ARC Review: I See Reality by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

Book cover for I See Reality by Kristin Elizabeth ClarkI received an ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

Title: I See Reality: Twelve Stories About Real Life
Author: Kristin Elizabeth Clark (contributor)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Stars: 3.5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Twelve original stories by top MCPG authors explore real issues for real teens.

Through prose and comics alike, these heart-pounding short stories ask hard questions about a range of topics from sexuality and addiction to violence and immigration. Here is the perfect tool for starting tough discussions or simply as an introduction to realistic literary fiction. In turns funny, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking, I See Reality will resonate with today’s teens long after the last page has been turned.

Contributing authors include Jay Clark, Kristin Clark, Heather Demetrios, Stephen Emond, Patrick Flores-Scott, Faith Hicks, Trisha Leaver, Kekla Magoon, Marcella Pixley, James Preller, Jason Schmidt, and Jordan Sonnenblick. Continue reading

ARC Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

Book cover for The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver.

I received an egalley of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Secrets We Keep
Author: Trisha Leaver
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux: an imprint of Macmillan
Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Pages: 304
Stars: 5/5
Kindle Edition

Summary (from Goodreads): A girl takes over her twin sister’s identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.

Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy’s shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she’s chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy’s world.

When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy’s death and everyone’s grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy’s life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister’s life.  Continue reading