Book Reviews

How to Love by Katie Cotugno

How to Love is about a girl named Reena who has always loved Sawyer. They form a complicated relationship made messier when Sawyer leaves without a word. Heartbroken and pregnant Reena adjusts to life without Sawyer, until suddenly and unexpectedly Sawyer shows up again.  

This book alternates between the present and the past. Cotugno does a great job of blending the two time periods together in a way that makes sense and complements the story.

I found the characters a tad annoying but I also couldn’t help but to care for them. I spent a good half of this book wanting to strangle Sawyer and the other half desperately wanting to like him, and little bit of it genuinely liking him (I know, my math doesn’t add up).

Overall How to Love is a pretty good story.

My Rating: 3/5

Book Reviews

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall is the story of Sam, a popular mean girl. One day after a party Sam dies, only to find herself reliving that same day seven times.

For about the first half of the book I couldn’t stand Sam. She’s selfish and mean so so mean. However, by the end of the book she’s grown so much that she’s almost an entirely new person – someone who I was rooting for. This is not a book I would describe as great – it can be frustrating at times – but it was worth reading.

Immediately after finishing this book I watched the movie version. Not a good idea. So much of the story was completely dropped in the movie. You don’t get to hear Sam’s inner monologue, you don’t get to really know her, to know her guilt. Skip the movie, read the book.

My Rating: 2.5/5

Book Reviews

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Lucy wants nothing more than to find Shadow, a mysterious graffiti artist. On the last night of her senior year she ends up on an all night adventure to find Shadow; with the help of Ed, a guy she hasn’t seen since an awkward date two years prior. 

Graffiti Moon is an incredible and artistic novel. The characters are intriguing and complex. The writing is absolutely stunning, completely lyrical. This story shocked me, made me laugh, and wish it wouldn’t end.

My Rating: 5/5

Book Reviews, Mental Health

Letting Ana Go by Anonymous

Letting Ana Go is a story about a teenage girl who develops an eating disorder. The story is told through a series of journal entries from the main character.

This book does a great job of highlighting how easy it could be to develop anorexia without even realizing it; as well as how difficult recovery can be. The story is very well done and intriguing.

I do advise caution when deciding to read Letting Ana Go or recommending it to someone else; this book could be very triggering.

My Rating: 4/5

Book Reviews

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends is follows four high school students as one of their classmates takes their school hostage in a deadly shooting. 

This is such an emotional story; following these characters as they experience something so harrowing. Nijkamp does an incredible job of bringing these characters to life. It’s a great book with diverse characters and a compelling storyline.

My Rating: 4/5

Book Reviews

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Starr is a black girl from a poor neighbourhood who attends a mostly white private school. She has different personas for her school life and her home life, the line between these personas blurs after Starr witness her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer. 

The Hate U Give is a phenomenal book. This is such an important story; and extremely well written. I have so many feeling about this book and no words for them.

This book will make you angry, and it will make you cry. I lost track of how many times I had to put this book down in order to get my crying under control.

My Rating: 5/5

Book Reviews

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is about two boys who meet at the pool and form the unlikeliest of bonds. Ari and Dante are very different, yet somehow their friendship just works, despite all of the hardships they go through.

This novel is very emotional. They story will have you crying and laughing, sometimes at the same time. I believe most people will relate to either Ari or Dante. So much about this story is relatable that there is something in it for everyone.

Personally I found a lot of myself in Ari, which is a little sad. However, it’s nice to know there is someone who could relate to me, even if they are a fictional character.

My Rating: 5/5

Book Reviews

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

Wren is the quiet good girl, one day she saves Greyson from choking. They feel an instant connection that feels like it could become something amazing. 

The Promise of Amazing is a great book. It has a lot of great humour.

Being a quiet girl myself, there were a lot of parts that I could relate to and completely agree with. Everyone’s idea of what quiet means, and it’s view of being a bad thing. That being quiet is something you need to change about yourself if you want to be successful.

My Rating: 4/5

Book Reviews

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

All the Rage is about a girl named Romy who was raped by the Sheriff’s son. Everyone in Romy’s little town decides to believe she is lying. When a girl with ties to both Romy and the boy who raped her goes missing, things get worse for Romy. 

This story wasn’t what I initially expected, however, it is a great book. Romy is an interesting and complex character. I enjoyed trying to dissect her feelings and attempting to truly understand her.

All the Rage is a tragic story that’s beautifully written.

My Rating: 3/5

Book Reviews

Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Don’t Even Think About It is about a class of 15 year olds who develop telepathy after getting the flu shot. 

I really liked the premise of this story, the idea of telepathy is fascinating. It was interesting to see the different reactions the characters had to developing the ability to hear others’ thoughts.

As much as I liked this book it could have been better. There isn’t a lot of character depth or development in this story. I think the story could have been better if it focused on a smaller group. But as it is, there’s about twenty individuals with telepathy that the book references, it got a bit confusing at times keeping track of all of the characters.

My Rating: 3/5