Puddin’ by Julie Murphy

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“For the longest time, I thought the power of positive thinking would get me by. And it helps, that’s for dang sure. But it takes more than thinking and hoping and wishing and praying. You need a whole lot of doing.”

After being completely charmed by the movie version of Dumplin‘ I couldn’t help but pick up Puddin‘, the companion novel that follows two supporting characters from the first novel. In Puddin‘ we follow Millie Michalchuk and Callie Reyes. Mille has decided that this is the year she pursues her secret dream and what she wants to do rather than following her mom’s expectations. Also, to kiss her crush. Callie is a popular girl in school, and is aiming for the dance team captain spot next year. While the two girls live separate lives at school, an incident brings them together, and over time they find common ground and an unexpected friendship develops. Continue reading “Puddin’ by Julie Murphy”

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Book/Movie Adaptation)

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“Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That’s the part of the risk. I don’t want to be scared anymore.”

When sixteen-year-old Lara Jean has a crush so in intense and consuming, she writes a letter to let out her emotions and put it to rest. In her life she has loved five boys and written five letters that she keeps in a hatbox given to her by her late mother. Her letters are her most prized possessions. They are personal and honest and not meant to be seen by anyone, least of all her former crushes. But one day the letters get out and Lara Jean’s love life is no longer just imaginary.  Continue reading “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Book/Movie Adaptation)”

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

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“Sometimes I think people take reality for granted.”

Alex is trying to get through her last year of high school and move on to college. Her senior year also means a new school, which brings along many challenges. However the biggest challenge for Alex is her battle with schizophrenia, and the daily struggle of figuring out what is real and what is a delusion. This includes Miles, a boy at school she may have met years earlier but over time began to believe that he was imagined. As Alex tackles the school year and everything that comes along with it, she can’t help but question what is real and what isn’t. Continue reading “Made You Up by Francesca Zappia”

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

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“We are the books we read and the things we love.”

Rachel and Henry were best friends, however everything changed when Rachel moved away to a new home by the sea. Three years later she is back and working at Henry’s family’s bookstore, Howling Books, a comforting place filled with secondhand books where visitors leave notes and letters to strangers and loved ones. Rachel is grieving a terrible loss and Henry is struggling with his plans and desires for the future. It is against the backdrop of Howling Books that they embark on figuring out themselves and what they mean to each other. Continue reading “Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley”

Author Interview: Leslie Hauser

BLOGI recently had the pleasure of reading and reviewing, Chasing Eveline, a sweet and touching new YA novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. Author Leslie Hauser was kind enough to answer some questions regarding the novel and her work. Enjoy the interview, and check out the original review here!

1. Congratulations on your debut novel, Chasing Eveline. Can you give us a quick overview of the story?

Thank you! Chasing Eveline is about 16-year- old Ivy Higgins and her quest to
reunite 80s Irish rock group Chasing Eveline. Ivy’s mom left two years ago, and while Ivy wavers between sadness and anger, she knows she’s not ready to lose her mom forever. So she gets it in her head that if she can reunite her mom’s favorite band, not only will she keep her mom alive in her life but she may even be able to find her.

2. Where did your inspiration for the story come from?

Music was my inspiration for this novel. I love music. I can’t tell you how many iPod mixes, mixed tapes, burned CDs I’ve made for every kind of occasion in my life. So many important moments in my life have been colored by music. So Chasing Eveline is a big love letter to music. Continue reading “Author Interview: Leslie Hauser”