Today’s book review will be for The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen. This review can also be found on Goodreads.
This is the first Sarah Dessen book I’ve ever read and I absolutely loved it. It’s the perfect book for summer. I loved the story, and I especially love how Emma Saylor wanted to learn more about her mother. I also really loved how this book was family-centered, and I loved all the relationships. Another thing that I loved about this book is how Emma grew as a person. This was a book that I really enjoyed reading.
Today’s review is for Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. This review can also be found on Goodreads.
CW: Death, sexual assault, stalking
I absolutely loved this book and how it was written in verse, I also loved the diversity. This book was heartbreaking but hopeful. There are some powerful quotes in Clap When You Land, one of my favorite quotes is “…a queen is both: deadly & graceful. Poised & ruthless. Quiet & cunning.” Another one of my favorites is “A queen offers her hand to be kissed, & can form it into a fish while smiling the whole damn time.” This book is a book that needs to be read, it’s emotional, important, and while I am not represented in this book I felt the authenticity.
Today’s review is for The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry. This review can also be found on Goodreads.
This book was confusing as all hell, but I loved it. I loved how Natalie wanted to know where she was from and how she wanted to learn more about her culture. There were some very relatable things in this book, like feeling you don’t fit in and don’t belong. I also loved Natalie and Beau’s relationship and thought it was well developed. What was confusing was the time travel aspect of the book, it was definitely unique but could have been developed in a way that wasn’t so confusing. Overall, I did enjoy this book.
Today’s review is going to be for Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. With the Disney+ adaptation coming out soon, I wanted to read the book. I never read it when I was younger or even in school.
Here is my review which can also be found on Goodreads:
This book was at times sad but very relatable. I think there were many things in this book that at one point or another in our lives we’ve experienced things that Stargirl did in school. Feeling like we don’t belong, being questioned for being who we are and just wanting to be accepted by our peers. This is such a great story and I think it needs to be read. I will definitely be reading the sequel.
Today’s review is for Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco.
Oh boy, I did not see the twist or the ending coming. What I loved is how much Audrey and Thomas have grown as characters and how much their relationship has grown. I also loved how there were so many possibilities for suspects. And dare I say it, I even enjoyed the little love triangle, which love triangles can be hit or miss for me but the love triangle in this book was definitely a hit. The setting of this book was on a ship, which I really enjoyed reading as it was such a different setting than the previous two books. I’m really excited and curious to see how this tetralogy ends.
Today’s review is for Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini.
While this book is short, the story is extremely impactful, and not only the story but the dedication. The dedication reads:
“This book is dedicated
to the thousands of refugees
who have perished at sea
fleeing war and persecution.”
The story is a heartbreaking letter from a father to his son about the long journey that they are about to take. It’s also a father’s recollection of land that he used to know. This is one that will stay with you long after you’ve read it because of the impact that it has.
Today’s review is for Hope Nation by Rose Brock.
Some of the stories in this book are heartbreaking, but they are all filled with some sort of hope. The stories are also filled with excellent advice. Reading these stories, I felt like I was getting to know the authors featured in this book more. The stories in this book definitely need to be read.
Today’s review is for Library on Wheels: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America’s First Bookmobile by Sharlee Glenn
This is such an important book. Library on Wheels: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America’s First Bookmobile is about a woman, Mary Lemist Titcomb who wanted to further her education. when she was growing up, there weren’t too many opportunities for women career or educational wise. What Mary Lemist Titcomb did was not only important in library history but Amerian history as well. She figured out how to bring books to so many people who otherwise wouldn’t have had access had it not been for her bookmobile. I also loved the old photos and how they supplemented the text. This book is a must read if you want to learn more about library history.