On the Timeliness of The Nowhere Girls

It's not often that I can't decide on a rating for a book, but Amy Reed's The Nowhere Girls is proving to be a challenge. There is a whole lot to appreciate about this book, that's for sure. I know I would have loved this book when I was in high school, and I'm excited for teen… Continue reading On the Timeliness of The Nowhere Girls

Review: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Warning: spoilers ahead. On to my second trans* book of the year: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children.  The Book Our MC is Gabe, a high school senior and total music nerd who has just landed his first radio show (at midnight, on local radio). He's very close to his neighbor, John, an older man with an… Continue reading Review: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Review: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

So I haven't blogged in an eternity a while thanks to grad school, but I've been all in a stew over this book, so here we are. Warning: spoilers ahead. The Book I read this 335-page novel in one day. In fact, I stayed up late to finish it, and I never do that because… Continue reading Review: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Review: Queer Virtue by Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman

Elizabeth M. Edman is an Episcopal priest and a lesbian. These two aspects of her identity are stitched into her very soul; they are vitally important, essential aspects of who she is as a person and how she moves about in the world. In Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and… Continue reading Review: Queer Virtue by Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman

Review: The First Bad Man by Miranda July

There are very few books that I would classify as "weird," but Miranda July's The First Bad Man is definitely one of them. My partner, to whom I read this book aloud, was over it by the time we were halfway through; it was too strange for her. I, on the other hand, found it… Continue reading Review: The First Bad Man by Miranda July

Review: My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel

Scott Stossel is an anxious human. He is quite possibly the most anxious human I've ever had the good fortune of "meeting," if you can call it that. Scott has multiple, extreme phobias: in particular, vomiting, flying, and public speaking. He suffers terrible anxiety-induced digestive problems. He has had too many panic attacks to count.… Continue reading Review: My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel

Review: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

With All American Boys, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely have written a moving, timely story about police brutality toward young Black men in America. I listened to this book as an audiobook, and it was outstanding. This story is really two stories: the interconnected experiences of Rashad Butler, a sixteen-year-old Black boy who is beaten at a convenience… Continue reading Review: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

Review: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy, a gripping account of his experiences working with wrongfully convicted death row prisoners, was chosen as the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Go Big Read book in 2015. I had the privilege of facilitating several discussions, both in public libraries and online, about this book. The book had a very strong impact on its readers,… Continue reading Review: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming is an autobiographical YA book in verse about her experience growing up first in North Carolina, and then New York City, in the 1960s. Brown Girl Dreaming is a Newbery Honor book, a Loretta Scott King Award winner, and a National Book Award winner. Jacqueline begins by painting a picture of her extended… Continue reading Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Review: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys's Between Shades of Gray is a beautiful, emotionally draining book about the genocide of the Baltic people by the Soviet Union during World War II. I had never before read any books addressing this horrific aspect of the war; in fact, I'm not sure I even knew that this genocide had taken place. After being… Continue reading Review: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys