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Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to see Robin Benway at an author event. I had never read any of her books before, so when I knew I was going, I immediately rushed to find something of hers to read. I picked up Audrey, Wait!, her debut novel, and it was a such a fun book! If only I had picked this book up sooner! It is definitely a book I would have loved to read as a teen.

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When die-hard music lover Audrey planned to dump her musician boyfriend, she never anticipated the song he promised he’d write about her would be a song about their breakup, Audrey, Wait! which becomes an instant household hit. Audrey herself becomes somewhat of a celebrity as everyone wants to know about the girl who inspired a hit song. However, having a popular song written about you if you’re in high school means you’re socially doomed. Sure, Audrey suddenly gets a lot of attention, not just from those annoying paparazzi but classmates who never cared about her before. She’s finding it hard to be normal, except around her family who is clueless. Even her best friend is acting weird and her job at the ice cream shop at the mall is gaining notoriety. The only silver lining is her quiet coworker who doesn’t seem to care about fame, just old-fashioned hard work.

This was such a cute read. It was fast-paced, totally believable, and while touching on a few comments about today’s celebrity society, also light-hearted and humorous. Audrey has a unique voice and the supporting characters such as her best friend Victoria, her parents, etc. all are strong and memorable. The romance is sweet and down-to-earth, and the final twist at the end is both justifying and empowering.

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Give this to any teen who is obsessed with music, bands, and concerts or those who enjoyed Ali Novak’s The Heartbreakers. I’m really looking forward to reading more of her titles, including the recently published Far From the Tree.

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Posted by on December 21, 2017 in Contemporary fiction, Young Adult/Teen

 

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

10015384._SY540_In this 2016 YALSA Morris Award winner, theater kid Simon has an online pen pal, known only as Blue, who attends the same school and is also secretly gay. When Simon forgets to logout of a library computer, the boy using it after him, Martin, blackmails Simon into helping him pursue a relationship with Abby, one of Simon’s best friends. As Simon panics about everyone finding out his secret, he also is beyond terrified of the ramifications for the mysterious Blue whom he has grown to love. It’s a beautiful story of fragile identities and strong relationships that will speak to the inner souls of similar teens.

 

This book has been among my must-read-soon books ever since it won awards the year I was helping in YALSA, but usually, it’s heavily checked out, so it’s been some time to be able to get my hands on it! It was everything I’ve expected, especially hearing how much a few librarian friends truly loved this story. While finally LGBTQ teens have a main character who has similar struggles and feelings as themselves and thus will love this brave book, other teens will also find this speaks to them through the similarities of keeping secrets (and secret online relationships), being afraid of rejection from friends for their true selves, and those tender feelings of first love that can make or break you. I enjoyed Simon and Blue’s correspondence and descriptions of daily life, which rang very true to any teen keeping a journal (me! 🙋🏻) though Simon’s frequent apologizing drove me bonkers. (This is a personal hypocrisy as I thoroughly admit I probably would have done the same.) Much of the references to technology are modernly accurate but without being too closely defined, which hopefully will lead to a more timeless quality of a classic YA book of its age. I also quite relished how Simon is so caught up in his own whirlwind that he fails to connect some obvious differences in his friends and the final ending was satisfying for these many revelations. I was horrified by Creek Secrets, Martin’s blackmail, and poor Simon’s spot backed into a corner. There are bullying incidences but a courageous teacher and sympathetic friends make you believe in the power of good.

I had two favorite moments in this book that I can recall:

*context: Halloween and Simon’s talking to his younger sister, Nora*

Nora looks up from her book. “Simon. Eww.”

“It’s a dementor robe over my clothes. I think you’ll survive.”

“What’s a dementor?”

I mean, I can’t even. “Nora, you are no longer my sister.”

“So it’s some Harry Potter thing,” she says.

Ms. Albright, Simon’s teacher, in response to a bullying incident:

“Okay, well,” she says quietly. “Just know that those assholes are getting suspended. I’m not even kidding. I will make it my hill to die on.”

Look out, because we’re sure to see a trailer for this movie soon, possibly by this Christmas, since it’s set to release in March 2018!

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Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Today, I’m reviewing Flame in the Mist over at Tynga’s Reviews! Check it out!
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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I’m finally getting to review this wonderful book! Check it out over at Tynga’s Reviews!

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Posted by on August 24, 2017 in Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult/Teen

 

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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I’m over at Tynga’s Reviews today writing about Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor! Click the picture or here to read!

 

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2017 in Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult/Teen

 

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