Genre: Social & Family Issues

The Memory Jar – Elissa Janine Hoole

The Memory Jar – Elissa Janine Hoole

The Memory Jar is a book about secrets. Secrets that could potentially ruin the life of the seventeen-year-old narrator. It is told in a non-linear format, jumping between the past and the present as the narrator tries to piece together what happened to her and her boyfriend. Taylor and Scott are […]

Posted March 25, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 0 Comments

The Way I Used to Be – Amber Smith

The Way I Used to Be – Amber Smith

The Way I Used to Be is an emotional powerhouse. Eden is a typical orchestra geek. She looks up to her big brother and has a crush on his best friend. Starting high school after her popular jock brother was hard enough but then the unthinkable happens. The boy she […]

Posted March 16, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 2 Comments

Seven Ways We Lie – Riley Redgate

Seven Ways We Lie – Riley Redgate

Seven Ways We Lie is such a good example of why adults like Young Adult fiction. Rich, detailed and full of emotion I was amazed that this was written by a young women who will not graduate college until two months after publication. Focusing on seven students at Paloma High […]

Posted March 2, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 1 Comment

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

Thanks for the Trouble – Tommy Wallach

Thanks for the Trouble – Tommy Wallach

I wanted to like Thanks for the Trouble more than I did. The plot sounded great and I really wanted to connect with the characters. After reading it, the plot was great but the characters were not my favorite. Parker is a boy who hasn’t spoken in five years since […]

Posted February 21, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 0 Comments

The Word for Yes – Claire Needell

The Word for Yes	– Claire Needell

I hate when I don’t care for a book with an important topic. I feel like I am letting down the victims by not clicking with a book about their struggle. That is the case for me with The Word for Yes. Acquaintance rape is not a subject to be […]

Posted February 11, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 2 Comments

Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah – Erin Jade Lange

Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah – Erin Jade Lange

I so enjoyed Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah. A fast read that spans two crazy days but has a great heart at the center. A random group of kids, a stolen car full of heroin and dealers who want their stash back. What could go wrong? With this premise we join Sam, York, […]

Posted February 2, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 0 Comments

Other Broken Things – C. Desir

Other Broken Things – C. Desir

Other Broken Things kept me up till 2 a.m. and I’m not sad about that at all. This is the type of YA book I love. Smart and with a well defined sense of self, it wasn’t trying to hard to be edgy or cool. The world built was strong […]

Posted December 24, 2015 by Laura in Reviews / 3 Comments