Monday, March 18, 2019

Review: The Weekend Bucket List

The Weekend Bucket List The Weekend Bucket List by Mia Kerick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cady and Cooper are best friends and quintessential rule followers. With graduation just a few days away, they decide that their mission is to use this one epic weekend to move past all the "what-ifs" they've avoided. It's time to get drunk, go skinny dipping, experience their first kisses, and so much more. But friendship, romance, and adventure don't necessarily go hand in hand. When a handsome stranger joins them on their quest, life becomes more confusing than they ever imagined.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Review: A Very Large Expanse of Sea

A Very Large Expanse of Sea A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's one year after 9/11 and it's a troubling time, especially for Shirin - a 16-year-old, Muslim girl who wears the hijab and faces daily torment from her peers. It's no surprise to Shirin that people are essentially horrible to her, what does surprise her is the boy who takes time to talk to her and get to know her. When sparks fly between Shirin and Ocean, all hell breaks loose in their school and community.

Mafi's story is full of the clutter of teen life compounded by the turbulence that blatant prejudice adds to the mix. Shirin's voice honestly expresses the anger, confusion, and frustration she experiences as she deals with the racial slurs, physical violence, and general harassment she faces because of her religion and identity.

An eye-opening read for anyone who thinks that being different is easy.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Review: Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Orisha is a magical place, at least it was before magic was voilently wiped out by a ruthless king. But when the hum of magic resurfaces, ZĂ©ile, a young diviner becomes the hope of a nation of magi.

Join this adventure. Learn these characters' history. Live through their mistakes. Feel their anger, pain, suffering, and passion. This new fantasy is one you won't be able to put down, but won't want to end! READ. THIS. BOOK.


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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Review: On the Come Up

On the Come Up On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sixteen-year-old Bri Jackson has a big dream - someday she'll be a rapper. She's told that someday might be right around the corner if she just does what she's told by her manager, the same man who helped her dad become a legend before he was murdered. But while Bri's on the come up with her music, everything around her is falling apart. Her recovering addict mom is out of work, the bill collectors are knocking on the door, Aunt Pooh's drug dealing life pulls Bri in two directions, her school has become a police state because of an incident involving Bri, and things are not normal between Bri and her best friends Malik and Sonny.

Through her rhymes and flow, Bri can find escape, but to get there she has to find herself first. The question is, who is Bri Jackson?

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Review: Towers Falling

Towers Falling Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Deja isn't your average 5th grader - living with her two siblings and parents in a homeless shelter, she starts her new school in fear of what others will think of her. Yet what starts out as a year of dreading school, of going "home", of her father's sickness, becomes a journey of discovery. With the help of her new friends, Ben and Sabeen, Deja begins to learn what it means to be American, to be a community, and even why everyone seems so obsessed with 9/11. To her, the towers falling are ancient history (before she was even born), but why does her father get so upset when it's mentioned? And why does every school project come back to the towers?

This approachable story of resilience and recent history is powerful in its exploration of a generation that has lived with the aftermath, but not the event itself.


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