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Arc-Review: How to make a wish by Ashley Herring Blake

9780544815193TITLE:  How to make a wish
WRITTEN BY: Ashley Herring Blake
PUBLISHED BY: HMH Books for Young Readers
VERSION I READ: e-arc
PAGES: 336
DIVERSITY: bisexual MC, lesbian, PoC.
TRIGGER WARNING: emotional abuse.star3.5

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(PLOT BY GR) All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father. Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on. Continue reading “Arc-Review: How to make a wish by Ashley Herring Blake”

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Review: Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

25909375TITLE:  Wing Jones
WRITTEN BY: Katherine Webber
PUBLISHED BY: Walker Books
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 384
DIVERSITY: bi-ratial MC.

star3

(PLOT BY GR)With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.
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Review: We come apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

9781408878859TITLE:  We come apart
WRITTEN BY: Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
PUBLISHED BY: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 320
DIVERSITY: immigration.

star3

(PLOT BY GR) Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves? For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page.
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Arc-Review: Optimists die first by Susin Nielsen

9781783445585TITLE:  Optimists die first
WRITTEN BY: Susin Nielsen
PUBLISHED BY: Andersen Press Ltd
VERSION I READ: e-arc through netgalley
PAGES: 272
DIVERSITY: mental health and disability.

star4

(PLOT BY GR) Petula has avoided friendship and happiness ever since tragedy struck her family and took her beloved younger sister Maxine. Worse, Petula blames herself. If only she’d kept an eye on her sister, if only she’d sewn the button Maxine choked on better, if only…Now her anxiety is getting out of control, she is forced to attend the world’s most hopeless art therapy class. But one day, in walks the Bionic Man: a charming, amazingly tall newcomer called Jacob, who is also an amputee. Petula’s ready to freeze him out, just like she did with her former best friend, but when she’s paired with Jacob for a class project, there’s no denying they have brilliant ideas together – ideas like remaking Wuthering Heights with cats. But Petula and Jacob each have desperately painful secrets in their pasts – and when the truth comes out, there’s no way Petula is ready for it.
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Review: The coldest girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

the_coldest_girl_in_coldtown_coverTITLE:  The coldest girl in Coldtown
WRITTEN BY: Holly Black
PUBLISHED BY: Indigo
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 419

star2

(PLOT BY GR) Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. It’s an eternal party, shown on TV 24 hours a day – gorgeous, glamorous, deadly! Because, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave…A wholly original story of rage and revenge, love and loathing from bestselling author, Holly Black. Continue reading “Review: The coldest girl in Coldtown by Holly Black”

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Arc Review: Things I should have known by Claire LaZebnik

30971706TITLE:  Things I should have known
WRITTEN BY: Claire LaZebnik
PUBLISHED BY: HMH Books for Young Readers
VERSION I READ: e-arc from Netgalley
PAGES: 320
WARNING: realistic fiction about autism and family.

star4

(PLOT BY GR) From the author of Epic Fail comes the story of Chloe Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl on a quest to find love for her autistic sister, Ivy. Ethan, from Ivy’s class, seems like the perfect match. It’s unfortunate that his older brother, David, is one of Chloe’s least favorite people, but Chloe can deal, especially when she realizes that David is just as devoted to Ethan as she is to Ivy. Uncommonly honest and refreshingly funny, this is a story about sisterhood, autism, and first love. Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan, who form a quirky and lovable circle, will steal readers’ hearts and remind us all that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.
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Review: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

e29c8700-2a5e-0134-0657-062f3a35be5fTITLE:  Goodbye Days
WRITTEN BY: Jeff Zentner
PUBLISHED BY: Andersen Digital
VERSION I READ: e-arc from Netgalley
PAGES: 416
WARNING: HEARTBREAKING and SOBBING.

star4.5

(PLOT BY GR) Can a text message destroy your life?
Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, there could be a criminal investigation into the deaths. Then Blake’s grandmother asks Carver to remember her grandson with a ‘goodbye day’ together. Carver has his misgivings, but he starts to help the families of his lost friends grieve with their own memorial days, along with Eli’s bereaved girlfriend Jesmyn. But not everyone is willing to forgive. Carver’s own despair and guilt threatens to pull him under into panic and anxiety as he faces punishment for his terrible mistake. Can the goodbye days really help?

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