Category: Young Adult

Review: Paper Butterflies

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book made me feel like I was the one abused instead of June. I read warnings in other reviews that I shouldn’t read this if I’m not in a good emotional place or if I’m sensitive to scenes of abuse. I ignored the warnings, because the story was intriguing. God, they weren’t even exaggerating! It’s rare for a novel to make me feel so emotionally connected that I’m almost convinced that it’s a reality. I was so angry and anxious as I read this that I wasn’t sure...

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Review: We Know It Was You

We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash My rating: 2 of 5 stars We Know It Was You is a disappointing, stereotypical young adult fiction novel. It took me two weeks to get through this book. If this novel had been great, I would have had it finished in a day or two, but I lost interest so many times that I kept putting the book down. Usually I give a book fifty pages before I give up on it, but it was still interesting enough at the time, so I continued reading. Well, I started losing interest at...

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Review: The Light Fantastic

The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs My rating: 2 of 5 stars DNF at 15% I’ve been trying to read The Light Fantastic for about six weeks. I’ve started it from the beginning twice during that time and I still can’t capture my interest enough for me to keep reading. I don’t like it when I don’t finish a book, but I try to give novels at least fifty pages before I call it quits. You have fifty pages to impress me and to keep me reading. A summary of The Light Fantastic can be found here. A group of...

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Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian is a funny and moving novel that you can read in one day. Sherman Alexie did a fantastic job narrating the audiobook. I completely understand why over 147,000 readers rated this at an average of 4.11 stars on Goodreads. Here’s the summary: ”Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school...

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Review: The Stereotypical Freaks

The Stereotypical Freaks by Howard Shapiro My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Stereotypical Freaks by Howard Shapiro is the first graphic novel that has ever made me cry. It was a mixture of tears of joy and tears of sorrow, but I loved it. I’m so thrilled that this is going to be a trilogy! I will definitely read the other two graphic novels. High school seniors, Tom, Dan, Mark, and Jacoby are the smart kid, the geek, the star athlete, and the quiet weirdo. They form a band called “The Stereotypical Freaks” because that’s how they feel about...

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Review: The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko is a funny, poignant, and heartbreaking debut novel. Scott Stambach is an intelligent writer who understands people, life and literature. This is an unforgettable story filled with unforgettable characters. This book is compared to The Fault in Our Stars and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I think that if those two books had a baby, it would be The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko. Seventeen year old Ivan Isaenko has lived in Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children...

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Review: Pasadena

Pasadena by Sherri L. Smith My rating: 3 of 5 stars Pasadena by Sherri L. Smith is an entertaining young adult novel that’s a compilation of a mystery- thriller and teenage drama. I had some issues with this novel, but let me start out by saying that I did enjoy reading it. I did. It’s a quick read with interesting characters, but there’s a lot of room for improvement. Jude’s best friend Maggie’s body is found dead in a swimming pool. Everyone has a different opinion about the cause of death — accident, suicide, or murder. With Joey’s help, Jude...

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Review: All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven My rating: 4 of 5 stars All the Bright Places is a combination of Eleanor and Park and Thirteen Reasons Why. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because I enjoyed both novels, but after a while it feels like you’re reading the same story. Don’t get me wrong. It’s still a good novel that’s worth reading. Violet and Finch meet on the top of the bell tower at school. Everyone thinks that Violet saved Finch from committing suicide and Finch lets everyone believe that. Violet is looking forward to graduation, but Finch doesn’t...

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Review: Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon My rating: 4 of 5 stars I finally read this one and it lived up to the hype. This is a highly entertaining young adult novel. It has an intriguing premise with likable, well-developed characters. Madeline is a teenager with a rare disease call Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (AKA SCID), which means she’s allergic to everything. She has to stay inside her house and she hasn’t left it in seventeen years. Her mother is a doctor and takes care of her along with a home nurse, Carla. Madeline’s father and brother died in a car accident...

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Review: Wink Poppy Midnight

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke My rating: 3 of 5 stars I can see why people compare this novel to We Were Liars. It has a very similar style. That’s not a bad thing because I liked We Were Liars. Wink, Poppy, and Midnight alternate narrating this story and all three have an interesting back story. Wink has five or six siblings and she calls them The Orphans. She lives with her mother and siblings on a farm and it actually sounds like a place where I would want to live. Her mother reads tea leaves and tarot...

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Review: Wintergirls

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson My rating: 4 of 5 stars The first Laurie Halse Anderson novel I read was Speak and I instantly became a fan of her writing. Her writing style is engaging, yet unassuming. Both books that I read were about issues that interest me. Wintergirls is by far, the best novel that I’ve ever read that features a protagonist with an eating disorder. Most eating disorder fiction novels read more like a procedural manual. They focus so much on the day-to-day behaviors of people with anorexia or bulimia that you get the impression that they’re giving...

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Review: The Smell of Other People’s Houses

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock My rating: 2 of 5 stars A special thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review. DNF 27% The synopsis of this book had me so excited, but at 27% I got bored. I didn’t like the execution of the story. I’m fine with changes in point of view, but it didn’t work in this story, at least not how it was written. The changes in points of view were sudden and they didn’t seem to merge together into a...

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