Manhattan and Macarons: The Summer Invitation Review

This lovely confection of a book feels a bit like a contemporary fairytale, or at the very least a glimpse at what Eloise's life might have been like as a teenager. Valentine (pronounced Valen-teen) and Franny are invited to spend the summer in their eccentric and wealthy aunt's Greenwich Village apartment with sculptress and chaperone-of-many-secrets, … Continue reading Manhattan and Macarons: The Summer Invitation Review

Sweet as Pink Lemonade: The Summer Sherman Loved Me Review

Something about summer amplifies all the memorable bits of adolescence. First love, first kisses, becoming  independent, realizing your parents are (gasp!) people, uncovering family secrets, unexpected deaths. . .according to middle grade fiction, all of this tends to take place over the course of a summer. Perhaps its all the free time away from school and … Continue reading Sweet as Pink Lemonade: The Summer Sherman Loved Me Review

Long Title, Great Book: As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth

Lynne Rae Perkins' latest novel arrived with very little fanfare, which is appropriate, given that each of her novels are introspective little gems that rarely garner tons of publicity or gimmicky marketing campaigns. Instead, they sneak up on the reader and become the kind of books readers will talk about in hushed tones and the pass … Continue reading Long Title, Great Book: As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth

I Heart Jenny Han

If you asked me what my favourite kind of fiction is, after much deliberation, chances are I would say middle grade. I love reading a wide variety of books, but nothing hits the spot quite like a good coming of age story. My favourites are generally first person, have a contemporary setting, are are both … Continue reading I Heart Jenny Han