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19 03, 2017

Review: We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

By | March 19th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Family, Friendships, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

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we are still tornadoes book coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

We Are Still Tornadoes is written entirely in letters. It is classified as a Young Adult read, but hits on the older end of the spectrum, as the characters have just begun their first year of college after high school, on the edge of turning 19 years old. The novel is set in the early 1980s, making the letter style normal, as the characters do not have much access to technology.

The book is just short of 300 pages, but there is plenty of white space due to the letter format. There is plenty packed into the letters filling out the story nicely. The story is entirely told with letters to and from two characters: Cath and Scott.

19 02, 2017

Review: I’m Not your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil

By | February 19th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Friendships, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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manic pixie dream girl book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Beatrice Giovanni and her best friends, Spencer and Gabe, have been the targets of bullies all throughout high school. Starting their senior year, Bea decides that enough is enough and decides to find a way to reverse the bullying trend. Armed with newly discovered confidence thanks to her new boyfriend Jesse and fresh with the promise of a new start at her dream school MIT, Bea devises a plan that she feels is foolproof. Known not so affectionately throughout campus as “Math Girl”, Bea calculates the ultimate formula, one that will cultivate popularity for her and her friends.

13 01, 2017

Review: Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger

By | January 13th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Love & Romance, Mysteries, Social Issues, Suspense, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

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three truths and a lie book coverReviewed by Meredith Kelly

When I started Three Truths and a Lie, one of my first thoughts was, “this is too young for me.” Unbeknownst to me at the time, I was reading a young adult book–something I hadn’t done in many years. Nevertheless, the characters were well-defined and seemed to be very trendy. The book focuses on two couples heading away to a rural mountain cabin for the weekend. One couple is made up of two gay men in the throes of their first real relationship, and the other is a heterosexual teen couple.

This psychological thriller really starts to simmer when on the first night at the cabin the two bored couples decide to play a game of “three truths and a lie.”

9 03, 2016

Review: We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

By | March 9th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Depression & Mental Illness, Family, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments

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we are the ants book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I feel like I’ve been reading the same kinds of young adult literature for the past couple of years: romances, fantasies, and sci-fis. While We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson can be considered a YA lit sci-fi novel, I didn’t see it as such. I saw Hutchinson’s writing style as a breath of fresh air, adding humor and sarcasm to the genre.

Henry Denton doesn’t live the most enchanted life. Having a chain-smoking single mother, loud and slightly stupid older brother, old and dementia-ridden grandma, mixed with the general anxiety of being a gay teenage boy in the rich part of town doesn’t leave a good taste in Henry’s mouth. When the “sluggers,” aliens who’ve abducted Henry before, give him the opportunity to either end the world or save the world,

19 01, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

By | January 19th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Giveaways, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

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firsts by flynn book coverPlease join Laurie Elizabeth Flynn who is touring the blogosphere with her new book, Firsts

Enter the giveaway below – open to US and Canada residents

Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

When I first started reading Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, I questioned whether or not I was going to be able to get through the book or like the main character, Mercedes Ayres, by the end. Let me first tell you that I ended up liking Mercedes much more by the end of the novel than I did at the beginning.

Firsts focused on Mercedes and her service to ‘the virgins’–the boys that she sleeps with so that they can get their awkward first time out of the way in order to give their girlfriends a better first time. She helps them plan their girlfriends’ first times,

13 09, 2015

Review: Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel

By | September 13th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

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between us and the moon book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

Sarah lives in the shadows of her beautiful ballerina sister, Scarlett. In her family, Sarah’s nickname is “Bean” while her sister is seen as the adventurous and popular one. Her boyfriend Tucker ends his relationship with Sarah because she doesn’t have any other interests besides science. Apparently, Sarah is now too boring for his “changing” personality. Heartbroken, Sarah is left to wonder about her self worth and confidence. But after some time, she comes up with a plan–she decides to pass herself as someone older, someone like Scarlett. She calls it “The Scarlett Experiment”.

While spending the summer in Cape Cod, Sarah takes it upon herself to dress in Scarlett’s clothes. She also meets a college guy named Andrew. Sarah believes he sees her like Scarlett–fun, outgoing and ready to have fun–and soon a romance

24 08, 2015

Review: Finding Paris by Joy Preble

By | August 24th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Family, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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finding paris book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Joy Preble’s novel, Finding Paris, is a soul-searching, exploratory and intriguing story of two sisters, Paris and Leo Hollings. Paris and Leo are polar opposites. Paris is artistic, ethereal, beautiful and a bit impulsive, where Leo, (short for Leonora), is serious, bookish and dedicated to breaking free from her current life by going to college. The girls live in Las Vegas with their absentee, blackjack dealer mother and their gambling addict stepfather Tommy. Paris and Leo both seem to be fixated on escaping certain aspects of their home and themselves and as the story grows, these ideas of escape and the reasons for the emotions, will become very real for everyone.

Suffering from a breakup, Paris decides in the middle of the night that she needs pie to mend her broken heart and forces Leo to

11 04, 2015

Review: We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg

By | April 11th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Love & Romance, Series, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

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we can work it out book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

I’ve read Elizabeth Eulberg’s previous novels, and I have been intrigued enough to continue reading them. The author writes books mainly for young girls; the books focus on friendship, love, feminism, and self-discovery.

We Can Work It Out is a fantastic continuation of the previous book, The Lonely Hearts Club. Our main lead Penny Lane originally created The Lonely Hearts Club so girls wouldn’t use guys to define themselves. Now Penny is trying to find the right balance between independence and commitment. She is getting into the dating game again but she’s not exactly seeking commitment right now. She has made up her mind and is not going to stop for anyone, especially not some guy. But what happens when the right guy comes along? The title suits the book well and “working it out”