Georgie, All Along Book Review

Would middle school you be happy or disappointed in how your life turned out? This is the truth Georgie must confront: she has not lived up to the goals and expectations of her middle school hopes and dreams. She didn't even do the things in her hometown that she always planned on. Now that she's [...]

Built to Last Book Review

Two former child stars with a complicated past move from Hollywood to home in Erin Hahn's Built to Last. Shelby Springfield used to be Hollywood's It Girl. Now, she refinishes furniture in her Michigan workshop while flipping houses alongside her dad. Cameron Riggs, her former co-star, works behind the camera making documentaries with National Geographic, [...]

Typecast Book Review

What if your ex wrote a screenplay about your breakup? Even the most secure of people would experience some kind of anxiety over that. In Andrea J. Stein's Typecast, this scenario sends preschool teacher Callie spiraling into her past. It does more than dredge up the past; it makes her question everything about the path [...]

Books for Native American Heritage Month (and every month!)

Happy Native American Heritage Month! Though we celebrate Native peoples every month, I love being extra loud this month. Wado, thank you, for celebrating Native American Heritage Month with us. This post was written on ancestral Cherokee and Miccosukee land, by a citizen of Cherokee Nation. If you're looking to add some Native voices to [...]

Weird Rules to Follow Book Review

Weird Rules to Follow by Kim Spencer is a middle grade collection of short vignettes that whisk readers away to the not so distant past, where a bicycle with a banana seat and room on the handlebars was the star of summer. This beautiful novel transports readers to 1980s Prince Rupert, where Mia and her [...]

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 [...]

Honest June: The Show Must Go On Book Review

I absolutely adored book one in the Honest June series, and I was beyond excited to get an advanced copy of the second book. June is still grappling with Victoria's curse/gift of always telling the truth. This time, she's hiding her desire to star in the school's production of The Wiz from her dad, who [...]

Other Birds Book Review

"Stories aren't fiction. Stories are fabric. They're the white sheets we drape over our ghosts so we can see them." Thus begins Sarah Addison Allen's latest release, the one waited for patiently by legions of loyal fans. From the first sentence on, every reader can rest assured-- it was absolutely worth the wait. I’ve never [...]

The Best Books with Dogs

Nothing makes me pick up a book faster than a dog on the cover. Strange? Probably. True? Absolutely. The only problem with books that feature dogs is the general fear that the dog won't make it to the end of the book. So rest assured, these book recommendations are safe reads as far as canine [...]

Bark to the Future Book Review

Spencer Quinn's Chet and Bernie series is the book release I look forward to all year long. From the moment I finish one book, I'm nearly desperate to lay my hands on the next one. You can read my reviews of Quinn's previous titles in this series here, here, and here. The thirteenth installment in [...]