BOOK REVIEW: On the Fence by Kasie West

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AUTHOR: Kasie West
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Charlie is a tomboy who is forced to get a job to pay her speeding tickets
GENRE: Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance
RATING: 1/5
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MINI REVIEWS: Honor Girl & Lumberjanes Vol. 1

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AUTHOR: Maggie Thrash
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: When 15 year old Maggie goes to an all girls camp like she does every year she didn’t expect to get a crush on a camp counselor, especially on a girl.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | LGBTQ+ | Memoir
RATING: 4/5

This is a graphic memoir about a girl coming out and realizing she has a crush on a camp counselor older than her. Yes, realizing she’s gay is a major part of the book, but it’s also about the excitement, disappointments, nerves, and in this case the confusion that comes with first crushes. . My favorites moments  were the times she wasn’t sure of herself or what she should do, but only because it’s something I think everyone has gone through. I also like that she takes time to think about the repercussions of liking a girl, like the backlash they might get from it because that’s still a very present problem for people who are not ready to come out. Nowadays, there’s a lot of representation and stories about good coming out stories, but that hasn’t always been the case. However, it’s also nice that she doesn’t truly try to hide her feelings from herself and just accepts her attraction to Erin.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, but I did not love the art style. I don’t know if it was done on purpose, or if Thrash wanted to do it all on her own and didn’t want to have anyone, but the art style is simplistic. It’s kinda messy and not in a funny ironic way like in Hyperbole and Half by Allie Brosh.

 

TITLE: Lumberjanes Image result for lumberjanes vol 1
AUTHOR: Noelle Stevenson
ILLUSTRATORS: Grace Ellis, Faith Hicks, Brooke A. Allen, Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Carolyn Nowak
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A group of girls in summer camp encounter strange events.
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GENRE: Graphic Novel |
RATING: 3/5

The first volume in this comic series gave me Paper Girls and Gravity Falls vibes, but unlike the comic and show it doesn’t seem to have much plot development. Right now as it stands, I don’t see how all these strange events are related to each other. I imagine that the next couple of volumes will continue to explore these strange events, but if I can’t see the thread that brings it all together, I will lose interest very soon.

The main characters all seem to have their unique personalities, but none of which I was a fan of. In fact, the only character I actually liked was the camp counselor. Maybe it’s because I’m growing older but I have a deep appreciation for adult figures who are trying their best to do the right thing. Too bad she doesn’t form part of the core group.

As for the art, I thought it was good solid work. I like that some scenes don’t require any text to figure out what is happening in the pages.

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BOOK REVIEW: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

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AUTHOR: Jenny Han
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky are getting ready for college in the fall but with so many changes coming their way, is it possible to stay together through it all?
GENRE: Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance
RATING: 4/5
NOTE: This is the third book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by the same author.
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BOOK REVIEW: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

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AUTHOR: Jenny Han
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky get back together but their relationship is troubled by their past.
GENRE: Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance
RATING: 4/5
NOTE: This is the second book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by the same author.
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BOOK REVIEW: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

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AUTHOR: Stephanie Perkins
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Makani Young is exiled to live with her grandmother in a small rural Nebraskan town when suddenly people from school are being killed one by one by a mysterious killer on the loose.
GENRE: Young Adult | Contemporary | Horror |
RATING: 3/5
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BOOK REVIEW: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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AUTHORS: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Asha and Rhys are exes who find each other on opposite sides of a war, meanwhile Kady and company are on their way to help Kerenza against Bei-Tech.
GENRE: Young Adult | Science Fiction
RATING: 4/5
NOTE: This is the third and final book of the Illuminae Files series.
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BOOK REVIEW: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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AUTHOR: Nicola Yoon
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Madeline F. Whittier is confined to her home because of an illness she’s had her whole life, but that doesn’t stop her from falling for the boy next door, Olly.
GENRE: Contemporary | Young Adult | Romance |
RATING: 4.5 / 5
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Lately, I feel like I start my reviews by saying “Finally I read it” or something along those lines, but it’s also true, and this review is no exception. I’ve finally read Everything Everything and considering how much I liked it, I cannot believe it took me this long to read it. Continue reading