Tag: social issues

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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Mar 12
{Review+Giveaway} Never Trust a Happy Song by Natalie Bina #TakeControlTBR

{Review+Giveaway} Never Trust a Happy Song by Natalie Bina #TakeControlTBR

Never Trust a Happy Song is a standalone young adult contemporary/realistic fiction novel that deals with the surface and below the surface two very different teenage girls face. Though one or two aspects of this story didn’t 100% agree with me, I liked the overall story progression and theme. And I thought the story ended in a nice place. (although where was Cassidy’s mother. She was coming up to visit with her and then poof nothing. The story ended and there was no mention of her.) This is not necessarily a happy book, but it is the journey of two 15 year old girls. When you look at Grace and Cassidy, you couldn’t find two girls that seemed further apart. Cassidy is ALL about school and studying and basically entering the rat race as a tween. It is all she has known. Which wouldn’t bug me at all, if that had been her choice. But she didn’t even seem to have a helping hand in picking the direction of her… Read more »

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Oct 13
{Review+Giveaway} Promise Me This by @Christina_Lee04  @BerkleyRomance

{Review+Giveaway} Promise Me This by @Christina_Lee04 @BerkleyRomance

Promise me This is the fourth book in the Between Breaths series. Each book can be read as a standalone, and I have found with this series that this is really the case. Sometimes you get a mention or a cameo of a character from another one of the books but not very much. They basically all just live in the same city/world, but other than that each book is completely focused on the main characters. Which works out great for people that want to pick and choose which books they want to read or to read them out of order. You won’t be lost at all. Promise Me This is the story of Nate and Jessie. They both work at the tattoo shop, but on the surface they seem like complete opposites. There were so many things I enjoyed of their dynamic. I liked that at first glance they each didn’t appear to be the kind of person the other would go for. Jessie likes her guys rough around… Read more »

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