July Release Roundups

July as we have established is all about the Young Adult Fiction for the Soul. That YA that just hits us in all the deep parts of our core to rip at our heartstrings. For July Release Roundups, I’ve chosen through books that also elevate the same sentiment. You’ll find no cute, poof pieces here. July is all about that nitty gritty.

MOST BUZZED ABOUT: The Last Time I Lied|Riley Sager

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National bestselling author of Final Girls Riley Sager is back at it again with another hyped up mystery about young woman and dangerous choices. Truth corner: I am really wary of male mystery authors especially those who a) aren’t Stephen King or Walter Mosley and b) write exclusively about women who are subjected to violence. I recognized this potential bias, but it is for good reason. I don’t have a great track record with reading male mystery authors who write about women (I’m looking at you Jo Nesbo). I cannot deny however that Riley Sager does not seem like that type of mystery writer. Two Truths and a Lie seems like a thriller right after my own heart: a group of girls played the super middle school game two truths and a lie in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. It was the last time Emma or anyone else saw any of the girls alive. Now a rising star in the NYC art scene, Emma uses her trauma in her art with massive canvases of dark leaves and muddy forests. Her paintings catch the attention of a socialite and wonder of the newly reopened Camp Nightingale, Francesa Harris-White. She offers Emma a portion as a painting instructor there which Emma uses as an oppertunity to explore what really happened to her friends. Immediately it is clear that all is not right the Camp as Emma works through the drudges of her past, she realizes the closer she gets to the truth, the deadly the price. Two Truths and a Lie sounds like something I would’ve dreamed, but couldn’t execute this creepily and from all of the glowing reviews I’d say I’m right. Maybe just maybe when all the hype dies down, I’ll be convinced to give this one a try!

Two Truths and a Lie is out now and sold whenever books are sold.

PREDICTED SLEEPER HIT:  No One Tells You This: A Memoir|Glynnis MacNicol

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I originally heard about this book on the amazing podcast Call Your Girlfriend starring two of my best-friends-in-my-head Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, and produced by Gina Delvac. If you ever have any free-time I implore you to listen to the pod in-which they proclaimed long-distance besties discuss everything from politics to poop and feminist theory for the 21st century woman. They have coined the phrase “shine theory”, in-which woman highlight other successful women they admire. On this particular episode they discussed Summer Books for 2018 and in it they interviewed Glynnis Macnicol. In her new memoir, No One Tells You This: A Memoir she discussed her life as a single motherless woman over 40 and how to she crafted a great life without these things. Even in 2018, woman are pressured into doing things that are in gender-traditional sense: get married, have babies  and live that life. Glynnis discusses how once she turned 40 she felt a great sigh of relief that she would finally be free from people asking her when she would do those traditional things. She also became increasingly angry how there were no stories showing a partnerless childless life that is also happy, fulfilling and not pitiful or spoiled. As in traditional media we often regard woman over 40 who are unmarried and without child as “crazy” or “sad.” She wanted to change that. Macinol through her passionate memoir, explains how quote “If the story doesn’t end with marriage or a child, what then?” As she works through being the primary caretaker for her mother’s medical decline as well as a big sense of financial childless independence, Glynnis bares it all. Though this book as been very buzzy with praise ranging from Buzzed naming it as one of the most “Exciting Summer Books” to Vogue putting in on the list of “13 Books to Thrill, Entertain, and Sustain You This Summer”, I really haven’t seen a lot of people in the book blogging sphere reading it. For that reason, I’ve named it the sleeper-hit as I feel like No One Tells You This, will have a big break in a couple of months!

Released just last week on July 10th No One Tells You This: A Memoir is sold whenever books are sold.

