Contemporary

Instructions to Remember Your Sister

I was mainly attracted to this book because of the cover – the way the girl is scrunching her eyes shut like she’s expecting something other than confetti to be raining down on her. And then there’s the other thing – this is about a girl who is grieving her sister, who died in an accident.  Continue reading “Instructions to Remember Your Sister”

Contemporary · Fantasy

Release by Patrick Ness

This is a Patrick Ness book. It gets an automatic approval from me. Like his other books that I’ve read, this book doesn’t really conform to either the YA contemporary category or the YA fantasy category. Like his other books that I’ve read, this book is completely, utterly stunning. It’s inspired by both Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever – (1) it weirdly fits that particular “X meets Y” description, and (2) it works. Continue reading “Release by Patrick Ness”

Contemporary · Romance

I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Korean American teen Desi Lee is student body president and a varsity soccer star, and she’s planning to get into Stanford – because she believes that as long as she has a plan for it, she can achieve anything she wants. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem to have a plan when it comes to flirting and romance.

Every single one of her attempts end up in disaster, until the day she sits through an episode of K-Drama with her drama-obsessed dad. Noticing the romantic tropes that bring the characters together, Desi creates her own foolproof plan for Continue reading “I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo”

Contemporary · Romance

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

After True Letters From A Fictional Life, which I had to admit I did not expect to like as much as I did, I was lucky enough to read Georgia Peaches, which also surprised me by having a lot more depth than I expected.

The main character, Jo Gordon, is almost the stereotypical lesbian – indie af and hangs out with a very alternative crowd, with a best friend who is probably also a bad influence on her. But that isn’t all that she is – she is also a Good Christian, capital letters and all, and her single father is a successful radio pastor who accepts her as she is… until he meets a woman and falls in love, moving his work (and daughter) to Rome, Georgia. And because Rome is a very conservative small town, and he wants to please his new in-laws, he asks Jo to walk back into her closet. Continue reading “Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown”

Contemporary

True Letters From A Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan

A lot of the comments I’ve seen on this book mentions that it is “like a guy version of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before“, and I guess there’s some truth to that. It’s also a coming-out story, which may annoy the few I know who want queer YA to move beyond coming-out stories. I think it’s good that there are more DIFFERENT kinds of queer fiction for young adults now, but I also think that there’s always room for more coming-out stories, especially when it deals with a character learning more about themselves, because it’s different for every person.

In this book, for example, James Liddell feels as if he lives a pretend life. Continue reading “True Letters From A Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan”

Contemporary · Romance

By Your Side by Kasie West

I’m a Kasie West fan. I haven’t read everything by her, but I’ve liked everything by her that I’ve read. Comparing the books by her that I’ve read, By Your Side didn’t wow me as much as The Distance Between Us or Pivot Point did, but it’s still a nice read that brought me out of a reading slump.

The romance and storyline in here do not offer anything new – two teenagers who are complete opposites end up stuck in a library together. Autumn is a typical Good Girl, who may not be the most popular, but has a good group of friends, and is seems to be well-liked. What her friends don’t know is that she also has anxiety, and in order to hide this from them, she’s known to disappear at times. Continue reading “By Your Side by Kasie West”

Contemporary

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

This is one of the titles I’ve wanted to read ever since before the hardback was published, but somehow never got around to. Perhaps because not enough people were talking about it online, which is a really not a good reason not to pick up a book I’m already interested in anyway! The reason I was interested is the title, which is also the title of one of my favourite Rufus Wainwright songs.

I started this book prepared to find a story that didn’t have anything to do with Rufus Wainwright, and was pleasantly surprised to find otherwise. The main character is Alek Khederian, an Armenian American who grew up in a very, Continue reading “One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva”