March 11, 2019

Before I extol on the virtues of Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee, I need to vent.  Y’know, sometimes technology is a bummer. Jeff Zentner is one of those authors whose lines you want to highlight and remember (I have a friend [I’m looking at you, Andrea Head] who had Zentner initial all of her highlights in The Serpent King, lol - great idea, BTW).  I first read this book in January as I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advanced review eBook from Net Galley (thanks, Net Galley!). My reading flow was frequently broken because I kept stopping and virtually highlighting passages. It didn’...

October 16, 2018

This excellent retelling of Pride and Prejudice takes place in current day Brooklyn.  Zuri lives in a divided brownstone with her mom and dad, an older sister, Janae (home from college for the summer), and three younger sisters (two of whom are straight up silly).  Zuri’s neighborhood is very close. Block parties, stoop sitting, struggling to make ends meet, and looking out for one another are all a part of their culture. Zuri’s family and the rest of the neighborhood are all in a tizzy over the new neighbors moving in.  The brownstone across the street has been rehabbed into a mini-mansion so...

September 19, 2017

First of all, how cute is this cover?!

I have two words for this book: TOTES ADORBS. From the beginning when we meet Dimple and her traditional Indian family and witness her mom’s obsession with Dimple finding an I.I.H. (Ideal Indian Husband) to her meet-cute with Rishi

to the too-good-to-be-true-ness of the nerdy but gorgeous Rishi and his worshipfulness of Dimple to the perfect happily ever after, I loved everything about this precious book.  It’s simple, sweet, DIVERSE, and swoony.  Reading this book made me smile and think.  It also inspired me!

Kelly Oliva, a librarian friend of mi...

September 19, 2017

Sigh. THIS BOOK. This beautiful, beautiful, little book. I absolutely adored it. My only complaint is that I wish I would have saved it for a snow day where I would have read it in front of a roaring fire. 

Marin is alone. Her grandfather, her only family, is dead. He died two weeks before she was scheduled to leave for college. Immediately after his death, Marin left town. No word to her best friend, Mabel, or Mabel’s mom and dad (who have always been like surrogate parents to her). Since Marin’s disappearance, Mabel has sent hundreds of texts and emails. She’s called hundreds of time. Marin...

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