MOST ANTICIPATED: The Cheerleaders

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A lot of people sleep on Kara Thomas. Kara Thomas is quite possibly one of the brightest newer mystery authors who just shine. As a frequent mystery reader and aspiring mystery writer, I admire her writing style so much. Each of her novels (especially Little Monsters), leave me thinking about them for days. So when it was announced that she was working on a new piece and it was coming out this summer I couldn’t wait. What’s even more intriguing was the plot. The Cheerleaders is about a the town Sunnybrook and why through a series of accidental (or planned) events there are no more cheerleaders. Five years ago two girls died in car accident, then two others were killed by the man next door. The police killed him and no one knew why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last to die, in an apparent suicide. They were all cheerleaders. After she died, Sunnybrook High disbanded and banned the cheer squad. Now with Monica attending Sunnybrook High the faculty and students want to create a way to remember the lost cheerleaders. It’s not that easy for Monica however, her world starts to fall apparent with new weird occurrences each day: weird notes, an-old cell phone, and a strange new friend at school. It becomes apparent that what happened five years ago isn’t over. People know ore then they let on and Monica is determined to get to the bottom of it. Tagline time: There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe. Amazing right? There’s nothing more that I love than cutesy little towns with dark secrets, murders and all. And with my girl Kara Thomas behind it, there is no way it won’t be good. I’m just gonna expose myself here: I’ve already preordered the book. It will be read sometime this year. Not this month, but very soon!

The Cheerleaders will be released on July 31st, but you can reorder from Barnes and Noble or Amazon!

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There you have it! Another month! Another set of releases. If you want to read any of these books haul your butt to your local indie bookstore and if you must (because of laziness) you can always order anyone of them on Amazon/Barnes and Noble.

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Tuesday Review: We Are Okay| Nina Lacour

There are some books that you hear about constantly and when you finally read them you get upset for buying into the hype. We Are Okay is not one of those books. Nina Lacour has done something that I thought was impossible: she’s made appreciate a character book when I am normally an action driven person. With her beautiful poetic words and subtle themes, I breezed through the small book and came out on the other side having gone through so many complicated feelings. The conclusions I am too, I will remember for a very long time.

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Originally published: February 14, 2017 |Author: Nina LaCour |Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, New Adult |Publisher: Dutton Books, Penguin

What I liked:

I hope Nina LaCour wouldn’t be offended by this, but I have to say it: This bitch is an WRIT-ER. Not just a writer. But a WRIT-ER. Nina writes in the way that I wish I could. There is a level of complexity in her sentence structure that isn’t flashy or super wordy. She says the exact amount of subtlety to really hit you. I found myself wondering why I hadn’t read anything else by her. As a Native New Yorker, the setting up an upset New York Winter college (Vassar or maybe Sarah Lawerence) was as perfect as her connection with Jane Eyre. Until you spend a winter in New York with it’s sleepy depressing glow, you can’t understand how beautiful of a choose this setting is to describe grief. In a way, the New York winter became an important atmospheric character for We Are Okay. Speaking of character, We Are Okay is a very character driven and one-liner broody novel. This is sort of ironic considering there really are only three or so major characters. We don’t spend very much time with anyone besides Marin, Mabel, and Gramp’s (post-mortem in flashbacks). Everyone else is talked about in passing, flashbacks for well a flash, or for like two pages. In that way, we get to really sit with the grief and depression Marin is self-describing. Without spoiling anything, Marin was a character that frustrated me in the beginning, but I grew to feel really protective of her. As someone who has lost people close to me and who as also experienced deep betrayal, she really became a mirror to myself. Though never ran across country to college to forget about my former life, I’ve done similar things when in deep depression. As time went on, I wanted to just hold her and explain that as the title suggests “We Are Okay.” And Nina did a very good job of making you sympathize with all sides of each main character. Including Mabel who did frustrate me a lot a times. By the end of the novel, I even understand and felt deeply protective of Mabel who may not be the main character, but was feeling with her own lost. When I realized that my angry was misplaced to her that’s when I knew how great of a writer Nina really was. In a short, 234 pages Nina LaClour was able to make me remember and work to coping with my own grieve. She doesn’t right out offer clear cut advice, but she explores intensely different ways to design with grief and how each person is different. Some people run away. Some people stay in denial. Some people use new romantic love interests as distractions. The heartbreaking and real way these themes were discussed polarizes me as I haven’t seen it handled with as much grace in any YA/NA novel before. There was so much love expressed especially in the last few pages that I won’t forget for a long time.

