The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith

Please note that this book has a trigger warning for anyone sensitive to rape, incest, abuse, substance abuse, and violence. In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault. We follow Eden through 4 years […]

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I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

Two girls go away on holiday. One girl comes back. When two young girls meet two young men, fresh out of prison, on their way to London a wary mother looks on while thinking of a way to make sure the girls make it to their intended destination. When the witness, Ella, fails to take […]

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Thornhill by Pam Smy

Feels Like: Stephen King’s Carrie character was sent to boarding school and is still getting bullied. Step into the world, past and present, of Thornhill Institute. Told in letters from an orphan, Mary, living at Thornhill in the 80’s and illustrations through the point of view of a modern day next door neighbor, Ella, Thornhill […]

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A Whole New World: Graphic Novels

The Basics of Graphic Novels… I have to admit that I have always been cynical about comic books and graphic novels. I always thought it was cheating to consider something that could be read so quickly a full-length novel. However, thanks to Book Riot’s reading challenge and some encouraging librarian friends, I decided to delve […]

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Saving Ben by Ashley Farley

Feels Like: Regina George finally lost her mind completely and went total Swim Fan. Sounds Like: You Found Me – The Fray/ I’ll Be – Edwin McCain Let me begin this review by stating that I read this in a weekend and was thoroughly shocked by how the writing transitioned throughout the book. The dialogue […]

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The Ghost Notebooks by Ben Dolnick

Feels like: Gone Girl meets The Haunting meets George Saunders Sounds like: “Wait” by Wild Cub “This is a thing that I’m sure is obvious to everyone else but is never-endingly astonishing to me: that every change, every life, consists of nothing but a series of days.”  I wish I hadn’t read this book so […]

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