Longer reviews don’t always happen, and to be honest they aren’t worth the tiny number of readers they get. Instead, you’ll see more posts like this one, sharing books I love and more Flash Booktalks.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
The highest compliment I can give a book is that I know the more times I read it the more I’ll love it and I’ll Give You the Sun is that kind of book. I had both a very emotional reaction to this book, where I didn’t start another book for a day or two because I was so full of this one and could also completely understand why it won the Printz. If you’ve been putting this one off it’s time to dig in.
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
The Boy in the Black Suit handles the tough subjects of grief and loss with style. Matt’s character and the authentic urban setting are bound to resonate with teen readers who don’t see themselves in enough books. Reynolds superpower as an author just might be knowing exactly how to talk to his readers and make them think without talking down to them. If you’re looking for an author to give fans of Walter Dean Myers this is it.
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
I always find myself questioning what I love more about Nova Ren Suma’s books: the beautiful sentence level writing and use of language, or that there is just nothing else like them. The Walls Around Us is her strongest work yet and I’ll be recommending it widely.
All of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
It’s a great gift to find a fiction book that manages to educate without the reader feeling lectured to, and None of the Above is as entertaining as it is important. The author does a great job of letting the reader learn about AIS and intersex as a condition along with Kristin, so we are able to understand both the physical and mental effect Kristin’s diagnoses has both on her and the people closest to her. The characters and their reactions were realistic and the story never seemed to drag. I’m looking forward to booktalking this one and I believe that teens are going to respond enthusiastically.
Now, for adult readers who enjoy m/m romances I have three titles to recommend. Since I hardly ever recommend grown-up books I feel the need to warn you there is sex in these books, so if that’s not your thing as a reader just grab one of the above titles instead.
Forever Man by A.J. DeWall
The Bones of You by Laura Stone
Chef’s Table by Lynn Charles