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What I didn’t Like:

This is just a personal gripe and I don’t think it was Nina’s intention necessarily. The middle of the book, though beautiful became a little bit tropey and lacked a lot of movement. Pause for spoilers: particularly when convientently the electric goes out and they have to stay at the really creepy groundskeepers house. I wish I could say that I didn’t roll my eyes really hard, but I did.  There were a lot of flashbacks that just felt forced and I couldn’t get behind. While I enjoyed the ones with Marin and her grandfather, almost every other one left me a little bit annoyed. The romantic relationship between Marin and Mabel was really heartbreaking for me and honestly left me a little upset. I got the feeling that Mabel never told her parents her and Marin slept with each other, otherwise why would they be so ready to adopt Marin? Maybe that is a reality that happens, but it just feels very un-progressive? Also Mabel becomes in relationship with a boy at college and it is only briefly discussed though I felt like it a looming topic over the entire trip. I felt like their romance was just so underutilized and then forcefully explained within a couple of pages. In the end, it felt almost as if Nina was a bit scared to go full force into their coupled story. It’s fine that they don’t end up together in the end. But the idea that Marin would now de-facto become Marin’s adopted sister? That just didn’t sit right with me. It felt almost to a lesser extent of a “Bury Your Gays” ending. I could be wrong and maybe that wasn’t her intention. Especially with Marin’s very underdeveloped not clear relationship with Emily, but it just felt like among other things there was a big giant elephant in the room. We were once lesbians or bisexual best friends in love, but now that you haven’t spoken to me for three months after your grandpa and only family died, I’ve moved onto beginning in a heteronormative relationship and you can be my sister? I’m sorry, but that doesn’t sit right with me. I know Nina is gay herself and credits her wife to inspiring this story, but something about it just bothered me as an LBGT person myself.

Would I recommend: 

Despite the above, obviously I would recommend this. I am still thinking about that ending were I actually blubbered like a baby. There were just so many lyric beautiful quotes too pull, I couldn’t even pick one. We Are Okay is a book that everyone will get something from.

TLDR: WE ARE OKAY IS A HEARTBREAKING RAW STORY OF LOVE, LOSS, DEPRESSION AND GRIEF 

RATING:  ★★★★☆

Did you love We Are Okay? What’s your favorite quote? Let’s Discuss in the comments!

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1st Book: We Are Okay| Nina LaCour

It seems like I am the only person in America who hasn’t read Nina LaCour’s We are Okay. The plot is as illusive as it is simple: Marin has left her entire old life and the people in it back home along the California coast. As Winter break comes to her NYC college, everyone else has gone home to see their families and friends. Marin plans to spend the entire time wallowing in grief inside her hotel room, pretending that her past does not exist. That is until her best friend Mabel decides to come visit her. Mabel is not content with letting Marin live in her new life, but instead stirs up all of the skeletons in her closet she does not want to face. Will Marin and Mabel be able to heal together and move forward into a brighter future.

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To say I’ve nearly spoiled We Are Okay for myself is an understatement. It’s hard to not call this book hyped. It was everywhere in 2017. From winning the 2017  Printz Award Young Adult award to being named Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. And the awards don’t stop there. Seventeen named it a best book of the year. Bustled named it one of the Best Books of the Year. The TODAY show must-read. If it had anymore hype, promo, good reviews or press, it would literally be a John Green novel. But please god let’s pray it’s not. And from all accounts We Are Okay is slated to be a beautiful heartbreaking story of love, friendship, and growing up. I decided that it would be the perfect time to read now since a lot of the hype as died down now that Nina is working on her new book. I am truly excited and hopeful that it will give me the feels everywhere says it does. Hopefully some tears will ensue!

If you’re like me and are the only other person left in America who hasn’t read We are Okay, you can find it at Amazon or if your a better person than me get it from your local indie bookstore.

