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The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie

<i>The Impossible Knife of Memory</i> by Laurie Halse Anderson

  The Impossible Knife of Memory is a whopper of a book. I don’t mean that in terms of length – it’s a fairly standard YA length. I mean it in terms of content. I felt pummeled by this book. Dealing with themes of childhood giving way to adulthood without a stop at adolescence, how to […]

Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O’Keefe

<i>Crazy Thing Called Love</i> by Molly O’Keefe

  I was totally swept up in this story. Trope alert: this is second-chance love at its best. Maddy and Billy were married lifetimes ago when they were both young and living in Pittsburgh. Billy was drafted into the NHL quickly into their marriage and decided that his free pass to puck bunnies was more […]

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

<i>Modern Romance</i> by Aziz Ansari

  Recently, my brother and I were taking a road trip from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and back. The trip is about 9 hours in total, so we looked for an audiobook that would take up most of that. Both being avid Ansari fans, we made this choice quickly. I am an advocate of listening to […]

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in Am

<i>Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America</i> by Jill Leovy

  Ghettoside is a behemoth of a book. At 366 pages, it’s longer than most other non-fiction books of its ilk and it packs punches on every single page. Tracing the homicide investigation of a 18-year-old boy murdered in a drive-by shooting, Leovy peels back the layers of complications which surround the lives and deaths […]

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

<i>Everything, Everything</i> by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything is an arresting YA novel from Nicola Yoon that is both a completely conventional YA (girl is shy and in her shell, boy brings girl out of shell, etc.) and a surprising subversion of the genre.  When we first meet Maddie, she’s the girl in the bubble. She hasn’t left her house since […]

Awake by Natasha Preston

<i>Awake</i> by Natasha Preston

  Awake is an odd book at first. You know that the new boy, Noah, who is interested in our girl Scarlett is a bit off. He’s a little too attentive, a little too perfect. My internal “stalker!” sensors were going off, until it’s revealed that Noah has actually been sent by someone to make Scarlett fall in love […]

Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins

<i>Catch of the Day</i> by Kristan Higgins

Catch of the Day is about Maggie Beaumont, who owns a diner in a small fishing village in New England called Gideon’s Cove and has a seriously poor track record with picking men. A true highlight was when she feel for the cute new Irishman only to find out that he was the new local priest. […]

All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins

<i>All I Ever Wanted</i> by Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins is a delightfully reliable author. Whenever I pick up one of her novels, I know that I’ll find a heroine I could be friends with, a hero I’d pick for her and a wonderful floppy dog that I wish I could cuddle with. The happily ever after will give me all the feels […]

A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen B

<i>A School for Unusual Girls</i> by Kathleen Baldwin

Oh my gosh was I gripped by this book. I adored Baldwin’s writing and how she wove her characters. I would recommend this one to readers interested in strong women and early 19th century history, whether they’re in the YA genre or not. While I wouldn’t use it as lecture material (there are a few […]