Turtles All the Way Down – John Green

35504431Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: October 10th, 2017
Publisher: Dutton BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mental Illness, Contemporary, Romance


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In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship. Continue reading

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Quiet Girl in a Noisy World – Debbie Tung

34536956Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: November 30th, 2017
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Life, Nonfiction, Social Anxiety


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This illustrated gift book of short comics illuminates author Debbie Tung’s experience as an introvert in an extrovert’s world. Presented in a loose narrative style that can be read front to back or dipped into at one’s leisure, the book spans three years of Debbie’s life, from the end of college to the present day. In these early years of adulthood, Debbie slowly but finally discovers there is a name for her lifelong need to be alone: she’s an introvert. Continue reading

Soppy – Philippa Rice

21535713Soppy by Philippa Rice

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: December 2nd, 2014
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Quick and Short
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Slice of Life, Romance, Realistic, Relationships, Non fiction


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SOPPY is Philippa Rice’s collection of comics and illustrations based on real-life moments with her boyfriend. From grocery shopping to silly arguments and snuggling in front of the television, SOPPY captures the universal experience of sharing a life together, and celebrates the beauty of finding romance all around us. Continue reading

Echo After Echo – Amy Rose Capetta

27258116Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: October 10th, 2017
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary, Plays, Mystery


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Zara Evans has come to the Aurelia Theater, home to the visionary director Leopold Henneman, to play her dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love. When the director asks Zara to promise that she will have no outside commitments, no distractions, it’s easy to say yes. But it’s hard not to be distracted when there’s a death at the theater—and then another—especially when Zara doesn’t know if they’re accidents, or murder, or a curse that always comes in threes. It’s hard not to be distracted when assistant lighting director Eli Vasquez, a girl made of tattoos and abrupt laughs and every form of light, looks at Zara. It’s hard not to fall in love. In heart-achingly beautiful prose, Amy Rose Capetta has spun a mystery and a love story into an impossible, inevitable whole—and cast lantern light on two girls, finding each other on a stage set for tragedy. Continue reading

Nunavik – Michel Hellman

nunavik_couvNunavik by Michel Hellman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: February 15th, 2017
Publisher: Pow Pow Press
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Non- Fiction, Travel, Canada, Northern Quebec


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Author Michel Hellman meets with his editor Luc Bosse and casually promises to write a sequel to his best-selling book Mile End. But the Montreal neighborhood, with its trendy cafes and gluten-free bakeries, doesn’t seem half as inspiring as it used to be. Part memoir and part documentary, Nunavik follows Hellman on a trek through Northern Quebec as he travels to Kuujjuaq, Puvirnituk, Kangiqsujuaq and Kangirsurk, meeting members of the First Nations, activists, hunters and drug dealers along the way. An honest and often funny account of this trip, Nunavik truly feels personal, with the author acknowledging (and challenging) his own prejudices. While the North has had a profound influence on our collective identity as Canadians, it remains an idea – myth rather than reality. Empirical rather than theoretical, Nunavik reflects on the way our relationship to the North has shaped our own cultural landscape. Continue reading

For as Long as It Rains – Zviane

cover_for_as_long_as_it_rainsFor as Long as It Rains by Zviane

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: June 1st, 2015
Publisher: Pow Pow Press
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Adult, Graphic Novel, Erotica, Relationships, Music, Carpe diem


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Two lovers elope to an isolated cabin for a romantic weekend together, knowing they’ll soon have to go back to their respective lives away from each other. An atmospheric, introspective look at modern relationships, For As Long As It Rains was awarded a Joe Shuster Award and a Bedeis Causa. Continue reading

Escape from Syria – Samya Kullab

34774341Escape from Syria by Samya Kullab

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: October 1st, 2017
Publisher: Firefly Books
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, War


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Kullab’s narrative masterfully maps both the collapse and destruction of Syria, and the real-life tragedies faced by its citizens still today. The family’s escape from their homeland makes for a harrowing tale, but with their safe arrival in the West it serves as a hopeful endnote to this ongoing worldwide crisis. Continue reading