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Review: In the Desert by Elliot Joyce

Rating: 4.25 stars Buy Link: Amazon | iBooks | Amazon UK Length: Novel Coming out can be tough—coming out as trans can be even tougher. For Wren, it meant switching schools for his senior year of high school. While it didn’t come close to solving his problems, it was at least a new start with […]

Review: The Weekend Bucket List by Mia Kerrick

Rating: 5 stars Buy Link: Amazon | iBooks | Amazon UK Length: Novel A bucket list, as Mia Kerrick allows her characters to remind us, is something one makes before they die. Often we hear about terminally ill patients creating a bucket list of things they want to achieve before they pass. So why would […]

Review: Watch Me Fall by Riley Parks

Rating: 4 stars Buy Link: Amazon | iBooks | Amazon UK Length: Novel Elijah Tucker made it out of the South Side of Chicago and has money and a career as a realtor. The South Side stills calls him home as his sister lives there and he helps her out as much as he can. […]

Movie Review: Love, Simon (2018)

Rating: 4.75 stars Buy Links:  Amazon | iBooks | Amazon UK Length: 110 minutes This weekend I had the chance to see Love, Simon, a new feature film based on the much loved book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I say much loved because everyone I know who has read this book has adored […]

Review: Not Today by M.C. Lee

Rating: 3.75 stars Buy Link: Amazon | iBooks | Amazon UK Length: Novel Every town has a “right side” and a “wrong side” of the tracks, but in Whitmore, the tracks aren’t proverbial—they’re literal, and Emmett Callaghan knows exactly which side he lives on. He grew up poor and when the army sends his older […]

Review: When Everything is Blue by Laura Lascarso

Rating: 4.25 stars Buy Link: Amazon | iBooks | Amazon UK Length: Novel Ever since Chris rescued Theo from the school bullies in the sixth grade, they have been the best of friends. Now in high school, their bond remains close. Even though they come from different backgrounds, with Theo having a single mother and […]

Review: Conjoined at the Soul by Huston Piner

Rating: 4 stars Buy Link: Amazon | iBooks | Amazon UK Length: Novel Once again, author Huston Piner takes us back to Chadham High School, the setting of his novel, My Life As A Myth. In this second novel, Conjoined at the Soul, we are once again stepping back in time to 1980—a time before being […]

Review: A Tangle of Secrets by R.G. Thomas

Rating: 4.5 stars Buy Link: Amazon | iBooks | Amazon UK Length: Novel A Tangle of Secrets is the fourth book, and perhaps the final one, of R.G. Thomas’ Town of Superstition series. I think it’s best enjoyed when read in order, but there is enough early catch-up to bring new readers along. This review may contain […]