Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Pub Date: June 16, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Themes: friends, school, mental illness, poetry
Fave Character: Caroline
What I Think: I literally started and finished this book within 24 hours. It was addicting and sappy and real in all the best ways. I really wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it, I had pegged it as a cookie cutter YA but I have never been so happy to be wrong! The characters and their issues were genuine and well developed with tact, the climax was unexpected and the resolution was everything I had hoped it would be.
+ The Poet’s Corner
— Her bitchy friends.
Long Story Short: 9/10
Author: Ann Brashares
Pub Date: April 8, 2014
Genre: Contemporary and Science Fiction crossover
Themes: love, time travel, community
Fave Character: Prenna
What I Think: This contemporary science fiction crossover was as fascinating as it was intriguing! I was captivated from the beginning and was constantly being pulled along in the adventure! I loved the combination of rebellion, love, and time travel that seemed to be a step above the latest dystopian novels. The characters were realistic in that they made mistakes and stood up for themselves while also considering the heavy role that love and fear plays in making decisions for the good of themselves versus the future of humankind.
+ The dystopian feel among our modern times
— Even though it ended on a good note, there was still so much left unsaid and I need Closure!!
Long Story Short: 8.5/10
Author: Dana Reinhardt
Pub Date: May, 27 2014
Genre: Contemporary YA Fiction, Suspense
Themes: family, high school, secrets
Fave Character: Felix
What I Think: We Are the Goldens kept me hanging on until the last page. Nell navigates a difficult situation trying to keep the secret and trust of her sister, Layla. The ever evolving relationship between sisters and friends that results was realistically captured while also maintaining an air of suspense and more than one plot line along the way.
+ The book did not reveal all at once but rather in under-dramatized layers.
— In my opinion, the “My best friend is a perfect boy who I’ve known all my life but never considered romantically until now” trope is overdone.
Long Story Short: 7/10! ❤