Whether it’s New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds writing about #blackboyjoy or Newbery Honor-winning author Renee Watson talking about black girls at camp in Portland, or emerging author Jay Coles’s story about two cowboys kissing in the south—Black Enough is an essential collection full of captivating coming-of-age stories about what it’s like to be young and black in America.
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Amber Salpone doesn’t mean to keep ending up in bed with her friend Greg Walterson, but she can’t help herself. And every time it ‘just happens’ their secret affair moves closer to being a real relationship, which is a big problem when he’s a womaniser and she’s a commitment-phobe.
While Amber struggles to accept her new feelings for Greg, she also realises that her closeness to Jen, her best friend, is slipping away and the two of them are becoming virtual strangers. Slowly but surely, as the stark truths of all their lives are revealed, Amber has to confront the fact that chocolate can’t cure everything and sometimes running away isn’t an option . . .
The Chocolate Run is a delectable tale of lust, love and chocolate.
Who needs love when you’ve got chocolate?
(this review was written back in February 2019. it is partially unfinished. I’ve been applying to grad school and haven’t had a lot of time to dedicate to this blog. long story short…I loved this book and read it in a few hours on super bowl Sunday!)
I received this ARC last year, right before the summer. And right when i recieved it, the next day i left the BAY Area and spent about two months amongst teenagers at a summer camp. I was busy to a point where I hardly had time to call HOME let alone read a book!
Initially i wasn’t going to read this because i don’t read mystery…ever. But the author, Tiffany Jackson, wrote these adult romance novels that i read and loved YEARS ago and i intended to buy her YA novels when they came out. I want to link them but i have no idea if she wants that penname to be known. Probably not to teenagers.
I wish she would write more romance.
Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried.
When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.
As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?
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Three months later….
Okay so I’m a flop.
What else is new?
The last two months have been crazy, I’m unemployed, I’m applying for grad school and I’ve taken six pretty intense tests.
All of this to become a teacher… a ridiculously underpaid career choice.
But it’s okay and whatever, kids are great. I haven’t been reading many YA books, because all the copies I have are physical, and when I’m stressed I tend to stick to romance books on my kindle.
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Omg…I haven’t posted on this blog in three months.
I’m stressed, depressed, and not that well dressed. Most of my time has been spent studying for a test, and reading…non YA books. So this is going to be a list of my favorite YA books of 2018. My goal is to post AT least two times a month, since I’ve gotten so busy, so in a week (OR TWO) I’ll be posting my favorite ADULT books of 2018. Another post I want to make this month, is a super long one on urban romance.
These are in no particular order. They’re all contemporary because that’s all I like!
Tiffany Sly Was Here
Dana L. Davis
Omg. I loved this book SO much. I think Dana has another book coming out (this year?). I think about this book all the time. One of those books that I always want to reread, or just take a look at the cover. Gorgeous colors, amazing eyebrows, beautiful braids….
I love this book. When she whooped that white boy’s ass???
I LOVE THIS BOOK.
Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.
When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.
But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.
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