Wonder ~ R. J. Palacio

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

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I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl ~ Gretchen McNeil

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

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett ~ Chelsea Sedotti

Hawthorn comes up with a theory about what happens to a girl who has gone missing, a girl who happens to be one of the most popular girls from High School, Lizzie Lovett. Hawthorn has always been a bit of a social misfit, and she feels ostracized from everyone at school. She's constantly concerned about … Continue reading The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett ~ Chelsea Sedotti

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe ~ Benjamin Alire Saenz

This. Book. Was. Awesome. Saenz used short chapters to his advantage, dipping in and out of scenes at crucial moments. I loved that he skipped the set up and dove right in to the meat of the story, letting readers uncover key character details over time. I felt like I was getting to know Aristotle, … Continue reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe ~ Benjamin Alire Saenz