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Layover by Amy Andelson & Emily Meyer

Layover by Amy Andelson & Emily MeyerLayover by Amy Andelson, Emily Meyer
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 6th February 2018
Publisher: Crown Books For Young Readers
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-stars

Flynn: At first we were almost strangers. But ever since I moved to New York, Amos was the one person I could count on. And together we were there for Poppy. (I mean, what kind of parents leave their kid to be raised by a nanny?) I just didn’t expect to fall for him—and I never expected him to leave us.

Amos: I thought I was the only one who felt it. I told myself it was because we were spending so much time together—taking care of Poppy and all. But that night, I could tell she felt it, too. And I freaked out—you’re not supposed to fall for your stepsister. So I ran away to boarding school. I should have told her why I was leaving, but every time I tried, it felt like a lie.

I can’t say I was a fan of this one. I really liked the idea of the three teenagers running around Los Angeles together and seeing the sights, but unfortunately it wasn’t executed very well and I had massive issues with the romance.

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Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin by Nic StoneDear Martin by Nic Stone
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 17th October 2017
Publisher: Crown Books For Young Readers
Source: Bought
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Rating: three-stars

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.

This is one that I was super excited for because I was riding on the hype for The Hate U Give and was ready to read alllll of the books on the same (or similar) subject matter. Unfortunately I didn’t really like it. SORRY. Please don’t shout at me. Or do. Whatever. Continue reading

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King by Jeff ZentnerThe Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 8th March 2016
Publisher: Crown Books For Young Readers
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-half-stars

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.

Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.

I don’t know how to review this book because quite honestly I have mixed feelings about the book and these types of reviews are always the hardest to write. I didn’t love the book, but I didn’t hate it either. My feelings and opinions are somewhat neutral.

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Mini Review: Even When You Lie To Me by Jessica Alcott

Mini Review: Even When You Lie To Me by Jessica AlcottEven When You Lie To Me by Jessica Alcott
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Crown Books For Young Readers
Source: Bought
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Rating: two-half-stars

Charlie, a senior, isn't looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favorite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her perfectionist mom.

But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart. Irreverent. Funny. Hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he's the only one who gets her.

She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush.

I don’t really have much to say about this book. Partly because I read it a couple of months ago, and partly because it was uneventful and the ending was anti-climactic. Even When You Lie to Me was a quick read. It was easy to fly through. But I didn’t feel any connection to the book or the characters at all. I honestly couldn’t tell you anything about Charlie, and the forbidden relationship between her and her teacher wasn’t told in an original way at all. I remember liking the ending because of what happened to Charlie and her development. But I didn’t love it.