August 27, 2018

Winnie’s Senior year begins in upheaval.  Her long-time boyfriend and seemingly-fated soulmate (like, for real - her family’s astrologer predicted it) started dating her arch-enemy while she was away at film camp.  Raj!! How could you?? Winnie only said she wanted you two to take a break, not break up! Have you never watched Friends? You are clearly not allowed to date someone else while on a break from your longtime girlfriend.  Duh. Anyway, now that she and Raj are estranged, film club is gonna be hella awkward. They are co-presidents. And Film Club means EVERYTHING to Winnie. Organizing the...

August 21, 2018

There are always two sides to a story, sometimes three. For some, being part of the military and serving one’s country is in their blood. It’s a privilege, a rite of passage, a duty that you don’t shirk away from. You serve your time, come back a hero, and pass along that tradition. And, that is beyond brave in my book. But there is also another side that doesn’t get talked about- the negative. I’m not just talking about being separated from loved ones for long periods of time, eating crappy food, and surviving desert temperatures while deployed. There is that ugly truth that no one wants to t...

August 15, 2018

Whew, this was hard. Hard to read, hard to get through, and hard to make amends with some of the ways it plays out. Books about rape are especially difficult to wade through at times, but it was a struggle not to let my feelings toward the accused rapist get in the way. And, for Mara, having your twin brother accused of raping his girlfriend, who happens to be one of your best friends, is an exceptionally painful experience. 

Mara and Owen are close and always have been, as twins are wont to be. He’s one of her best friends, and it’s exactly how it should be. Her other BFF turned ex-girlfrien...

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