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Runaways: Find Your Way Home

Runaways: Find Your Way Home
Rainbow Rowell
Marvel, 2018
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
The "IT" book of the early 2000s with the original cast is back--Nico! Karolina! Molly! Chase! Old Lace! And, could it be...GERT?! 

The heart of the Runaways died years ago, but you won't believe how she returns! Superstar author Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park, Carry On) makes her Marvel debut with fan-favorite artist Kris Anka (ALL-NEW X-MEN, CAPTAIN MARVEL) in the series that will shock you and break your heart! Did Chase and Gert's love survive their time apart? Have Karolina and Nico's feelings made their friendship impossible? What emotional landmines lie in wait to DESTROY the Runaways?!


Many years ago, I read the first book or two in the Runaways series. It was well-done and enjoyable, but I never finished the series. In spite of that, I still enjoyed Rowell’s installment. She did a good job of letting the reader know what occurred befor…
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As the Crow Flies

As the Crow Flies
Melanie Gillman
Iron Circus Comics, 2017
Source: Library
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Melanie Gillman's webcomic about a queer, black teenager who finds herself stranded in a dangerous and unfamiliar place: an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp.

I didn’t realize that this was a webcomic until I looked at Goodreads to see when it was published. Perhaps that explains the cliffhanger ending?

I was frustrated with that cliffhanger ending because I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. Perhaps Gillman is still working on it, and a sequel will come out? I’ll have to look up the webcomic and investigate further! I’m not a fan of camping myself, so I appreciated the main character’s frustration with that aspect and I learned a lot from her other experiences there. It was very well done. BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY GET TO THEIR DESTINATION?!

All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places Jennifer Niven Knopf, 2015 Source: E-Galley, Library Audience: Older Teens
From Goodreads: Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

I enjoyed All the Bright Places in spite of the sadness…

Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato
Jenna Evans Welch
Simon Pulse, 2016
Source: E-Galley, My Own Bookshelf
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.


This is the perfect summer read. Love & Gela…

Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects
Gillian Flynn
2006, Broadway Paperbacks
Source: Library
Audience: Adults

From Goodreads:
Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

Once I saw in the acknowledgements that this was Flynn’s first book, my reading experience made so much more sense!

The mystery was ok. There was a twist, like in Gone Girl, it just wasn’t a surprising one. I felt like the whole entire book set up…

Rebound

Rebound
Kwame Alexander
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2018
Source: Galley, Library
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshipping, basketball star his sons look up to.   

This is the perfect book for reluctant readers - especially those that enjoy sports. It’s quick because it’s in verse, it has drama to hold interest, it has a love of basketball, and it includes graphic novel sections. I absolutely LOVED the graphic novel in verse pages. They were amazing! More writers should combine those two genres. It made for a true work of art. Even though I knew the story because I read The Crossover already, I enjoyed Rebound.

American Panda

American Panda
Gloria Chao
Simon Pulse, 2018
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents' master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can't bring herself to tell them the truth--that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?


I loved how unique American Panda was. (I just wish that I had read it when it…