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July Theme: YA for the Soul

It should come to no surprise to anyone that one of my favorite genres is probably young adult fiction. Abbreviated of course as YA, young adult fiction has taught me so much about life even though I’m pretty far away from my teenaged years. What YA does for me is fill me with an ability to look back at some of the toughest times in my life while seeing how other authors craft that time. Some of the deepest, cutest, most challenging reads I have ever read are YA books. With YA you can get the best of both worlds while deeply thinking about the ever changing worlds in-which teens are living in constantly. For the month of July we will be reading three Young Adult books that will challenge our society today.

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When I was a kid my grandmother bought me the iconic and very 90s Chicken Soup for the Soul. Chicken Soup for the Soul is a series of books including inspirational short stories about life with loads to anecdotal advice for people. The three young adult fiction books we’ll read this month I like to think of this way: anecdotal stories that will teach and inspire us because of their heavy world themes. I really did not shy away from books that are to said to be heartbreaking, controversial, and thoughtful. One of the most excited I’ve been in awhile, I can’t wait to read some enlightening YA fiction this book. I hope you’ll join me!

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Sunday Review|People Like Us| Dana Mele

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BOOK: People Like Us

Author: Dana Mele

Publication date: February 27, 2018

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 Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery

Publisher: C.P Puntam’s Sons, Penguin Random House

 

 

 

June has been a really difficult month for me both personally and professionally and I just couldn’t dedicate myself to Thriced as much as I wanted too. That should be left for the footnotes, but I only read two books this month. We’re gonna read the last book of June this first week in July while reading the 1st book for July and double up, but more on that later. We still have the very pressing review of People Like Us by Dana Mele. A read that I wanted to love so much, but just ended up feeling the too many tropes were used unsuccessfully.

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What I liked:

But first what I liked. Mean Girls meets The L Word meets Pretty Little Liars, I am one for a good messy boarding school drama. add that beautiful layer of LBGT+ acceptance presented in a very good way just as how people are and you got yourself a very progressive concept. People Like Us can be very delicious at times. Deception between each girl runs deep and I was entertained for a large portion of the book. I liked how each girl had their own specific set of issues that were explored (though some better than others) and used to further the plot. I liked how it explored pansexuality and bisexuality in a real way. The idea that woman being gay or bisexual was not something used for men/boys. There was a really great moment were the characters explored homophobia between women which I feel like isn’t explored enough. The way that it unfolded was in a way that I haven’t seen before in other books. Overall, the highlight of People Like Us is the idea and intentions of the plot. Along with some great misdirections, it made for a compelling mystery in many parts.Here is a spoiler that I liked so skip the next part if you haven’t read the book:

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June Footnotes| The Overworked and Afraid + Final book of June: Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Boo did the month of June really take it out of me. I have gotten really into the swing of my real adult job. In the attempt adult better than I’ve ever adulated before I’ve taken on so much more responsibility than I ever thought I would this year. And it’s only increasing by the second. Many nights this mont I’ve spent stuffing my face with pizza in front of a work computer just attempting to get shit done. And it’s really made my writing and this blog suffer. I can barely stick my head outside to see what really is going on in the world. and boy how the world sucking this month. Here’s a couple of things that had me reeling through work

  1. The immigrant separation news killed me as a child of immigrants, my mother being first generation, my grandmother and her family braving across oceans to find a better life. My dad braving the same fate crossing from islands to come here and find scanturary. The idea that our government would tear and terrorize people like this does not surprise me. I’ve heard the stories from my elders of other times in this country they did the same, but it sickened me to see it so vividly. it sickened me to know these dentention centers with children have been around since the Obama era and exist right here in New York City.

