American contemporary, YA

World’s Best Break Up Letter: Why We Broke Up Review

Whoa. Just, whoa. Reading Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket)'s latest offering, a searing YA break up story, I feel like I have been transported back in time to my high school days*. Is there nothing the man can't do? Handler is in top form here, completely inhabiting the head space of his smart, angry teenage… Continue reading World’s Best Break Up Letter: Why We Broke Up Review

Funny Books, middle grade, Mystery, Summer Reads

Move Over Bess and George: Red Blazer Girls Review

I seem to be on a middle grade girl detective kick this summer. The trend continues with the first in the Red Blazer Girls series, The Ring of Rocamadour. Of all the books I compare to Nancy Drew, and there are a lot of them, this series is the most direct descendent. One of the… Continue reading Move Over Bess and George: Red Blazer Girls Review

Bullying, Good Books for Boys, Historical Fiction, WWII, YA

Heavy-Hitter for Boys: Berlin Boxing Club Review

There has been a lot of estrogen in my reviews of late. In a summer of sassy female sleuths, The Berlin Boxing Club was a nice change of pace. In 1930s Berlin, Karl Stern is uneasy about the growing resentment towards the Jews, but feels it has little to do with him. Although he is… Continue reading Heavy-Hitter for Boys: Berlin Boxing Club Review