Review: Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli

Review: Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli

Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli is a book that is fast-paced and meaningful as it follows a gymnastics team’s difficult journey to the Olympics amid the arrest of their coach. I’m a sucker for books about sports, and this one provided fantastic descriptions of gymnastics as well as a team of strong female athletes. There are some difficult topics discussed, including sexual assault, but these are handled with sensitivity, and there is nothing graphic in the book. I really enjoyed this one, and I would recommend it to those looking for a more serious read. Continue reading

Review: This is Really Happening by Erin Chack

Review: This is Really Happening by Erin ChackTitle: This is Really Happening
Author: Erin Chack
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: April 25, 2017

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

BuzzFeed senior writer Erin Chack provides a collection of personal essays for the Snapchat generation.

Erin recounts everything from meeting her soulmate at age 14 to her first chemotherapy session at age 19 to what really goes on behind the scenes at a major Internet media company.

She authentically captures the agony and the ecstasy of the millennial experience, whether it's her first kiss ("Sean's tongue! In my mouth! Slippery and wet like a slug in the rain.") or her struggles with anxiety ("When people throw caution to the wind, I am stuck imagining the poor soul who has to break his back sweeping caution into a dustpan").

Yet Erin also offers a fresh perspective on universal themes of resilience and love as she writes about surviving cancer, including learning of her mother's own cancer diagnosis within the same year, and her attempts to hide the diagnosis from friends to avoid "un-normaling" everything.

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Book Review: This is Really Happening by Erin Chack

This is Really Happening by Erin Chack is a memoir that contains a variety of stories. It includes Erin Chack’s experience with cancer to childhood memories. The writing is intimate and hilarious, which I really enjoyed. This is an inspiring and quick read that will definitely make the reader laugh. Continue reading

Book Review: What Light by Jay Asher

Book Review: What Light by Jay AsherTitle: What Light
Author: Jay Asher
Publisher: Razorbill
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: October 11, 2016

four-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

What Light is a love story that's moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

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Book Review: What Light by Jay Asher

What Light by Jay Asher is such an amazing Christmas book! The story is all about a girl who spends a bit of time every year working on her family’s tree farm. The setting is so original and really triggered some memories for me, and there are some moments in the book that are a little more serious. I absolutely loved this book and would consider it a must-read for the Christmas season. Continue reading