Review: If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich

  • Title: If This Gets Out
  • Author: Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich
  • Genre: contemporary fiction
  • Intended audience: young adult (16+)
  • Format read: eARC
  • Publisher: Wednesday Books
  • Pub date: December 7, 2021
  • Content warnings: underage drinking, drug use, drug addiction, homophobia, forced closeting, toxic parents, car accident, eating disorders, racism
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

As a note to potential readers, I would say that this book straddles the line between young adult and new adult. The characters are 18, and while there is no explicit sex or even much cursing, there are lots of more mature topics. I would recommend it for readers 16+.

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Review: Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

  • Title: Fat Chance, Charlie Vega
  • Author: Crystal Maldonado
  • Genre: contemporary fiction
  • Intended audience: young adult
  • Format read: ebook
  • Publisher: Holiday House
  • Pub date: February 2, 2021
  • Trigger warnings: grief, fatphobia (external and internalized), mentioned death of a parent, mentions of sex, underage drinking, diet culture, strained/toxic relationship with parent, racism
  • Rating: 4/5 stars
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Review: The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

  • Title: The Dead and the Dark
  • Author: Courtney Gould
  • Genre: mystery/thriller
  • Intended audience: young adult
  • Format read: eARC
  • Publisher: Wednesday books
  • Pub date: August 3rd, 2021
  • Trigger warnings: homophobia, slurs, funeral, drowning, murder, child death, claustrophobia (buried alive), blood, violence, police
  • Rating: 5/5 stars

I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Speed Reviewing

As evidenced by the lack of reviews on my blog lately, I have had neither the time nor the inspiration lately to write reviews. My main issue is inspiration: I just haven’t felt like I have had opinions to produce full-on reviews. So instead I tried to do something I have dubbed speed reviewing! It’s like speed dating, only I’m reviewing books (you get it, right?). I am going to choose a book to review, set myself a 3 minute timer, and write out a quick review. Full disclosure: I will probably edit a little bit for coherency. But other than that, it’s just a speedy 3 minute review. So let’s go!

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Review: A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions by Sheena Boekweg

  • Title: A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions
  • Author: Sheena Boekweg
  • Genre: historical fiction
  • Intended audience: young adult
  • Format read: eARC
  • Publisher: Feiwel Friends
  • Pub date: June 1, 2021
  • Trigger warnings: fire, death, death of a child, fatphobia
  • Representation: fat mc, asexual side character, trans side character
  • Rating: 1.5/5 stars

I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

  • Title: Station Eleven
  • Author: Emily St. John Mandel
  • Genre: post-apocalyptic, literary fiction
  • Intended audience: adult
  • Format read: audiobook
  • Narrator: Kirsten Potter
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • Pub date: September 9, 2014
  • Trigger warnings: pandemic, death, cult, mentions of suicide, mentions of rape, guns, pedophilia, domestic abuse, violence
  • Rating: 4/5 stars (leaning upwards)
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