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Moxie | Jennifer Mathieu

“Making girls monitor their behavior and their appearance because boys are supposedly unable to control themselves? That is one of the oldest f*****g tricks in the book.”
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary. Number of Pages: 330. Perspective: First. Location: Texas.
Viv starts a Zine asking for her fellow girl classmates to stand together against the sexist guys from her school. Together, they start a feminist revolution. For a complete summary, you can go here.
Based on reviews I’ve seen, I’m in the minority here. I really wanted to love this book. It’s about some butt-kicking girl-power teens… or at least that’s what I thought. No, no, no. Out of all the books that should have a romance subplot, this is DEFINITELY not it! WHY?!?! I do like that the boyfriend supports feminism, but the author could have shown male support without a love interest. The main character doubts herself a lot too. For once, I want a non-apologetic and confident female main character ESPECIALLY when it is about protes…
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan

“All that talk of ‘being in love’ or ‘finding the right one’ was absolute nonsense. Marriage was purely a matter of timing, and whenever a man was finally done sowing his wild oats and ready to settle down, whichever girl happened to be there at the time would be the right one.”

Genre: Chick Lit. Number of Pages: 403. Perspective: Third Alternating. Location: Singapore.
Rachel, an American-born Chinese woman, agrees to spend the summer with her boyfriend, Nicholas, in Singapore for his friend’s wedding. She doesn’t realize how ridiculously rich his entire family and social circle are. Will Rachel be accepted by the gossipy, judgmental, and crazy high society? For a complete summary, you can go here.

I read this book while on vacation in Jamaica. It was a great beach read. Pretty light and easy to read a few pages at a time and pick back up later or sit and read large chunks at a time. I was so engrossed that I carried the book with me everywhere during the trip, sneaking in a few pages at a…

Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty

“He could find hatred in his heart for her, too, if he went looking for it. The secret of a happy marriage was not to go looking for it.”

Genre: Chick Lit. Number of Pages: 453. Perspective: Third Alternating. Location: Australia.
Nine people arrive at a health retreat for a ten day life renovation. But the owner may be a little more obsessed with their transformations than they bargained for. For a complete summary, you can go here.

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book that begs me to drop everything and read. Thank you Liane Moriarty for always coming to the rescue. Moriarty excels at character development in all of her books, but nine plus perspectives was a bit too daunting. So I ended up feeling like I knew a lot of random facts and interests about a lot of the characters, but I would have rather focused on a few of the characters in more depth.
This book is like Saw if it took place in a new age health retreat. So maybe Saw crossed with Couples Retreat.Wanna play a game? I wasn’t su…

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Book One | Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Genre: Horror Graphic Novel. Number of Pages: 160. Perspective: Third. Location: Greendale.
On her sixteenth birthday, Sabrina Spellman will have to choose to follow her destiny by signing her soul over to the devil to earn power as a sorceress. Or she can follow her heart and stay with her mortal boyfriend and friends. This is book one in the series (issues 1-5). For a complete summary, you can go here.
After binge-watching the Netflix adaptation, I had to read the graphic novel version that inspired it. Now, this is nothing like the 90’s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch that I grew up with. You have Sabrina, Harvey, the two aunts, and a non-talking version of Salem. But that’s where the similarities end. This version is deliciously dark! It has murder, cannibalism, Satanism, and more. It is not for the weak-hearted. It is rated teen+ so, I would say fourteen and up. 
Side note: I know some people who watched the Netflix version complained about the blurry edges and orange hues. But it is …

Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor

“Prejudice begets prejudice, you see. Knowledge does not always evolve into wisdom.”

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy. Number of Pages: 349. Perspective: First. Location: Nigeria.
Twelve-year-old Sunny is an albino living in Nigeria. She learns that she is part of the Leopard People, where her albinism helps make her magical. For a complete summary, you can go here.

I need to start off by saying that I love seeing diverse main characters and settings in children’s literature. And I love that traits that are typically perceived as strange are actually strengths in this book. That’s really the only thing I liked about this book, which is why I gave it two stars instead of one. 
This is said to be the “Nigerian Harry Potter”, but halfway through, I got really bored and ready to give up. The pacing was not right. It was too much backstory for me. Which always gives me the impression that we are building up for a series (See why I hate book series here). I just want a complete story in one book! Don’t…

Leah on the Offbeat | Becky Albertalli

“Imagine going about your day knowing someone’s carrying you in their mind. That has to be the best part of being in love- the feeling of having a home in some else’s brain.”


Genre: Young Adult Contemporary LGBTQ. Number of Pages: 343. Perspective: First. Location: Atlanta, Georgia. 
Leah is trying to make it through her last year of high school. She is nervous to come out to her friends as bi-sexual, despite her best friend being openly gay. For a complete summary, you can go here.
Let me start off by saying that I LOVED Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I even loved the movie version, Love, Simon. So, of course, I was excited to read this, which takes place in the same Simon-verse… I mean universe. But I was disappointed by this one. I didn’t feel that this book had a strong enough concept to keep it afloat. Not much happened. It felt like day-to-day teenager things with a little love story thrown in. I’m sad to say that it felt like a sequel just trying to capitalize on the success of S…

Winter: What to Read

It gets dark early and cold often. Winter is the time for cozy, warm books paired with a hot tea/coffee. Here are my favorite books to read in winter. 
Me Before You | Jojo Moyes

“Some mistakes... Just have greater consequences than others. But you don't have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you."
Genre: Chick Lit / Contemporary Romance Number of Pages: 369 Perspective: First (A few alternating chapters) Location: England
Me Before You is about Lou, a woman desperately looking for a job so she can help provide for her parents and sister. She ends up becoming the caregiver for a quadriplegic, Will. It becomes Lou's goal to teach Will how to love life again. For a complete summary, you can go here.
Let me just say, I NEEDED THIS BOOK. I have recently been in a book rut. I couldn’t seem to find an amazing book. I’ve read a lot of pretty good books lately, but I haven’t found one that completely and utterly engrossed me. Until now. This has been a crazy week…