Review: I See Reality by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

Review: I See Reality by Kristin Elizabeth ClarkTitle:  I See Reality: Twelve Stories About Real Life
Author: Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
Publication Date: January 26, 2016

three-half-stars
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.

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I See Reality is a book filled with a set of very realistic short stories written by a variety of YA authors. This book tackles issues such as addiction and AIDS and addresses them in a way that is believable. While many of these stories may not have been my cup of tea, there were quite a few that are absolutely fantastic. Continue reading

Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha LeaverTitle: The Secrets We Keep
Author: Trisha Leaver
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: April 28, 2015

five-stars
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. 

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Review: The Secrets We Keep

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver will keep you up all night because it is one of those books that is hard to put down! It is also one of the best books I’ve read in 2015. It is captivating, clever and relatable. If you are in need of a change from the typical contemporary novel, then The Secrets We Keep is the book for you! Continue reading