Milk and Honey Review

Milk and Honey ReviewMilk and Honey
by Rupi Kaur
on November 4th 2014
Pages: 204
Published by Createspace
Genres: Poetry
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milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

This little poetry book is a gem!! Kaur’s poems inspired me to write a haiku as my review. Short book of poems Has me in awe and thinking Of loss, life, and love &nbsp…

Book Review: Wonder

Book Review: WonderWonder
by R.J. Palacio
on February 14th 2012
Pages: 316
Published by Knopf
Genres: Young Readers
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I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

My Takeaway  “You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.” R.J. Palacio Wonder is one of those books that stays with you long after you’ve read it. It is one of my favorite books. I recommend it wholeheartedly to both…

Book Review: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

Book Review: The Twelve Lives of Samuel HawleyThe Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
by Hannah Tinti
on March 28th 2017
Pages: 480
Published by Dial Press
Genres: Literary Fiction
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After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter, Loo, to Olympus, Massachusetts. There, in his late wife's hometown, Hawley finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at school and grows curious about her mother's mysterious death. Haunting them both are twelve scars Hawley carries on his body, from twelve bullets in his criminal past; a past that eventually spills over into his daughter's present, until together they must face a reckoning yet to come. This father-daughter epic weaves back and forth through time and across America, from Alaska to the Adirondacks.

Both a coming-of-age novel and a literary thriller, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley explores what it means to be a hero, and the cost we pay to protect the people we love most.

My Takeaway  “Everything breaks if you hit it hard enough.” Hannah Tinti, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is beautifully written, enjoyable and worthy of reading. It touches on a father and daughter’s fierce love, acceptance, sacrifice, and survival. Samuel Hawley is a…

Book Review: The Perfect Girl

Book Review: The Perfect GirlThe Perfect Girl
by Gilly Macmillan
on September 6th 2016
Pages: 464
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks
Genres: Mystery/Crime, Suspense/Thriller
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Zoe Maisey is a seventeen-year-old musical prodigy with a genius IQ. Three years ago, she was involved in a tragic incident that left three classmates dead. She served her time, and now her mother, Maria, is resolved to keep that devastating fact tucked far away from their new beginning, hiding the past even from her new husband and demanding Zoe do the same.
Tonight Zoe is giving a recital that Maria has been planning for months. It needs to be the performance of her life. But instead, by the end of the evening, Maria is dead. In the aftermath, everyone—police, family, Zoe's former solicitor, and Zoe herself—tries to piece together what happened. But as Zoe knows all too well, the truth is rarely straightforward, and the closer we are to someone, the less we may see.

Unfolding over a span of twenty-four hours through three compelling narratives, The Perfect Girl is gripping, surprising, and emotionally complex—a richly layered look at loyalty, second chances, and the way secrets unravel us all.

My Takeaway  First of all, I have no idea why it has taken me so long to read a Gilly Macmillan novel. She has been on my radar for quite some time and I’m delighted I finally got my hands on one of her books (thank you local library…

Book Review: One of the Boys

Book Review: One of the BoysOne of the Boys
by Daniel Magariel
on March 14th 2017
Pages: 168
Published by Scribner
Genres: Mystery/Crime
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The three of them—a twelve-year-old boy, his older brother, their father—have won the war: the father’s term for his bitter divorce and custody battle. They leave their Kansas home and drive through the night to Albuquerque, eager to begin again, united by the thrilling possibility of carving out a new life together. The boys go to school, join basketball teams, make friends. Meanwhile their father works from home, smoking cheap cigars to hide another smell. But soon the little missteps—the dead-eyed absentmindedness, the late night noises, the comings and goings of increasingly odd characters—become sinister, and the boys find themselves watching their father change, grow erratic, then violent.

My Takeaway  One of the Boys, is Magariel’s debut novel and he is a heck of a writer. I read the gripping novella in one sitting and although some parts were difficult to take in, I found myself wanting to read more. However, this somber, dark story is not…