IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? IS A PLACE TO MEET UP AND SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND ABOUT TO BE READING OVER THE WEEK. IT IS HOSTED BY KATHRYN AT THE BOOK DATE.
WHAT I READ LAST
I had high hopes for the second book by Angie Thomas, and for the most part it didn’t disappoint. Like most people, I loved her debut novel, The Hate U Give. This book addresses poverty, stereotypes, racial profiling, and staying true to yourself. It is just as wonderfully written as her previous book but I felt it was too long and dragged in areas. There were parts of the book that I just couldn’t put down and others that I would skim through because it would slow down too much. Overall, I highly recommend this book and look forward to more from Ms. Thomas.
Jo Knowles is one of my favorite YA/MG authors. Her books are realistic and don’t sugar coat difficult situations. This one made me cry. Twice! The book addresses poverty and sexual identity in a simplified way that is perfect for MG readers. Rachel’s family doesn’t have lots of money so her clothes come from thrift stores and she feels so much shame that it broke my heart. I connected with the main character, Rachel, and her love of animals. My favorite parts of the book were when she went to go take care of all the farm animals across the street. She fed chickens, horses, a calf, sheep, and a pig named Lucy. Rachel found comfort and solace talking to the animals about her troubles. I loved her heart and empathy for the animals and also, her little sister. The ending is realistic which means it is sad yet hopeful at the same time. I believe it is good for young readers to know that even though things don’t go their way, it will be ok.
After years of learning how to manage her bipolar disorder, Emily Firestone finally has it under control. Even better, her life is coming together: she’s got a great job, her own place, and a boyfriend, Paolo, who adores her. So when Paolo suggests a weekend sailing trip, Emily agrees—wine, water, and the man she loves? What could be better? But when Emily wakes the morning after they set sail, the boat is still adrift…and Paolo is gone.
WHAT I AM READING NEXT
For twelve-year-old Cora Landry and her friends Violet and Jordyn, it was supposed to be an ordinary sleepover–movies and Ouija and talking about boys. But when they decide to sneak out to go to the abandoned rail yard on the outskirts of town, little do they know that their innocent games will have dangerous consequences.