Reviews and Blog Posts: coming of age

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We are all completely beside ourselves [a novel]

by Karen Joy Fowler

Reviewer Rating:
4

Rosemary looks back on her life, her family, her memories, her secrets--and how they all led her to where she is today in Fowler's beautifully written, sometimes disturbing, always thought-provoking, and often humorous novel. The big detail about Rosemary is that she lost her "twin" sister when she was five....

Calling Dr. Laura : a graphic memoir

by Nicole J Georges

Reviewer Rating:
5

Grab a binky and set aside uninterrupted time to read (and re-read) Nicole George's vulnerable and witty memoir. The basic storyline of dead dad-crazy mom-coming out-love-dogs and sundry surprises would just be too overwhelming if it weren't for Nicole's understated sharing. Her honesty and introspection affords the reader the position of...

Citizen of the galaxy

by Robert A. (Robert Anson) Heinlein

Reviewer Rating:
5

Highly, highly recommend.

"Citizen of the Galaxy" is a coming of age Science Fiction adventure across the galaxy.

Thorby is first introduced to us standing on the slavery selling block on the planet Jubbal. We follow Thorby from being a young, defiant mistreated slave boy to his adulthood and discovery of his...

Everything begins and ends at the Kentucky Club

by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Reviewer Rating:
5

Many famous people have visited the real-life Kentucky Club and just as many nameless people have died around this border bar. Conflict weaves together Sánez’s seven stories exploring the perilous border crossings in relationships. The stories are not easy. Sánez unfolds tragedy with forgiving empathy, leaving judgments or condemnation to...

Paperboy

by Vince Vawter

Reviewer Rating:
5

Paperboy is a thought provoking coming-of-age novel.    In Memphis 1959, an 11-year-old boy takes over his friend’s paper route.  This is really difficult because the boy has a hard time talking.  He stutters.  Over the course of the summer, the boy experiences difficulties in his own life and the lives...

The universe versus Alex Woods

by Gavin Extence

Reviewer Rating:
4

Alex Woods hasn't had a typical life. Struck in the head by a meteor at age 10, he developed epilepsy. He's bookish and a target for bullies at school, and finds his friends elsewhere--in the scientist who first examined "his" meteor, in his neurologist, and, by chance, in Mr. Peterson,...

Why can't I be you

by Allie Larkin

Reviewer Rating:
4

If you immediately get the song by The Cure in your head and remember high school, this book will feel very familiar to you. Jenny Shaw has spent her life side stepping familial disasters and Making The Right Decisions. It’s left her feeling out of touch with who she really...

Relish : my life in the kitchen

I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

Fat Angie

by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo

Reviewer Rating:
4

After so many years of being called Fat Angie, Angie can only think of herself this way. Years of abuse by classmates and neglect and cruelty by her family, added on to the fact that she's the only one who believes her sister, a soldier taken hostage during the Iraq...

Starting from here

by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

Reviewer Rating:
4

Colby is 16, and she's known a lot of loss in her life. Her mother died a few years ago, and her dad is home from his cross country trucking job only a few times a month. Her girlfriend dumped her for a guy. She's not doing well in school....

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