The Midnights – Review

"Even as time passed, as my fingertips hardened into calluses, as I slipped into those awkward early teenage years, my father's studio remained the sole place where I felt the most extraordinary, and most alive." Susannah Hayes wants to follow in her musician father's footsteps more than anything. She writes song lyrics in her spare [...]

A Short History of the Girl Next Door – Review

"I am completely in love with my best friend from childhood, she has absolutely no idea, and now she's interested in older, more popular guys. This sounds like a bad movie already." A Short History of the Girl Next Door starts with Matt Wainwright catching us up on his lifelong friendship with Tabby, the girl [...]

Green – Review

"It seemed like the smoke of those riots spread all across the continent, all the way to Boston." Green is a unique coming of age story, told from 12 year old David Greenfield, growing up in Boston in the early 90's. The year Green focuses on for the entirety of the novel, is the year [...]

I Like You Like This – Review I also

"Hannah always tried her best to hold it together. Tears only made it worse. Eventually she'd gotten used to the tormenting and pretended to be in on the joke." Hannah Zandana lives a bleak life. She faces unrelenting bullying at home and at school, and only wants to find a place where she belongs. This [...]

Turtles All The Way Down – Review

"The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely." There are about a million different thoughts rushing through my brain about this book, but there's really only one that's important. If you've ever known someone to struggle with mental illness, this book helps open [...]

´╗┐The Heart’s Invisible Furies – Review

"Anything is possible," I said. "But most things are unlikely." The Heart's Invisible Furies is an epic, all-encompassing story spanning the life of Cyril Avery. Cyril is adopted, "not a real Avery", as his adopted parent's Charles and Maude often remind him, growing up in the 1950's in Ireland. Even though his adoptive parent's remind [...]

Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined – Review

"This whole trip could have been set up to prove it to me once and for all. Life isn't fair, and anything is possible." Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined is a stunning book. It so fully captures the heartbreaking nature of living. The depth and warmth and aching beauty of this book will stay with [...]

How To Behave In a Crowd – Review

"I guess that's what happens when you're the only one to notice a thing: you feel responsible for it." How To Behave In A Crowd follows a French family living in a small town in rural France. We get our introduction and view of the family from the youngest son, Isadore. Dory, or Izzy, as [...]

Grace – Review

Some books you read in great gasping gulps. You devour them. Each word a gluttonous indulgence that you cannot get enough of. Other books demand patience. They require you to slow down. Rather than devouring the words, you sip them, you taste them. They force you to savor each letter. To let them seep into [...]