The GrownUp ~ Gillian Flynn

  Date Completed: 7/16/2016 Rating: 5/10 I listened to the e-book audio version, so for starters let me say that I didn't like the narrator's voice. I found it grating. I'm not sure if it was the same person who did the voice-over for Orange is the New Black or not, but she makes everyone … Continue reading The GrownUp ~ Gillian Flynn

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Tina’s Mouth ~ Keshni Kashyap, illustrated by Mari Araki

Date Completed: 7/12/2016 Rating: 9/10 Yet another excellent book, this graphic novel captivated my creative brain and inspired my own journalistic pursuits, even though it is fictional! At first I thought the cover looked a little too teenager-y for my tastes, but I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of both Araki's drawings and Kashyap's … Continue reading Tina’s Mouth ~ Keshni Kashyap, illustrated by Mari Araki

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko ~ Scott Stambach

Date Completed: 7/12/2016 Rating: 7/10 This is an absolute whirlwind of a book! Ivan starts off narrating his rather abject lifestyle in the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children, where he has spent the entirety of his short life. Ivan has only one arm and three nubs, and he lives among many other children with … Continue reading The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko ~ Scott Stambach

American Born Chinese ~ Gene Lien Yang

Date Completed: 7/3/2016 Rating: 9/10 At first glance, this book had a series of unconnected stories running parallel throughout the book. However, each story was actually intertwined and important to each other story. This book was beautifully and masterfully put together. There was a somewhat racist depiction of a character, Chin-Kee, running throughout the story, … Continue reading American Born Chinese ~ Gene Lien Yang

Ten Things I Hate About Me ~ Randa Abdel Fattah

Date Completed: 6/28/2016 Rating: 7/10 Although straight forward in themes and morals, this story was presented gracefully with enough humor that the possibly tired plot was quite enjoyable. I loved exploring race and high school politics with the main character, Jamie. Jamie is a sophmore in high school. She dies her hair blknd and wears … Continue reading Ten Things I Hate About Me ~ Randa Abdel Fattah