Pachinko ~ Min Jin Lee

Rating: 5/5 Pachinko is a phenomenal read, chronicling a Korean family's history as they move from Korea to Japan and beyond. Beginning with Yangjin and Hoonie, Lee follows the family from early 1900s through the late 1900s, showing the successes and failures of the family at large. From the opening line, this book is striking. … Continue reading Pachinko ~ Min Jin Lee

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The Frontman ~ Ron Bahar

Rating: 3/5 This is a fictionalized account of Ron Bahar growing up as a very insecure Nebraskan teen, doing his best to impress his family of Israeli immigrants. His family is also Jewish, which is a huge plot point, as the girl of his dreams is not Jewish, and he desires a forbidden (by his … Continue reading The Frontman ~ Ron Bahar

Giant Days Vol. 2 ~ John Allison, Lissa Treiman, Max Sarin, Whitney Cogar

Rating: 3.5/5 This second volume continues Esther, Daisy, and Susan's first semester at college. However, this book is more about friendships and relationships than anything else. There are short side scenes, but the main characters most focus on their relationships throughout this story. I certainly still enjoyed it. One of my favorite scenes was from … Continue reading Giant Days Vol. 2 ~ John Allison, Lissa Treiman, Max Sarin, Whitney Cogar

Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe ~ Preston Norton

Rating: 3/5 This book is not the most light-hearted of teen fiction, but the caper-like feel certainly gives readers a reprieve from the heavy topics. **Trigger warning for suicide talk** Cliff, commonly known to Happy Valley High School, is often referred to as Neanderthal, both behind his back and in his presence. He is an … Continue reading Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe ~ Preston Norton