Here to Stay – Sara Farizan

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Here to Stay by Sara Farizan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Thomas Allen & Son
Published: September 18th, 2018
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Sports, Racism, LGBTQIA+, Romance, High School


REVIEW:

99 percent of people who read this book on Goodreads enjoyed it. Isn’t that crazy and awesome? I shouldn’t be surprised, because this was a wonderfully-written and deeply-moving story, but the only other book I’m aware of that has the same percentage of enjoyment is Michelle Obama’s memoir. Continue reading

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My Ideal Boyfriend Is a Croissant – Laura Dockrill

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My rating: 1.5 of 5 stars
Received: Random House Canada
Published: July 16th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Weight, Food, Contemporary, Humor, Family


REVIEW:

I… could not finish this book.

Bluebelle and I are just… too different. I’m overweight too, I understand what it’s like to be a ‘‘big girl,’’ although according to my BMI I’m a little bit obese and that’s despite the fact that I’ve lost close to 40 pounds in the last 7 months. Continue reading

The Beauty of the Moment – Tanaz Bhathena

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Random House Canada
Published: February 26th, 2019
Publisher: Penguin Books
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Family, Cotemporary Romance, High School, Culture


REVIEW:

This book is VERY different from the author’s debut novel which, by the way, I really enjoyed. Culture plays an important role here too, and relationships are developed, but it feels like a completely new book from a completely new author. Continue reading

This Book Is Not Yet Rated – Peter Bognanni

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This Book Is Not Yet Rated by Peter Bognanni

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Random House Canada
Published: April 9th, 2019
Publisher: Dial Books
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Family, Film, Contemporary, Friendship, Relationships


REVIEW:

Character-driven stories rock. They really do. Because if you like the characters, you most likely end up caring about them, and if you care about them, then you care about what happens TO them and AROUND them and to the people in their lives. Even if the storyline doesn’t blow you away, you’re still having a pleasant time in the company of these people you now care about and want to make your family. Continue reading

Twinchantment – Elise Allen

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Twinchantment by Elise Allen

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: April 9th, 2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Recommended Age: 8+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Siblings, Magic, Family, Adventure


REVIEW:

I don’t remember the last time I gave a book a 2.5 rating but it feels appropriate in this case because this is a story that has a decent idea but a not-so-interesting execution.

It’s about two twins – Flissa and Sara – who live in a kingdom devoid of magical beings because once upon a time magic caused great harm to the kingdom. The Fantasy genre is usually dramatic like that. Continue reading

Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos – Lucy Knisley

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Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: February 26th, 2019
Publisher: First Second Books
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Graphic Memoir, Nonfiction, Pregnancy


REVIEW:

Woah. This book feels like a GAME-CHANGER. And maybe it is, who knows, I sure don’t know many graphic novels mainly about pregnancy so this may just be one of the firsts of its kind. And maybe there will be more in the future, only time will tell. Wouldn’t that be amazing, though? Continue reading

Kiss Number 8 – Colleen A.F. Venable

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Kiss Number 8 by Colleen A.F. Venable

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: March 12th, 2019
Publisher: First Second Books
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, LGBTQIA+, Friendship, Coming of Age, Family Drama


REVIEW:

I should have known from the very beginning that this would be a VERY dramatic book, not a romantic comedy like I expected. Rom-com, really? That could not be farther from reality. After all, the cover itself is overly dramatic. Mads’s friend is whispering who-knows-what in her ear while she is blushing and holding a CROSS. Continue reading