Genre: Social Issues

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Nov 23
{Review} The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras @ekatwrites @GriffinTeen @StMartinsPress

{Review} The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras @ekatwrites @GriffinTeen @StMartinsPress

The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras is a young adult standalone contemporary. I think a lot of high school students will be able to relate to some aspect of the story and of Viviana‘s character. I really enjoyed this story. There were some things I absolutely loved, and there were a few things I thought detracted from the flow of the story. Overall, it was a very good book, and I think a lot of people will really enjoy the story and be able to relate to it. Let’s start with the things I liked. I was able to put myself in Viviana‘s shoes pretty easily. (for the most part.) I was an overachiever in high school too and I was very concerned with grades and doing everything perfect. Everything seems like such a big deal back then. One bad test score could ruin my GPA and ruin my chances at college or at scholarships, etc. I got what she was going through. And with the pressure of… Read more »

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May 19
{Exclusive Guest Post} Highly Illogical Behavior by John @Corey_Whaley

{Exclusive Guest Post} Highly Illogical Behavior by John @Corey_Whaley

Today I have John Corey Whaley, the author of Highly Illogical Behavior  at Book Briefs to share 25 facts about him that you didn’t know. Welcome Corey! 25 Random Things About John Corey Whaley: I’m a professional-grade whistler. I’m not kidding. I can whistle most anything you name and I can usually do it from hearing a song just once. I hate lettuce. Hate it.  It tastes like poison to me.  And this is very funny and confusing to most people. Adults in costumes (a la Halloween or at theme parks, etc.) really bother me. I don’t trust them.  What are they hiding? I have a love/hate relationship with politics, but still may go into them someday if the mood strikes. I minored in French in college, and I used to be partially fluent, but now I can barely understand a word unless it’s written down for me. I’m allergic to Penicillin. The miracle drug.  Of course. (Turns out, antibiotics are most likely not that great for us, so joke’s… Read more »

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May 06
{Review+Giveaway} The Society by Jodie Andrefski @2000_words @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} The Society by Jodie Andrefski @2000_words @EntangledTeen

The Society is a young adult standalone suspense by Jodie Andrefski. It deals with one of my favorite young adult subjects- a secret society in a boarding school setting. The Society took a bit of a different twist on the secret society thing. Instead of secrets to uncover from the school, this was a revenge plot. Secrets of a different kind. It was an interesting take on a secret society and it certainly was new and different. The whole thing felt very Scream Queens to me…minus the guy in the mask. Sam and Jessica are the two main characters of The Society and their relationship and dynamic was actually the most interesting aspect of the entire novel to me. Jessica is the quintessential mean girl to Sam. They used to be best friends but because of some legal issues involving their dads, they had a major falling out. Sam’s dad landed in jail, but Jessica’s family certainly did not come out of the situation unscathed. What I found to be… Read more »

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Mar 23
{YA Review} Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston @ek_johnston

{YA Review} Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston @ek_johnston

Exit, Pursued by a Bear is a young adult contemporary standalone by E.K. Johnston. This is a book impressed me. It takes some hard to handle subject matter, and does a really good job with it. As you can see from the summary, Exit, Pursued by a Bear deals with rape and a resulting pregnancy. This is a topic that is so hit or miss for me. I think it is an important topic, and one that should be talked about but so many times I feel that the book becomes the rape, and the rape is all that anyone can see. It overshadows everything else in favor of the author’s message. And regardless of whether it is well done or not, and regardless of whether I agree with the author’s message or not, it just doesn’t resonate with me. That’s not how I connect with books. But something about Exit, Pursued by a Bear told me that I should read it. And I am so freakin’ glad that I… Read more »

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Aug 09
{Review+Giveaway} How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo @KACozzo @SwoonReads

{Review+Giveaway} How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo @KACozzo @SwoonReads

How to Say I love You out Loud is one of those books that somehow manages to be a really cute romance and read, a tearjerker, as well as something really important and special. I just have so much love for this book. I think everyone needs to read it. It is about Jordyn and her brother Phillip. Phillip is autistic and for unforseen circumstances, he has to start going to Jordyn’s school. Make no mistake, this book is aout Jordyn and her personal journey but Phillip defines Jordyn. (at least she feels that way.) How to Say I love you Out Loud at first glance is a book about Jordyn and her crush Alex, but once you start reading, you realize it is so, so much more than that. It is a really beautiful story. Just recently, I have come to have a special relationship and better understanding of families with special needs kids. (my firm does a lot of special need trusts, and planning, so I have learned… Read more »

