• Book Review: “Identical” by Ellen Hopkins

    I first read Identical by Ellen Hopkins when I was in high school. I’d started with Crank (if you haven’t yet read an Ellen Hopkins book, I highly suggest you start there), and was so eager to get my hands on more. The first time I read Identical was an experience I have only encountered once since. I didn’t see the ending of Identical coming, just as I didn’t see the ending of The Fault in Our Stars coming. These are the only two times that an ending has surprised me so much that I still, to this day, wonder how their authors so masterfully left me dumbfounded. I think this is the most disturbing Ellen Hopkins book I’ve read…

  • 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: “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.

  • Book Review: “Inkheart” by Cornelia Funke

    Inkheart

    Inkheart is among one of the first books I can remember really loving. I can’t remember how old I was when I first read it, but I imagine I was around Meggie’s age. Now, reading this again in my early adult years, I’m reminded of why I loved it so much.

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