Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Review: Stella By Starlight

"Stella by Starlight", by Sharon Draper, is set in Bumblebee, North Carolina in 1932. The nation is in the Depression and deeply segregated. Sometimes disturbing events are seen through the eyes of 11-year-old Stella, starting with a burning cross she and her little brother observe in the night.

Stella's story is poignant and unnerving, but has a sense of hope in the human spirit and a community coming together to help those in need. Stella's father and others show bravery when standing up for their rights, and a tenacity that Stella shares in trying to improve her writing skills. One can't help but root for Stella and the families of Bumblebee.

Monday, February 6, 2017

What About Love?

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I thought I would share some book recommendations that are love stories. All of these are YA novels, because it is my favorite genre. Whether you are in love, wish to fall in love, have loved and lost, believe in love, or maybe don't yet know what love is all about, you can find a little bit of it in the pages of these books.

Sloppy Firsts, by Jessica Darling
First love can be sloppy. Jessica Darling, a sassy New Jersey high school student, finds that out when she meets bad boy Marcus. This book pokes at the hilarious side of love.

Beautiful Creatures, by Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia
Love isn't always easy, and sometimes overcoming the hardships reveals the beauty of a relationship. Ethan and Lena's relationship shows the joy, the fun and the pain of being in love.

Wherever You Go, by Heather Davis
If you like a little paranormal romance, this may be the book for you. Seventeen year old Holly is devastated when she loses her boyfriend Rob in a tragic accident. She doesn't know that Rob's ghost looks over her, and gets jealous when his best friend Jason makes a move.

This Lullaby, by Sarah Dessen
Dessen has authored dozens of books for YA readers to consume with gusto. She doesn't fail with her YA romance, in which Remy meets Dexter, who defies all she ever knew about love and relationships, yet she can't resist him.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, by Jennifer E. Smith
Love happens in the most unexpected places, and for Hadley and Oliver, it happens in an airport.

Forget the chocolates this year, and curl up with a good book and feel all the feels in the world of make believe.