Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (Review)

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Title: Ramona Blue

Author: Julie Murphy

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Rating: ★★★★☆

Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

Ramona was just a child when Hurricane Katrina uprooted her life. Ever since, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Being one of the only two lesbians in her small town, standing over six feet tall, and with bright blue hair, Ramona feels like she’s outgrowing the trailer she’s come to call home. But with a flaky mom and an overworked father, and between juggling her two jobs, Ramona feels the weight of responsibility. Especially now that her sister Hattie has fallen pregnant. The return of a childhood friend, Freddie, is a welcome distraction. As Ramona’s love for swimming grows, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift.
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That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim (Review)

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Title: That Thing We Call A Heart

Author: Sheba Karim

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★★★

Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

Shabnam is a Pakistani-American teen, just finishing up high school when her friendship with her feisty BFF Farah begins to unravel when Farah starts to wear a headscarf without consulting Shabnam. Shabnam starts to make some kind of bad decisions – from kissing the most racist boy in school to telling a huge lie about her family and the partition of India. The end of her school year is really starting to suck; but now Shabnam needs to get through the summer before college. Things start looking up when she meets the charming and romantic Jamie who gets her a job at his Aunt’s pie shack for the summer. Shabnam starts discovering her first love, Urdu poetry, and begins to repair her friendship with Farah – and with Farah’s help, Shabnam discovers the truth about Jamie, and in turn, learns about the important of friendship and love in all it’s forms.
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Lucky Girl by Amanda Maciel (Review)

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Title: Lucky Girl

Author: Amanda Maciel

RATING: ★★☆☆☆

Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

TW: sexual assault

Rosie is pretty. She likes being pretty. She likes getting boys attention. But she also wants to be more than that. She wants to be a better best friend to Maddie who has just returned home from summer camp in Europe a different girl. But also deep down, Rosie is jealous. Rosie was always the prettier one. She’s especially jealous when Maddie starts getting closer to the football player Rosie has been hanging out with over the summer. When Maddie’s new footballer boyfriend assaults Rosie at a party during a storm, Rosie and Maddie’s friendship falls apart. Rosie blames herself, feeling guilty for catching his attention. Lucky Girl examines rape culture, slut-shaming, and misogyny. Continue reading “Lucky Girl by Amanda Maciel (Review)”

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (Review)

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30653853Title: The Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli

RATING: ★★★★★

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Oh my gosh, this book is FREAKING ADORABLE. The Upside of Unrequited is a fun, body positive, romantic (& absolutely adorable), sex-positive, diverse and an #ownvoices (for fat rep and Jewish rep) book.
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Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr (Review)

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Title: Gem & Dixie

Author: Sara Zarr

RATING: ★★★★☆

Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

Gem has never had an adult she can rely on. Not her mother, who is neglectful. And certainly not her father, who is not even there. The only constant: her sister Dixie. Being the oldest, Gem has grown up taking care of Dixie. Even as they grow up and grow apart, they always have each other. But when Gem and Dixie’s absent father shows up out of the blue, Gem finds an opportunity. Three uninterrupted days in Seattle with her sister. Gem finds out that in order to save herself, she may have to sever the bond she’s been trying so hard to hold on to. Continue reading “Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr (Review)”

Hunted by Meagan Spooner (Review)

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24485589Title: Hunted

Author: Meagan Spooner

RATING: ★★★★★

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I had heard mixed things about Hunted, but still my expectations were high because I’m a fan of Beauty and the Beast and I had just watched Disney’s new live-action version so I was totally in the mood for a retelling. And I’d also heard good things about Meagan Spooner as an author, so. I was not disappointed: I loved this book.
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The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl From Everywhere #2) by Heidi Heilig (Review)

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31285684Title: The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl From Everywhere #2)

Author: Heidi Heilig

RATING: ★★★★★

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Last year I read The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig’s debut SFF time-travelling novel, and I LOVED it. You can read my review here, but I basically praised the characters, the character dynamics and interactions, the setting, and the SFF elements. I loved EVERYTHING. I especially loved Kash. So I was fairly sure that I was going to love this one too, and no surprise, I did. I loved it even more than The Girl From Everywhere, which I didn’t think was possible.
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The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes #2) by Brittany Cavallaro (Review)

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Author: Brittany Cavallaro

RATING: ★★★☆☆

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Last year I read and rather enjoyed Brittany Cavallaro’s first book, A Study in Charlotte, in which Sherlock Holmes and John Watson were in fact real and their descendants carry on their legacies. You can read my review here.
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Silver Stars (Soldier Girls #2) by Michael Grant (Review)

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Title: Silver Stars

Author: Michael Grant

RATING: ★★★★☆

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Silver Stars is the second in the Soldier Girls series by Michael Grant. Following on from Front Lines, Silver Stars (still narrated by our mysterious ‘writer’) takes place in the summer of 1943 as the war effort turns its eye towards Italy.
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American Street by Ibi Zoboi (Review)

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american-streetTitle: American Street

Author: Ibi Zoboi

RATING: ★★★★☆

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Une belle vie. A good life. That’s what Fabiola Toussaint thought she would find on the corner of American Street and Joy Road. But as they enter the United States from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her new surroundings and her American cousins on her own. As she begins to find her footing, Fabiola is presented with a dangerous proposition and faced with an impossible choice.
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