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An Abundance of Katherines | John Green

“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”
Genre: Young Adult Fiction. Number of Pages: 229. Perspective: Third. Location: Tennessee.
This book follows Colin, a not-quite child prodigy as he searches for a mathematical formula for understanding getting dumped by not one, not two, but nineteen different Katherines. For a complete summary, you can go here.

I love John Green. I hated this book. It was one of his first books so I can understand (and appreciate) that his novels improved over time. But, man, this book just had me repeatedly asking: why do I care? The main drive of the book is for Colin to make a formula about your odds of being dumped. Why does he care? And if he really is as awkward and unlikeable as people say, how can he POSSIBLY find 19 girls named Katherine (and get all of them to date him, even if for just a little time)? 
I am all for a little leeway in young adult books about parent…

Little Fires Everywhere | Celeste Ng

“Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.” 
Genre: Contemporary Fiction. Number of Pages: 338. Perspective: Third. Location: Ohio.
This book is about several intersecting families as they explore passions, motherhood, culture, and how those things interact. For a complete summary, you can go here. This book was one of the best books I have read in a while. I have been dropping a lot of books lately after a few chapters because I just couldn’t get swept away. This book hooked me from beginning to end. I even gave it my Best Book Award!
I love Ng’s ability to develop so many characters at one time. She is able to slow down the story and really show us glimpses into who each character is. It creates a really dynamic story with a variety of complex characters.
I also loved the subplots relating to fertility and motherhood. We had almost every re…

When Katie Met Cassidy | Camille Perri

Genre: LGBT Romantic Comedy. Number of Pages: 272. Perspective: Third Alternating. Location: New York City.
This is a story about opposites attract following Katie’s recent break-up from her fiancĂ©. After only being with men, she surprises herself when she starts to fall for the self-assured and masculine Cassidy. For a complete summary, you can go here. [Disclaimer: as a heterosexual woman, I wrote this review from my own perspective. I encourage everyone to read reviews from a variety of different perspectives.]
Hmm. I had a hard time putting my thoughts about this book into words. First of all, I want to say that I am glad that LGBT books are becoming more present in mainstream media. BUT I think this book became popular just because it is an LGBT book, not because of its quality. It read more like a book for straight girls who may think about being with another girl every once and awhile. I don’t think this book really represented the LGBT community in the way it was hoping for. I also …

Ten After Closing | Jessica Bayliss

I would have sworn it was a lifetime ago that these men intruded on my mundane haven, but the clock tells me it hasn’t been fifteen minutes.
Genre: Young Adult Thriller. Number of Pages: 288. Perspective: Alternating First/Third.
Ten After Closing follows teenagers Winny and Scott during an armed robbery gone wrong at a family-owned cafe. For a complete summary, you can go here. This book is told in a present timeline starting from the stick-up, alternating between Winny and Scott’s first-person perspectives. AND it also works backward from the event in their third-person perspectives. It is an interesting format. I did enjoy the way it was set-up, but it did take me awhile to get into the groove of all the different timelines and perspectives.
I don’t feel like there are too many thrillers like this meant for teens. It has the action of an adult thriller, but the backstories that connect with high school students. I love how it all tied together. It is a pretty fast read because it is fi…