The DUFF

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger (2010)

the duff

YA Fiction | Contemporary
2.5 StarsBlurb:

“Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. Continue reading

Her & Him

Her by Pierre Alex Jeanty (2017)
Him by Pierre Alex Jeanty (2018)

herhim

Poetry | Contemporary
4.5 starsBlurb:

HER.
“Her” is a collection of poetry and prose about women, their strengths and beauty. Every woman should know the feelings of being loved and radiating those feelings back to her mate. This is a beautiful expression of heartfelt emotion using short, gratifying sentiments. If there is a lover in you, you will not get enough of “Her.” Continue reading

The Exact Opposite of Okay

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven (2018)

the exact opposite of okay

YA Fiction | Contemporary
3.5 StarsBlurb:

“Eighteen-year-old Izzy O’Neill knows exactly who she is—a loyal friend, an aspiring comedian, and a person who believes that milk shakes and Reese’s peanut butter cups are major food groups. But after she’s caught in a compromising position with the son of a politician, it seems like everyone around her is eager to give her a new label: slut. Continue reading

Undead Girl Gang

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson (2018)

undead girl gang

Teen Fiction | Paranormal Mystery
3.5 StarsBlurb:

Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.

So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life. Continue reading

The Impossibility of US

The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman (2018)

the impossibility of us

YA Fiction | Contemporary | Romance
4.5 starsBlurb:

“The last thing Elise wants is to start her senior year in a new town. But after her brother’s death in Afghanistan, she and her mother move from San Francisco to a sleepy coastal village.

When Elise meets Mati, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Mati is new to town too, visiting the U.S. with his family. Continue reading

The Gringo Champion

The Gringo Champion (Campeón gabacho) by Aura Xilonen (2017)
Translated by Andrea Rosenberg

the gringo champion

Fiction | Contemporary | Sports
2.5 StarsBlurb:

“WINNER OF THE MAURICIO ACHAR PRIZE FOR FICTION

Liborio has to leave Mexico, a land that has taught him little more than a keen instinct for survival. He crosses the Rio Bravo, like so many others, to reach “the promised land.” And in a barrio like any other, in some gringo city, this illegal immigrant tells his story. Continue reading

People Like Us

People Like Us by Dana Mele (2018)

people like us

YA Fiction | Contemporary | Mystery
3.5 StarsBlurb:

“Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple. Continue reading