Tag: Real Issues


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: The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Review: The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Natalie Cleary is months away from starting college and leaving her town behind to start a new adventure. All is seemly going well until the friendly apparition who visited her at night throughout her youth, pops in for a visit the night before her final day of high school. “Grandmother,” as Nat affectionately calls her, has a message: you have three months to save him. Naturally, the cryptic yet frightening message leaves Natalie alarmed. Who is the “he” Grandmother is referring to? Her Dad? Brother? Then, the next night,...


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Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen year old, high school junior Simon, is gay but he’s not officially out yet. Though the moment might come sooner than expected after his personal emails fall into the wrong hands. If Simon doesn’t help Martin win over his friend Abby, then his sexual orientation will become common knowledge. Worse yet the privacy of Blue, the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised. High school is complicated enough without the added stresses of blackmail. On top of everything, Simon’s once tight knit group of friends has seemingly hit...


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Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

It’s WWII and the Soviets are quickly advancing through Germany, forcing thousands of weary refugees to flee to the coast in hopes of gaining passage on the Wilhelm Gustlofff. Inspired by the true events of the little known, yet largest tragedy in maritime history, Salt to the Sea tells the tale of four teenagers whose paths intertwine as they make their way to supposed safety. Different homelands, different stories, yet they have one thing in common: all are haunted by the realities of war. The ship may be their...


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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: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Review: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

After TifAni FaNelli is forced to endure a terrible, humiliating event in high school, she is desperate to revamp her image. Now, Ani has it all: the covetable job, rich handsome fiancé, and an enviable area code. Although she lives a near perfect life, things aren’t always as they seem. Ani has a secret. One that is so dark and painful it threatens to destroy the fragile, protective façade she has worked so hard to build around herself. After all of these years Ani is given the chance to...


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Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

Kacey Cleary was the only survivor when a drunk driver hit her car, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. In the four years since, she has spent her time trying to cope, but no matter how hard she tries, memories of the crash still haunt her day and night. In a lot of ways Kacey died that day. Wanting to put the past behind her, the now twenty year old Kacey, along with her fifteen year old sister, Livie, head to Miami for a fresh start. Although money...


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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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Review: Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes

Review: Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes

Barbara the Slut is a collection of ten short stories that explore sex, emotions, relationships, and many points in between. In “Pearl and the Swiss Guy Fall in Love” a woman comes to the realization that she would rather spend time alone with her dog than with the fling whose charm has quickly worn off. In “Barbara the Slut” an ambitious, Princeton bound, young woman is forced to deal with the inequities of slut shaming, all because she likes sex. In “Desert Hearts” a law grad moves to San...


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