• Book Review: “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

    The Fault in Our Stars

    There are very few books that have ripped my heart out and mended it quite like The Fault in Our Stars has. This book is beautiful in every single way: it’s the perfect length, its plot advancement is steady, and the characters are so realistic. This is one of the only books I’ve ever read that I continuously had to put down while reading and ask myself, Was that okay? The Fault in Our Stars tells the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenager who’s suffering from terminal cancer. Through a support group she meets Augustus Waters and they quickly form a friendship that breeds love. They teach each other…

  • Book Review: “Go Ask Alice” by Anonymous

    Go Ask Alice

    Go Ask Alice is the first-person tale of an accidental downward spiral into drugs, alcohol, unwanted sex, and impoverished living. Go Ask Alice has been around for decades, and is even being used as reading material in high schools. This is my second read of Go Ask Alice, and I loved it just as much the second time around. I’m an advocate for banned stories that teach difficult lessons the easier way, and Go Ask Alice definitely falls into this category. This story is an honest account of a young person finding themselves accidentally in the world of addiction. Our protagonist doesn’t fall into this bottomless pit because she seeks out…

  • Book Review: “Glass” by Ellen Hopkins

    If you thought Kristina was in trouble in Crank, you haven’t seen anything yet. In this progression to Glass, Kristina has moved from street-grade meth (or crank) to Mafia produced ice (or glass). All with an infant baby who deserves, and isn’t getting, his mother’s love. I’ve talked in my Crank review about the devastation of taking a bright, straight-A “Kristina” and turning her into a monster (pun intended). “That will never happen to me” has clearly been proven wrong. The goody-goody that was headed for college and a bright future fell so deep down the rabbit hole that she didn’t know which way was up. This can happen to…

  • Book Review: “Cursed Child” by J.K. Rowling

    Cursed Child

    I’ve taken a couple of days since finishing Cursed Child to write down my thoughts. It’s one of those books that I just didn’t know how to feel once it was over. Disclaimer: I approached Cursed Child as a separate entity from the rest of the Harry Potter series, and as such am able to appreciate it for its own merits. If you read Cursed Child thinking of it as the eighth Harry Potter book, you will likely be disappointed. Let us all remember that this is a play BY Jack Thorne, based on a NEW STORY by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, and J.K. Rowling. Our beloved Rowling did NOT…

  • Book Review: “Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling

    Deathly Hallows

    I’ve come back to Deathly Hallows just in time for Cursed Child to come out. I figured now was a great time to not only refresh myself for the release of a new Harry Potter book (!!!), but also to review one of my favourite books of all time.