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When My Sister Started Kissing

When My Sister Started Kissing
Helen Frost
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2017
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Claire and Abi have always loved their summers at the lake house, but this year, everything's different. Dad and Pam, their stepmom, are expecting a new baby, and they've cleared out all of Mom's belongings to make room. And last summer, Abi was looking at boys, but this summer, boys are looking back at her. While Abi sneaks around, Claire is left behind to make excuses and cover up for her. Claire doesn't want her family to change, but there doesn't seem to be a way of stopping it. By the end of their time at the house, the two sisters have learned that growing up doesn't have to mean their family growing apart.

I’ve been reading a lot of books in verse lately, and they haven’t been letting me down. I’ll admit - my attention span is that of a toddler these days, so full-length novels are a bit much for me. When My Sister S…

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
Sherman Alexie
Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
When his mother passed away at the age of 78, Sherman Alexie responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. The result is this stunning memoir. Featuring 78 poems, 78 essays and intimate family photographs, Alexie shares raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine--growing up dirt-poor on an Indian reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents. Throughout, a portrait emerges of his mother as a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated woman. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me is a powerful account of a complicated relationship, an unflinching and unforgettable remembrance.

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me was devastating and addictive. I couldn’t put it down. I kept thinking, “Oh, just one more chapter. One more page.” It was so beautifully constructed and I learned so muc…

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas
Blazer + Bray/HarperTeen, 2017
Audience: Older Teens, Adults
Source: Library, E-Galley

From Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


What an important and timely novel. I can’t imagine anyone else having w…

It Started With Goodbye

It Started With Goodbye
Christina June
Blink/HarperCollins, 2017
Audience: All Teens
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

So apparently, this was a Cinderella retelling? Totally did NOT get that from the book. Once it was explained in the back, I saw it, but I never would have expected it or seen it …

Lumberjanes, Vol. 6: Sink or Swim

Lumberjanes, Vol. 6: Sink or Swim
Shannon Watters
BOOM! Box, 2017
Source: Library
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
A crazy storm is coming and the Lumberjanes have to help their counselor Seafarin’ Karen get her boat back from some renegade selkies. 

Knot On Your Life!

Camp is about more than just crafts and acquiring badges when you’re a Lumberjane. When April, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley all decide to learn more about the mysterious Seafarin’ Karen, things take a turn for the strange. Shapeshifters, strange portals, and friendship to the max make for one summer camp that never gets boring!


Ok, when did Noelle Stevenson stop writing the Lumberjanes books? I still loved Sink or Swim, but WHERE IS NOELLE STEVENSON AND WHAT IS SHE DOING??? Seriously, I’m concerned. Anyway, I enjoyed the nautical theme, the supernatural elements, the romance and the solution to the problem. It was so much fun and hilarious as well. Lumberjanes never lets me down for an adventure!