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2. Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz, a 15 year old boy was brutally murdered by a gang of knife wielding assailants right here in NYC, in the Bronx. Apparently it was a case of mistaken identity or maybe a set-up, but they attacked this young boy in a bodega and bodega owner did nothing to prevent it. Instead yelling at him to leave as he bled out on the floor. He dragged himself to the hospital and died there. No one in the area called for help. What’s even crazier is there is a video of this event in graphic detail. One I refuse to watch, one that I turn off when it comes on the news. I haven’t seen the video. I refuse to watch people dying and it upsets me that we live in a world were everyone’s death can be recorded and distributed like its nothing. The story really hit close to home because he reminds me so much of my family. My cousins. Young people I have in my life. He actually looks like so many of my family and to imagine that someone so young could be taken for nothing just hurts me deeply. Luckily the majority of his attackers were caught, but more needs to be done about the violence in our neighborhoods and that shouldn’t be over-policing and underfunding. #justiceforjunior

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3) Our despicable government for the second time in a row failed to recognize Pride month. In an act of blanat disregard and disgust they honored this month was sent to me as a message to undermine and erase our existence. I of course observe Pride month to the best of my ability and even dedicated this month to only reading works of LBGTIA themes. Since I missed one with how busy I was, I’m extending that theme to include some works of LBGTIA themes within our new theme this month. I’ll also be reading two books this week, one to complete June’s theme and one for the new July theme. The third book to complete our Pride theme is memoir actually, one that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time. Its by someone who inspires me everyday to fight for the betterment of oppressed groups. Her visibility as a black trans woman and an advocate for LBGT and black issues as been eye-opening while her entertainment work and writing as been inspiring for a whole host other reasons. I’m of course talking about the unmatched Janet Mock and her NYTIMES bestseller Redefining Realness.

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We will follow Janet from her birth growing up multicultural poor and trans in America offering insight into the world of trans-youth and POC alike. With her accessible language, she will show all her strengths and weakness in the quest for realness. With June turning into July there was no way I wasn’t going to read this memoir. It is so important for me to uplight these voices in our trying times.

Normally I would be a cute quote here overlooking the month and I could only think of one cliché:

-Better late than never,

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JUNE|| RELEASE ROUNDUP AWARDS

June is the month that really solidifies summer for me. Even though summer technically starts late in the month today June 21st, I’ve already been full in summer mode the entire month. That means ice cream and margaritas and spending way too much money on shorts. Also, June inspires my obsession for the funner things in life. This includes of course my literate. So for this special June Release Roundup Awards, I’ve decided to take back the meaning of beach read. These three winners to me are juicy fun summer reads with maybe just a bit more depth than meets the eye!

MOST BUZZED ABOUT: Still Lives

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Maybe it’s just the book circles that I run in, but it seems like everyone is reading or thinking about reading Still Lives. Maria Hummel throws out an easy pitch really: a young editor at an LA art museum finds herself pulled into the critical and even dangerous world of well art. When famous heralded feminist artist Kim Lord goes missing on the opening night of her exhibition, Still Lives a collection of herself depicted as famous murdered women the suspect list is boundless. From rich art patrons to up and coming artists and everyone in between, Still Lives delves into a world we all know too well: a society were violence against women is the status quo and a culture many of us aren’t too familiar with: the glamorous exclusive world of the wealthy secretive artist elite. If anyone knows anything about me they know I love a good mystery. The more twisted the better. If the synopsis proves anything it’s that Still Life is set-up to be more twisty and disturbing than any Francis Bacon piece.  In other words, it’s no wonder everyones been talking about it and suggesting it. From it’s high praise, I just might have to put it somewhere on that TBR.

Still Lives is out now and can be found whenever books are sold!

PREDICTED SLEEPER HIT:  Not the Girls You’re Looking For|Aminah Mae Safi

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I originally saw the cute book cover of Not the Girls You’re Looking for on a wonderful list published on Goodreads entitled “2018 YA/MG Books With POC Leads”. For all other amazing looking YA/MG books with POC leads coming out this year, please totally head there. The book centers around Lulu Saad a biracial-muslim teenaged girl with totally awesome best friends who help her through anything. Except for when something happens during Ramadan and Lulu may have caused more unrepairable damage than she realizes. Follow her manage friendships and love, home-life, fasting, and everything else that will surely be thrown her way. Not the Girls You’re Looking For looks like the perfect heart-warming funny read to sink your teeth into with laughter and maybe some tears. So many people in the book-blogging community have already pointed out how excited they are for this book and I couldn’t agree more. When Not the Girls You’re Looking For is published later this month on June 19th, with the right marketing will make a really big splash. Bigger than it already has!

