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...

September 30, 2019

I adored this book. I laughed a ton, I got a little teary, and my heart broke a few times for this loveable character. Wyatt’s got a big heart and a big body that he’s not always proud of, but he’s also okay with it. Unless you are comparing him to his older brother, football quarterback and town star, Brett. His body fat is non-existent, he’s a town god, and is on track to make his mark until his arm gets severely broken in a game against cross-town rivals. One year later, Brett is back and ready to regain his team and one of his starting blockers happens to be his little brother, Wyatt. Wyat...

November 6, 2017

I have definitely decided that my favorite way to read a memoir is in graphic novel format.  Tillie Walden’s memoir is about her childhood spent at the ice skating rink and an exploration of feelings she remembers from that time.  So many feelings.  Stress about skating and the relentless practice schedule (4AM practices - omg), resentment against the sport and against her parents for being uninvolved and seemingly uninterested, fear of falling on the ice and of coming out of the closet, uncertainty about wanting to quit skating and whether or not to go to college.  Although many readers won’t...

September 5, 2017

Ramona Blue, you guys. Wow. This book blew me away. Julie Murphy navigates her fully developed characters through many, many issues and completely fleshes them out (the characters and the issues). You know. Kind of like life. Amazing. In addition to the incredible, perfectly packed storyline and winsome characters, Murphy’s turn of phrase had me highlighting my eBook right and left. Here are a few of my faves:

“You were like my own Peter Pan,” says Freddie. “I thought you would never grow up and that you’d always be this constant fixture on the beach, challenging other kids to races in the sa...

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