Tell Me How You Really Feel – Aminah Mae Safi

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Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: June 11th, 2019
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBTQIA+, Romance, Filmmaking, Coming of Age, Family Dynamics, Enemies to Lovers


REVIEW:

This is a decent enemies-to-lovers story. I say ‘‘decent’’ because so many so-called love/hate relationships are so… tame. There’s no real hate, just annoyance. There’s also no real reason to hate the other person, just mild disagreements. But what I liked about this book is that it shows how two people—in this case two teen girls—can misjudge one another completely, assuming they have nothing in common and no way to connect, only to find themselves being drawn to one another almost unconsciously. Continue reading

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You Asked for Perfect – Laura Silverman

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You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: March 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health, Romance, School Pressure, Friendship, Family Dynamics


REVIEW:

I could have used this book a year before applying to college. That year, and the one before actually, I was intensely focused on my studies and cancelled many plans with friends, so many that by the end of the school year, I barely had anyone to say goodbye, good luck to. And I only realized my mistake when I did get into university, went to a few classes and realized that it’s harder to make friends when the teacher lectures and there’s little time to discuss in or between classes. Unless you go to events, socialize. Continue reading

Going Off Script – Jen Wilde

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Going Off Script by Jen Wilde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: May 2019
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Film Industry, LGBTQIA+, Coming of Age, Celebrity, Family Bonds, Romance, Fandom


REVIEW:

June is Pride Month—not that you need me to remind you—so I’m reading almost exclusively books with LGBTQIA+ characters in order to show my support, thus highlighting LGBTQIA+ themed stories. And this is a beautiful, under-the-radar gem you should definitely check out if you, too, want to join the Pride wagon but aren’t sure what would make a great summer read. Continue reading

Her Royal Highness – Rachel Hawkins

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Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: May 2019
Publisher: Putnam BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, LGBTQIA+, Boarding School, Royalty, Love/Hate Relationships


REVIEW:

Another royal romance!

This is the companion novel to Royals (or Prince Charming) but it can safely be read as a standalone. Daisy, her sister and boyfriend make only a short appearance and you will not feel lost at any point. But you can certainly get lost in the interesting and unusual romance between Peasant Millie and Princess Flora, I’ll allow it. Continue reading

Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: May 14th, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, LGBTQIA+, Politics, Royalty, Forbidden Love, Family Dynamics, Humor


REVIEW:

It feels as though the whole book world is talking about this book right now, so naturally I needed to find out what was so special about it. The idea of a first son and a prince falling in love is something new for me but a story that feels like it should have existed already, especially considering how many of us are enticed by forbidden love stories and the high amount of straight royal romances that surround us. Continue reading

The Brilliant Death – Amy Rose Capetta

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My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: 2018
Publisher: Viking
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBTQIA+, Fantasy, Magic, Family Relations


REVIEW:

Normally, when I read a book, the more I read, the more I understand. In this case, the more I read, the less I saw the point of this story. The beginning sounded exciting: a mafia daughter with hidden abilities has an important mission to accomplish and is helped by another power-wielding boy/girl who she falls for. Continue reading

The Grief Keeper – Alexandra Villasante

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The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: June 11th, 2019
Publisher: Putnam
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBTQIA+, Sisterhood, Immigration, Romance, Slow Burn, Psychology


REVIEW:

This is a beautifully-written and touching story about two sisters seeking asylum in America to escape death threats. Marisol would protect her younger sister Gabi at all costs so she agrees to become part of an experiment that has as aim to relieve someone from negative feelings by donating them to a recipient (Marisol). Continue reading