Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman (ARC Review)

But some people are just starfish – they need everyone to fill the roles that they assign. Kiko’s story is so tough to read at points – not only due to her childhood trauma, but also due to her struggles as a biracial young woman in a rural town. Her father is Japanese and her […]

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How to Make a Wish – Ashley Herring Blake (ARC Review)

I originally published this review in April 2017, but on July 21, realized that I had left a lot unsaid and decided to edit, polish, and repost my thoughts on this amazing book. “I thought that was how every girl saw other girls – this mix between beauty and awe and curiosity, a thin layer […]

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Summer Flings Reading Challenge!

Hello, everyone! I decided to take a break from my usual tags, memes, and review posts today to invite you all to join me and a few of my friends in the summer reading challenge we’re hosting! It’s called the Summer Flings Reading Challenge, and it’s going to be multi-platform!

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Aftercare Instructions – Bonnie Pipkin (ARC Review)

Genesis did everything she could to prepare for the abortion, but nothing could steady her for how it would feel to walk out into an empty waiting room, without so much as a good-bye text from the boyfriend who left her there: alone, wounded, and sixty miles from home. He won’t answer his phone, and rumors are flying that he’s already moved on to her former best friend, Vanessa.

Living as a seventeen-year-old with a deceased father and an emotionally absent mother, life hasn’t been easy, but this form of grief is all new territory for Gen, and she’s going to have to find healing in any way she can get it: even if it means returning to the stage she never thought she’d have the strength to face again.

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We Are Okay – Nina LaCour

Winter break has come, and while everyone else has gone home to see families and significant others for a few weeks, Marin would be perfectly content to stay in her dorm room, alone with her grief, pretending that her life from before doesn’t exist anymore. Life is never quite that simple, though, and Mabel is coming to visit, shoving her way into Marin’s after. Marin has a lot of skeletons in her closet that need to be faced, but can she handle letting go of her denial long enough to heal – and to move forward with Mabel?

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June ’17 TBR

I can’t believe June is already here! This is a bittersweet month for me… my son’s first birthday is on the 22nd, and I’m having a little bit of a mommy crisis. Where did the time go?! Sigh… Anyways, I’ve got some pretty high aspirations for this month’s reading list, particularly because I want to knock out a few ARCs! My entire TBR isn’t pictured above, because some of them are eBooks.

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T5W 05.24.17: Favorite Minor Characters

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday challenge is to choose your top 5 favorite minor characters! I feel like it’s important to note here that I consider there to be a tremendous difference between a “side” character and a “minor” character; a side character is not the MC but does have a notable amount of screen time, generally (think: Neville Longbottom), whereas a minor character is usually not shown very often or given much back story (think: Professor Trelawney).

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