Overview Ever since their mother’s death years ago, Vianne and Isabelle have known struggle and heartbreak. Sent away to boarding school by their father, whose spirits faltered after fighting in World War I and losing his wife, the girls clung to each other until Vianne got pregnant and married her boyfriend, Antoine. Isabelle, cast out by both… Continue reading Book Review: The Nightingale
Pre-Reread Thoughts After seeing the movie The Princess Diaries when I was 15, I was so excited when I saw the books in stores that I grabbed them up. Mia was my age, awkward about the same things as me, struggled to seem attractive, and is a secret princess. AND the nerdy, nice, musician, played by the gorgeous Robert Schwartzman, had a… Continue reading Flashbook Friday: Princess in the Spotlight
Overview Why Not Me? continues in the same vein as Mindy Kaling‘s last book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). Kaling, of The Office and The Mindy Project fame, is back with another down-to-earth, hilarious collection of autobiographical essays about her personal and professional life. In her previous book, Kaling focused mostly on the awkwardness of growing up and… Continue reading Book Review: Why Not Me?
Pre-Read Thoughts Just like A Wrinkle in Time, The Giver is a book that the other “team” in my grade-level in middle school was reading, and I was always curious about it. I was never curious enough to read the book, but it was quickly becoming known as a modern classic and I knew that one day I’d… Continue reading Flashbook Friday: The Giver
Overview Although it sounds like a Buzzfeed listicle, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad follows Lizzie and her struggles with her weight and self-image from adolescence through adulthood. Each chapter shows us one snippet of Lizzie’s life at a certain time. In one chapter, we see teenage Lizzie comparing herself to her slightly slimmer… Continue reading Book Review: 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl
Pre-Reread Thoughts Another month, another edition of Goosebumps! I believe I received this book for Easter when my mom was obsessed with putting Goosebumps in my Easter basket. From what I can remember, a girl discovers her teacher (?) is a monster and no one believes her. It’s the same format as most Goosebumps books. R.L. Stine really liked to… Continue reading Flashbook Friday: The Girl Who Cried Monster
Overview Aisha Saeed‘s novel Written in the Stars tells the story of Naila, a Pakistani-American high school senior in the last few weeks before graduating. Her immigrant parents are very strict and conservative, banning Naila from spending any time with boys. Unbeknownst to them, Naila has been seeing Saif for the past year. Naila treasures every moment… Continue reading Book Review: Written in the Stars