From the award-winning author of Break and Teeth comes a raw and honest exploration of complicated identities in a novel about a girl living on the fringe of every fringe group in her small town.
Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.
Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere—until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca might be Etta’s salvation…but can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself?
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I’m a flop and forgot to post!
Also, I’m lazy.
At the end of 2017, I told myself that I was going to lower the amount of romance novels I was reading. If you read romance, you know that because of self-publishing, there are literally hundreds of books released every day. That is both a blessing and a curse.
A blessing, because there are several different stories to choose from.
A curse…because a lot of them are trash. Don’t drag me.
Some books are clearly written for money, which gets on my nerves. And others are a part of anthologies that I don’t pay for. I’ve gotten more choosey with the romance novels I read now, so my list of quarter favorites is short. Very short. In the last five months, I’ve bought about twenty novels. I liked three.Read More
Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she’s worked for begins to crumble.
Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds meets Nimona in this novel about art, fandom, and finding the courage to be yourself. Features illustrations by the author throughout. Perfect for readers of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, this is the second novel by the acclaimed author of Made You Up.
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, smart, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic called Monstrous Sea. With millions of followers and fans throughout the world, Eliza’s persona is popular. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community. Then Wallace Warland transfers to her school, and Eliza begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.
With pages from Eliza’s webcomic, as well as screenshots from Eliza’s online forums, this uniquely formatted book will appeal to fans of Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.
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Since I’m a flop, I missed two weeks of posting. I’ve been both busy and a little sad. Which became…less posts. I’ve also been focused on writing, rather than reviews. So I’m going to post TWICE this week. Today, and Sunday! But even though I’m # depressed,d I’ve been working on a HUGE review of all of A.S. King’s books. I want to release it by May.
Now, for a short ass five star review! I read this book four months ago, and these were the first thoughts that spilled out from my head after.
On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.
But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.
Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?
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I’m about to cry.
This book was so good.
I think my title has a better ring to it.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance—is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.
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This book was so hyped, and I expected so much. After hearing REVIEW, AFTER REVIEW, AFTER REVIEW, I expected this to be the best book I’d read this year!
(that trophy still belongs to American Street)
I wasn’t going to review this, but I decided to, last minute. My goal this year, was for me to review all of the books (or most of the books) that I read. Here’s the thing about negatively reviewing diverse stories (despite the identity of the author) : There’s always a fear that if you do not support, no other stories will be published. This story was not written for me. And I’m totally against super negative reviews by people whose identity does not reflect that of the MC in a book (ex: a white man ranting about a book that centers a black teen). Since most of y’all have probably already read this story and formed an opinion, I’ve decided to focus on a specific section that grinned my gears.
At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.
With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth–that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.
But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?
From debut author Gloria Chao comes a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.
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I loved this book.
Every bit of it.
Yes, I still have a bit of a negative critique, but I realize that a lot of them are more of cultural focused issues.
Growing up, a lot of the students I went to school with were first generation immigrants. So, a lot of the issues she had alluded to, I’d heard about. Especially in an area as diverse as California. Despite the cultural difference between the protagonist, Mai, and I, I still connected with her.