ARC Review: A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review on MuggleNet's Book Trolley. My official review can be found here. My Rating: ★★★★☆ Genre(s): Middle grade; Young Adult Plot: [Copied from Goodreads] Fifteen-year-old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil. He can’t tell his lifelong best friend, Tabby, how he really feels [...]

Book Review: The Secret Art of Being a Grown-Up by Bridget Watson Payne

My Rating: ★★★★★ Genre(s): Non-fiction Plot: [Copied from Goodreads] Hello, grown-ups of all ages! Eclectic, bite-sized bursts of advice meet quirky illustrations in this playful guide to feeling like the grown-up we all wanted to be as a kid. From thoughts on the best way to open a champagne bottle to a short list of the kitchen [...]

Book Review: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

My Rating: ★★★★★ Genre(s): Young Adult Plot: [Copied from Goodreads] One day Carver Briggs had it all—three best friends, a supportive family, and a reputation as a talented writer at his high school, Nashville Academy for the Arts. The next day he lost it all when he sent a simple text to his friend Mars, right before Mars, [...]

Book Review: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

My Rating: ★★★★☆ Genre(s): Young Adult Plot: [Copied from Goodreads] Eleven years ago, six kindergartners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to. Until today. Today five of those kids return. They're sixteen, and they are . . . fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom [...]

Book Review: The Dark Dictionary – A Guide to Help Eradicate Your Darkness, Restore Your Light, and Redefine Your Life

Rating: ★★★★★ Genre: Self-help Summary: [From Goodreads] There is no guarantee that the lives we lead will be easy, and our unique stories--both our inner and outer worlds--are shaped by our perceptions. But what happens when our self-defeating behaviors begin to take a toll on our lives--on these perceptions? What happens when we forget that our [...]

Book Review: Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta – Spoiler Free

My Rating: ★★★★☆ Genre(s): Young Adult; Fantasy Plot: [Copied from Goodreads] All sixteen-year-old Heather MacNair wants is to feel normal, to shed the intense paranoia she’s worn all year like a scratchy sweater. Ever since her compulsion to self-harm came to light, Heather was kept under her doctor’s watchful eye. Her family thinks she’s better—and there’s nothing she [...]

ARC Review: The Most Dangerous Thing by Leanne Lieberman — No Spoilers

I received this book from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. This did not, in any way, influence my review. My Rating: ★★★★☆ -- Really 3.5 but I rounded up Genre(s): Young Adult Plot: [Copied from Goodreads] Sixteen-year-old Sydney hates to talk (or even think) about sex. She's also fighting a secret battle against depression, and she's [...]