First Reviews of the New Year


I’m slowly digging myself out of my major, major reading slump, so let’s see what’s been on the nightstand so far in 2017…

–Marissa

The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot is just so… Meg Cabot. And I love it. 🙂 He’s a pro golfer, she’s a professional organizer, and they were hot and heavy back in high school… so the sparks are gonna fly when he comes back home, right? Right. *grin* I LOVED all the (southern) Indiana references, all the characters, and of course, I’m a sucker for an episotlary novel, so this one rang all my bells. Can’t wait for the next adult title to cross my desk!

Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce was my Book of the Month club pick (because, hello, Liberty recommended it), but it was either too weird for me, or was wrong book at the wrong time, because I think I spent most of the time with my forehead wrinkled reading it. It sounded like an interesting premise – Japanese-American girl kills classmate and is sent away – but ended up really stilted and emotionless and filled with completely unsympathetic characters. There was literally no one I was rooting for. If I had to do it again, I’d take a pass on this one…

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo is such a great young adult novel for anyone going through, or trying to understand, what it means to be a transgender teen. Amanda used to be Andrew, and after a year off, is going to a new high school, and is trying to navigate her new identity, her attraction to a fellow classmate, and long-standing family tensions. I thought this was sensitive, thoughtful, and tugged at the heartstrings. Recommended!

I also read I Do It With the Lights On, Whitney Way Thore‘s new memoir (much more thoughtful and serious than I anticipated), as well as a new short from Gillian Flynn, The Grownup. I loved the irrerverance and twists of it, but I want to know what the resolution is! *whines*

 

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