Posts Categorized: Death

May 12
Review: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Review: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

We learn in the opening pages of Reconstructing Amelia that fifteen year-old Amelia fell to her death from the roof of her Brooklyn prep school, an action ruled a suicide.  Even at this early point, the moment hits hard when Amelia’s mother shows up at school to pick her up, unaware of the tragedy that occurred.  Her mother, a single parent and partner at a prestigious law firm, is knocked back by grief and blames herself.  She drifts through her… Read more »


Mar 28
Review: In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Review: In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

1918 is a scary time in American history.  We are at war with the Germans, a people portrayed as closer to animal than human, while at home, we battle an outbreak of the deadly Spanish influenza: “Children dropped dead from the flu, boys got transported out of the country to be blown to bits, and the government arrested citizens for speaking the wrong words.”  Mary Shelley’s father is one those arrested, and she’s shipped off to live with her Aunt… Read more »


Mar 03
Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I feel for the readers who picked up “If I Stay” soon after it was released, because the ending is one of the most breathless cliffhangers I’ve ever read. I’m happy that I have the sequel, Where She Went, right here beside me. “If I Stay” is a story about the value of life. At what point is life no longer worth living? Seventeen-year-old Mia must find these answers when a devastating car crash kills Mia’s parents and leaves her… Read more »


Feb 28
Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

I’ll admit it.  I did not believe I would love The Fault In Our Stars.  Yes, I’d read all of the rave reviews.  But a book about kids dying of cancer?  And not only would I love this book, but it was going to make me laugh, too?  Well, this doubting Thomas is here to tell you that my answers are a very emphatic YES and YES. “Cancer books suck.”  So says sixteen year-old Hazel, the wise beyond her years… Read more »