• YA Contemporary Book Review

    Thirteen Reasons Why

    Warnings: Suicide, Bullying, Rape, Sexual Assault My Thoughts This is a difficult story to unpack and process. The book tackles suicide and a number of other incredibly heavy themes that are not easy to approach and talk about even though they are topics that do need to be talked about, and badly. The story is paced like a suspense novel and it made the book incredibly readable, but I can’t decide if this is a good or bad thing. On one end it’s good, it allows Hannah to talk about the different life events that impacted her and sent her spiraling into depression while simultaneously showing the effect that her…

  • Graphic Novel Review

    Speak

    Also in this series: Speak Also by this author: SHOUT My Review: Speak is a young adult novel written in 1999 about the rape and subsequent bullying of a high school freshman. The novel is based partially on the author’s personal experiences and has received international praise. The book has won multiple awards and is on the ALA’s list of 100 most challenged books from 2000-2009. While I had never read the original book, it had always been on my list of books that I’ve wanted to read but have been a little afraid to. This graphic novel reminded me why graphic novels are such a wonderful medium for telling…