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My Brigadista Year

My Brigadista Year Katherine Paterson Candlewick Press, 2017 Source: E-Galley Audience: Older Children, Younger Teens
From Goodreads: When thirteen-year-old Lora tells her parents that she wants to join Premier Castro's army of young literacy teachers, her mother screeches to high heaven, and her father roars like a lion. Lora has barely been outside of Havana -- why would she throw away her life in a remote shack with no electricity, sleeping on a hammock in somebody's kitchen? But Lora is stubborn: didn't her parents teach her to share what she has with someone in need? Surprisingly, Lora's abuela takes her side, even as she makes Lora promise to come home if things get too hard. But how will Lora know for sure when that time has come? Shining light on a little-known moment in history, Katherine Paterson traces a young teen's coming-of-age journey from a sheltered life to a singular mission: teaching fellow Cubans of all ages to read and write, while helping with…
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China Rich Girlfriend

China Rich Girlfriend
Kevin Kwan Knopf Doubleday, 2015 Source: Library Audience: Adults, Older Teens
From Goodreads: On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiance willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won't be able to walk her down the aisle. Until: a shocking revelation draws Rachel into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined. Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father. Meanwhile, Singapore's It Girl, Astrid Leong, is shocked to discover that there is a downside…

Diagnosis Murder: The Last Word

Diagnosis Murder: The Last Word
Lee Goldberg
Signet, 2007
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Adults

From Goodreads:
When a young woman falls down a flight of stairs and is left brain dead, her family agrees to donate her organs. Dr. Jesse Travis oversees the grim task, saving several other seriously ill patients. But one of the organ recipients returns to the hospital with a complication no one could have seen coming-West Nile Virus. Soon, other patients who received organs at Community General begin dying of West Nile-related illnesses, and Jesse is suspected as being at fault... 

Dr. Mark Sloan knows his friend isn't to blame-and he soon uncovers a conspiracy of greed and personal revenge that may mean the end of his career.

Ooo, Mark Sloan is in TROUBLE this time. If you haven’t read the first books in this series, definitely wait on this one, like the introduction says. If you enjoyed the show, you’ll like The Last Word. If you haven’t seen the show, WHY NOT? Get on it! If you …

My Favorite Thing is Monsters, Vol. 1

My Favorite Thing is Monsters, Vol. 1 Emil Ferris Fantagraphics, 2017 Source: Library Audience: Older Teens, Adults
From Goodreads: Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge. Full-color illustrations throughout.
It took me a while to understand what was going on in My Favorite Thing is Monsters, but I did like it. It was so creative and imaginative, and it had mystery and excellent art. Towards the end, I got a bit bored with it because it was so long, not because it was poorl…


Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer Crown Books for Young Readers, 2018 Audience: Older Teens Source: E-Galley
From Goodreads: Flynn: At first we were almost strangers. But ever since I moved to New York, Amos was the one person I could count on. And together we were there for Poppy. (I mean, what kind of parents leave their kid to be raised by a nanny?) I just didn’t expect to fall for him—and I never expected him to leave us.

Amos: I thought I was the only one who felt it. I told myself it was because we were spending so much time together—taking care of Poppy and all. But that night, I could tell she felt it, too. And I freaked out—you’re not supposed to fall for your stepsister. So I ran away to boarding school. I should have told her why I was leaving, but every time I tried, it felt like a lie.

One missed flight was about to change their lives forever….

The cover is SO pretty and perfect.
I couldn’t wait to read this. Then I changed my mind for some reason and forgot why, so I de…

Little and Lion

Little and Lion
Brandy Colbert Little, Brown, 2017 Source: Library Audience: Older Teens
From Goodreads: When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new...the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself--or worse.

Little and Lion was recommended to me by a friend. Unfortunately, I didn’t like it as much as she did. I understand why it got so much recognition for awards, but it just didn’t grab me. This is probably the world’s shortest review, but it’s honest!

From Twinkle, With Love

From Twinkle, With Love Sandhya Menon Simon Pulse, 2018 Source: E-Galley Audience: Older Teens
From Goodreads: Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to…