Category Archives: Romance

The Hate U Give

 

The Hate U GiveOh, boy. What can I say, but get ready for tremendous emotion in this one. I read it at the same time as All American Boys. They have similar story lines (teens being wrongfully accused and mistreated by police officers), but there was just something about the female protagonist in this one that has stayed with me ever since.  Starr is tough, smart, and sensitive (even if she doesn’t want to be). Needing to code switch in order to fit in at her private school while still maintaining an authentic presence in her neightborhood, Starr is an unforgettable character.

 

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed ” (Good Reads).

The Hate List

So, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this one. I mean, I couldn’t put it down, so that’s a good sign.  Now I can’t stop thinking about it – another good sign.  But are the adults in this book just completely careless, or is there a deeper message afoot?

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Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.  (Good Reads)

The Poet X

The Poet XI just love that poetry is back in fashion! This young poet is so full of thoughts, ideas, wonder, and talent. But she feels stymied by an overbearing and tremendously strict mother. It is difficult for X to fully express herself, and the climax of this novel when she finally does will stay with me forever!

 

 

“A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself, ” (Good Reads).

Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way DownI don’t think I’ve ever been so completely inside the head of the protagonist as I became while reading this story. Aza suffers from the most extreme case of OCD and germaphobia I have ever encountered. As she attempts to open up to the possibility of a physical relationship with the boy she cares for, all of her fears come crashing down on her. But John Green, genius that he is, pairs this downward spiral with an off-beat mystery that keeps us all guessing as well. Quirky characters abound, as usual, and will stay with you long after you close the book. I love this one!

“It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity,” (Good Reads)

An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of KatherinesWhat a fun and sentitive romp this book is!  I love the quirky male protagonist. I love the crazy quest to find himself. And I especially love the oddball secondary characters he meets along the way that change his life forever.  This is a great book for boy readers who might be tired of action and dystopia. And anyone who loves to figure things out mathematically!

 

“Katherine V thought boys were gross.
Katherine X just wanted to be friends.
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail.
K-19 broke his heart.

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun–but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself,” (Good Reads)