Reviews and Blog Posts: coming of age

The spectacular now

by Tim Tharp

Reviewer Rating:
3

I read the book so I could watch movie. I like doing the comparisons. I didn't like the character development in the books, it seemed like people were ready to criticize the main character, Sutter, but they didn't seem eager to help him make the changes. Clearly, he is an...

Dare to disappoint : growing up in Turkey

by Özge Samanci

Reviewer Rating:
4

Ozge (a name that apparently means "other" or "different" in Turkish) grew up on the Aegean coast of Turkey in the 1980s and '90s when secular and capitalist interests vied for attention with fundamentalist and militaristic ones. Her dad wants Ozge and her sister to become engineers - a much more...

Zac & Mia

by A. J. Betts

Reviewer Rating:
4

This book was a great book to read. It did switch point of views between the two main characters, Zac and Mia.  Both characters have cancer and the struggles with the diesase are very different, but the only thing that brings them together is that they were treated in the...

I was here

by Gayle Forman

Reviewer Rating:
5

The book is heart breaking from the beginning. Cody is going to yet another memorial for her best friend, who chose to commit suicide.  It was a shock to Cody, who had no idea that Meg was battling any personal demons.  Cody is on a mission to find out why...

Fangirl

by Rainbow Rowell

Reviewer Rating:
5

I have grown to love listening to Rainbow Rowell's work. I think the people chosen to read for the characters is accurate. I also love the way her books are written, the sense of reality in her fiction. It makes me want to believe the characters are real people. Each...

Gabi, a girl in pieces

by Isabel Quintero

Reviewer Rating:
4

Gabi is a "Mexican fat girl". She loves her family, and food, and poetry, and maybe even Martin Espada. Also food. But no matter what she loves, she's pessimistic about her life. And why shouldn't she be? She's a virgin, she's poor, her father's a crackhead, her best friend is...

Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

Reviewer Rating:
4

This book is amazing in so many ways. From the way it captures high school and life woes to the way it talks about music and comic books. Eleanor and Park don't exactly hit off right away, but something brings them together. I enjoyed the weird, awkward conversations and encounters...

Tell me again how a crush should feel

by Sara Farizan

Reviewer Rating:
4

Iranian-American Leila has a lot to figure out. Pressure from her parents and their tight knit Persian community tell her to want to be a doctor--but she's horrible at science. She likes girls, but isn't ready to tell anyone yet--it's a good thing there's no one at school to crush...

Rethinking normal : a memoir in transition

by Katie Rain Hill

Reviewer Rating:
3

Though still a teen herself, Hill already has a life story worth telling. Born Luke, and never comfortable in her own body, Katie grew up depressed and suicidal, with little support from family, friends, or school.

Tomboy : a graphic memoir

by Liz Prince

Reviewer Rating:
3

Do you hate being judged by outward appearances? Liz Prince's memoir reminds us all that identity is not all about the outside, and what it means to find people who truly appreciate you for who you are. Yes, Liz was and is a tomboy. Dresses made her scream as a...

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