Review: Personal Effects by E. M. Kokie

This is a fantastic YA novel about Matt, a teen whose beloved older brother T.J. was killed in Iraq. Left alone with his controlling and abusive father, Matt is struggling in school, starting fistfights with kids in the halls. When T.J.’s personal effects are delivered to Matt’s house, Matt goes through them all, searching for something meaningful he can … More Review: Personal Effects by E. M. Kokie

Review: Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

Oh my goodness. This book. The feels. Abigail Tarttelin’s Golden Boy tells the story of Max, an intersex teen whose entire life and sense of self are completely upended after he is brutally raped by a childhood friend. When I say brutal, I mean it–the entire book provides a graphic and unflinching look at the depression and terror that … More Review: Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

Matilda Reviews: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

Summary The year is 1975 and Reno—so-called because of the place of her birth—has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world—artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, … More Matilda Reviews: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

Matilda Reviews: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

This is one of those books where my opinion doesn’t seem to correlate with the majority opinion. I just don’t understand why people love this book so much–but to each her own. Summary via Goodreads:  Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, … More Matilda Reviews: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Matilda Reviews: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Summary via Goodreads: In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in … More Matilda Reviews: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki