An Unexpected Approach: Walter Dean Myers’ Monster (2017 Reading Book #73)

This is another book that John Green really liked and found influential. Reading it today in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement and with Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give residing for weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list, it’s hard to believe this book was published around the turn … Continue reading

An Interesting Thought Experiment: Terry Trueman’s Stuck in Neutral (2017 Reading Book #72)

I try to read a lot of disability in literature, especially YA, so I was excited to read this, especially since John Green said it was an important book to him early in his career. However, I was extremely disappointed in this story, if you can even call it a … Continue reading

I Wish I’d Read This When I Was a Teen: Ellen Wittlinger’s Hard Love (2017 Reading Book #71)

This was one of the books John Green said was very influential to him early on in his writing career. I can definitely see how it might have impacted novels of his like Looking for Alaska and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I really loved this novel for a number of reasons. I … Continue reading

Breaking the Mold: Claudia Rankine’s Citizen (2017 Reading Book #70)

This was a really stunning and different read that I had to stew over after I finished reading it. Design-wise, it reminded me a lot of Of Poetry and Protest. The supplemental art was a really lovely addition. Visually, it’s a very beautiful book and I would love to get a behind … Continue reading

The Next Generation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Ava Dellaira’s Love Letters to the Dead (2017 Reading Book #68)

I really adored this novel from the very start. It reminded me a lot of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which makes sense considering that the author worked on the movie adaptation of that novel and Stephen Chbosky encouraged and mentored her writing of this novel. At times, the … Continue reading

I Couldn’t Connect with This Story: Laurie Halse Anderson’s The Impossible Knife of Memory (2017 Reading Book #67)

I was enticed by the topic of PTSD and a teen with a parent who is a war vet. The novel did a good job of showing how your home life affects everything else, especially your ability to do well in school. The romance didn’t do much for me, and … Continue reading

When the Joke Wears Out: Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything Is Illuminated (2017 Reading Book #66)

Foer is an incredibly clever writer who weaves together a lot of interesting characters and stories. Having read Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, I figured I would love this novel too. At the start of the book, I loved the initial humor from the translation errors and cultural differences. However, that … Continue reading

Forgiveness Made Too Easy: Sara Zarr’s Story of a Girl (2017 Reading Book #65)

I was drawn to this book because the blurb suggested that it dealt with the slut shaming of a high school girl. However, this is really a story about sexual assault, family, and friendship. It’s also a story about forgiveness. I really loved the different social groups that are a … Continue reading