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Review: Teen Aged by Jason Singh

Synopsis: Still reeling from tragedy, Johnathan finds himself struggling to finish high school, help his single mother, spend time with his crush, and be the man of a house that he doesn't own. When life takes another turn, Johnathan is forced to grow up quickly and pay for university himself. Out of nowhere, he takes… Continue reading Review: Teen Aged by Jason Singh

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Review: Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

Synopsis: Two worlds are poised on the brink of a vicious war. By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera's rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her. When the brutal angel emperor brings his army to the human world, Karou… Continue reading Review: Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

Black authors, Reviews

Review: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Synopsis: The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives… Continue reading Review: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

bipoc authors, Reviews

Review: The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Synopsis: In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a… Continue reading Review: The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

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Review: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Synopsis: Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration… Continue reading Review: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Re-reads, Reviews

Review: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

Synopsis: In the final days of December 2004, in a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa hides in the woods when her father is abducted by Russian forces. Fearing for her life, she flees with their neighbor Akhmed—a failed physician—to the bombed-out hospital, where Sonja, the one remaining doctor, treats a steady stream of… Continue reading Review: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

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Review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

Synopsis: This is the story of a woman's struggle for independence. Helen "Graham" has returned to Wildfell Hall in flight from a disastrous marriage. Exiled to the desolate moorland mansion, she adopts an assumed name and earns her living as a painter. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was gifted to me by my best friend,… Continue reading Review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

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Review: Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

Synopsis: Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly… Continue reading Review: Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

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Review: The Sin Eater by Megan Campisi

Synopsis: The Sin Eater walks among us, unseen, unheardSins of our flesh become sins of HersFollowing Her to the grave, unseen, unheardThe Sin Eater Walks Among Us. For the crime of stealing bread, fourteen-year-old May receives a life sentence: she must become a Sin Eater—a shunned woman, brutally marked, whose fate is to hear the… Continue reading Review: The Sin Eater by Megan Campisi

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Review: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Synopsis: Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth—musicians, tattoo… Continue reading Review: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

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Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Synopsis: Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade. Can a boy raised by… Continue reading Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman