Book Review: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
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by indiefan20
1w ago
Title: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children Author: Kirstin Cronn-Mills Genre: Young Adult Realistic Fiction Number of Pages: 262 Rating: B+ Recommended?: Yes First of all, I’d just like to say that Beautiful Music for Ugly Children and The Sky Always Hears Me: And the Hills Don’t Mind (also by Kirstin Cronn-Mills, I haven’t read it yet but it’s on my Kindle) are officially two of my favorite book titles ever. As a writer, I need this author to give me a class on how to come up with a bitchin’ book title. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children is about Gabe, a transgender teenage boy who’s obsessed ..read more
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Book Review: The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle
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by indiefan20
3w ago
Title: The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily Author: Laura Creedle Genre: Young Adult Realistic Fiction Number of Pages: 352 Rating: B- Recommended?: Yes Lily is a teenage girl with ADHD who is obsessed with The Letters of Abelard and Heloise, which her dad read to her when she was a kid and struggling with being dyslexic. Her dad is now almost entirely absent from her life and has a new family, but her mom says if she gets good grades, she can go visit him. She and her mom have a tumultuous relationship, and she’s jealous of her ‘perfect’ younger sister who seems to excel at everything. Li ..read more
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Book Review: Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
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by indiefan20
1M ago
Title: Fish in a Tree Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt Genre: Middle Grade Realistic Fiction Number of Pages: 288 Rating: B+ Recommended?: Yes Ally Nickerson thinks she’s stupid and a disappointment to her family because of her undiagnosed dyslexia. She’s constantly getting in trouble at school while trying to hide the fact that she can’t read. She gets in hot water when she mistakenly buys a sympathy card for a teacher who’s about to give birth, with the other teachers thinking she had some kind of mean-spirited intent behind choosing that particular card. Ally’s dad is in the military and she ..read more
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Book Review: Shine by Lauren Myracle
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by indiefan20
1M ago
Title: Shine Author: Lauren Myracle Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Number of Pages: 350 Rating: C+ Recommended?: No Trigger Warning(s): Sexual assault, references to pedophilia, homophobic hate crime, drug addiction WARNING: THIS BOOK REVIEW CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS Oh my God, I had so many issues with this book. I love Southern Gothic and small towns with dark secrets, and the concept itself had a lot of potential, but it just ended up falling flat for me. The protagonist is a sixteen-year-old girl named Cat who is determined to find out who put her gay friend Patrick in a coma. Cat had be ..read more
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Book Review: Livvie Owen Lived Here by Sarah Dooley
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by indiefan20
2M ago
Title: Livvie Owen Lived Here Author: Sarah Dooley Genre: Young Adult Realistic Fiction Number of Pages: 240 Rating: B Recommended?: Yes The titular character of this bittersweet novel is an autistic girl who keeps getting her family evicted because of her meltdowns. She wants to go back to the ‘Sun House’ where she remembers being happy but is in denial about her and her older sister having accidently burned it down years ago. Livvie has two sisters, Lanie and Tash. Lanie, the younger sister, is often angry at Livvie for making things harder for their family and letting their cat out of th ..read more
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Book Review: I Am J by Cris Beam
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by indiefan20
2M ago
Title: I Am J Author: Cris Beam Genre: YA Realistic Fiction Number of Pages: 326 Rating: B+ Recommended?: Yes J is a Latinx-Jewish transgender teenager who’s passionate about photography and has faced ostracization throughout his life. His only friend is Melissa, a dancer who cuts herself. When Melissa rejects J’s unwanted advances, J is on his own. His parents don’t understand him and either think he’s a lesbian or going through a ‘phase’, and his dad is rarely home. He starts a tentative relationship with Blue, a girl in another neighborhood who doesn’t know he’s trans. J runs away from ..read more
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Book Review: The Best Liars in Riverview by Lin Thompson
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by indiefan20
2M ago
Title: The Best Liars in Riverview Author: Lin Thompson Genre: Middle Grade Realistic Fiction Number of Pages: 336 Rating: B+ Recommended?: Yes The Best Liars in Riverview follows the tumultuous coming-of-age of Aubrey, a tween questioning their gender identity, after the disappearance of their best friend Joel. Aubrey is pretty sure they know where Joel is, and that he escaped their claustrophobic Southern community using a raft they built together. The two of them had always been inseparable and caught up in their own imaginary worlds, but things seem to be changing quickly and Aubrey is ..read more
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Book Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregario
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by indiefan20
2M ago
Title: None of the Above Author: I.W. Gregorio Genre: YA Realistic Fiction Number of Pages: 328 Rating: B Recommended?: Yes Kristin Lattimer’s life is going great. She has two close friends, a handsome boyfriend, and she’s just been crowned homecoming queen. She decides she’s ready to lose her virginity to her boyfriend, Sam, and that’s when everything goes wrong. Kristin’s first time hurts. A lot. She goes to a doctor, who drops a bombshell. Kristin is intersex. She’s been going to a family doctor who apparently has been doing a pretty piss-poor job (I found myself questioning the level of ..read more
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Book Review: Nikhil Out Loud by Maulik Pancholy
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by indiefan20
2M ago
Title: Nikhil Out Loud Author: Maulik Pancholy Genre: Middle Grade Realistic Fiction Number of Pages: 320 Rating: B Recommended?: Yes The titular character of this charming but sometimes heavy-handed novel is a thirteen-year-old child actor who’s the star of an animated kids’ show, Raj Reddy in Space. Nikhil’s grandfather gets sick, so even though they don’t have a good relationship and have barely spoken to each other in years, Nikhil’s mom decides they should travel to Ohio to see her parents. Nikhil’s grandma is as chirpy and friendly as his grandpa is sullen and critical. He finds faul ..read more
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Book Review: Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram
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by indiefan20
2M ago
Title: Darius the Great Deserves Better Author: Adib Khorram Genre: YA Realistic Fiction Number of Pages: 342 Rating: B+ Recommended?: Yes In this sequel to Darius the Great Is Not Okay, the book’s titular character, a gay Iranian-American teenager, is still suffering from low self-esteem and depression but things are starting to get better. He and his dad have mended their relationship, he’s friends with several guys on his soccer team, and he has a boyfriend, Landon. He still misses his friend Sohrab and his family in Iran, but he keeps in contact with them. He and Landon both work at a ..read more
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