Contemporary

Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis

“When you think of yourself as so different, you become so different. All you’ll be able to think about are the ways that you’re an outcast.” – Everything Must Go, Jenny Fran Davis

I started this book knowing absolutely nothing about it, other than the fact that it’s YA, it’s contemporary/mimetic fiction, and that I love the cover. One of the things I didn’t know was that it’s an epistolary novel. The whole story is told in a series of letters, emails, blogs and journal entries.

Another thing I didn’t know was this story is about Flora Goldwasser, a rich kid who loves vintage clothes, who falls in love with up-and-coming artist Elijah Huck. Elijah told Flora about Quare Academy, a Quaker school where he would be teaching, causing her to change schools to be closer to him.

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Contemporary · Fantasy

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

“No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end.”

 

I don’t know how to write about this, or any of the previous Adam Silvera books. I just realised this as I have gotten over my reading slump but still can’t start on writing this post, and when I went to check what I wrote about his previous books… it turned out that I skipped them.

When More Happy Than Not was released, it was on my must-read list because it was queer YA speculative fiction, which is still SO VERY RARE. I never saw Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, nor will I ever see it (I don’t think I can take something that depressing), especially after reading More Happy Than Not. It was good, really good, but also made me cry buckets – at one point I had to put the book away for a day or so, because it triggered a panic attack. Then I read History Is All You Left Me, which is almost better, and even more depressing, especially in the wake of my sister’s death. And now, a book with a pretty cute cover saying They Both Die at the End. Continue reading “They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera”

Contemporary

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

“The bookstore is a building, but it’s not only the building. It is the books inside. People are not only their bodies. And if there is no hope of saving the things we love in their original form, we must save them however we can.” – Words In Deep Blue, Cath Crowley

Truth: I wanted to read this book because it was blue, it had books on the cover, and the characters work in a bookshop. All those times getting inquiries from customers looking for some mysterious blue book had that effect on me.

On the surface, this book sounded like a decent YA romance: Rachel have had a crush on Henry Jones for a long time. Before moving away, she left him a love letter, and waited, but he never came. Years later, Rachel returned to work at the bookshop owned by Henry’s family, even though she would rather not see him again. And that’s where it becomes more than a contemporary romance – rather than chasing after a lost love, Rachel was looking for a distraction. Her brother had died, and she kind of withdrew from everything and everyone.

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Contemporary

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

I don’t know why I requested this on NetGalley. And then, when my request was approved, I don’t know why I chose to read it before the other books I’ve been anticipating for so long. But I did request this book, with the title and synopsis that interested me somewhat, and a cover that left me cold. And I did read it. And I am so glad I did.

This book is narrated by three teenage boys – Ryan (a swimmer), Harley (a rebel), and Miles (a nerd). These boys only have one thing in common: their best friend was Isaac. As far as everyone else knew, they were a quartet. But to them, there was Isaac, and then there was them, the sidekicks. They weren’t friends with each other, and at the beginning of this book, they had no interest in being friends with each other. Continue reading “The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis”

Contemporary

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

To be honest, while the synopsis made the book sound like exactly my kind of thing, I still hesitated on this title because of the cover. It’s just… not pretty, or interesting. But in the end the promise of a capella and genderbending and queer poc characters won over, and I requested a copy. I am so glad I did.

The protagonist of Noteworthy is Jordan Sun, a Chinese-American girl on scholarship at a performing arts boarding school, which would have been perfect except for the fact that she always got shut out from school musicals due to her low voice. Continue reading “Noteworthy by Riley Redgate”

Contemporary

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

“Words exist only in theory. And then one ordinary day you run into a word that exists in theory. And you meet it face to face. And then that word becomes someone you know. That word becomes someone you hate. And you take that word with you wherever you go. And you can’t pretend it isn’t there.”
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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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”