The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

At just sixteen-years-old, Starr Carter witnesses the shooting of her friend at the hands of a police officer. Khalil, Starr’s friend, was unarmed, and his death makes national headlines. As Starr lives in a poor neighbourhood and attends a fancy suburban prep school, she hears two different opinions of what people have about him. Some are calling him a thug, while people in his neighbourhood know what he really was. Starr must decide whether she should stay quiet or speak up and give Khalil the justice he deserves.… Read More The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

The Breakdown is about a woman named Cass who struggles to live with herself after seeing something important. One night she saw a stationery car in the woods with the woman inside who would later be murdered. The crime causes her to feel guilt about what she could have prevented. Since the incident, she has been forgetting things, such as why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby. She has also been receiving silents calls and feels like something is watching her.… Read More The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Big Little Lies – Miniseries vs. Novel

I thought that I would do something different for this week’s review. I have recently read Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and have also viewed the television adaptation of it. The story is very interesting and well-suited for a miniseries. In this review I am going to compare the novel to the television show and discuss whether it was a faithful yet creative adaptation. SPOILERS!… Read More Big Little Lies – Miniseries vs. Novel

Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne

Finn meets Willa while on a camp that collects the six most highest achieving students to compete with other schools and win a month-long leadership game. When Finn reluctantly agrees to being the person in charge of her group, she must work diligently with those around her to bring her team success. Willa and Finn bond over being in charge and vow to not talk about the game while in each other’s presence. Told in the perspectives of both girls, this story follows the challenging aspects of going to a leadership camp and falling in love for the first time.… Read More Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne

Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant Buddy Read Review with Jasmine @How Useful It Is

Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant follows Eva, a high school student with a unique gift. She can see the different feelings of people through colourful visions by touching them, but it often makes her weak and dizzy. She doesn’t have many friends because of this, as it is difficult to be around people and avoid touching them. Along with her best friend Charlotte, she becomes friends with Zenn, an attractive boy she starts tutoring in math. However, she is surprised when, after the initial vision she got from touching his jacket, she can no longer be affected by his touch.… Read More Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant Buddy Read Review with Jasmine @How Useful It Is

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Lucy is an executive assistant to co-CEOs of a publishing company. She absolutely hates her co-worker, Josh, who sits across from her and causes daily stress to her job. He is an uptight employee, which angers Lucy, as her approach to the job is with friendliness. They play games with each other to see who will come out on top and, as their dislike grows, a promotion becomes available to the best candidate. They start to spend more time together and Lucy comes to realise that she doesn’t hate Josh as much as she once did.… Read More The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Do Not Become Alarmed by Malie Maloy

Cousins Liv and Nora decide to take their children and husbands on a cruise over the holidays. When they arrive in Central America, they take a day-trip to enjoy some sight-seeing off the boat. After a misfortunate event, their children go missing, and the parents and police frantically try to find them. As the story is told in multiple perspectives, the readers see what happens to the children before the parents do. … Read More Do Not Become Alarmed by Malie Maloy

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

November 9 by Colleen Hoover follows Fallon and Ben, who make a pact to each other to meet on November 9 for the next five years. Ben is an aspiring novelist, who uses their story as an inspiration for his book. While trying to become an actress, Fallon is still suffering greatly over an accident she was in two years ago. As each November 9 comes and goes, the two have doubts about the other and struggle over their true feelings.… Read More November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews

Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews tells the story of four siblings and their hidden lives trapped in an attic. After their beloved father passes away in an accident, their mother brings them to live in the attic of their grandparents’ mansion. They are not supposed to be there for long, just until their mother sorts out her father’s will so the inheritance can be passed onto her. But when it takes weeks, months, and even years for the children’s unknown grandfather to die, they ponder their mother’s motives, while despising their unfair and cruel grandmother, who brings them food everyday.… Read More Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husband’s Secret follows the lives of three women, all seemingly different, but connected in various ways. Cecilia is a mother of three girls, is very involved with the community, and successful in her Tupperware career. When she finds an old letter that her husband wrote, she is conflicted over whether she should open it. While we learn about Cecilia, another woman, Tess, finds out that her best friend and husband are in love with each other. On a whim, she moves back into her mother’s home with her six-year-old son. Finally, Rachel, an old woman, is struggling over the death of her daughter. These characters come together is unlikely situations, and are all impacted over the husband’s secret.… Read More The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty