Mindy McGinnis has never been one to sugar coat her YA characters, whether it’s the spiral of a mentally deranged AP kid, an athlete getting hooked on heroin, or a revenge-seeking sister. And she does it again with the two female characters in this book, Tress and Felicity. The Initial Insult is the first of a duology, and if I’m honest, I was ticked when this audio ended. It’s the ultimate cliffhanger of an ending, and if I have to wait another year for this to finish, well,
I have a Goodreads shelf labeled “bookstore magic,” and if I could rank the books in this list, Amelia Unabridged would be number one. I’m not sure what I expected from this story, but it far exceeded my expectations and made my heart oh so happy. Well, after a few sniffles, at least. When we meet Amelia, her parents are in the middle of a divorce, her mom checks out of parenting, and she’s all alone, standing in front of a bookstore, when Jenna finds her. Jenna is the comple
As I'm thinking about this book a few weeks after reading it, I'm wondering why I gave it four stars instead of five. And, honestly, I can't think of why. I absolutely adored this book and Maverick, well, the YA version of Maverick anyway. He had me laughing, crying, and rooting for him the whole way. While this is a prequel to The Hate U Give, I have no problem saying you don't need to read it. Although, if you plan to, there might be some minor spoilers for you later. Angie
Growing up, Olive was inseparable from her father so when he left without warning (in her eight-year-old POV), she was devastated and confused, convinced she must’ve been the reason. Dad left behind their map of Atlantis, a possession treasured by both of them. Dad was and is a diehard believer in the myth of Atlantis. Discovering Atlantis was their shared dream. Didn’t he want the map anymore? Or was there a reason he left it behind? Is there a deeper reason for everything h
I’d be fine if Adib Khorram writes ten more books about the life of Darius Kellner. Thankfully, Darius got a second book (yes, you need to read the first one). I find him utterly fascinating, completely relatable, sincere, and authentic. And so stinking sweet. He’s just the nicest kid. Darius is working his dream job at Rose City Teas (see what I mean, he’s a teenager and this is his dream job!) alongside the owner’s son, who happens to be his boyfriend. EEK! Darius has a boy
There is no sunshine in this story. It’s dark, stormy, at times hopeless, and felt like a constant uphill battle. But when you go up against one of the most powerful men in the country, it should. Lev Warren is the founder of The Unity Project, a group that focuses on others' well-being, has chapters all across the country, helps with the homeless and others in need, and it is untouchable in its reputation. But others have questioned its pristine (on paper) reputation and cul
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