Posts Categorized: Contemporary

Jan 21
Review: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

Review: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

One of the most important aspects of a dual narrative novel should be creating and maintaining unique voices for the narrators.  Being Sloane Jacobs failed by this count, and it made it even harder to enjoy this lightweight story. It may as well have been written as a parallel lives story since there is no discernible difference in the characters, and it was easy to forget that they were supposed to be two people. I’ll recap the whole story in a… Read more »


Dec 29
Review: Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Review: Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

The summer before my freshman year in college, my roommate-to-be called me out of the blue.  I was surprised by the call, and perhaps I wasn’t feeling particularly sociable, so I kept the conversation short and business-like, primarily discussing who was going to bring what.  I didn’t give the conversation another thought, and we did not speak again until we met in our dorm room.  We became friends quickly, and she eventually told me that that initial conversation had worried… Read more »


Nov 06
Review: Fault Line by Christa Desir

Review: Fault Line by Christa Desir

Fault Line is a little book (240 pages) about a big, awful subject: rape.  It unflinchingly shows the devastating effects of rape, both on the victim and the victim’s loved ones.  In this case, the story is complicated by the fact that Ani, the victim, was intoxicated at a party and loudly announced that she was going to have sex with several guys.  After heading upstairs with them, Ani wakes up the next morning with no memory of what happened…. Read more »


Nov 01
Review: Reality Boy by A.S. King

Review: Reality Boy by A.S. King

Reality TV makes a business out of exploiting people.  Sometimes, the people on these shows seem perfectly fine with it.  They’ll happily reveal their messed-up lives for the world to see in their desperate bid for fame.  For the most part, I feel no sympathy for these people.  I have very different feelings, however, for the children on these shows.  They can’t consent to the exploitation, but there are unfortunately parents out there who can and will.  The late Anna… Read more »


Sep 28
Review: Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

Review: Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

When we are introduced to Anne Dowling in Prep School Confidential, she kind-of, sort-of accidentally sets her Manhattan school on fire.  He parents decide to ship her off to a boarding school outside Boston, and Anne immediately decides she wants nothing to do with these “Mass-holes.”  But even as she rebuffs her classmates, she is quickly absorbed into the cool clique. Anne’s roommate, Isabella, is definitely not one of the cool kids.  Isabella brings out Anne’s protective side, and the… Read more »


Sep 19
Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Where the Stars Still Shine is set in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and after reading this book, I had to do a bit of research, because I wanted to visit this Gulf Coast town NOW.  Throughout the story, Doller made me feel like I was right there with Callie, viewing this town through her eyes. Callie had a childhood that was unconventional, at best.  Her mother kidnapped her at a young age from her father, and the two spent Callie’s childhood… Read more »


Sep 06
Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

You don’t have to have a twin sister to feel Cath’s pain when, during their freshman year at the same college, her twin, Wren, makes it clear she wants a separate identity from Cath.  Wren wants a college experience of new friends, guys, parties, and maybe a little bit of school.  Parties and meeting new people make Cath anxious, so the sisters quickly go their separate ways.  Cath is hurt, but she accepts Wren’s decision.  Wren settles easily into college… Read more »


Aug 26
Review: Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

Review: Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

Pivot Point, by Kasie West, is one of my top reads in 2013 and is a stand-out among books with a parallel lives focus.  (You can see my review of Pivot Point here.)  Just Like Fate is just like Pivot Point’s wanna-be little sister. Caroline’s story heads down two paths when her beloved grandmother is near death.  Caroline’s family is visiting her grandmother in the hospital to say their goodbyes.  Caroline’s best friend, Simone, encourages Caroline to get out for… Read more »