As my stitches healed she called me hassan saby, tomboy, and kept saying, “This is the result of doing what you were told not to do.” I looked away and said to myself: This is the result of not having the right-size bicycle.
—Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine, by Ibtisam Barakat
Balcony on the Moon is Ibtisam Barakat’s memoir of her child and young adulthood in Palestine. It picks up where her previous book ...
Um, where are the f-bombs?
One of the hazards of pre-publication reviewing is that the books we are evaluating are still works in progress. They're mostly finished, but many are still going through copy editing and proofreading. We check quoted language with the publisher to make sure it hasn't changed and learn sometimes that it has. Other times we will simply describe something that has been changed, and the publisher will let us know.
In the vast majority of these cases, we are ...
BOOK REPORT for Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Heck Yes*Swoonworthy Scale:
The Patty Chase Award for Awful ParentingRelationship Status:
Cover Story: Thorny
I’m very glad no one has created technology that brings book covers to life. I’d have had to bust out the thick gardening gloves in order to read this one.
I would have done it, mind you. Just glad I didn’t have ...
Seventeen years of life had prepared me for a lot of things. I was a fine cricket player and I could sew a dress in two hours and I could strip down any literary text until it was just metaphor and authorial intention. But I was utterly lost when it came to this newfound issue of boys. Or boy, I guess.
—The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You, by Lily Anderson
A little while back, I wrote about ...
Before the year ends
First week of November preludes the inevitable look at the TBR mountain to see what I still need (and want) to read in this final stretch toward the end of the year.
The first book that comes to mind is The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin. The first book in the series – The Fifth Season – was a favourite book of 2015, and I must really find the time to read the sequel ...
Earlier this week, I took a look at the November YA releases I’ve been waiting for—now it’s time to look at some of the middle grade releases!
Here are the six that I’m most looking forward to:
Wildings, by Eleanor Glewwe
Companion novel to Sparkers. Wildings is set a few years AFTER a revolution in which non-magic users overthrew their magical overlords, and I LOVE the idea of a story that deals with the aftermath—we so often see stories about ...
BOOK REPORT for Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King
Cover Story: Literally
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 0
Talky Talk: A.S. King, Mofos! x 2
Bonus Factors: Portrayal of Domestic Violence, Metal
Relationship Status: I'll Be There For You
Cover Story: Literally
This image is a direct interpretation of the title, with nods to characters and subjects from the story. It also continues the streak of classy, monochromatic-ish covers for A.S. King, and it ...
Nicola Yoon photographed by Sonya Sones.
Nicola Yoon is a self-described “romantic goober.” She loves (and writes) young-adult romances, and she really, really loves her husband, David. The two—she’s a reformed electrical engineer from Jamaica, and he’s a Korean-American English major—met in grad school. Despite their differences, they fell in love, got married, and eventually had a daughter. Yoon’s anxious love for her child gave her the idea for her first novel, Everything, Everything, which tells the story of Maddy, a girl who is allergic ...