Laura Creedle’s The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily (2017 Reading Book #155)

This book is very special to me as I know the author personally and helped her work on the drafts of this novel. This was one of the first novel drafts I revised upon joining Scribophile, and since then, Laura and I have become critique partners and I’ve gotten to … Continue reading

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh’s Muslim Girl (2017 Reading Book #143)

As part of my goal for this year’s reading, I thought this book would be a great way to broaden my perspective. I admit that I haven’t read many books by Muslims about the Muslim lived experience. This sounded like a great book and I had read some rave reviews online. … Continue reading

Everything Better When You Binge Read with a Friend: John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down (2017 Reading Book #141)

It’s been an incredibly long time since I’ve bought a book on release day and promptly read it within twenty-four hours. Likewise, I don’t think I’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing that book devouring experience in the moment with a friend before. I know my reading experience was only … Continue reading

Jason Reynolds’ Ghost (2017 Reading Book #137)

Jason Reynolds has become a stand-out Young Adult author in recent years, and the first book in his new Track series, Ghost, is no exception. Ghost is the kind of book I’d like to see in every library, especially in towns where there are a large number of lower class black kids. … Continue reading

Wesley Lowery’s They Can’t Kill Us All (2017 Reading Book #126)

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m all about widening my perspective and educating myself on the issues of today’s world. This book was a really comprehensive look at the shootings that launched the Black Lives Matter movement. It is especially awesome that this is written by a black male journalist who … Continue reading

Hannah Hart’s Buffering (2017 Reading Book #121)

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for a while as I hoped it would give me some insight for a novel I’m working on that involves a teen whose parent has schizophrenia. While Hannah Hart’s stories are interesting and touch on more than just her schizophrenic mother, the … Continue reading

Benjamin Alire Saenz’s The Inexplicable Logic of My Life (2017 Reading Book #117)

Last year I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and absolutely loved it, so I was stoked to get my hands on Saenz’s second novel. There is so much to love in this novel. As usual, Saenz’s writing is gorgeous and living in the main character’s head … 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

Adam Silvera’s History Is All You Left Me (2017 Reading Book #105)

I’d heard a lot of mixed reviews about Adam Silvera’s novels. Teen readers LOVED him, but some of my friends had felt a little lukewarm about his stories. But History Is All You Left Me sounded appealing from the moment I read the blurb about it, and after meeting and shaking … Continue reading