Best Friends (Real Friends, #2)

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Best Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: August 2019
Publisher: First Second
Recommended Age: 8+
Genres & Themes: Graphic Memoir, Middle Grade, Friendship, Boys, Anxiety


REVIEW:

It was lovely to keep reading about Shannon Hale’s childhood, even if she didn’t always have a good time being surrounded by people she thought were her real friends. I liked her honesty—how she honestly admitted she wanted to be popular and fit in and lied about things to please others. Continue reading

Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier

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Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: February 4th, 2020
Publisher: First Second
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Nonfiction, History, Science, Feminism, Space


REVIEW:

I am… not even a little bit impressed.

After finishing a really amazing non-fiction graphic novel that focused on a specific topic (basketball) in a documentary style with interviews from different characters and a story that unfolded through the character focuses, I felt a little let down by this book. Continue reading

Dragon Hoops – Gene Luen Yang

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Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: March 17th, 2020
Publisher: First Second
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Basketball, High School, Social Issues, Family, Coming of Age


REVIEW:

Gene Luen Yang does something so different with this graphic novel… and it works. It absolutely, amazingly works.

At first I thought this would be a memoir, but it’s not quite that. Then I thought it would shift its focus on one particular person (not the author) and follow them until the end, but it’s not that either. Continue reading