The 57 Bus
Author: Dashka Slater
Date read: September 21, 2018.
Wow! What a book. Such an amazing true story, thoughtfully and insightfully told.
This riveting nonfiction book for teens about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California.
Before I Let you Go
Author: Kelly Rimmer
Date read: September 11, 2018.
The love of two sisters is stretched to its ultimate breaking point. I have a brother, perhaps I didn’t connect, or the author didn’t quite take me there. I liked, but didn’t love.
This Is Not A Love Letter
Author: Kim Purcell
Date read: September 5, 2018.
A long, beautiful, heart-breaking love letter… an amazing YA novel. One I book-talked with my young readers.
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
Author: Stephanie Oakes
Date read: August 29, 2018.
Amazing YA novel! Two very loud snaps! I was riveted to this story. My students also loved it. A painful and harrowing story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in yourself.
Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures
Author: Vincent Lam
Date read: August 19, 2018.
Another compelling story. Written by a physician– an interesting slant on the medical profession.
In A Dark, Dark Wood
Author: Ruth Ware
Date read: August 10, 2018.
Predictable and contrived. Meh.
Author: Tara Westover
Date read: July 24, 2018.
I was held captive by this memoir. It arrived from Amazon in the mail, I literally read it all day. Utterly fascinating. Unbelievable!
All the Ever Afters
Author: Danielle Teller
Date read: August 1, 2018.
An interesting tale retold from an alternative perspective.
Sh*t Show! Author: Charlie LeDuff
Date Read: July 18, 2018
Tough-talking, in-the-trenches reporter, Charlie LeDuff, writes an irreverent but compelling analysis of Trump’s improbable success. Great read! Thanks, Matt Savage, for the loan!
Amsterdam Author: Ian McEwan
Date Read: July 9, 2018.
One Snap. I wanted to like it. Maybe, but not really. I sort of cared about the characters, but I found them hard to relate to.