New Inspirational Book For Teen Girls: Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly deVos

I’m sorry. You are too fat to fly today. You need to purchase an extra seat, and unfortunately, there are no other seats available. Granted, you could not purchase this seat in advance and are at the mercy of the gate counter gods. Public humiliation times a million, anyone?! Plus, if you don’t get on, you have to explain to your job why you missed the most talked about fashion show this year. Then imagine getting on the plane, after begging your best friend for cash to buy a suddenly open seat, and having to hold a reserved sign next to you. People stop and ask for your second seat. To make matters worse, the flight oversells. Now one of your skinny, beautiful, and viciously mean classmates wants the seat you paid for.   The flight attendants decide you aren’t that fat, as onlookers sneer in disgust. What do you do?…

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Book Review: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

It is OK for two boys to kiss. As Levithan narrates, it does not matter who you kiss or who you screw. Most importantly, we are all human beings and deserve equality. Two Boys Kissing, written and read by David Levithan, is a popular LGBT+ young adult novel based on a true story of two boys attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest kiss.  This review is based on the audiobook version of Two Boys Kissing. Given fictional names, Craig and Harry are the center of this story.  Surrounded by a myriad of struggling gay boys, both alive and dead, Craig and Harry must navigate everyday life. Hauntingly, ghosts of previous boys who have died from AIDS share the story of the Craig’s and Harry’s journey. The narrative is esoteric, mature, emotional, and intellectual.  The intense subject matter, including suicide, is paired with the humorous act of a…

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Review: Girls Like Us By Gail Giles

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles is a young adult read that takes risks at portraying ‘street’ youth with emotional and physical disabilities.  This title is especially relevant for its multicultural and realistic fiction elements. Upon high school graduation and spending years as “Speddies” in the special education program, Biddy and Quincy enter the ‘real’ world. Placed in a safe home environment with an older woman and given jobs, both girls learn to work together.  Ultimately, the girls form a family with the people around them, and over time, Biddy and Quincy discover how to overcome abuse and rape. At the book’s heart, Giles examines Biddy and Quincy to their core; as Biddy sheds her protective, giant coat filled with candy bars, we know that these characters have grown. Chapters alternate with each girl’s distinct voice.  The different perspectives help to show the unique ways in which we see and interpret the world.…

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If I Stay Sequel Book: Where She Went

If I Stay Sequel Book: Where She Went by Gayle Forman Did you love If I Stay by Gayle Forman?  Did you watch the movie, too?  Of course, I read and watched them both.  Who couldn’t get on board with all of the teen hype and excitement?  Love me some contemporary teen romance and angst.  Most importantly, did you know that the If I Stay sequel book is Where She Went? Book Review Of Where She Went By Gayle Foreman  Where She Went by Gayle Forman is a sequel to the bestseller and heart-stopping, If I Stay. Throughout the story, Mia and Adam explore the three years after their breakup following Mia’s tragic accident. Told from Adam’s perspective, we learn more of his life’s struggles with substance abuse as well as both of their successes in the music industry.  Moving forward versus moving on is a topic Forman is not afraid to embrace. Library confession: Originally I…

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Teen Supernatural Books: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Are you looking for new teen supernatural books?  The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw incorporates witches, soul possession, mystery, and romance that leaves readers spooked late into the night. A Book Review of The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw Powerful Women Are Always A Threat For centuries the three Swan sisters have haunted the town of Sparrow in feminist yet sadistic revenge for their unlawful drownings as allegedly seductive witches. Each year as summer washes in, the vengeful sisters return.  What havoc do they cause: Creepily, the possession of teenage girls’ bodies and luring unsuspecting boys out to sea—permanently. Partly viewed as a coincidental myth, Swan Season has malformed into a spectator sport for both locals and tourists alike.  Don’t ask.  That seems just CRAZY to me.  I love visiting Salem during Halloween and all, but no one is drowning EVERY YEAR. Commence Death This summer is no different, and power and…

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Review: Every Shiny Thing by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison

Sierra’s mom is once again struggling with her addiction to drugs, alcohol, and poorly chosen men while her father is serving jail time for similar vices. Placed in the foster care system, Sierra moves in with a kind, mysteriously heartbroken interracial couple next door to Lauren, a tween fraught with compassion and her rapidly changing family dynamics. Lauren’s autistic brother has just moved to NC in hopes that a specialized school will better meet his needs. No longer a shadow or crutch, Lauren must determine who she is as well as how to function in an unfair world full of homelessness and privilege. As these two characters navigate their friendship through typical school drama, Lauren begins to lose control and fall into emotional instability, seeking solace in shoplifting and stealing her wealthier friends’ and families’ extravagances. Even with somewhat innately good intentions—hoping to sell these items to donate money for…

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