Courtney S. Stevens’ Faking Normal (2017 Reading Book #134)

As you probably know by now, I’ve been trying to read as many YA stories about sexual assault to help my own writing projects and because I’m passionate about the conversations we present to teens about this issue. Faking Normal does a great job with presenting this novel. This may be … Continue reading

Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist (2017 Reading Book #123)

I’m a bit ashamed that it took me this long to finally sit down and read Bad Feminist, but I am so glad that I did. This was an incredibly interesting and thought provoking collection of essays. The majority of them were interesting; I only skimmed one. This is definitely a … Continue reading

Mindy McGinnis’s The Female of the Species (2017 Reading Book #118)

Oh man, this book was such a wild ride. I’ve had it on my Goodreads to-read list for a while, but I didn’t pick it up until my friend, Nina, told me I would probably like it. She was totally right. This book was super awesome and totally unexpected. I … 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

Zoe Whittall’s The Best Kind of People (2017 Reading Book #116)

I got an ARC of this novel thanks to BookExpo, and upon reading the blurb I was pretty stoked to sit down with it. This novel was very surprising and way different than I expected it to be. It’s definitely an interesting angle into stories of rape scandals, and I … 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

Amber Smith’s The Way I Used to Be (2017 Reading Book #94)

Sexual assault is a topic I’ve become particularly passionate about in recent years. I’m often thinking, writing, conversing, and reading about it. YA has been one place that hasn’t shied away from the topic with Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak remaining a classic. While Halse Anderson’s novel spans a school year, The Way I … Continue reading

An Uplifting Story About Surviving Rape: E. K. Johnston’s Exit, Pursued by a Bear (2017 Reading Book #93)

Stories about sexual assault are usually not encouraging as they tend to give a dose of all the hardships that come for survivors seeking justice. So I was delighted to read such an uplifting and encouraging story of a rape survivor. While many elements of the story may not be … Continue reading

Too Many Stories Crushed Together: Jenny Downham’s You Against Me (2017 Reading Book #92)

Since I’ve been working on several novels that grapple with sexual assault in different ways, I’ve been trying to read other YA novels that deal with this subject matter. You Against Me has been on my list for a while as the concept sounded really interesting and I enjoy stories that … Continue reading

The Most Feminist YA Novel I’ve Ever Read: Isabel Quintero’s Gabi, a Girl in Pieces (2017 Reading Book #80)

I LOVED this book. Gabi is such a lovable character. I love her spunk and heart. I found many of her coming of age concerns to feel true to what I worried and wondered about as a teen. It was a really interesting to learn about the Mexican-American culture and … Continue reading