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A review of This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

With a dad in jail and her mom AWOL, Lucille Bennett’s problems are as followed: she’s left with taking care of the house and raising her adoring little sister, Wren. Fearful of social workers that may split the sisters apart, Lucille covers for her mother’s disappearance by dodging questions by curious neighbors. She’s also forced to get a job to pay the bills, all while trying to scrape by her last year of high school. To make matters worse, she’s nearly-irrationally in love with her best ...read more

Reviewed by Janice - Meadowridge on
March 11, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The rest of us just live here by Patrick Ness

Typical themes in young adult fiction - zombies, vampires, teens “beautifully dying of cancer,” and alien invasion - are all fair game for raucously being pulled apart and made fun of in this novel. Narrator Mikey distinguishes his group of friends from the “indie kids,” attractive young people with cool haircuts and vintage clothing who always seem to be the heroes of stories, exemplifying great bravery and courage just in time to save the world. But what about everyone else? Everyone else ...read more

Reviewed by Janice - Meadowridge on
December 18, 2015 | 1 comment
A review of This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

In this teen graphic novel, Rose Wallace and her parents spend another summer with her family at Awago Beach, a small, sleepy resort town “where beer goes on trees and everyone can sleep in until eleven.” However, her parents can’t seem to stop fighting, and a personal conflict between some of the local teens piques Rose’s interest. When Rose’s dad leaves to “get some space,” and Rose discovers a painful family secret, her world falls apart. Fortunately, Rose’s long time friend Windy is there, ...read more

Reviewed by Janice - Meadowridge on
July 10, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

As a huge fan of historical fiction and someone who also appreciates a good horror flick, I'd be lying if I said the title of Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender wasn't the deal-maker when it came time to choose a new read. I assumed the novel might take place around the French Revolution; however, it's actually a modern-day tale. Our narrator, Colette, is your typical teenage girl attending a private school in Ohio on scholarship: balancing complicated family ...read more

Reviewed by Janice - Meadowridge on
March 26, 2015 | 0 comments