ARC Review: Dear Evan Hansen: the Novel | this is going to be an amazing book, and here’s why

“Dear Evan Hansen. Today is going to be a good day and here's why. Because today, no matter what else, you're you. No hiding. No lying. Just you.” Author: Val Emmich Published Oct. 9, 2018 by Poppy 368 pages Genre: YA contemporary Date finished: July 6, 2018 goodreads Summary: When a letter that was never meant …

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Review: I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

Author: Alice Oseman Published May 3, 2018 by HarperCollins 400 pages Genre: YA contemporary Date finished: May 24, 2018 goodreads Summary: For Angel Rahimi, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her …

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Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Author: Libba Bray Published Sept. 18 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 603 pages Genre: historical fiction/fantasy/mystery Date finished: Apr. 29 2018 goodreads Summary: Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It's 1926, and New York …

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Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Author: Becky Albertalli Published April 24, 2018 by HarperCollins 352 pages Genre: YA contemporary, lgbt+ Date finished: April 24, 2018  goodreads Summary (from Goodreads): Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst. When it …

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Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Author: Tomi Adeyemi Published March 6, 2018 by Henry Holt Books 525 pages Genre: YA fantasy Date finished: April 3, 2018 goodreads Summary Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.  But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under …

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Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Author: Adam Silvera Published Sept. 5 2017 by HarperTeen 384 pages Genre: YA contemporary/sci-fi, lgbt+ Date finished: March 22, 2018 goodreads Summary: On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for …

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Love, Simon – book vs. movie review

Y'all, Love, Simon is finally out and I'm so happy. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is one of my favorite YA contemporaries and I've been looking forward to this movie release for what feels like forever! Luckily, I just reread the book last week in preparation for the movie, so it's fresh in …

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