Fans of American Royals and The Princess Diaries will LOVE Tokyo Ever After! Izume is a strong-willed, kindhearted protagonist, and I adored the development of her new relationship with her father, the Crown Prince of Japan. Add in some family drama, enemies-to-lovers romance, and an exploration of identity and heritage, and you have one easily enjoyable read.
The amount of pure joy I felt in the two sittings that I inhaled The Charm Offensive was unparalleled. Charlie and Dev are both absolute sweethearts that you truly can't help but relate to and root for. Both characters struggle with their mental health, and it's handled in the most honest and thoughtful way. I've never read a book with panic disorder depicted in the way I've experienced it, and Ms. Cochrun absolutely nailed it. Fans of Red, White and Royal Blue will devour The Charm Offensive, and I will be recommending it to anyone who will listen.
This book had such well written characters, immersive description, and a fantastically exciting plot that kept me hooked throughout the entire novel. I could almost feel the salty air of the sea on my face as I read it. Lane is a fierce and compelling protagonist with Katniss Everdeen vibes: she's 16 and she WILL save the world if it's the last thing she does. A little Pirates of the Caribbean plus a little Princess Bride equals one hell of a fun adventure!
After being reprimanded for a too-short skirt on her first day of middle school, Margie Kelly begins to notice the sexism and unfairness around her. Girls are called on less than boys in class, and are the only ones who ever seem to be dress coded. So, Margie decides to do something about it!Through Margie's introduction to feminism and intersectionality, this book does an excellent job of breaking down such large and important topics for middle grade readers. I love that Margie learns about her white privilege as well as the importance of intersectional feminism--I wasn't even introduced to the concepts until college!
This Groundhog Day-esque romance about a rehearsal dinner to be relived again and again was an absolute delight. I sped through this perfect summer read! While this was a light, romantic read, it also had a substantial exploration of relationships (both familial and romantic). I found this book to be both enjoyable and thought-provoking about my own relationship.
Ghosts. Magic. Witches. Witch Hunters. If you love any of those things in a book, definitely pick up The Memory Thief! This is an exciting and heartfelt adventure about the power of stories that I couldn't put down. It's easily my favorite middle grade novel of the year, and it's perfect for fans of Keeper of the Lost Cities and Harry Potter.
Thought-provoking, laugh-out-loud funny, and introspective, John Green's newest book of nonfiction essays is not one to miss. Based on his podcast of the same name, this book of essays explores everyday facets of human life through historical contexts, present day contexts, and Green's own personal experiences. From the heart wrenching ("Auld Lang Syne") to the hilarious ("Mortification") to the just plain interesting ("The Yips"), the essays run the emotional and topical gamut. To read or listen to this book is to get to know John Green, humanity, and yourself just a little better. I give it 5 stars.
Kate and Anderson have been best friends for years. They're close as can be: they do everything together and even have crushes on the same guys. But, their newest crush on Matt is different. Kate and Anderson have both fallen head over heels for him, and it's causing cracks in their relationship to form. A breezy and fun read full of theater and hopeless crushes, this is the kind of book that high school me would have LOVED. From the emphasis on the importance of platonic love, to Jewish, BIPOC, and transgender representation, everything about this book made me happy. This book is perfect for lovers of musicals and romance alike.
Jonny Sun has stepped inside my brain and put all of my thoughts and feelings that I find so hard to articulate down on the pages of his new book of essays. To read Sun's work is to know that you're not alone in your anxieties, worries, loneliness and burnout, and to feel comforted by this knowledge. Reading this book is like having a friend come over, give you a hug, and say, "I know how you feel." Fans of his previous book, Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too are sure to love Goodbye, Again, as it's filled with insights that harken back to "Aliebn"'s core message of finding comfort through loneliness. With humorous and insightful musings on friendship, identity, plants, and scrambled eggs, this book is a must read.
A heartwarming coming of age tale, Allergic is the sweetest graphic novel I've read all year. Kids and parents alike will appreciate the themes of family and friendship, as well as the realistic portrayal and discussion of life with severe allergies. This story will make readers feel all warm and fuzzy in the best way (not the allergic way)!