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Jun 15
{ARC Review} After Hours by Claire Kennedy @simonteen #pulseit

{ARC Review} After Hours by Claire Kennedy @simonteen #pulseit

After Hours is a salacious book that is as fun as it is crazy. And trust me, it is very crazy. It kind of reminded me of Gossip Girl mixed with The Bling Ring- that movie based on a true story of the teenage girls that broke into celebrity houses in California. And I don’t mean in the sense that After Hours was about rich kids on the upper east side or that they broke into celebrity houses, I just mean that the teens had the same totally insane jaded, I am going to do things that normal teenagers wouldn’t even dream of at my age. Or maybe more kids do these things than I thought. What do I know? (I just know, that I didn’t know anyone doing some of this stuff when I was Isa, Xavi, Peter, and Finn’s age.) After Hours takes place at a nice restuarant during summer. But afterhours in the restaurant is when things really heat up. The waiters, and boss, play this game called… Read more »

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May 27
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Nowhere but Here by @katiemcgarry @HarlequinTeen @InkSlingerPR

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Nowhere but Here by @katiemcgarry @HarlequinTeen @InkSlingerPR

Nowhere But Here is the first book in a new young adult contemporary series by Katie McGarry, called Thunder Road. 2015 is the year where I finally start to read some new- but-insanely-popular-YA-authors. Because guess what? I haven’t read a Katie McGarry book yet. Craziness! I know. But when I saw that she had a new series coming out, I thought this was the perfect time for me to jump on the bandwagon and experience what all the ya romance hype is about. And I get it, people. I really do. I have never been one for motorcycle books. I know it is a huge trope out there, but I could never really get into it. Until now. I absolutely loved the family and brother ship that Katie McGarry painted with the Reign of Terror. Trust me, their name is way meaner than they actually are. Nowhere But Here is told in dual narrative between Emily and Oz. Oz is the son of one of the big ups in the… Read more »

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May 04
{Review+Giveaway} Finding Paris by @JoyPreble @BalzerandBray

{Review+Giveaway} Finding Paris by @JoyPreble @BalzerandBray

Finding Paris is a young adult contemporary/mystery. The set up is instantly intriguing. It is a story about two sisters in Las Vegas. Paris, the older sister demands a post break-up pie trip in the middle of the night and ends of disappearing in the middle of it. She leaves her sister a clue and tells her to come find her and that she needs help. What starts out as a kind of unconventional scavenger hunt, becomes more and more mysterious as the book progresses. I really liked Finding Paris. It is part scavenger hunt, part mystery, part romance, and more secrets than you can count. Hold on to your seat and get ready to go on a twisty, turn-y adventure with this one. I don’t know whether to be impressed with Paris or disturbed. Maybe a little bit of both, but I will say one thing for her. No matter what it seems like at any given time, she really loves her sister Leo. And the sibling relationship aspect… Read more »

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Apr 30
{ARC Review}  The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

{ARC Review} The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski is a young adult contemporary romance about a seaside town on the jersey shore. I really liked that the story takes place after the vicious hurricane Sandy because I thought it added a lot of depth to the story. There were some parts of The Summer After You and Me that I really liked, but overall this book was not a hit for me. And those of you that are familiar with my reading preferences will know what a bummer that was for me because I love contemporary romances so much. First, I am going to talk about the things that I did like about The Summer After You and Me and then I will talk about what didn’t work for me. I loved that Lucy wants to be a marine biologist and how much time she spends studying and helping the marine life at her beaches. I thought that aspect of the book was beautifully done. And I love… Read more »

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Apr 07
{Review+Giveaway} Push by Claire Wallis @clairewallisNA @MIRAEditors

{Review+Giveaway} Push by Claire Wallis @clairewallisNA @MIRAEditors

Whoa! That is honestly the thought that keeps running through my head. I just finished Push by Claire Wallis and my head is still spinning. This book is so totally messed up and crazy. And I don’t care if it makes me messed up and crazy too, but I liked every send of this dysfunctional and dark thriller romance. The book is told in Emma and Davids point of view, and it alternates back and forth between the past and the present. But each chapter is clearly labeled, so I had no problem following the flow of the story. The book starts out with a chapter from each Emma and David’s point of view describing the same event, and you are like “HOLY COW! Is what I think’s about to happen, really about to happen??” And that sentence right there, should set the tone of the book. There will be a lot of Holy cow moments while reading Push. You need to know right off the bat that Emma and… Read more »

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