★★★★☆—For anyone who’s lost someone, The Beauty that Remains is like a warm hug or a firm hand on your shoulder in solidarity.
★★★☆☆—A retelling with lovely prose that never wrangles its elements into a cohesive whole.
★★☆☆☆—The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali tackles a hard topic with less than perfect results.
★★☆☆☆—If you’re a camp counselor and feel inclined to date your charges, here’s some advice: don’t.
Summer of Salt is a great little summer read. It’s quirky and sweet and focuses on the important things in life.
Holy crap, Tell Me How You Really Feel comes this close to being—literally—the perfect lesbian high school rom-com.
Ship It’s particular brand of entertaining is of the horrible trainwreck, “Oh my god I can’t look away” variety.
This is a beautiful book about community and found family with a rocky beginning.
Through unsent e-mails to Rachel Maddow, Brynn details her budding crush on new student Michaela and the tentative interest in school politics she’s forced into when cruel, spoiled Adam Graff runs for president of Student Government.
But: is it safe for Brynn to care about something again?
I’ll note that it’s not for everyone, but I’ll Give You the Sun is a compelling and immersive story.