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 [...]

Year on Fire Book Review

Lies, privilege, and family drama combine into one explosive novel from Julie Buxbaum. In Year on Fire, friend group Paige, Arch, and Immie have their lives turned upside down days before the first day of Junior year by a single kiss. When the girl's bathroom is set aflame and rumors of arson start swirling, the [...]

Does My Body Offend You? Book Review

Does My Body Offend You? by Mayra Cuevas and Marie Marquardt is a fantastic YA novel that tackles tough, relevant topics in an engaging and engrossing way. Full of visceral moments that will pull you right back into those high school days, where at any moment you could be forced to stand and have your [...]

Novel in Verse Book Recommendation List: Middle Grade and Young Adult

Novels in verse are books with a full and complete plot told in poetic verse. These novels lend themselves to topics that have emotional depth and resonance. Novels in verse can also be laugh out loud funny, and have all the great qualities prose novels have as well, including well-developed characters and an interesting plot. [...]

Book Review: Better Believe It

Jada Marlone does not have the time or patience for nonsense. Successful lawyer, power mom, and the Woman Who Has It All Jada is surrounded by activity, structure, and people. And she’s incredibly lonely and unhappy with her life. Jada knows more than anyone that life doesn’t always look like it does on social media, [...]

Book Review: Anybody Here Seen Frenchie?

Leslie Connor's Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? is as thought provoking as it is emotional. Aurora is known for being loud and blunt. When a new family moves in next door, Aurora sets off to finally have a friend. When she meets Frenchie and his mom, she learns that Frenchie is as quiet as she is [...]

Book Review: People of the Sun

John and Sarah Tidewell are more well-traveled than you. Before you pull out your passport to brag, my statement is true regardless of how many countries you've visited. Because John and Sarah Tidewell have visited not only other countries, but other time periods. Despite the fact that this pre-teen/teen sibling duo may seem like normal [...]

2021 in Books: Reading Review

This is one of my favorite posts, and one I do every year. This is all of the books I read in 2021! Links are reviews, and * marks a favorite. I hope some of these make it on to your 2022 To Be Read pile! You can find the full list that's available for [...]

Book Review: Lessons in Chemistry

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus will forever change the way you look at a sharpened number two pencil. Elizabeth Zott is a wonderful chemist who could easily change the world, if only people would stop mistaking her for a secretary. Set in the midcentury era in the United States, Lessons in Chemistry is a [...]

Book Review: Under the Golden Sun

Jenny Ashcroft's Under the Golden Sun swept me off of my feet and back to 1940s England and Australia. I was completely absorbed by the story, and simply couldn't put it down. Traumatized by the war and her own personal tragedies, Rose isn't looking for any more life-changing experiences. Yet when she sees the ad [...]