(Don’t) Call Me Crazy — anthology edited by Kelly Jensen

TITLE: (Don’t) Call Me Crazy EDITOR: Kelly Jensen RELEASES: October 2nd, 2018; Algonquin Young Readers GENRE: Nonfiction AGE RANGE: YA SYNOPSIS: What does it mean to be crazy? Is using the word crazy offensive? What happens when such a label gets attached to your everyday experiences? In order to understand mental health, we need to talk openly about it. Because […]

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The Wicker King — K. Ancrum

  TITLE: The Wicker King AUTHOR: K. Ancrum RELEASED: October 31st, 2017; Imprint GENRE: Contemporary AGE RANGE: YA SYNOPSIS: When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled […]

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Eliza and Her Monsters — Francesca Zappia

TITLE: Eliza and Her Monsters AUTHOR: Francesca Zappia RELEASED: May 30th, 2017; Greenwillow Books GENRE: Contemporary AGE RANGE: YA SYNOPSIS: Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster. In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as […]

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When My Heart Joins the Thousand – A. J. Steiger (ARC Review)

  TITLE: When My Heart Joins the Thousand AUTHOR: A. J. Steiger RELEASES: February 6th, 2018; HarperTeen GENRE: Contemporary AGE RANGE: YA SYNOPSIS: Alvie Fitz doesn’t fit in, and she doesn’t care. She’s spent years swallowing meds and bad advice from doctors and social workers. If she can make it to her eighteenth birthday without any major mishaps, she’ll […]

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Miniature Monday #7

Every Monday, I’ll be posting a small batch of mini-reviews for graphic novels, comics, poetry collections, short stories, and other miscellaneous items that may be too short for a full-length review post. This week, I’ll be reviewing one poetry collection, two graphic novels, and one illustrated nonfiction title. Depression & Other Magic Tricks – Sabrina […]

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The Roanoke Girls – Amy Engel

Spoiler-free review! “Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.” I don’t have a lot to say about The Roanoke Girls, because I think this is one of those stories where it’s best if you go in knowing as little in advance as possible. When I picked this […]

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The Art of Starving – Sam J. Miller

“That’s one of the more infuriating bugs in the human software. You can have two ideas that are total opposites and believe them both completely.” Since this is a book about eating disorders, I’ll go ahead and warn that my review on its own could potentially be triggering. I’ll add full content warnings for the […]

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