Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review: Zeroboxer

Zeroboxer Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have several boys I will give this book to read. Sports kids, sci-fi kids, and those who like intrigue. Think boxing in space.  The title refers to zero gravity.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Review: 100 Days

100 Days 100 Days by Nicole McInnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Boone, Moira, and Agnes, I want my library to be your safe space. But I'm happy you found the FACS room, instead. Marcy will take care of you.

Moira has spent much of her life protecting Agnes from others. Boone was once their friend, but he made a poor choice in sixth grade that broke the bond. So much is going on in each of their heads, they have trouble seeing each other, but with patience they are able to find common ground again. Moira has heard insults all her life about her size, Shamu, Fatty, etc. Boone has been the man of the house for the past few years, with a mom sunk in depression and addicted to puzzles. Agnes is a teen living in a old person's body.

This sounds depressing, I know, but I loved this one. Even though it broke my heart. The relationships between Moira and Agnes, Agnes and Boone, and Moira and Boone feel so real that I just wanted to hug them all so hard. But I'd probably break Agnes' ribs. Sigh.

Read this one, I'm buying it for the library.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Review: You Know Me Well

You Know Me Well You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mark and Kate become friends in the last weeks of their senior year, never having really even talked to one another before. That all changes when Kate witnesses Mark dance on a bar top during Gay Pride week in San Francisco. Both are caught in changing friendships and relationships, and trying to figure out their place in the world. Mark is in love with his best friend, who is still in the closet, but not in love "that way" with Mark. Kate is drifting apart from her best friend, Lehna, while trying to start a new relationship with Violet, someone she's only corresponded with, but will meet soon. Each of them has decisions to make and come to rely on each other.

I was worried as I started this book that it was going to be too similar to Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist with the alternating chapters, and music references, but it did change and became it's own story. Mark and Kate are well written, relatable characters. Pride week is featured heavily, and I would recommend this one for collections that need more LGBTQ titles.

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