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Ricochet River by Robin Cody
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Robin Cody's Ricochet River serves as stunning representation of what it means to be a teenager. Each character's struggles to come of age in a Pacific Northwest small town are unique but equally poignant, and I found myself most connected to Lorna a ...more
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At the Waterline by Brian K. Friesen
At the Waterline
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The most striking aspect of Brian Friesen's At the Waterline is the authenticity of its character development. I found myself so quickly drawn in to each character's story, as they experienced such human emotions in such an authentic way, while firml ...more
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Memories Flow in Our Veins by CALYX Editorial Collective
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Particularly in today's politically-fraught America, Memories is a true gem and absolutely required reading. This anthology is well-written, truly representational, and, quite frankly, beautiful. It is easy to see how the collection has won multiple ...more
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The Ghosts Who Travel with Me by Allison Green
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Allison Green's journey of self-discovery translates seamlessly onto the written page. As a reader, I felt transported by her words and identified quite deeply with her struggle to reconcile love of a writer with her own identity, which stands in suc ...more
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Close Is Fine by Eliot Treichel
Close Is Fine
by Eliot Treichel (Goodreads Author)
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Close is Fine By Me is an authentic, raw portrayal of midwestern life. Its stories capture the deepest intricacies of an underrepresented lifestyle, a representation that seems even more critical in our current political climate. I encourage anyone a ...more
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Dot-To-Dot, Oregon by Sid Miller
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Dot-to-Dot, Oregon is a genuine collection of poetry. Sid Miller's brilliantly contrived road trip through the state of Oregon is a captivatingly written foray into both places and emotions. The poems derived from each pitstop not only reflect physic ...more
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A Heart For Any Fate by Linda Crew
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A Heart For Any Fate is raw, realistic, heartwarming, and tragic. It is an unforgettable YA novel that thrives; its depiction of life traveling along the Oregon Trail is tremendously powerful and easy-to-read. I found myself ripping through the pages ...more
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A Series of Small Maneuvers by Eliot Treichel
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First and foremost, the protagonist of A Series of Small Maneuvers is incredibly realistic. Whereas the YA market is currently saturated by manic-pixie-dream-girls and broken-teenage-girls-who-find-love-and-suddenly-feel-whole, Emma is authentic in a ...more
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You Have Time for This by Mark Budman
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You Have Time for This is a tremendous foray into the world of flash-fiction. Each story is capped around 150 words and, because of this, the words are deliberate and the messages pronounced. Ranging from heartbreaking familial realities to captivati ...more
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