Well, That Was Unexpected Book Review

Jesse Q. Sutanto's Well, That Was Unexpected is a YA rom-com that hits the mark perfectly. Sharlot's life is turned upside down when her mother finds her in a compromising situation, and subsequently takes her to her mother's birthplace of Indonesia for the summer. Sharlot thinks this is the worst punishment ever... until she discovers [...]

Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake Book Review

Lizzie Blake is a bit of a mess. Her bedroom is a disaster, she's barely hanging on to her job at a fancy bakery, and she is definitely NOT looking to add a love interest to the mayhem that is her life. Lizzie breaks her cardinal rule of only having one night stands upon meeting [...]

The Bodyguard Book Review

Hannah Brooks is great at her job. Like, really great. Part of what makes her excel is her ability to blend in coupled with her incredible skillset of being able read people and decades of jujitsu experience. That's why she's one of the two top personal protection agents, AKA bodyguards, at her company. But life [...]

Summer Lovin’: Summer’s Best Beach Reads

As a total and complete book nerd, I love books of all kinds, from KidLit to literary fiction to beach reads to short stories to...basically everything but horror, because I'm a big scaredy-cat. But there's just something about summer that makes me want to read beachy rom-coms and stories heavy on character development and plot [...]

Nora Goes Off Script

Annabel Monaghan's Nora Goes Off Script is utterly delightful from start to finish. Screenwriter Nora usually writes TV romance movies that bring in a reliable check and follow a reliable formula. But the collapse of her marriage led her to write something completely different and new, and now her words are headed to the big [...]

Top Reads for 2022 (So Far)

It's almost June, somehow, and I just finished my first semester as a graduate student. I'm working towards earning my Master of Fine Arts in writing for children and young adults, and so I have been doing a LOT of reading. Here are my top reads of 2022, so far: Picture Book: Fry Bread, Kevin [...]

Summer Reading Recommendations and Rewards with Knoxville Moms

My latest post with the Knoxville Moms is available here! See below for a sneak peek! Somehow, summer is just around the corner. Reading is a wonderful way to maintain those hard-earned skills developed during the school year, all while encouraging imagination and building empathy at the same time. But staring down shelves and shelves [...]

Part of Your World Book Review

Abby Jimenez's Part of Your World is the perfect blend of fun rom-com, depth, and humor that make for a memorable read. The well developed characters, idyllic setting, and a plot that tackles heavy topics make this a summer must-read. Alexis has grown up shouldering the weight of a lengthy family legacy that ultimately makes [...]

Sari, Not Sari Book Review

Sonya Singh's Sari, Not Sari is a delicious treat of a rom-com, the perfect spring and summer read. It's the book that once you finish the last sentence, you clutch it to your chest and start counting down until it makes its appearance on the silver screen (because you just KNOW it is meant to [...]

Book Review: The Do-Over

Bethany Turner's The Do-Over is a lighthearted romantic comedy brimming with pop culture references. McKenna Keaton has always known what she's wanted: a successful career, a life in New York City, and to maintain her high school over-achiever status for life. When she is falsely accused of embezzlement and forced to take a leave of [...]