Posts Tagged: Bullying

Jul 21
Review: Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

Review: Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

I don’t usually pay much attention to titles, but “Delicate Monsters” intrigued me.  What exactly is a “delicate monster?”  After reading Stephanie Kuehn’s latest novel, I did some Googling and expected to find that the phrase is from a song or a poem or another book, and I wanted to see how it was originally used to get some additional insight into Kuehn’s ideas about her story.  But it looks like it’s an original phrase that she created, so I will… Read more »


Apr 01
Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Confess!  For those of you who have read this book, did you skip ahead to learn the identity of Blue?  I was SO tempted to do this, but I refrained, and I’m glad.  If you have not yet read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, (Come on!  Read it!), Blue is the pseudonym of the mystery boy our MC, Simon, has been emailing.  All Simon knows is that Blue is his high school classmate, and he has good grammar.  (As… Read more »


Jan 08

The Stacey Jay Kickstarter, Bullying, and Hypocrisy

I’m not usually one to wade into blogger drama, and I have TRIED to stay quiet on Stacey Jay’s Kickstarter campaign, but I feel like I need to write this post.  First, I’ll mention that I tried to read Jay’s book, Princess of Thorns, a couple of weeks ago, but I DNF’d after around 50 pages.  Not bad, but just not for me.  So when I heard that she set up a Kickstarter to fund the sequel, my response was a shrug.  But… Read more »


Sep 20
Review: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Review: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Leonard Peacock is a high school student on a mission: He brings a gun to his school with the intention to kill a guy named Asher and then himself.  Throughout most of the book, Leonard doesn’t express much emotion.  He approaches his intended date with murder and suicide very methodically.  But before he can complete his final mission, he has a few tasks he must complete.  Leonard seeks out four people to give each a gift to symbolize what that… Read more »


Aug 15
Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Elise was an uncool outcast in her school by the fourth grade.  And she knew it.  As time went by, she feels more and more isolated.  After her freshman year, she decides to make a change.  She wasn’t going to strive to be the most popular girl in school, but she “just needed to not be me anymore.”  How was she going to accomplish this?  By spending the summer studying pop culture and buying clothes deemed fashionable.  Yeah, probably not… Read more »


Jun 12
There once was a book I just couldn’t finish…The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

There once was a book I just couldn’t finish…The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

When I started my blog four months ago, I went a little nuts on NetGalley and Edelweiss.  I’ve now hit the point where I have more than a handful of unread and/or un-reviewed books that are past their publication dates.  I’m working my way through them, but I’ve come across a couple that I just couldn’t finish, or that I finished, but can’t form enough coherent thoughts to write a proper review.  So, I’ve done the most logical thing possible,… Read more »


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 »


Apr 05
Review : Dare Me by Meagan Abbott

Review : Dare Me by Meagan Abbott

In “Dare Me,” a group of high school cheerleaders finds their “Queen Bee” status challenged with the arrival of Colette French, their new coach.  The girls had no use and no respect for their previous coach; they “owned” her.  When Coach French enters the girls’ world, she commands their respect.  She breaks them down and whips them into shape.  But cracks soon begin to show in Coach’s professional facade as she crosses boundaries with these girls, inviting them into her… Read more »