Thursday, May 31, 2018

Review: The Poet X

The Poet X The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I simply couldn't stop reading this book - Acevedo's words are powerful, lyrical, and unputdownable!

Xiomara tells her story of identity, family, faith, and love in a series of poems that roll from the pages. Readers will cheer for the Poet X as a modern-day heroine.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Review: I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope

I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope by Chessy Prout
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Chessy is a survivor of a sexual assault that happened when she was a 15-year-old student at a prestigious boarding school. Her story is powerful and heartbreaking, and all too real for so many girls and women.

Hers is more than a story of sexual assault. It is a glimpse into the horrors that victims and their families and friends face in the aftermath of reporting such crimes. It is an exploration of the organizational structures that turn a blind eye to the rape culture that permeates so many academic (and business) environments. It is a movement to support victims/survivors of assault and educate the world about what consent really means.

Not all readers will relate to Chessy's privileged upbringing, but they should come to understand to rape and sexual assault are not socioeconomic, racial, or even gender-specific crimes. They are crimes against humans - siblings, children, parents, friends, family members, and strangers.

Regardless of our age, gender, or upbringing, we should all read, share, and talk about Chessy's story. #IHavetheRightTo

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Review: Symptoms of Being Human

Symptoms of Being Human Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Riley Cavanaugh is smart, witty, and troubled. With a father who is a congressman running for re-election and a recent transfer from a Catholic school to a large public school, Riley has a lot going on in life, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Riley is genderfluid - some days identifying as female and others as male, but the only person who knows this truth is Riley's therapist. Juggling this secret takes its toll, but Riley's recent attempts to anonymously blog the truth are a welcome distraction until things get out of hand. When a classmate finds out Riley's true identity, the already fragile facade of Riley's life reaches a breaking point.

A welcome addition to the lgbtq+ genre!


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Review: The Nix

The Nix The Nix by Nathan Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How does one summarize "The Nix" in a short paragraph? I don't know that it's possible. Hill's tale is about so many things: politics, online gaming, relationships, social media, resistance...and the list goes on. Ultimately, Samuel Andresen-Anderson is the heart of this epic story. Samuel, a washed-up writer and disgruntled college professor, finds his life turned upside down when his mother, who walked out of his life twenty years earlier, becomes a viral news sensation.

Memories, flashbacks, and a zany cast of secondary characters proceed to unearth a past that has haunted Samuel for decades.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Review: The Summer of Broken Things

The Summer of Broken Things The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A summer in Spain...

For 16-year-old Kayla, it's a dream come true. She's never traveled abroad and can't wait to experience Spain, learn the language, and the enjoy the adventures it has to offer.

For 14-year-old Avery, it's a nightmare. All she wants is to spend the summer at soccer camp with her best friends. Getting stuck in Spain with her dad and some country hick girl she hardly even knows is not her idea of fun.

But Spain turns out to be much more than either of the girls ever imagined. Lies and secrets are revealed that threaten to alter each of their families forever.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Review: An American Marriage

An American Marriage An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Celestial and Roy were on their way to fulfilling their dreams. Marriage, financial stability, and maybe the possibility of a baby in the not too distant future. Yet those dreams are ripped from them when Roy is falsely accused (and subsequently convicted) of rape. Celestial knows Roy is innocent, but a 12-year sentence is not something that can be taken lightly. As the months pass by, the joyous marriage slowly erodes until Celestial stops writing to Roy altogether and turns to the arms of her lifelong friend - Andre. When Roy is miraculously released after his conviction is overturned five years into his sentence, each character must deal with the realities that life has dealt and figure out how to move on.

I wanted to love this book, but it just didn't happen. Given the circumstances of their situations, the characters seemed cold and unsympathetic and their tale, though filled with truth, was not as engaging as I'd hoped.




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Friday, April 20, 2018

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