Rating: 4/5 Cline certainly accomplished what she set out to do with this novel. This chilling tale is so abject in nature that you're sure to experience a shiver running down your spine. These sensations will hit you hard if you've ever wondered what would happen if you weren't able to control your body anymore … Continue reading The Girls ~ Emma Cline
Rating: 4/5 John Green's latest novel, about a teen girl with OCD, initially hit me as an existential crisis. I mean, he starts right off the bat with Aza talking about all the microorganisms in her body and how she wasn't really one animal at all but a host for parasitic organisms all trying to … Continue reading Turtles all the Way Down ~ John Green
Rating: 2.5/5 Frankie is too angsty for me. Both her character and her story have little plot point other than her anger. I appreciate that as a focal point for teens and therefore for teen literature, but I'm also so tired of that routine of labeling and describing teens as angsty, particularly teens with trauma … Continue reading Frankie ~ Shivaun Plozza
The Magician's Land is the epic conclusion to The Magician's series, and it was epic. Warping time and space, all of our favorite characters get their time in the spotlight during the span of this final installment. The spend time in New York, Fillory, and some other places in between. Grossman does excellent work of … Continue reading The Magician’s Land ~ Lev Grossman
This beautiful story tells the tale of August Pullman, a boy with a craniofacial anomaly, meaning his features don't look like those of a typical face. He's had dozens of surgeries to correct things both internally and externally, and he's pushed through all of them to stability for the time being. Now August faces fifth … Continue reading Wonder ~ R. J. Palacio
I'm an avid rock climber in my spare time, and work at a climbing gym as of late. As the weather gets grosser outside, a fun, social, indoor exercise you can do is go rock climbing. As it's all about the feet, you really don't have to have as much upper body strength as you … Continue reading Non-Book Recommendation ~ Rock Climbing!
Rating: 3/5 I definitely got what McNeil was trying to do here, subvert sexist and homophobic stereotypes by employing them in her plot, revealing their inefficacy and ultimately reminding readers to stay true to themselves. But I found I didn't love this story, despite wanting McNeil to succeed. None of the characters, but especially not … Continue reading I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl ~ Gretchen McNeil