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Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms
it was amazing
I have now written this review twice and lost it both times. The universe does not want me to post a review of this book. Suffice to say, it is some o ...more
Jul 21, 2015
May 25, 2015
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
it was amazing
For real, this is the best book I've read in a year, probably longer. Do you want to have conversations about The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in ...more
Apr 19, 2019
Mar 16, 2019
The Bitter Side of Sweet
really liked it
I love Golden Boy, but it's always a bit of a hard sell -- I usually have to explain what albino means, and then why Habo is threatened as an albino i ...more
Jan 19, 2016
Jan 11, 2016
it was amazing
I don't say this often, but Moxie is a must-read for basically everyone over the age of 13 or so. It's The Hate U Give for the #MeToo movement (or one ...more
Aug 29, 2018
Aug 25, 2018
Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements
really liked it
The premise of this collection is that anytime you're doing social justice work, you're writing speculative fiction -- a premise I adore, as a person ...more
Jun 20, 2018
Apr 29, 2018
In Calabria
it was ok
Ugh, you too, Peter? (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 30, 2019
Jul 30, 2019
Winger (Winger, #1)
it was ok
It always makes me uncomfortable when I feel so negatively about something everyone else seems to love... I found the ending of this book disturbing i ...more
Jun 11, 2013
May 30, 2013
A Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating the Wedding You Want with the Budget You've Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process)
it was amazing
The cover looks like every other wedding book, with a thin white bride princess (c'mon, publisher!), so I'm kind of embarrassed to have it on my coffe ...more
Jan 27, 2019
Jan 27, 2019
A Face Like Glass
it was amazing
I've been reading and reading to find another Frances Hardinge book that lives up to the astonishing worldbuilding, social commentary, and twists & tu ...more
Mar 15, 2017
Mar 28, 2013
it was amazing
This was a re-read, in preparation for leading a group discussion at school. Of course, it's an utterly brilliant book, and more hilarious than I reme ...more
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
By "shopping" she means "buying a bunch of clothes for fun," not "buying anything at all." I only listened to the first chapter or two, but it seems t ...more
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Sep 02, 2019
The Hate U Give (The Hate U Give, #1)
it was amazing
Lord knows the internet has enough reviews of this incredible, important book; you don't need mine. Everybody who's thinking about race in America -- ...more
Oct 08, 2017
Mar 12, 2017
On the Come Up
it was amazing
Follow up the biggest blockbuster YA novel in years: no pressure! I was relieved by how well this holds up next to The Hate U Give. It has a very simi ...more
May 21, 2019
May 11, 2019
ttyl (Internet Girls, #1)
it was ok
This book has become such an Issue in my shared K-8 library -- the 5th graders desperately want to read it, and the elementary librarian tells them th ...more
May 30, 2016
May 24, 2016
Station Eleven
it was amazing
The hype is deserved. This book is wonderful. I think about post-apocalyptic stories all the time, they're overlayed on every fear I have about what's ...more
Aug 28, 2018
Jan 11, 2015
This Is the Story of You
really liked it
I'm collecting clear-eyed yet hopeful books about climate change, and this is a fine example. A Hurricane-Sandy-like storm destroys the protagonist's ...more
Jul 2016
Jul 01, 2016
Lies We Tell Ourselves
really liked it
The fourth star is because this book has done something unique: melding a fairly standard school integration memoir with a fairly standard first-LGB-s ...more
Jun 30, 2015
Jun 11, 2015
The Jumbies (The Jumbies #1)
liked it
I wanted so badly to love this the way I loved Akata Witch. MG fantasies based on fairy tales or folk tales are very much in my wheelhouse, and so muc ...more
Jul 19, 2015
Jun 09, 2015
liked it
I'll admit, I couldn't stop listening to this audiobook. Even though Georgie and Neal aren't half so compelling as Eleanor or Park. Even though I doze ...more
Sep 07, 2016
Sep 14, 2014
The Left-Handed Fate
liked it
I was all set to love this, because Greenglass House is one of my favorite books of the last few years (and because 18th century sailing ships but wit ...more
Feb 29, 2016
Feb 19, 2016
Thirteen Reasons Why
it was ok
I understand why teens adore this book -- it's suspenseful and full of sordid high school drama. I also give it a lot of credit for encouraging kids t ...more
Apr 04, 2014
Jan 10, 2010
Echo After Echo
liked it
At first I found this book wearying, another story of theatre people who are so very pleased with themselves for being theatre people. As the mystery ...more
Jul 21, 2017
Jul 21, 2017
Midsummer's Mayhem
it was amazing
A perfect warm, summery middle grade book. The stakes are meaningfully high, but not stressfully high. The protagonist learns important emotional less ...more
Apr 07, 2019
Apr 07, 2019
Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger
really liked it
Giving this 4 stars instead of 5 because I hoped for more of a historical lens, like All the Single Ladies. In the conclusion, Traister says she wrote ...more
Dec 02, 2018
Nov 23, 2018
Monsoon Summer
really liked it
This book could easily have begun and ended with, “I’m going to write a book that showcases the value of small business loans to women in developing c ...more
Apr 30, 2010
Apr 27, 2010
New Kid (New Kid, #1)
it was amazing
Not that you need me to tell you, but in case you're wondering? This book is going to be a HIT. Pre-order several copies now, libraries. This will wor ...more
Jan 02, 2019
Jan 01, 2019
The Smell of Other People's Houses
it was amazing
The first book I chose from my ALA stash, and a wise decision it was. I'm a sucker for sense of place, especially an unusual-for-YA setting like Alask ...more
Jan 11, 2016
Jan 11, 2016
Girl in a Cage (Stuart Quartet, #2)
really liked it
I read this because I was visiting Scotland and wanted a YA historical fiction to read while I was there. I wasn't disappointed from that angle, thoug ...more
Jun 20, 2018
Apr 29, 2018
The Boy from Tomorrow
really liked it
I couldn't put this down! I never read while walking, but I read the last chapter walking home from the subway. It's not an easy thing to maintain sus ...more
Jul 23, 2018
Jul 23, 2018
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (The Penderwicks #1)
really liked it
A 6th grader gave this to me as an end-of-year present, because she was scandalized that I hadn't read it yet. It is hard not to love: gentle, lightly ...more
Jul 23, 2018
Jul 23, 2018
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