Francisco C. Stork’s The Memory of Light (2017 Reading Book #114)

Amongst the streak of YA novels about teens with mental health issues, this was one of the better ones. I especially liked that there wasn’t any romance that acted as a saving grace. However, I didn’t really feel like I connected with Vicky or any of the other characters. That … Continue reading

David Arnold’s Mosquitoland (2017 Reading Book #113)

I had heard so many high praises for this novel that I was shocked by how much problematic stuff there was in this novel. It’s far from the endearing road trip and engaging exploration of mental health issues. While the narrative voice was engaging and intriguing, I struggled to connect … Continue reading

Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle (2017 Reading Book #112)

I was excited to read this book as I’d seen part of the Studio Ghibli adaptation and knew it was a beloved story by many. However, I was extremely disheartened by how slow and drawn-out this story felt to me. I struggled to get into it or even get myself … Continue reading

Tamara Ireland Stone’s Every Last Word (2017 Reading Book #111)

I really enjoyed this story for the most part. Its portrayal of OCD felt mostly true to life and well researched. I loved the inclusion of poetry and the group of friends that come with it. I think these are all strengths of the novel that lead to Sam having … Continue reading

Whitney Taylor’s Definitions of Indefinable Things (2017 Reading Book #110)

I’ve been excited to read this book for a while. I ran across the description of this book while researching literary agents and added it to my to-read list. I even went so far as to pre-order it. What had me excited was that one of the characters was a … Continue reading

Francesca Zappa’s Made You Up (2017 Reading Book #109)

This book is pretty much a case study on why authors need to do their research and have sensitivity readers look at their work. So much of this novel is completely unrealistic portrayal of schizophrenia that it doing more harm than good as far as raising awareness for mental illness … Continue reading

Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando’s Roomies (2017 Reading Book #108)

It’s rare to find a YA novel that deals with college, so I was excited to run across this story, which is about two girls who are about to be college roommates during the summer before they start college. I loved the two girls and their stories and issues. They … Continue reading

Daniel Handler’s Why We Broke Up (2017 Reading Book #107)

I’ve been meaning to read more of Daniel Handler’s YA, so I was delighted to run across a used copy of Why We Broke Up in The Strand. The size and style of this book is more akin to a children’s illustrated book, like the new illustrated Harry Potter novels. It’s … Continue reading

Becky Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited (2017 Reading Challenge Book #106)

Last year I read Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and absolutely LOVED it, so I was stoked to get my hands on Albertalli’s second novel. The Upside of Unrequited doesn’t disappoint either. I found it to be incredibly heartwarming and relatable, something I wish I could have sent back in time … Continue reading