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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…

The Married Life of Archie: Book One | Paul Kupperberg

Genre: Graphic Novel. Number of Pages: 320. Perspective: Third. Location: Riverdale.
Archie Andrews has flip-flopped between Betty and Veronica for decades. And he still does not choose. This book shows two alternate realities: if he had married Veronica vs. Betty. For a complete summary, you can go here.

I picked this comic up after being inspired by my new guilty-pleasure show, Riverdale. It’s just as cheesy as I imagined it would be. It is interesting seeing some potential futures for the characters. Some characters are very similar to their show counterparts and some are not even recognizable in appearance or personality. 
I chose this particular issue because it was the only Archie graphic novel currently available at my public library. I think the Afterlife of Archie comics will be more my style since they are darker and are written by the same author as the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which I enjoyed much more than this. I would also be interested in reading ARCHIE the reboot by …

Push | Sapphire

“Depression is anger turned inward.”
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult. Number of Pages: 177. Perspective: First. Location: Harlem, New York.
Precious is a sixteen-year-old girl pregnant for the second time with her father’s baby. She is illiterate and gets kicked out of her junior high. She joins an alternative school with a teacher that helps her learn to read, write, and survive on her own. For a complete summary, you can go here. Push is one of those books that makes you feel sick while reading it. I liked the concept and the voice, but it’s way more graphic than I thought it would be. I am not a prude by any means, but this took it too far. I understand that we are supposed to be sickened by the descriptions. But the way it was described almost make it fetishized. I can see sickos loving this book and the vivid porn-like accounts of incest. For that reason, I have a difficult time ever recommending this book to anyone. I can imagine how triggering it would be for anyone that has gone thr…

Book Spotlight: Verity | Colleen Hoover

As many of you know, I am a huge Colleen Hoover fan. Many of her books have ended up on my Best Book Award list. She has a new book out and it is FREE on Amazon. I can't wait to grab my own copy. 

Here are my reviews of her previous books. And check out the hype for Verity below!

Confess November 9 It Ends With Us All Your Perfects Without Merit "Sublimely creepy with a true Hoover pulse. I've been waiting on a thriller like this for years." Tarryn Fisher, New York Times bestselling authorVerity, an all-new romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, is available now!
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity's notes and outl…