Book Review XIII.

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Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: ST. Martins Griffin

Publication Date: 2013

Edition: 2013

Pages: 433

Special Features: None

Summarization: Cath Avery arrives for the first day of her freshman year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln clutching a box of Simon Snow paraphernalia, only to find a boy loitering in her room. Cath had hoped to room with her twin sister, Wren, but Wren wanted to live in a different dorm with an unknown roommate.

Review: If you like Rainbow Rowell’s series of YA books, you’ll surely love this classic tale with a nerdy twist. Fangirl really does show what a fangirl is really like in the modern day era with a hint of technology.

I suggest this book for anyone who wants to have the first-time college experience again along with first time love between two characters, one who happens to be the sheltered computer nerd type that gets out of her shell throughout the story.

-H.S

Book Review XII.

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Title: #Famous

Author: Jilly Gagnon

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Date: 2017

Edition: 2017

Pages: 371

Special Features: None

Summarization: In this modern day love story: Girl likes boy. Girl snaps photo and posts it online. Boy becomes insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent photo turns into a whirlwind adventure that forces them both to question whether fame—and love—are worth the price…and changes both of their lives forever.

Told from alternating points of view, #famous captures the sometimes-crazy thrill ride of social media and the equally messy but wonderful moments of liking someone in real life.

Review: A modern day love story with a twist. The internet. It can give people connections, make them famous and just like the title of this book, that is what it does for these love struck teens.

They deal with the hate, the love, and the rest of the world as their love story unfolds. If you want an Eleanor and Park meets the social media world, I suggest this book to you. It’s a heartwarming, funny tale that gets the readers attention right from the get go.

-H.S

Book Review XI.

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Title: The Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Publication Date: 2017

Edition: 2017

Pages: 340

Special Features: None

Summarization: The Upside of Unrequited. Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection.

Review: A young adult book that is filled with first love and the realistic idea that crushes really do crush your heart. However, just like the title, there is an upside to unrequited. It gives you life lessons, those lessons you can learn while reading the book and it keeps you never wanting to stop.

Overall, if you love the idea of first love with a hint of sadness and humor you can guarantee this book will leave you happy and satisfied.

-H.S

Book Review X.

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Title: The Sun is also a Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publication Date: 2016

Edition: 2016

Pages: 344

Special Features: None

Summarization: The Sun is Also a Star is a young adult romance novel by Nicola Yoon which delves into questions of God, love, and fate, as Jamaican-American Natasha meets and falls in love with Korean-American Daniel on the day she is due to be deported.

Review: A tale of two POC main characters that experience the trials of discrimination and testing the fate of the universe. One of my top five favorite books and authors that bring out the side of feeling young again and in love with the readers. This book will leave you breathless and really question your belief on the universe. If you didn’t believe in the universe this book will change your mind.

A recommended book for those who want to experience the trials and tribulations of first love and how the universe really does exist.

-H.S

Book Review IX.

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Title: Milk and Honey

Author: Rupi Kaur

Publisher: Andrews McMeel

Publication Date: 2016

Edition: 2016

Pages: 196

Special Features: None

Summarization: Milk and Honey Summary. milk and honey (lowercase intentional) is divided into four separate chapters: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. Each chapter is a compilation of poems and each focuses on a different aspect of the speaker’s journey with love, abuse, femininity, and self-discovery.

Review: A fan favorite filled with truth, dignity, and woman empowerment. Just like the book The Sun and her Flowers she wrote, femininity and self-discovery is a key factor in her work. A beautiful tale of poems that speak the truth about her life. A page turner until the very end with beautiful writing and illustrations that will leave you breathless.

A high rated recommend for those who like poetry and want a quick read as well.

-H.S

Book Review VII.

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Title: I am the Messenger

Author: Markus Zusak

Publisher: KNOPF

Publication Date: 2002

Edition: 2005

Pages: 357

Special Features: None

Summarization: I Am the Messenger begins with a botched bank robbery. The gunman is so incompetent he drops his gun and steals a car that barely runs. Ed Kennedy, a directionless nineteen-year-old cab driver, picks up the gun and prevents the robber from leaving.

Review: One of the top five favorite books on my list. A funny yet gripping tale of a cab driver who receives five messages that he has to solve before he can move on to the next one. A favorite that can easily be finished within the day.

Once you start reading, you won’t want to stop until the very end. However, it will leave you with questions about the author and whether or not the character was inspired off of something or someone? You’ll have to read to find out for yourself.

If you want a book that’s a page turner and a fan favorite amongst many readers, I suggest this book.

-H.S

Book Review VI.

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Title: Before I Fall

Author: Lauren Oliver

Publisher: Harper

Publication Date: 2010

Edition: 2011

Pages: 469

Special Features: None

Summarization: Samantha Kingston seems to have it all: popularity, a loving boyfriend and a seemingly perfect future. Everything changes in the blink of an eye when she dies in a car crash but then magically wakes up to find herself reliving the same day over and over again. As Samantha tries to untangle the mystery of a life derailed, she must also unravel the secrets of the people closest to her and discover how the power of a single day can make a difference.

Review: If you liked the movie Ground Hog Day, you’ll enjoy this version just as much only in teenage form with heartwarming lessons. The result of Samantha Kingston’s death repeating over and over with the same day being told could seem like a drag, but with the little changes she makes, she realizes there is more to her death than it seems.

If you want to read and re-read this story over and over you’ll surely end up enjoying the lesson that Samantha learns. At first you don’t like the character herself, but soon you’ll come to realize that she is that way for a reason.

-H.S