Spotlight Sunday

Spotlight Sunday (June 25)

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Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before Annabeth was killed in a car accident.

Enter Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out—at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy—a hot one—and falls hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending—if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about THE GREAT AMERICAN WHATEVER by Tim Federle. Have any of you read this book?

Spotlight Sunday

Spotlight Sunday (June 18)

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29904219Before we get started, can we just talk about the cover of NOT YOUR SIDEKICK by C.B. Lee? I mean, this cover is pretty stunning. It also features a bisexual Chinese-Vietnamese heroine and at this point, what’s not to love?

Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.

You can follow the author on twitter @author_cblee to stay up to date on all her projects!

 

Spotlight Sunday

Spotlight Sunday (June 11)

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RADIO SILENCE by Alice Oseman feels like one of those books everyone has heard about. It features bisexuality and demisexuality, something YA is terribly lacking in.

What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?

Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.

But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.

Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances’ dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past…

She has to confess why Carys disappeared…

Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets.

It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness.

Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.

Thoughts on this book?

 

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Spotlight Sunday (June 4)

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26530351HERE COMES THE SUN by Nicole Dennis-Benn has been on my TBR for a while now. While I haven’t read it, I have heard AMAZING reviews for it.

Capturing the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, Nicole Dennis-Benn pens a tender hymn to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas. At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves must confront long-hidden scars. From a much-heralded new writer, Here Comes the Sun offers a dramatic glimpse into a vibrant, passionate world most outsiders see simply as paradise.

Have any of you read this book?

 

 

 

Spotlight Sunday

Spotlight Sunday (April 30)

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CHALLENGER DEEP by Neal Shusterman was a book I didn’t expect to like. I’d previously stayed away from his books due to the appropriation and problematic nature of his UNWIND series. But this book hit me in the best of ways.

Deads kids are put on pedestals, but mentally ill kids get hidden under the rug.

So many times I have picked up a YA book about mental illness and realize with horror that the books is romanticizing it, but Neal Shusterman has done an excellent job showcasing mental illness as it actually is: painful and embarrassing. He shows not only the descent of Caden’s mental state but also the start of the uprise and all the messy moments in between. From lashing out, to disturbed cognitive behavior, to hurt friends and family, to vomiting because sometimes the medicine just makes you do that.

As someone who has been hospitalized due to mental illness, who has suffered through that mental collapse, I can honestly say that I’ve never read a book that got it this right.

I was I could write a review that would do this book justice, but I can’t. There’s no words to describe how much I loved and appreciated every moment of this text.

I will say to keep an eye out for the drawings in the book. They were drawn by Brandon Shusterman, the author’s son, during his own hospitalization!

This was the first book I ever read that showcased my mental illness in the right way. While there are problematic elements to the story (particularly around the mentioning of a fat character), it is also the first book that I can say “This is what happened to me. This is what it feels like.”