Contemporary Fiction / Diverse Reads / First Novels / Highly Recommended / New to Me Author / Recent Release

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The world feels very wrong right now. Between shootings, terrorism, and the horrible people that are governing our country with seemingly no ethics or empathy whatsoever. I’ve been trying to write a review of this book for a while, and it’s especially relevant right now with this week’s acquittal of Philando Castile. On top of … Continue reading

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Contemporary Fiction / First Novels / Highly Recommended / New to Me Author

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

This was a powerful book. Somehow it tackles a really emotional subject but doesn’t leave you a weepy, nose-blowing mess. It begins with the disappearance and death of sixteen-year-old Lydia in a 1977 Ohio suburb. Her family struggles to understand what happened to her, and why. Wasn’t she an average, well-adjusted teenager? Lydia is dead. … Continue reading

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Children and YA / Contemporary Fiction / Highly Recommended

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

It’s never a good idea to categorize people, but for this review I’m going to anyway.  There are the people who loved high school, there’s the people who could deal with it without being completely traumatized, and then there’s the rest of us. If you’re in the last group, this book will resonate.  It’s about … Continue reading