• Graphic Memoir Review

    Dancing at the Pity Party: A Dead Mom Graphic Memoir

    Warnings: Death My Thoughts I think one of my favorite things is stumbling into a graphic novel and finding a gem. This unassuming little graphic novel made me cry, but it also made me smile and laugh too. Dancing at the Pity Party is exactly as it says on the cover, it is a memoir about the death of the author’s mother. This has honestly been one of the most heartfelt and honest stories about grieving and loss that I’ve ever read. I adored Tyler and her family, especially her fun and vivacious mother. This graphic memoir was written with so much love and honesty about the experience of losing…

  • Horror Book Review

    Black Fairy Tale

    Warnings: Violence, Extreme Gore and Mutilation, Animal Torture, Death My Thoughts Black Fairy Tale is a bizarre story, full stop, it is the thought that kept circling my mind as I read the novel and especially when I finished. What made this story so enjoyable was precisely for that reason. It is an offbeat paranormal story about a girl that undergoes an eye transplant and finds that she can see the memories from her donor’s life. While it is a horror thriller, surprisingly this isn’t the horrific part of the story as would be predicted, and I liked that the novel toyed with my expectations. “Everyone in this town was…

  • YA Contemporary Book Review

    Looking for Alaska

    Warnings: Drug Use, Drunk Driving, Sexually Explicit Content My Thoughts If our early years are our Spring then adolescence is an invincible summer that feels like it’ll never end. Being a teenager, everything seems so much bigger, more life-changing, everything feels like a big deal. Miles goes to a boarding school seeking his great perhaps, the great unknown that will upend his boring life. At school, Miles meets Alaska, a magnetic young woman with a bad reputation, and quickly falls head over heels. What made this book special to me was that I just found it so relatable, I was reminded so much of how my high school experience had…

  • Manga Review

    Look Back

    Warnings: Violence My Thoughts Why do we create art? For enjoyment? For praise? To compete with our rival, or to live up to our idol? For money, a successful career? Creating art can be filled with joy, but it can also be painstaking too. This is the idea that lies at the heart of Look Back, a thoughtful one-shot manga that pays homage to the manga industry. Look Back follows two young girls, both aspiring manga artists, and how their art brought them together. Fujino is the best manga artist in her class, she lives for the praise of the people around her. Yet she finds herself upstaged by her…

  • Poetry Book Review

    Afterwards

    Warnings: Death, Suicide, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment My Thoughts Losing a loved a love one is hard, but the loss of a loved one to suicide is even harder. It’s difficult because it’s preventrable, and it’s hard to explain the feeling of helplessness afterwards. This collection of poetry details the grief that comes with losing a friend, but it is other things too. Myers explores the loss of family, depression, and sexual assault. There are a handful of good poems, such as The Girl Becomes Gasoline which was what made me decide to pick this book up. “I don’t know when I became a space to be filled. My thigh…

  • Book Review

    Hardboiled & Hard Luck

    My Thoughts Hardboiled & Hard Luck is a collection of two novellas that share a theme of grief and loss. Both stories read like a gentle goodbye as each narrator explores their feelings through memory. The stories together elicit a warm, comforting feeling despite the heavy subject matter in its sparse prose. It was an easy read to calm my anxieties and unplug while wrapped up in a blanket. “She was still there inside me now, just as she always was: a life put on hold, a memory I didn’t know how to handle.” Hardboiled follows the journey of a narrator as she walks along a country road to visit…