her grief and confusion. But for now she finds solace in perhaps the unlikeliest of ways: by helping her father with his new alternative funeral business, where his biggest client is . . . a prized racehorse?
As Tess’s involvement in her father’s business grows, both find comfort in the clients they serve and in each other. But love, loss, and life are so much more complicated than Tess ever thought. Especially after she receives a message that turns her life upside down.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Review: Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni
Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni is a book that took me by surprise. It is about a girl who loses her boyfriend to suicide, and the main character has an entertaining personality. But what really drew me in was the alternative funeral business. It makes the story a little bit lighter and glances out the sadness of the story. I really enjoyed this one, and I found it to be a unique approach to the grieving process. Continue reading
Author: Jandy Nelson
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
"We were all heading for each other on a collision course, no matter what. Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story."
At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor. The early years are Noah's to tell; the later years are Jude's. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they'll have a chance to remake their world. This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.
Printz Award Winner Stonewall Honor Book.
Review: I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson has to be one of the best books that I’ve read this year. There is so much jam-packed into this story, that there is a lot of processing that the reader has to do once the book is read. This novel is not only an amazing book about art, it is also phenomenally written. As well, there are two different narrators who offer constructing sides to the story and give real depth to its plot . All of the elements combine to make I’ll Give You the Sun so unputdownable! Continue reading