contemporary · review · young adult

All The Wrong Chords – Christine Hurley Deriso

“Sticking music in front of me is like putting a map in the face of a driver who already knows the way.” Blurb: “Scarlett Stiles is desperate for a change of scenery after her older brother, Liam, dies of a drug overdose. But spending the summer with her grandfather wasn't exactly what she had in… Continue reading All The Wrong Chords – Christine Hurley Deriso

children's fiction

Is The Christmasaurus: Musical Edition Worth It?

“I think books and music are very special. Books require a reader to use their imagination to bring the words to life, and music can affect your emotions like nothing else in the universe.” Last year, Tom Fletcher released his first full length children’s novel titled The Christmasaurus and it didn’t take long for it… Continue reading Is The Christmasaurus: Musical Edition Worth It?

children's fiction · contemporary · review

The Thing About Jellyfish – Ali Benjamin

"Some hearts beat only about 412 million times. Which might sound like a lot. But the truth is, it barely gets you twelve years." Blurb: "After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting--things don't just happen for… Continue reading The Thing About Jellyfish – Ali Benjamin

children's fiction · fantasy · review · Uncategorized

The King Of Average – Gary Schwartz

“No one had any cause to give James a second thought and that’s the way he liked it.” Blurb: “James isn’t the world’s greatest kid, but he’s not the worst, either: he’s average! When he decides to become the most average kid who ever lived, James is transported to another world where he meets Mayor… Continue reading The King Of Average – Gary Schwartz

review · young adult

Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

“Another secret of the universe: sometimes pain was like a storm that comes out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour, could end in lightning and thunder.” Blurb: “Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world.… Continue reading Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

children's fiction · contemporary · review

928 Miles From Home – Kim Slater

“Daydreaming is cool because you don’t have to work out a fool proof plan of how you’re going to do stuff or wrestle with the problems that might come up. You can just flash-forward to the good bits.” Blurb: “Fourteen year old Calum Brooks has big dreams. One day, he’ll escape this boring life and… Continue reading 928 Miles From Home – Kim Slater

contemporary · review · young adult

Goodbye Perfect – Sara Barnard

“I could lie and say I suspected something, or that it all makes sense now, but I didn’t, and it doesn’t. It just doesn’t make any sense at all.” Blurb: “Eden McKinley knows she can’t count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s… Continue reading Goodbye Perfect – Sara Barnard

contemporary · review · young adult

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

“If love is like possession, maybe my letters are like my exorcisms. My letters set me free… or at least they’re supposed to.” Blurb: “Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for… Continue reading To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han