Posts Tagged: Contemporary

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 »


Jun 22
Review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

The Royal We might not be the Prince William/Kate Middleton fan fiction we wanted, but it’s the Prince William/Kate Middleton fan fiction we got.  Let’s be honest.  William and Kate aren’t the most exciting couple in the world.  They’re very attractive, they’re very well-mannered and composed, they’re probably wonderful parents, and while that’s great for real life, it doesn’t make for a juicy novel.  This lack of juiciness is especially surprising since this book was written by the bloggers from Go… 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 »


Jul 17
Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

I have to start off this review by discussing the main character of Open Road Summer, Reagan O’Neill.  This is what my grandmother would have to say about her: “She’s a pill.”  And I would reply, “Grandma, you’re being way too nice.”  I think Reagan was supposed to be written as the bad girl with a heart of gold; the tough chick who just needed a guy to crack her shell.  Instead, what I saw a girl who despised and… Read more »


Jul 06
Review: Adam by Ariel Schrag

Review: Adam by Ariel Schrag

Reviewing Adam is quite the conundrum for me.  After I finished this book, and while I was in the process of writing this review, I read some reviews on Goodreads.  I don’t typically do that, but there were some themes in this book that were highly…questionable.  (I’ll get into them below.)  Despite that, I liked Adam very much – the book, and not so much the character.  I know very, very little about the transgender community, and I do not… Read more »


Jun 11
Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments is my second book by Rainbow Rowell, after Fangirl.  I listened to it on audiobook, which is the perfect format for this story.  Attachments is all about…attachments – those that currently exist, those that have shattered, and those that have yet to be formed.  It’s set in 1999, so we’re able to travel back in time to when the Internet was still the somewhat new world of the World Wide Web and when access to an email account at… Read more »


Jun 08
Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

I probably would not have picked up Since You’ve Been Gone, if not for the all of the enthusiastic reviews.  The synopsis seemed a bit light – maybe silly, even.  But oh, was I WRONG! Emily and her best friend, Sloane, have polar opposite personalities.  Sloane is the shining extrovert, and Emily is her painfully shy sidekick.  They met a few years before in a “meet cute” way that is more typical of couples in romantic comedies.  As soon as Emily… Read more »


Apr 22
Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

When I read the synopsis of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I felt so much sympathy for Lara Jean, the main character.  Lara Jean has written letters to a number of her crushes over the years, never intending to actually send them.  She pours her heart out in the letters, telling each guy what she loves about him and what she hates.  She recounts events in painstaking detail.  And then, horror of horrors, those letters are somehow taken from her room… Read more »