Genre: Coming of Age

Girls on Fire – Robin Wasserman

Girls on Fire – Robin Wasserman

 Oh dear god yes. This book brought back all of the angst of high school, toxic friendships, lies compounding lies, a social stratus that defines all and so much more. Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman is a book about teenagers that is not a YA in the best way. Dark and even […]

Posted May 4, 2016 by Laura in ARC April, Reviews / 4 Comments

She – Michelle Latiolais

She – Michelle Latiolais

She sounded so great. A modern day Go Ask Alice where a 15 year-old runs from an abusive home to the mean streets of Los Angeles. A nameless everygirl, the titular she could have been a powerful literary figure that could have spoken to a generation. Unfortunately her story was […]

Posted April 19, 2016 by Laura in ARC April, Reviews / 1 Comment

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

    Welcome to another installment of the United States of Books! See full details here. Today we will visit Florida with The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Entertainment Weekly say’s “Working with Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s editor, Rawlings was pushed to look into her own history for literary fodder, which […]

Posted April 11, 2016 by Laura in Reviews, United States of Books / 2 Comments

Tragedy Girl – Christine Hurley Deriso

Tragedy Girl – Christine Hurley Deriso

Tragedy Girl should have been amazing. A teen girl who has to start over after her parents death, a teen boy recovering from the tragic drowning of his girlfriend and a new love blossoming. A love that turns dark and has potentially tragic consequences. Yes, please sign me up. Instead I read […]

Posted April 8, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 1 Comment

Lies and Other Acts of Love – Kristy Woodson Harvey

Lies and Other Acts of Love – Kristy Woodson Harvey

Lies and Other Acts of Love had two great stories in it. Octogenarian Lovey and her granddaughter Annabelle. I really liked each story arc, separately. However, when woven together it made a bit of a mishmash out of the flow. On their own, either story would have popped, but the way […]

Posted April 1, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 2 Comments

The Serpent King – Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King – Jeff Zentner

I went into The Serpent King expecting to read a funny book about yokel snake handling preachers and their families. A nice light romp to balance some of the heavy books I had been reading. I have never been more wrong in such a good way. The Serpent King is one […]

Posted March 1, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 4 Comments

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl – Mona Awad

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl – Mona Awad

Everything in me wanted to like 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl. I had it on my most anticipated debuts of 2016 list. Everything I read about it sounded magical. I was super excited to get it and dropped everything to read it. And then, upon ending it, […]

Posted February 18, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 2 Comments