Myfanwy Collins’ latest novel, The Book of Laney, tells the story of fifteen-year-old Laney surviving after her brother is involved in a terrible act of violence against her schoolmates and mother. Sent to live with her grandmother in the rural Adirondacks, she tries to make sense of both her family history and her new existence. Within the dark subject matter, she also navigates love, school, and sacrifice. It’s an outstandingly beautiful book, and the kind of book that should be required reading of anyone who is too quick to dismiss YA as a genre.
It all started with my sister posting a picture on Facebook with the comment, “Who the hell would wear this?” Answer: I would, and I do. Read More Book Review: “Tales From My Closet” (And My Overall-Tutu)
Full disclosure: This is not my idea, but my friend’s. But it’s too awesome not to share!
I love YA. Anyone who’s ever said hello to me, seen my bursting bookshelves or gone to a book signing where I’m the oldest one there without a tween in tow, knows that. Read More Interview: Susane Colasanti, YA Author, “All I Need”
You had some great requests last week, and hopefully my suggestions work for you! Please, keep asking! Read More Ask A Librarian
[TW: weight, body image, gastric bypass]
I have”¦ mixed feelings about Skinny, Donna Cooner’s debut YA novel about a teen who undergoes gastric bypass surgery. On the one hand, I’m glad it exists. On the other, I wish it weren’t quite so preachy. Read More Book Review: “Skinny” by Donna Cooner
When I was a kid, the word “bully” wasn’t given the weight it is today. “Boys will be boys” was more the phrase of the hour – I heard it more than once from well-meaning teachers and defensive parents, even after I was assaulted by a group of classmates in junior high. To borrow a phrase from Dan Savage, it got better for me. Still hurts to remember. Read More Book Review: “Keep Holding On” by Susane Colasanti
So true to my word, I am going to start reviewing good or interesting books that I read by new and up-and-coming writers, seeing as there are so many books I need to actually read anyhow. I think the author of this particular book will be very tickled that I kicked off my spring/summer book reviews with her debut novel. So without further ado, here we go with this book review. Read More Burden of the Soul