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    The Best Lies

    Lyu, Sarah

    Reviewed: March 20, 2024

    The Best Lies is a book that follows the story of Remy Tsai, a high school student who seems to regard life as bearable because she is with her two favorite people, her boyfriend Jack and her best friend, Elise. Suddenly, Jack was murdered by no one other than Elise, upending Remy’s life. As Remy recounts her story of finding and befriending Elise and how their once lighthearted friendship turned into a heavy, codependent relationship. We see how Elise and Remy not only bond over their shared trauma from their families but how that trauma affects people, especially Elise, to... Read Full Review

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    Where He Can't Find You

    Coates, Darcy

    Reviewed: March 13, 2024

    Darcy Caotes' Where He Can't Find You began with a bang and did not stop for a single second! The author's narrative and speech created incredible suspense and tension. I held my breath throughout the most intense portions, my heart racing, unsure what would happen next —realizing I wasn't prepared for whatever horror might soon leap off the pages. The novel reads like a ghost story that would haunt your dreams forever. It was tough to put it down, even for a few minutes. Without life's interruptions, I would have finished the novel in one sitting. I adored our protagonists'... Read Full Review

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    The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth

    Hudson, Wade

    Reviewed: March 6, 2024

    Conversations are not always amusing or light-hearted. Some are serious. Some are informative. Some open one’s eyes to the realities of the world.

    The Talk is a compilation of several authors providing their own “talk” regarding personal experiences and the cruel truths in our society, focusing on segregation, racism, and prejudice. As beautiful as life can be, it’s not always peachy or perfect, and The Talk addresses these issues by exposing the harsh realities of life. As mentioned in the introduction, providing a vision of how mankind could solve these... Read Full Review

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    Gorgeous Gruesome Faces

    Cheng, Linda

    Reviewed: February 28, 2024

    Linda Cheng's modern, queer take on gothic horror shows how hard it is to be feminine and meet unrealistic beauty standards in the K-pop world. It also has a gothic feel and is scary. I don't really like the title of Gorgeous Gruesome Faces; I think it's a bit too obvious. The book is about Sunny, who used to be in a reality TV music group. In the past, she's been happy and eager to show Candie, who is already beautiful and famous, how good she is. They broke up the group because of the sad and upsetting death of their third bandmate, Mina, and a PR problem in the present. Sunny... Read Full Review

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    Artifacts of an Ex

    Chen, Jennifer

    Reviewed: February 21, 2024

    Jennifer Chen's Artifacts of an Ex is an endearing and sentimental work of contemporary romance that adeptly integrates the profound influences of art, healing, and love. This novel presents a "novel" insight into the timeless tale of love and self-discovery through its compelling characters and original premise. The protagonist, Chloe Chang, is an endearing and relatable individual who directly confronts the difficulties of grief and reinvention. She begins an unanticipated voyage of healing after receiving her breakup box via USPS; she then begins constructing an art exhibit... Read Full Review

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    Heartstopper Volume 5

    Oseman, Alice

    Reviewed: February 14, 2024

    Heartstopper Volume Five, Alice Oseman’s latest installment of the graphic novel series, follows protagonists Nick and Charlie into novel, momentous chapters of their lives. Nick, in Year 12 at Truham Grammar School, tours local universities while unsure of his future career, and Charlie, one grade lower, completes his final exams alongside struggles with body dysmorphia. Volume Five seems to go further than Oseman’s previous books, enlightening readers to the stark reality that while romantic relationships are daunting to begin, they’re just as challenging to maintain. The... Read Full Review

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    If He Had Been With Me

    Nowlin, Laura

    Reviewed: February 7, 2024

    If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin displayed the true feelings that come to a person when a loss occurs, whether that loss is definite or indefinite. The story follows the life of Autumn and Phineas "Finny," childhood best friends who used to be inseparable but who grew apart as they grew up. The story starts with Finny’s death, and the book revolves around what Autumn felt growing up about school, her family, and, most importantly, Finny. Autumn constantly ponders what would have happened if Finny had been with her instead of in the car where his accident occurred. Before... Read Full Review

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    This Light Between Us: A Novel of World War II

    Fukuda, Andrew Xia

    Reviewed: January 31, 2024

    This Light Between Us is a story about two pen pals—Japanese-American Alex Maki and Charlie Levy, a girl who lives in France and is Jewish. They started writing to each other in 1935 about their lives. On December 7th, 1941, Alex Maki’s life changed as Japan attacked Hawaii, and now all Japanese people on Bainbridge Island are seen as an enemy. Soon after, there were rules placed on the Japanese, like no traveling more than 5 miles from home. Later on, Alex’s dad is taken by FBI agents, and after that, all the Japanese are evacuated to a camp where conditions are horrible. In the... Read Full Review

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    Girl in the Blue Coat

    Hesse, Monica

    Reviewed: January 26, 2024

    Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse takes place in Amsterdam during World War II. Hanneke Bakker is a girl in her late teen years, and she works in the black market, delivering goods such as food and oil to people around the city. One of her clients comes to her in desperate need of help to find a young Jewish girl whom she had been hiding but disappeared. Throughout the novel, she forms many friendships and gets caught up in situations that could be detrimental to her and her family's safety. In a series of twists and turns, this book will have you invested in the storyline... Read Full Review

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    Summers, Courtney

    Reviewed: January 17, 2024

    I was, at first, reluctant to read Sadie on account of the countless cautionary reviews I saw online. Almost every reviewer warned of dark themes and an absolutely heart-breaking conclusion. However, they were also sure to include just how masterfully crafted the story was. With its unapologetic intensity, Sadie is able to do the rare thing of making its readers feel virtually every point in the story as viscerally as the characters themselves. Now, after rereading the book two times, Sadie, and Courtney Summers in general, is not for the faint of heart.

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    Howl's Moving Castle

    Jones, Diana Wynne

    Reviewed: January 10, 2024

    Howl’s Moving Castle is a romance fantasy novel full of heart, comedy, and magic. After Sophie Hatter is cursed to become an old woman by the notorious Witch of the Waste, she seeks the beguiling wizard Howl Pendragon on her quest to undo the spell. Along the way, she meets many colorful characters, like the fire demon Calficer, and additionally finds love. The unique settings, interesting magic system, and natural romantic progression throughout the story make Howl’s Moving Castle a truly enthralling read.

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    This is Where it Ends

    Nijkamp, Marieke

    Reviewed: January 3, 2024

    The first day back to school is like anything you’d imagine at Opportunity High. The principal gives her “Welcome Back” speech, encouraging students to thrive and succeed in the new and fresh semester. Everything is on schedule. Until it’s not. Doors are locked, confusion spreads, and shots are fired. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp is a touchingly devastating story about a tragic event that students are faced with at Opportunity High: a school shooting. Although the shooting in the novel is fictional, it is an unfortunate reality that some students face. Nijkamp does an excellent... Read Full Review