Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy

  I think you gotta be who you want to be until you feel like you are whoever it is you're trying to become. Sometimes half of doing something is pretending that you can.   Summary Every year, the Clover City Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant takes over the town. And with Willowdean's mother running... Continue Reading →

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Planning Penelope – Erin Lockwood

[…] someone's best quality is also their worst. It's the most extreme parts of us that are extraordinary but can also be very unreliable   Summary Alex learned to control Penelope. To control the way she likes her coffee and where she goes to buy it, who is her roommate, who is her boyfriend… everything.... Continue Reading →

Raw – Belle Aurora

You can push a person to change, but the only time the change will stick is when it's something they want to achieve on their own. I am incredibly far from my comfort zone reviewing this book, but it was so bad I just had to talk about it. Summary Lexi didn't have an easy... Continue Reading →

The Nowhere Girls

TRIGGER WARNING FOR RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT   “This is what it is to be caught, to be powerless and frozen, to be turned into nothing. This is when your own body, your own voice, becomes your enemy, when it won’t even listen to you because it’s his now, because he’s stolen it, because he... Continue Reading →

If We Were Villains

“Actors are by nature volatile—alchemic creatures composed of incendiary elements, emotion and ego and envy. Heat them up, stir them together, and sometimes you get gold. Sometimes disaster.”    Summary After ten years in jail Oliver Marks finally leaves his prison cell. Waiting for him is the same person who put him there, detective Colborne.... Continue Reading →

Fangirl

“Just... isn't giving up allowed sometimes? Isn't it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?” “It sets a dangerous precedent.” “For avoiding pain?” “For avoiding life.” Summary Simon Snow is Cath's life. She and her twin sister fell in love with those books when they were kids and they are... Continue Reading →

The Sun is Also a Star

“I didn't know you this morning, and now I don't remember not knowing you."   Summary Natasha is 12 hours away from being deported. Daniel is on his way to an interview with a Yale alumni, to get into a college he doesn't want to go to. How many things had to go the exact... Continue Reading →

Far From the Tree

"Seventeen years is a long time to wait for a family."   Summary Grace, Maya and Joaquin - three adoptive siblings - found each other after a really long time. Now, together, they are learning again what it means to be a family. Writing The writing style is informal and feels natural. It's very light... Continue Reading →

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