Young Adult

Review: The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

“Live in the moment whenever you can. You don’t need a memory for that.”

The One Memory of Flora Banks

Title: The One Memory of Flora Banks
Author: Emily Barr
Genre and Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: eARC
Pages: 313
Publication: Penguin Books, 12 January 2017
Read: January 2017
Rating:
4-stars-small

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life. 

With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

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You can’t fix people like you can solve a math problem || Review: Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant

“The more I touch someone, the more I can see and understand, and the more I think I can help. But that’s my mistake. I can’t help. You can’t fix people like you can solve a math problem.”

zenn-diagram

Title: Zenn Diagram
Author: Wendy Brant
Genre and Themes: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Friendship
Format: eARC
Pages: 332
Expected Publication: Kids Can Press, 4 April 2017
Read: January 2017
Rating:
4-stars-small

the book | the author

MATH GENIUS. FREAK OF NATURE. LONER.

Eva Walker has literally one friend – if you don’t count her quadruplet three-year-old siblings – and it’s not even because she’s a math nerd. No, Eva is a loner out of necessity, because everyone and everything around her is an emotional minefield. All she has to do is touch someone, or their shirt, or their cell phone, and she can read all their secrets, their insecurities, their fears.

Sure, Eva’s “gift” comes in handy when she’s tutoring math and she can learn where people are struggling just be touching their calculators. For the most part, though, it’s safer to keep her hands to herself. Until she meets six-foot-three, cute-without-trying Zenn Bennett, who makes that nearly impossible.

Zenn’s jacket gives Eva such a dark and violent vision that you’d think not touching him would be easy. But sometimes you have to take a risk…

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Hello, world! I’m back with my first book review after being MIA for a while (MONTHS!!!) and I’m excited to share more bookish stuff with you again. I really hoped you missed me as much as I missed blogging and this community. 😀 Here we go… (more…)

Review: Leave This Song Behind: Teen Poetry at its Best

Leave this Song BehindTitle: Leave This Song Behind: Teen Poetry at its Best
Editors: Stephanie H. Meyer, John Meyer, Adam Halwitz, Cindy W. Spertner
Genre and Themes: Young Adult, Poetry, Anthology
Format: eBook
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
Published: April 2016
Pages: 177
Read: May 2016
Rating:
3-stars-small

the book

Leave This Song Behind, an anthology of poems written entirely by teens, is a celebration of impeccable writing and stunning teen expression. In its 27 years, Teen Ink has received nearly half a million poetry submissions. This book includes the best of the best.

Divided into seven chapters, Leave This Song Behind highlights specific poetic techniques including vivid imagery and sensory details; structure and form; narrative poems; and powerful use of metaphors and similes. The riveting language and accessible topics appeal to teens, teachers, parents, poets . . . and everyone in between.

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The Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: Numbers by Rachel Ward

Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted at Freda’s Voice. The rules:

• Grab a book, any book.
• Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
• Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
• Post it.
• Add the url of your post in the Linky back at her blog.


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Book Beginnings on Friday hosted by Gilon at the Rose City Reader.

Here I’m going to feature the first line or sentence of a book. Because it’s fun to judge books by their opening words and according to Lemony Snicket, “a book’s first sentence can often tell you want sort of story your book contains.”

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Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: Qualify by Vera Nazarian

Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted at Freda’s Voice. The rules:

• Grab a book, any book.
• Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
• Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
• Post it.
• Add the url of your post in the Linky back at her blog.


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Book Beginnings on Friday hosted by Gilon at the Rose City Reader.

Here I’m going to feature the first line or sentence of a book. Because it’s fun to judge books by their opening words and according to Lemony Snicket, “a book’s first sentence can often tell you want sort of story your book contains.”

(more…)