Books

20 by Vastal Surti

'It's really hitting me where I live. Prose poetry about what it feels like to be young and have the whole world caught inside your throat.' - Lena Dunham The story of a young model and an introspective writer, "20" is a novel about loneliness, love, hopes and dreams. One night as she is driving… Continue reading 20 by Vastal Surti

Books

The Gods Lie by Kaori Ozaki

Natsuru Nanao, a 6th grader who lives alone with his mother, strikes up an unlikely friendship with the reserved and driven Rio Suzumura. Natsuru plays hookey from soccer camp that summer, and instead of telling the truth to his mother, he spends all his time with Rio and her kid brother at their rickety house,… Continue reading The Gods Lie by Kaori Ozaki

Books

DNF: The Beautiful Lost by Luanne Rice

Here are three things to know about Maia: 1. Ever since her mother left, Maia's struggled with depression -- which once got so bad, she had to go to an institution for a while. She doesn't want to go back. 2. Maia's sure that if she finds her mother, if the two of them can… Continue reading DNF: The Beautiful Lost by Luanne Rice

Books, Cinderella, Fairy Tale

ARC: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation… Continue reading ARC: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Books, Fantasy, Romance, YA

Aisuru by Anma Natsu

“You told me before that you’d never regret meeting me. Do you still feel that way now?” Eighteen-year-old Sakura has spent her high school years living in self-imposed isolation. She’s carefully perfected her role as a cold, stuck up snob at school to keep her classmates, her teacher, the world at a distance so they… Continue reading Aisuru by Anma Natsu

Books, Contemporary

ARC: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die. After her mother's suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother's mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as… Continue reading ARC: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Movies

Orange: Movie Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwhkIfS8b6E Last year, I read the short manga Orange by Ichigo Takano, and absolutely loved the story. The manga is about Naho, the main protagonist, who keeps receiving letters from her future self. Naho's future self has many regrets in her life, and feels that in order to remove her guilt, the letters she writes… Continue reading Orange: Movie Review

Books, Contemporary, Romance, YA

I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil

Author: Gretchen McNeil Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult Links: Amazon | GoodreadsBeatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini has life all figured out. She's starting senior year at the top of her class, she’s a shoo-in for a scholarship to M.I.T., and she’s got a new boyfriend she’s crazy about. The only problem: All through high school Bea and her best… Continue reading I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil

Books, DNF, Japanese Literature

Why I DNFed Almost Transparent Blue by Ryu Murakami

Goodreads Synopsis: Almost Transparent Blue is a brutal tale of lost youth in a Japanese port town close to an American military base. Murakami's image-intensive narrative paints a portrait of a group of friends locked in a destructive cycle of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. The novel is all but plotless, but the raw and often violent… Continue reading Why I DNFed Almost Transparent Blue by Ryu Murakami

Books, YA

Summer Days And Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins

Author: Stephanie Perkins Genre: Contemporary, Short Stories, YA Links: Amazon | Goodreads Goodreads Synopsis: Maybe it's the long, lazy days, or maybe it's the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers… Continue reading Summer Days And Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins