• Historical Fiction Book Review

    This Telling

    Warnings: Discussions of abortion My Thoughts This story took my breath away! This Telling is a bittersweet short about the difficult choices that young expectant mothers face with pregnancy; do you keep the child, abort it, give it up for adoption? How does this alter her path in life, can she be happy becoming a stay-at-home mother after a gunshot wedding? Geraldine contemplates about each of these questions as she finds herself pregnant for the first time at the age of eighteen, freshly graduated from high school with an unreliable boyfriend who has no interest in becoming a father at the cusp of adulthood. “She looked at her parents, clear-eyed…

  • YA Contemporary Book Review

    The Place Between Breaths

    Warnings: Child Abuse My Thoughts The Place Between Breaths is an emotionally raw story about mental illness and the ways that it can weigh heavily on our lives. Schizophrenia is a serious illness wherein those that have it experience severe delusions. Its causes are unknown and require lifelong treatment to keep symptoms under control. The plot for this novel is difficult to pin down and there are a lot of questionable holes in the plot that won’t be wrapped up nicely, which was oddly fitting given the subject matter. The research and lab portion of the book had potential but it was left largely unexplored. Everything about Gnentium and the…

  • YA Contemporary Book Review

    Girls Like Me

    Warnings: Bullying, Miscarriage, Sexual Assault My Thoughts Girls Like Me is a startling novel about rape and slut-shaming in high school. The pacing of this book moves like a runaway train and never slows down at any point, it is a very easy book to read in a single sitting. The book is aimed at younger readers and uses simple language that is easier to follow, it will definitely appeal to its target audience. “This kind of stuff doesn’t happen to girls like me. Except that it did.” The subject matter presented in this story is troubling, and I wonder if it sacrifices believably in exchange for a dramatic plot.…