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Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad
4.33
it was amazing
Holy cats, you guys. THIS BOOK. It's a masterpiece. At once a fascinating biography, a testament to the power of music, and a riveting World War II st ...more
Aug 30, 2015
Jul 05, 2015
 
The War I Finally Won (The War That Saved My Life, #2)
4.53
it was amazing
I *loved* The War That Saved My Life and friends, this is a worthy sequel. I am in awe of Kimberly Bradley's ability to create characters that are so ...more
Jul 13, 2017
Feb 16, 2017
 
Mosquitoland
3.91
did not like it
Okay, so not only did I just intensely dislike the main character (I don't think you're supposed to?), but there are some extremely problematic issues ...more
Mar 14, 2015
Mar 12, 2015
 
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
4.19
it was amazing
I can see why everyone's raving about this book. It's a complex, rich, magical story with unforgettable characters. It has that feel of a classic fant ...more
Aug 21, 2016
Mar 04, 2016
 
Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living
4.06
really liked it
I wish I had this book 10 years ago and I want to hand it to anyone who is having or has had issues with body image, particularly fat girls.

The essay
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Jan 16, 2016
Jan 09, 2016
 
Boy Toy
4.01
really liked it
This book was disturbing and super compelling. I seriously could not put it down. The story starts when Josh is 18. He's messed up. No, I mean really ...more
Jan 30, 2008
Jan 30, 2008
 
Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)
3.90
it was amazing
I've read reviews that say this second book in the Temeraire series is boring... I would have to disagree. There are sea monsters, battles, assassinat ...more
Apr 2007
Apr 20, 2007
 
Freedom in Congo Square
4.29
it was amazing
EVERYONE, PAY ATTENTION. THIS IS HOW YOU WRITE A BOOK THAT CELEBRATES SMALL JOYS IN THE LIVES OF SLAVES.

In rhythmic, rhyming text Carole Boston Weath
...more
May 03, 2016
May 03, 2016
 
The War that Saved My Life (The War That Saved My Life, #1)
4.47
it was amazing
I can't get over how much I loved the characters in this WWII English home front story. It was fascinating to me to read a book about one sibling bein ...more
Jan 18, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
 
The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
4.15
it was amazing
I loved this so hard that I didn't want it to end (and that's high praise because finishing books and starting new ones is one of my very favorite thi ...more
Sep 11, 2016
Sep 08, 2016
 
All's Faire in Middle School
4.16
it was amazing
Okay, I loved ROLLER GIRL, but this one is even better.

Victoria Jamieson presents a story about navigating middle school but with a twist. Imogene's
...more
Jun 30, 2017
Jun 30, 2017
 
The Hate U Give
4.56
it was amazing
You guys. This book.

Based on the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a story that felt so real. So many of the scenes stick out in my head. They are
...more
Feb 12, 2017
Jan 27, 2017
 
Roller Girl
4.30
it was amazing
Um, just so, so good. Not only is this a super introduction to the world of roller derby (something I knew nothing about but now feel like I could und ...more
Feb 24, 2015
Feb 24, 2015
 
Rebound
4.18
it was amazing
My heeeeaaaarrrtttt.

Y'all know I love The Crossover (for obvious reasons!). This companion book takes a step into the past, telling the story of Josh
...more
Mar 20, 2018
Mar 19, 2018
 
The White Darkness
3.46
did not like it
So many people have loved this book... I think it's just not my thing. After the death of her father, 14-year-old Symone, excruciatingly shy hearing-i ...more
Jan 28, 2008
Jan 23, 2008
 
Okay for Now
4.19
it was amazing
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. This book broke my heart about 17 times and patched it back together each time.

Review: http://www.abbythelibrarian.com/
...more
Sep 02, 2011
Aug 31, 2011
 
Dark Life (Dark Life, #1)
3.90
it was amazing
In a future America where rising seas have claimed much of the land, leaving Topsiders to pack themselves in tiny stacked apartments, some people have ...more
Jan 18, 2010
Jan 16, 2010
 
Crenshaw
3.96
it was amazing
Wow... just wow....

With masterful characterization, Katherine Applegate has painted a portrait of a family struggling to make ends meet and the effec
...more
Jul 11, 2015
Mar 31, 2015
 
Behold the Dreamers
3.95
it was amazing
I loved this book. I loved the juxtaposition of Jende and Neni's immigrant story against the story of the super rich couple they work for and how they ...more
Apr 05, 2017
Apr 21, 2016
not set
Jan 16, 2016
 
Run
3.71
really liked it
I had to bump this one up in my TBR pile because of the madness that happened with the VOYA review. Not only is it completely offensive and ridiculous ...more
Sep 30, 2016
Sep 27, 2016
 
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces
3.95
it was amazing
Okay, I just loved this book. I feel like my colleagues at work are probably sick of me going on about how good it is. And Thank Goodness for people l ...more
Feb 09, 2015
Feb 07, 2015
 
Hello, Universe
3.94
it was amazing
I loved this book. It's a sweet, subtle book about friendship and standing up for yourself and standing up for your friends. I loved getting to know t ...more
Mar 12, 2017
Jan 14, 2017
 
Orphan Island
3.70
it was amazing
This book, y'all. Seriously, I can't tell if I LOVE IT or HATE IT. Maddeningly frustrating, but also so super identifiable. Unlike anything I've read.
Aug 28, 2017
Aug 28, 2017
 
Hero
3.87
really liked it
In a world where superheroes are real, Thom dreams about joining The League, a band of A-list good guys who protect the citizens of their fair city. H ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 20, 2007
 
Star-Crossed
4.28
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Middle grade GLBT FTW!

At its heart, this is a story of an eighth grade girl dealing with first crushes and playing a role in the cl
...more
Apr 14, 2017
Apr 09, 2017
 
Fairest of All (Whatever After, #1)
4.03
it was amazing
Okay, so I know this is not, like, high literature or anything, but I actually LOVED this audiobook and I think it's just about perfect for what it is ...more
Aug 20, 2014
Aug 19, 2014
 
Tumbling
3.74
really liked it
Aw, man, I just loved this book. It was right up my alley and it's one that I'd hand to teens who are excited about the Olympics coming up this summer ...more
May 31, 2016
May 26, 2016
 
Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood
3.73
really liked it
Julie Gregory grew up in an abusive household. Her mother had Munchausen by Proxy, a mental disorder that causes someone to seek attention by inflicti ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 23, 2007
 
The Birchbark House
3.93
it was amazing
Why did it take me so long to pick up this book?!

It's the story of Omakayas, an Ojibwe girl growing up in the mid-1800s. The book is loosely plotted
...more
Nov 08, 2016
Nov 08, 2016
 
It Ain't So Awful, Falafel
4.27
it was amazing
Loved this one!

This book is a great mix of funny and serious as Cindy (Zomorod) navigates her middle-school years as an Iranian living in California j
...more
Apr 10, 2016
Apr 07, 2016
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