Book Reviews, Contemporary, Five Stars, Stand Alone, Young Adult

On the Come Up

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Published by Balzer + Bray on February 5, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 613

“There’s only so much you can take being described as somebody you’re not.” 

Another amazing novel from Angie Thomas. The Hate U Give was such an impactful and raw story, I had no idea what On the Come Up was going to have in store as a follow up. Equally as honest, but a different type of story.

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Book Reviews, Contemporary, new adult, Stand Alone, Three Stars, Young Adult

Again, but Better


Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

Published by Wednesday Books on May 7, 2019

Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Pages: 377

“You’re bolder than before.”

I’ve never read a book by a booktuber (to my knowledge) so Again, but Better was my first one. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this after watching Christine’s book writing series on YouTube. But my desperation to read it skyrocketed when I read the synopsis. I lived this life (studying abroad, trying to start over, being too shy) so I figured I would love it. Again, but Better wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, but in a good way.

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Book Reviews, Contemporary, Five Stars, Stand Alone, Young Adult

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

38720939A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Published by HarperTeen on October 16, 2018

Genres: Contemporary, YA, Romance

Pages: 310

“I understood too well what it was like to feel like you were defined by one superficial thing- to feel like you would never excape the box people had put you in”


There have been some books this year that have been great, but there are the ones that are great and important to read. This is one of those. Continue reading “A Very Large Expanse of Sea”

Book Reviews, Contemporary, Five Stars, Stand Alone, Young Adult

Girl Made of Stars

35721231Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on May 15, 2018

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, LGBT

Pages: 295

“It’s such a little thing, this skirt. For other girls, maybe it’s makeup or a sport or having sex or not having sex or writing or music or kicking ass in school or wearing your hair so it looks like the sun’s unruly rays. I think every girl has a thing or two, tiny details in her life that say This is me. I’m done hiding. I’m done feeling ashamed.

Beautiful, raw, heartbreaking, real…Girl Made of Stars is all of these things and more.
I only knew the barest of details when I picked the book up and really had no intention of consuming it so fast. This book is begging to be read and it’s going on my slow growing list of needed reads. Continue reading “Girl Made of Stars”

Book Reviews, Contemporary, Five Stars, My Favorites, Stand Alone, Young Adult

The Hate U Give

32075671The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Published by Balzer + Bray on February 28, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 444


“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”


Eye opening, hard hitting, and honest, this book needs to be read by everyone. In a time with so much political and social turmoil, The Hate U Give stands out and talks about the hard topics no one wants to dive into. Continue reading “The Hate U Give”

Book Reviews, Contemporary, Four Stars, Stand Alone, Young Adult


30724132Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Published by Quirk Books on April 4, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Retellings

Pages: 320


“If you believe in yourself and have a few good friends, then you can do anything. You can be anything.”


Geekerella is what I imagined the contemporary love child of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder would be. Continue reading “Geekerella”

Book Reviews, Contemporary, Five Stars, Stand Alone, Young Adult

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

24926015Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Published by Penguin on April 7, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance

Pages: 303

“He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.”



I haven’t read a book that gave me these warm fuzzies while also having elements that I relate to so much. Continue reading “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda”

Adult, Book Reviews, Contemporary, Four Stars, new adult, Stand Alone




Links by Lisa Becker

Published by Desert Breeze Publishing on August 1, 2017

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult



If only he would see her as anything but a brain in oversized black frames.



Wow. I am going to be really honest and say I didn’t think I was going to love this book as much as I do. Continue reading “Links”

Book Reviews, Contemporary, new adult, Stand Alone, Two Stars



Chances by Jaime Scarfuto

Published on March 13, 2016

Genres: Romance, Adult

Pages: 347


Little did I know, my high school reunion was right around the corner and maybe a second chance to be with James too. But was that what I wanted? Who doesn’t want to end up with their high school sweetheart? Or is there someone else out there for me?

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