Category Archives: realistic fiction

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu (2017)

4.5 Stars Moxie Girls Fight Back! Short Summary: Vivian Carter is sick of the way boys get away with treating girls. After reading her mom’s old zines from the 90’s she becomes inspired to fight back. What I liked: This … Continue reading

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Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg (2017)

Rating: 4 stars The story takes off AFTER Openly Straight, so if you’ve not yet picked that book up, you should before starting this one, and in fact, if you plan on reading it at all, quit reading this blog … Continue reading

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Abertalli (2017)

Rating: 4.5 Stars Short Summary: When Molly’s twin Cassie gets a new girlfriend, the dynamic between them significantly changes while Molly comes to terms with her own body image and making sense of her own crushes. What I liked: Abertalli … Continue reading

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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (2017)

Rating: 4.7 Stars Short Summary: Senior year of high school forces Sal to examine the many aspects of his life that he does not understand against a backdrop of many of life’s hardships. I’ve been so excited for this book … Continue reading

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Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

Rating 2.8 Stars. Short Summary: Aki heads to Mexico on a church trip where she meets a girl and questions her own sexuality. I’ve read a few of Talley’s book in the past, and Lies We Tell Ourselves blew my … Continue reading

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Rating: 4 stars. Short Summary: Teen mystery thriller revolving around the life of Samantha Kingston, one of the most popular girls in school, waking up and replaying the same day where she sees that even the smallest of changes have … Continue reading

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The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (2016)

Rating: 3.5 Stars. Short Summary: Three senior high school students come to grips with the reality of their futures while trying to overcome their dark family pasts in small town Tennessee. What I liked: Dill and Travis were really well … Continue reading

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