Most Anticipated:When Katie Met Cassidy

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One of my favorite books random books I’ve was gifted in the past few years was Camille Perri’s The Assistants. A delicious fun read about a group of underpaid overworked Manhattan assistants who embezzle a bunch of money from their ghoulish bosses. So basically every fantasy I’ve ever had. After all of the hilarity and great writing Perri displayed in the assitants I was beyond excited to see her sophomore novel debut hitting the shevels this month called When Kate Met Cassidy.  The synopsis again is simple: perfectionist Katie Daniels has her whole life figured out. She’s a 28 year old lawyer living in NYC with her charming art curator finance Paul Michael. That is until he unexpectedly dumps her. She’s lost and finds solace in a newfound friendship with sexually promiscuous self assured Cassidy Price. A romantic comedy about sex, love, and finding yourself for the modern day woman. Everyone and I mean everyone has buzzing about this novel calling it everything from sexy to delicious. Infact Vogue did an amazing profile on it just a couple of days ago. It definitely has tickled my fancy with a queer female story of sexuality being pushed in the forefront the likes of Call me By Your Name. it’s about damn time! And for that I have extremely excited to read When Kate Met Cassidy and I hope you all are too.

There you have it! Another month! Another set of releases. If you want to read any of these books haul your butt to your local indie bookstore and if you must (because of laziness) you can always order anyone of them on Amazon/Barnes and Noble.

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2ND BOOK: People Like Us|Dana Mele

I don’t know how or why Pride month has partially become cute-ass YA fiction month, but goddamn it has. If that isn’t your jam… it should be because this week we have a total newcomer that wasn’t on the original TBR. Gotta love that living breathing Reading List. But when I saw it release it February I knew I had to read it. A lesbian Mean Girls set at a boarding school with a dead body in the mix? Wait is this basically Riverdale? Kinda? Sorta? Sign me up, baby. If you haven’t figured it out yet for some reason, our 2nd book of the month is People Like Us by debut author Dana Mele.

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Like I said there’s some teens, some means, and some murder. No seriously. Kay Donovan has a sketchy past, but who cares! She’s reinvented herself and has created a new life at her exclusive private school with a crew of gorgeous friends and effortless popularity. Everything’s about to hell of course because nothing can stay hidden forever. When a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay begins to realize that as her carefully crafted new life comes toppling down. The dead girl left Kay specifically a computer-coded scavenger hunt (13 reasons Why vibes anyone?) impacting suspect after suspect, including Kay herself. Kay’s willing to do whatever to survive… including scrubbing away some of the truth. A delicious sounding sapphic mystery love-fest with grim endings. Let’s hope it’s just as spooky and fun as it sounds.

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Join us this week in reading People Like Us, If you’d like to read along you can snag a copy from Amazon or if your a better person than me get it from your local indie bookstore.

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Monday Review: Simon Vs. Homo sapiens Agenda

Where to start? Where to start? Simon Vs The Homo Sapien Agenda was like watching a very cute episode of Saved by the Bell, but  slightly more updated (i.e the use of Facebook and mention of reality shows). Its heartwarming in almost a wholesome way, but there are still some blaring issues. I finished it in one sitting because goddamn I did find it oh-so-cute and binge worthy in a lot of ways. It left me feeling extremely conflicted because while this gave me a particular brand of adorable YA cuteness, it wasn’t without it’s problematic tendencies. Overall, Simon Vs had aspects that were so unbearable that made me generally question if I could actually stand with this novel and agree that it was truly a groundbreaking or remarkable novel.

