Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin ★★★☆☆ #BookReview

yjySynopsis from Goodreads
Aviva Grossman is a bright, ambitious congressional intern with a promising political future ahead of her until she makes the mistake of having an affair with her very married boss … and writing what she thinks is an anonymous blog about it. When the affair dramatically comes to light, it’s not the popular congressman who takes the fall, it’s Aviva–and her life suddenly seems over before it’s hardly begun. Slut-shamed and hounded by the media, she becomes a late-night talk show punchline. Determined to rebuild her life on her own terms, Aviva changes her name, moves from Florida to a small town in Maine, starts her own wedding planning business … and decides to continue a surprise pregnancy.

But when “Jane” decides to run for public office, that long-ago mistake–an inescapable scarlet A–trails her via the Internet, threatening to derail her life yet again. It’s only a matter of time until her daughter finds out who her mother once was–and is forced to reconcile that person with the one she thinks she knows …

My Thoughts
This book has been on my To Be Read list for over a year and I was finally able to squeeze it in between some ARCs I’ve been reading. I really enjoyed The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by the same author, so I was keen to read one of her other books. However, Young Jane Young didn’t have the same impact on me as Fikry did. Continue reading “Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin ★★★☆☆ #BookReview”

Versatile Blogger Award

IMG_7559 (1)Thank you so much to Live The Frugal Life for the nomination for the Versatile Blogger award! I encourage everyone reading this to go subscribe to that blog immediately!  🙂

I started blogging back in late November 2018 so I could share my love of books. I never dreamed I’d have so much support from so many people!!  I already have over 350 followers which blows my mind and I am super thankful for each and every one of you. It feels really good to know there are people out there just as interested in reading as I am and are interested in what I might have to say about the books I read!  Thank you VERY much to all my current and future followers!  YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!!  And I have to give a shout out to the blogging community on Twitter… I’ve found so many awesome bloggers there! I wouldn’t have the followers I have today without the awesome people I’ve met via Twitter. Continue reading “Versatile Blogger Award”

The Truth About Leaving by Natalie Blitt ★★★★★ #BookReview

truth about leavingSynopsis from Goodreads
Lucy Green thought she had her senior year in the bag. Cute boyfriend? Check. College plan? Check. But when her boyfriend dumps her the week before school starts and she literally stumbles into Dov, the new Israeli transfer student, on her first day of school, Lucy’s carefully mapped-out future crumbles.

Determined to have a good senior year, and too busy trying to hold her family together while her mom is across the country working, Lucy ignores the attraction she feels to Dov. But soon, Lucy and Dov’s connection is undeniable. Lucy begins to realize that sometimes, you have to open yourself up to chance. Even if the wrong person at the wrong time is a boy whose bravery you admire and who helps you find your way back to yourself.

My Thoughts
This is a character-driven coming of age story that touches on the topics of grief, duty, responsibility, education, family, and love. But at its heart, this is a story about growing up. Continue reading “The Truth About Leaving by Natalie Blitt ★★★★★ #BookReview”

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy ★★★☆☆ #bookreview

dumplinSynopsis from Goodreads
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

My Thoughts
I should have known right off the bat that this book was going to irritate me because of the use of the word “twiggy” in the synopsis. Continue reading “Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy ★★★☆☆ #bookreview”

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage ★★☆☆☆ #bookreview

babyteethSynopsis from Goodreads
Meet Hanna. She’s the sweet-but-silent angel in the adoring eyes of her Daddy. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But Mommy stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.

Meet Suzette. She loves her daughter, really, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. As Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated, and Suzette’s husband remains blind to the failing family dynamics, Suzette starts to fear that there’s something seriously wrong, and that maybe home isn’t the best place for their baby girl after all.

My Thoughts
I had a wonderful compliment from a reader indicating they enjoyed the Pros and Cons book review format I have used in the past so I will start using it more often. That format obviously works best when I actually have pros and cons to report and that is definitely the case for this book. Since there were things I liked about this book and things I did not like at all, here are my Pros and Cons: Continue reading “Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage ★★☆☆☆ #bookreview”

After She’s Gone by Camilla Grebe ★★★☆☆ #bookreview

aftershesgoneSynopsis from Goodreads
In a small backwater town in Sweden, a young boy with a dark secret comes across a diary. As a cold case investigation suddenly becomes eerily current, a police investigator mysteriously disappears. What links these seemingly random events? As atrocious acts from the past haunt the present and lives are changed forever, some will struggle to remember – while others struggle to forget.

My Thoughts
There were things I liked about this book and things I did not like at all – here are my Pros and Cons: Continue reading “After She’s Gone by Camilla Grebe ★★★☆☆ #bookreview”

The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross ★★★☆☆ #bookreview

batbSynopsis from Goodreads
I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both. I am the Beast.

He is a broken, wild thing, his heart’s nature exposed by his beastly form. Long ago cursed with a wretched existence, the Beast prowls the dusty hallways of his ruined château with only magical, unseen servants to keep him company—until a weary traveler disturbs his isolation.

Bewitched by the man’s dreams of his beautiful daughter, the Beast devises a plan to lure her to the château. There, Isabeau courageously exchanges her father’s life for her own and agrees to remain with the Beast for a year. But even as their time together weaves its own spell, the Beast finds winning Isabeau’s love is only the first impossible step in breaking free from the curse . . .

My Thoughts
There were things I liked about this book and things I did not like at all. I’m going to break my review down into a pros and cons list. Continue reading “The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross ★★★☆☆ #bookreview”