Armed with her signature wit and conversational writing style, Jenny Lawson has done it again! Her 4th book is laugh-out-loud funny (as per usual) and will be sure to satisfy existing fans while earning new ones. From heartfelt and honest explorations of her struggles with depression and anxiety to outrageously funny stories of things that could probably only happen to her, Lawson brings readers on a ride that's the perfect cure for pandemic blues.
My new favorite YA romance! Having just moved, Tessa is about to start at a new creative arts academy. But, once she has her first creative writing class, she develops a massive writer's block. Her best friend decides they'll create a real-life love story for Tessa so she can regain her inspiration. Will she fall for Nico, who looks like he walked out of one of her stories? Or will she fall for Sam, the sweet boy-next-door?
Finlay Donovan is many things. She's a divorced mother of two, an author of romance murder mysteries, and now--accidentally--a hitowman. Outrageous, laugh-out-loud funny, and filled with twists and turns, this is one that you don't want to miss. I LOVED it!
In 1980s San Francisco, 13 year old Eulabee and her friends are a tight knit group--until a disagreement with her charismatic (and fickle) best friend Maria Fabiola lands her as an outcast. When Maria Fabiola suddenly disappears, everyone in town is rocked to their core--except Eulabee. As the novel's narrator, Eulabee is intelligent, easy to empathize with, and the kind of protagonist you can't help but root for. Overall this coming of age novel is funny, weird in the best way, and brings back floods of memories of teenage life and drama.
If Bon Joon-ho's Parasite had taken place in the early 20th century American Midwest, it would look something like The Rib King. When a wealthy family falls on hard times, they sell their cook's meat sauce to a businessman. The catch? He uses a racist caricature of the groundskeeper, Mr. Sitwell, to promote it under the brand "The Rib King." Neither Sitwell nor the cook see a dime of the profits. When the Rib King's popularity skyrockets, Sitwell's behavior becomes increasingly erratic. This engaging, character driven novel deals with timely issues such as race and class, and it has some great plot twists that I loved!
When best friends Sophie and Agatha are brought to a school where kids learn to be fairytale characters, they aren't placed where you'd expect. Sophie has always dreamed of being a princess but is placed in Evil, and Agatha is a dark outcast who's placed in Good. They must figure out how to get back home while remaining friends and passing their classes. A mix between Harry Potter & Sisters Grimm, this is a great read for fans of fantasy and fairytales!
In an alternate America where George Washington became King instead of President, his descendants still sit on the throne today. This story follows Princess Beatrice, the heir to the crown, and her younger brother and sister. This book is a juicy, dramatic, and romantic read that I devoured in one sitting!
On her way home from work one day, Laurie sees a handsome stranger from her bus window whom she knows is the man of her dreams. She searches for him for the whole year and finally finds him...when her best friend introduces him as her new boyfriend! This book is an un-put-downable rom-com that I absolutely loved!
First generation Haitian-American Henri Haltiwanger is charming, and he knows it. It's his senior year at the prestigious FATE Academy High School in NYC, and the popular, hard-working debate star has his sights set on Columbia University. He'll do just about anything to get in, including being blackmailed by his "intense" neighbor and fellow FATE student--Corrine Troy--into helping her become a social butterfly, lest she reveal the secret behind his dog walking business. With fun, relatable characters who you'll root for from start to finish, this YA rom-com is a funny, heartfelt (and, yes, charming) depiction of the stresses and joys of senior year.
This beautifully designed book is your guide to all cities, and often overlooked elements that comprise them. From the seemingly mundane (streetlights, property limits) to the wonderfully weird (inflatable figures, fictitious map entries), this book takes you through the fascinating stories behind the design and architecture of the city components we see every day, yet rarely stop to ponder. Additionally, the fun doesn't stop once you turn the last page--the book was written by the creators of the 99% Invisible podcast, where you can continue to learn about the thought behind the unnoticed.