Red Riding Hood – By Sarah Blakely Cartwright

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Have you ever read a book that was so incredibly good, not only could you not put it down, but you wrestled your best friend to the floor and stepped on her neck until she agreed to read it?

Enter book: Red Riding Hood.


The blacksmith would marry her.
The woodcutter would run away with her.
The werewolf would turn her into one of its own.

“Me Before You” – by Jojo Moyes

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I just finished throwing Jojo Moyes’ book, Me Before You, against a chipped brick wall.

The wall didn’t appreciate this childish outburst.

The book, however, shrugged and sighed and murmured, “fair enough.”

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Divergent ruined my life.

Not ruined my life like my puppy died and I just dropped my pizza bagel on the ground, sauce-side down, but ruined my life as in any spectrum of reality I may have had a grasp on, completely vanished.

Suddenly, none of it mattered; I just had to finish this book.

Finding Audrey – By Sophie Kinsella

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When I am older, I will curl up with Finding Audrey as a precious memory of what it was like for me, growing up as a middle child between two brothers. Brothers who like video games.

Finding Audrey begins with a livid mother, a horrified brother trotting nervously around the front lawn, and a computer, leaning precariously over the edge of a two story window.

Oh, the good ol’ days.

“Bliss” – By Lauren Myracle

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“Sure to cause goose bumps all the way to the dramatic and surprising end.” – School Library Journal

Bliss is a chilling story of racism, murder, and an ugly desire for a power beyond what we can see.

Lauren Myracle has ingeniously intertwined these three gripping topics to being a teenage girl in the 1960s.

“Good Grief” by Lolly Winston — Book Review

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“Good Grief” by Lotty Lolly Weston, Wilson Winston. Lolly Winston.

The name sounds so simple, and I have YET to say it correctly. It’s like when you forget how to pronounce “of”. Your heart says but it’s so easy and your brain says you’re just dumb.

Lolly Winston.

I was really excited to read this book because I’m a writer, and it’s intriguing to find a book written about grief to be, “Filled with laugh-out-loud humor, struggles, triumphs, and plenty of midnight trips to the fridge…

Mostly, I read this book just to see if Ms. Winston could pull it off.

Blog Book Club: “Paper Towns” – By John Green

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I finished Paper Towns by John Green last night.

Blink-shock, tired

So. Many. Metaphors.

Blog Book Club: “Eleanor & Park” – By Rainbow Rowell

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Eleanor and Park is a teenage love story about two people from very different worlds.

I have one thing to say.

The feels are real.

[WARNING: SPOILERS INCLUDED]

Book Review: "We Were Liars" – By E. Lockhart

There is a certain beautiful urgency that comes from renting a book from the library. You have a deadline. You must finish the book before then, which is exactly what I was doing yesterday afternoon.

Instead of my usual power nap, I was powering through We Were Liars.

It was painless – until the shocking twist at the end. It was addictive, and it was beautifully written, like poetry.

Cady spends every summer on her family’s private island with her two cousins and family friend, Gat. They are called the Liars. They are inseparable, until Cady has a horrible accident that makes her forget. .

Why was she swimming alone? Why weren’t her clothes on the shore? Why won’t Gat talk to her? Why so many secrets?

These questions will keep you guessing until the very end, when Cady remembers it all and discovers the shocking revelation about herself.

VIOLENCE/GORE: E. Lockhart uses a lot of metaphor to describe Cady’s emotions and the physical pain she feels from her accident such as a crow picking at the flesh of her brain or her veins splitting open from hurt. I found it beautiful. It described the feelings so well.

LOVE/SEX: This is very much a longing love story. Characters kiss but nothing inappropriate.

DRUGS/ALCOHOL: The adults drink wine and other alcoholic drinks, getting themselves drunk on occasion. In one scene, the teenagers steal some and drink as well.

I am currently obsessed with this book. I didn’t want to give it back to the library. (The library is so greedy sometimes.) It’s beautiful, and sad, and thrilling. John Green calls it “unforgettable.”

That it is. Unforgettable.