Matilda Reviews: The Giver by Lois Lowry

Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Dystopia Published: 1993 When I was in 5th grade, it seemed like all of a sudden everyone was checking out The Giver from our school library. I remember it distinctly because of the cover: that grayscale photograph of the old man with the beard, floating next to the shiny gold Newbery Medal. Who wants to read a book about… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Giver by Lois Lowry

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Matilda Reviews: By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

Genre: Young Adult Published: 2010 This book deals with some very heavy subjects---bullying, sexual assault, teen suicide---and it doesn't do it lightly, so be warned. The story is about Daelyn, a seriously troubled young girl who has attempted suicide in the past and who plans to do it again. This time, she's using through-the-light.com, an… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

Matilda Reviews: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Genre: Children's Published: 1997 Summary At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the "gift" of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: "Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Matilda Reviews: The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi

Summary Lexi has a secret. She never meant for her mom to find out. And now she's afraid that what's left of her family is going to fall apart for good. Lexi knows she can fix everything. She can change. She can learn to like boys. New Horizons summer camp has promised to transform her… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi

Matilda Reviews: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Published: 2009 Summary: Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Matilda Reviews: Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters

Summary: Nick has a three-legged dog named Lucky, some pet fish, and two moms who think he's the greatest kid ever. And he happens to think he has the greatest moms ever, but everything changes when his birth mom and her wife, Jo, start to have marital problems. Suddenly, Nick is in the middle, and… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters

Matilda Reviews: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Summary: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. Why I Read It: Because… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Matilda Reviews: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Unpopular Opinion: I didn't really like this book. But hear me out. Most of the people I know who have read Divergent loved it, and I think that's great! I love when people love books, and I even appreciate it when people love books that I don't particularly like, because it makes me think more about what… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Review: grl2grl by Julie Anne Peters

Julie Anne Peters's books hold a very special place in my heart. When I was a young teenager, I read them over and over again, hungry for a book about girls who liked other girls, like me. Every time I was in a bookstore, I checked the Young Adult section to see if she had… Continue reading Review: grl2grl by Julie Anne Peters

Review: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

My girlfriend and I read Howl's Moving Castle out loud to each other, which I believe made it a lot more enjoyable than it would've been if I'd read it in my head. It was a fun, young adult fantasy story about a young girl, Sophie, who gets turned into an old woman. She makes her… Continue reading Review: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones