Nina O'Daniels

Shannon Grieshaber

Created in 2017

October 24, 2019

This was not what I expected. Boys and basketball, yes, but not the story of friendship between Nasir and Bunny. YA has plenty of female friendship stories but tends to be lighter on the male version, Ribay has solved that problem. Nasir and Bunny grew up together; they live across the street, play ball, and live life. But when Bunny returns from the summer playing AAU ball and announces he’ll be attending the private school in the burbs, Nasir can’t help feeling betrayed. He’s ditching Nasir to live the good life and all so that he can win a state championship. Bunny’s decision to switch scho...

July 1, 2019

Hannah and Emory have been best friends living just 36 steps from each other since forever.  That friendship status changed three months ago when Hannah betrayed Emory’s trust and didn’t defend Emory during the biggest crisis of her life.  This resulted in Emory saying the kinds of things to Hannah that you just can’t take back. In the absence of Emory, Hannah has her faith, her involvement in her church/school’s semi-famous a capella group, and a burgeoning (although inappropriate) love interest.  In the absence of Hannah, Emory has her boyfriend (Luke), her theater friends and passion for th...

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’...

January 4, 2018

Wanna feel like you’ve just been punched in the stomach?  Ever wonder what would have happened to Bob and Mayella Ewell from To Kill a Mockingbird if Bob would have lived?  If the answer to either of these questions is yes, Being Fishkill is a must-read.  

Carmel Fishkill was born in the backseat of a moving car not far from the Carmel/Fishkill exit in New York.  That’s got to be the saddest naming story I’ve ever heard and the worst name I have ever heard and it’s so fitting for the early life of this poor, neglected girl.  At the age of thirteen, Carmel’s (who renames herself Fishki...

September 27, 2017

So far, Adam Blake is winning the contest of My Favorite Male YA character of 2017.  He is adorable, friendly to all, smiley, funny, popular with all, loves his momma,  bumbling, clumsy, sweet, and has the cutest case of ADHD I have ever read.  Dude cannot sit still, constantly fidgets, gets bored quickly, is impulsive, and knows and owns all of this about himself.  He has found a way to turn all of these qualities (which are most often viewed negatively) into downright charming features.  Adam is a fluffy, playful Golden Retriever that you want to cuddle and play with.

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