Jared Reck’s A Short History of the Girl Next Door (2017 Reading Book #156)

This is one of the books that I got for Christmas and quickly read in the days following. I had heard some positive reviews from friends and have stared longingly at the gorgeous cover multiple times (seriously, the design is STUNNING). It was really fun to read a book about … Continue reading

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

Nic Stone’s Dear Martin (2017 Reading Book #146)

After the summer publishing program that I completed this year, I realized that I needed to incorporate audiobooks into my reading list. I’d heard a lot of rave reviews about this book’s importance and awesomeness, so I decided to grab the audiobook version of Dear Martin and kill a couple birds with … Continue reading

And She Was (2017 Reading Book #142)

As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn’t get much from this book and actively hated the protagonist for half of the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there’s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. I think the book is meant … 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

Adi Alsaid’s North of Happy (2017 Reading Book #139)

I have never taken so long to read a Young Adult novel as I did reading this book. I found this novel to be rather boring and directionless. When the character completes his only expressed desire–to dine in a particular restaurant–within the first fifty pages, it’s hard to feel inclined … Continue reading

Adi Alsaid’s Never Always Sometimes (2017 Reading Book #138)

If I’m being honest, this book was a bit torturous to read. It was full of tired tropes that I’m so over seeing in YA. Even so, I somehow managed to read it rather quickly. This is another best friends become lovers story, which I’m SUPER EXHAUSTED of. It continues … Continue reading

Meg Haston’s Paperweight (2017 Reading Book #136)

This was an AMAZING book. I was so happy to read a story about someone overcoming a mental illness that did not involve a romantic interest as a solution. While there is some romance, it’s in the flashbacks and seems to contribute to the protagonist’s problems. This book also did … Continue reading