Tag: Coming of Age


Review: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Review: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

For most teenagers, the end of high school is an exciting time that marks the chance at a fresh start. Not for Dill. He can’t help but to feel like it’s the beginning of the end of everything good. His whole life he has lived in the shadow of his father who is known as a snake wielding, Pentecostal minister, with a reputation that is far from noble. The kids at school use this as fuel to bully Dill and at home he’s left to face the consequences of...


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Review: Learning to Swim by Annie Cosby

Review: Learning to Swim by Annie Cosby

High school graduate Cora, like most teenagers, is trying to figure out what she wants from life. When her mother decides her family needs to spend the Summer at their newly purchased beach house, Cora resigns herself to months in the “pink palace,” away from her best friend. Amongst the fellow privileged kids, who also summer on the beach, Cora finds little comfort. Seeking an escape from the looming decisions and shallow peers, Cora befriends an elderly local named Mrs. O’Leary who fills her days with Celtic folklore. She...


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Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Madeline Whittier is allergic to the world. Suffering from SCID, or “bubble baby disease,” means that just about anything can make her sick. For seventeen years she has been confined to her house, never stepping foot outside, only ever having contact with her mother and nurse. Although most could never imagine living such a life, Madeline is happy filling her days with learning, books, and inventive games with her Mom. Then one day, Madeline hears a moving truck and everything changes. Olly is dark and handsome and just moved...


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Review: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Review: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Ezra Faulkner had it all. He was a popular high school tennis star with a beautiful and equally popular girlfriend. Everything in his life made sense. But he was waiting. You see, Ezra believes that everyone has a tragedy waiting for them and after that tragedy is when everything that truly matters will happen. But he didn’t have to wait long. Ezra’s tragedy came in the form of a reckless driver, leaving his knee shattered and his life turned upside down. Unable to play sports and no longer Eastwood...


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