A Fierce and Subtle Poison
It was all so real. Isabel wasn’t a myth. A myth is simple. Isabel was a muddled mess. Like Marisol, she had big, impossible dreams. Like me, she was teetering on a line between bending to the will of her father and piloting her own future. She was just a girl trying to make a blanket out of leaves. In that moment, it seemed perfectly within the bounds of normalcy.
—A Fierce and Subtle Poison, by Samantha Mabry
I didn’t used to overthink my choices quite so much. Then someone made what I’ve always been told is a very important choice for me, and now I tend to overthink everything else.
—Exit, Pursued By a Bear, by E. K. Johnston
It’s the beginning of Hermione Winters’ senior year in high school, and she and her best friend Polly are serving as the co-captains of their Canadian high school’s competitive cheerleading squad. While Hermione is very aware that ...
When Mr. Barnhill asked me how my extracurriculars were, I didn’t say anything, because as far as school is concerned, I’m the president of the Misanthrope Society. Also the only member. He told me to consider community college, and I left with a pamphlet about identifying herpes.
—Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here, by Anna Breslaw
Scarlett Epstein’s clothes come from the thrift store—out of necessity, not hipsterdom—her school lunches are reduced-rate, and her mother scrapes together a living cleaning ...
There are SO many new books coming out in March. These are a very few of the titles I’m planning on picking up:
Burn Baby Burn, by Meg Medina
Outstanding historical fiction about family and friendship set in New York City during 1977, when tensions were excruciating for a lot of reasons, not least of which because there was a serial killer stalking the city. I’ve already read this one and LOVED IT—there’s so much complexity within the characters, their ...
This winter has been easier than last winter—we’ve had very little snow up here in Maine, and it hasn’t been nearly as cold—but despite the fact that I’ve been entirely vigilant about taking my vitamin D, it’s finally all starting to get to me. As much as I want to escape into a book to get away from the dirty snow and hideous cloudy gray sky, I’ve realized that I am smack dab in the middle of that horror of ...
Statistically speaking, girls like me don’t come back when guys like Donald Jessup take us.
According to my research, in 88.5% of all abductions, the kid is killed within the first four hours. In 76% of those cases, it’s within the first two hours. So when they found me alive after nearly two days, the reporters called it a miracle.
They liked it even better when they found out Donald Jessup didn’t want me at first. He wanted Liv ...
I walked between classes in slow motion,
seeing the ancient intertribal wars
still being fought, in the smallest gestures.
Little things I hadn’t noticed before:
the subtle put-downs, silent revenges.
—American Ace, by Marilyn Nelson
Marilyn Nelson’s American Ace came out last month, and it is lovely. It’s about a boy discovering that his Italian-American grandfather—his father’s father—wasn’t actually his biological grandfather, and that his biological grandfather was actually an American who met his grandmother in Italy during World ...