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Sry guys I think this looks super cute, but your source material isn’t

What I liked:

But first the good of course. I thought the story thought simplistic and done-before was excueted really well and was super cute. At the end of the book, I was defienetly left wanting more and my little cold black heart had grew in size. I did not at all guess who Blue was and I won’t spoil who it ends up being, but I was shocked. That reveal was cute and nice and made me feel ugh oh-so-happy. I really love YA slice of life shit that other people may find boring, so the going through this young Gay teens mundane yet interesting life was great for me. Overall, I think some of the characters and their development were also pretty cool. I liked aspects of Simons continued coming out. I think the demisnatling of the nice guy arthectype in Martin’s character was actually well done and excited. without spoiling, I thought the open-ended ending his character received was actually progressive. we need to stop rewarding young men for obsessive manipulative behavior to date women. I enjoyed that this novel turned that aspect on its head. there was even a great exchanged between Simon and Abby about this very topic that I found so randomly progressive, in a way maybe the author hadn’t intended. speaking of progressive, one of my favorite aspects was that we had some real dialogue between Simon and his parents about subtle homophobic language disguised off as jokes particularly with Simon and his dad. Though that discussion was short-lived, I actually found a really great intergal chance for the book to discuss micro aggressions and how they could manifest insecurities in young people. Lastly, a great progressive aspect that could’ve been done better, but was a good starting point on the subject was in the reveal of Blue. I think here is a good place to put a warning. The rest of the review will be spoiler-ish from here:

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Monday Review| The Perfect Mother| Aimee Molloy

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BOOK: The Perfect Mother

Author: Aimee Molloy

Publication date:  May 1st

Pages: 317 pages

 Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Psychological thriller, Psychological Fiction

Publisher: Harper Collins

A little late on this one, but better late than never. The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy is a mystery set in Brooklyn, New York (woo my hometown) about a group of new moms who meet twice a week in Prospect Park. They call themselves the May Mother’s—standing for the shared birth month they all had. One night when the group has a night out, tragedy strikes and about baby is abducted. Families, friendships, and marriages are tested in the days following as secrets threaten all of the woman. The Perfect Mother, unlike some other hyped books I’ve read recently, proves to be a twisty thriller that left me guessing until the very end.

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What I liked:

The story! I could be wrong, but I felt like the story was actually quite original and interesting. Each woman had their own little story, their own life, and their own secrets that were integrated well into the story. Each woman was incredibly different and the secrets that revealed were not run of the mil, but rather super inventive and social issues I haven’t seen discussed in a mystery lately. As for the storytelling, I found the plot very interesting and well executed. Honestly, its a good fun thrilling story that does not disappoint. A lot of new thrillers, I feel like I can call who did it basically in the first 40 pages (coughgirlonthetraincough), but with this they do such a good idea of hiding the villain that you never see it coming. Another thing I loved was the integration of the media in the book. It felt so believable and real how quickly the media turns on these woman, how the media creates narratives they want, and how the paparazzi harasses people. The intelligent way the media was used in The Perfect Mother felt so real and was a highlight of the piece. I can’t wait to see what they do with the media piece in the television/film adaption.

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What I didn’t Like:

Here is one thing that bothered me and I’ll try to say it without spoiling anything: the reveal of the villain is told by dialogue reveal. I really cannot stand when mystery authors write the whodunit reveal in dialogue instead of showing us along the way. It really annoys me and feels super lazy and cheap. Although, the dialogue reveal isn’t horribly done since there is some action involved there too, it still almost cheapened the experience for me. Also, there is some mental illness stuff in there obviously that isn’t addressed properly. I think Aimee tried to maybe in her best availability towards the end, but it just fell and felt really flat. Also, and this is just a pet peeve of mine, some of the husband’s (one of them in particular) were so annoying to me and stupid that I can barely read who he was in a scene. The sexism and foolish behavior he displayed when his wife was going through something critical really put a bad taste in my mouth.

Would I recommend:

Yes! If you’re looking for a really twisty thriller that actually lives up to its hype you’ll love it. There are dictations of cruelty and somewhat trivialization of mental illness, so if that’s something you are sensitive too, you may want to sick it. Otherwise, The Perfect Mother is a surprising unique quick ride that most mystery friends will totally enjoy. Would recommend for most readers!

TLDR: A TWISTY FUN WILD-RIDE THAT PROVES TO LIVE UP TO ITS HYPE. PERFECT FOR SOMEONE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT, BUT JUST AS FUN IN THE MYSTERY GENRE.

RATING:  ★★★★☆

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