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    Shatter Me

    Mafi, Tahereh

    Reviewed: May 22, 2024

    Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is an action-packed young adult dystopian novel that immerses the reader in a world of superhuman abilities, drama, political intrigue, incredibly complex characters, and wondrous romance. The story introduces the reader to a future world where society is in environmental decay and intense political unrest. The main character, Juliette Ferrars, has been cursed with a dangerous ability: a fatal touch. After an event where she accidentally used this ability, she has been isolated and imprisoned in an asylum for almost a year. Unexpectedly, she is given a... Read Full Review

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    10 Hours to Go

    Parrack, Keely

    Reviewed: May 1, 2024

    In 10 Hours to Go f, Keely Parrack tells a compelling story of a horrific vehicle ride. Lily, a young woman in Oregon during a wildfire warning, really wants to go home. After discovering that Natasha's passenger is Elke Azizi, the girl she was expelled from school years ago, Lily's travel back to California becomes a terrifying ordeal. Old wounds reappear, and grudges simmer, creating tension. Every choice is life-or-death, with wildfires coming. After detouring from the main road, the group is lost in the harsh countryside.

    10 Hours to Go masterfully balances... Read Full Review

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    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Kamkwamba, William

    Reviewed: April 24, 2024

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a memoir about William Kamkwamba and his life growing up in Malawi, Africa. The town in which he is from was greatly impoverished, and famine and severe drought took over his country, killing many people and having a detrimental effect on the lifestyle of others. Due to the lack of access to education and resources, William set out by himself to learn about finding a way to help his community by looking for informational books and seeking old scraps from the junkyard. Through perseverance and determination, William Kamkwamba was able to make a... Read Full Review

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    The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

    Collins, Suzanne

    Reviewed: April 17, 2024

    Suzanne Collins’s The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes follows the story of one of the most infamous literary antagonists, Coriolanus Snow. Set 64 years before the events of the original Hunger Games trilogy, the Capitol is gearing up for its 10th annual games. They decide to throw in a twist this time, nominating twenty-four Capitol Academy students to mentor the tributes and make the overall experience more thrilling and appealing to the people of Panem. Snow, having been plagued by poverty and hunger, sees this as his ticket out for the mentor with the winning tribute... Read Full Review

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    In the Heights

    Reviewed: April 10, 2024

    In the Heights is a musical/romance movie that was released in 2021, directed by Jon M. Chu, and features Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Leslie Grace, Olga Merediz, Corey Hawkins, and more. The story is set in Washington Heights, New York, a small neighborhood united by love, community, and success; the film shows the realities of a struggling working-class life in the barrio. Every main character spotlighted in the film has their own little "sueñito," which means "little dream." The audience is taken to a beautiful whirlwind of emotional connections with every character’s... Read Full Review

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    Better Than the Movies

    Painter, Lynn

    Reviewed: April 3, 2024

    Better than the Movies by Lynn Painter is a light rom-com novel that follows protagonist Liz Bauxbaum, an aspiring filmmaker who dreams of a love story like the ones on the silver screen. Her own life starts resembling the very movies she adores after agreeing to participate in a "fake-dating" relationship with her childhood friend and sworn enemy, Wes Bennett. Liz ultimately finds herself entangled in a love triangle and finds herself questioning what she truly wants in a relationship. As she navigates the highs and lows of her senior year, she begins to realize that her life... Read Full Review

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    Six of Crows

    Bardugo, Leigh

    Reviewed: March 27, 2024

    Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo introduces readers to the gritty, bustling city of Ketterdam. The story follows a diverse and skilled group of characters led by Kaz Brekker, each filled with hidden agendas and dark pasts, as they embark on an impossible heist to rescue a valuable hostage from captivity. At the beginning of this book, the introductions may seem a bit slow-paced, but as the story progresses and the heist begins, the pace picks up, and the narrative becomes more thrilling. Every chapter kept me pretty engaged due to their intriguing plot twists and turns. The author’s... Read Full Review

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    The Best Lies

    Lyu, Sarah

    Reviewed: March 20, 2024

    The Best Lies is a book that follows the story of Remy Tsai, a high school student who seems to regard life as bearable because she is with her two favorite people, her boyfriend Jack and her best friend, Elise. Suddenly, Jack was murdered by no one other than Elise, upending Remy’s life. As Remy recounts her story of finding and befriending Elise and how their once lighthearted friendship turned into a heavy, codependent relationship. We see how Elise and Remy not only bond over their shared trauma from their families but how that trauma affects people, especially Elise, to... Read Full Review

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    Where He Can't Find You

    Coates, Darcy

    Reviewed: March 13, 2024

    Darcy Caotes' Where He Can't Find You began with a bang and did not stop for a single second! The author's narrative and speech created incredible suspense and tension. I held my breath throughout the most intense portions, my heart racing, unsure what would happen next —realizing I wasn't prepared for whatever horror might soon leap off the pages. The novel reads like a ghost story that would haunt your dreams forever. It was tough to put it down, even for a few minutes. Without life's interruptions, I would have finished the novel in one sitting. I adored our protagonists'... Read Full Review

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    The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth

    Hudson, Wade

    Reviewed: March 6, 2024

    Conversations are not always amusing or light-hearted. Some are serious. Some are informative. Some open one’s eyes to the realities of the world.

    The Talk is a compilation of several authors providing their own “talk” regarding personal experiences and the cruel truths in our society, focusing on segregation, racism, and prejudice. As beautiful as life can be, it’s not always peachy or perfect, and The Talk addresses these issues by exposing the harsh realities of life. As mentioned in the introduction, providing a vision of how mankind could solve these... Read Full Review

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    Gorgeous Gruesome Faces

    Cheng, Linda

    Reviewed: February 28, 2024

    Linda Cheng's modern, queer take on gothic horror shows how hard it is to be feminine and meet unrealistic beauty standards in the K-pop world. It also has a gothic feel and is scary. I don't really like the title of Gorgeous Gruesome Faces; I think it's a bit too obvious. The book is about Sunny, who used to be in a reality TV music group. In the past, she's been happy and eager to show Candie, who is already beautiful and famous, how good she is. They broke up the group because of the sad and upsetting death of their third bandmate, Mina, and a PR problem in the present. Sunny... Read Full Review

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    Artifacts of an Ex

    Chen, Jennifer

    Reviewed: February 21, 2024

    Jennifer Chen's Artifacts of an Ex is an endearing and sentimental work of contemporary romance that adeptly integrates the profound influences of art, healing, and love. This novel presents a "novel" insight into the timeless tale of love and self-discovery through its compelling characters and original premise. The protagonist, Chloe Chang, is an endearing and relatable individual who directly confronts the difficulties of grief and reinvention. She begins an unanticipated voyage of healing after receiving her breakup box via USPS; she then begins constructing an art exhibit... Read Full Review