Books shelved under “Friendship”

16 reviews found

  1. Book cover for Every Little Piece of My Heart

    Every Little Piece of My Heart

    by Non Pratt

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Every writer with each novel hones their craft. One of my joys in writing reviews of each of an author’s novels, in the order they’ve been written, is getting to see that development over time. (Meanwhile, my own review-writing skills have developed and changed over the years.) In Non Pratt’s case, Every Little Piece of My Heart showcases how her talents at characterization and particularly perspective have evolved over the years. With each novel, Pratt…

  2. Book cover for Not Otherwise Specified

    Not Otherwise Specified

    by Hannah Moskowitz

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Longtime Twitter follower of Hannah Moskowitz, first time reader. Why did I pick Not Otherwise Specified? No idea! This was the one that came up and got added to my to-read list. No regrets.

    Trigger warning, obviously, for discussions of eating disorder and weight loss. Also for use of potential queer slurs, bullying, and depictions of controlling/manipulative behaviour from friends.

    Etta Sinclair is a Black, bisexual girl at an all-girls school. Her decision to…

  3. Book cover for Giant Days

    Giant Days

    by Non Pratt

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Having not read the graphic novels that started this series, I can’t compare them to Giant Days the novel. Nevertheless, the fingerprints of comic form are all over this book. By this I mean that Non Pratt manages to replicate the slight zaniness inherent in any comic universe, even one purporting to be as prosaic as a story about three people in university. This shouldn’t always work in the novel form (it’s why so many…

  4. Book cover for Fierce Fragile Hearts

    Fierce Fragile Hearts

    by Sara Barnard

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Last year, Sara Barnard dazzled me with Beautiful Broken Things. Now, thanks to NetGalley and Pan MacMillan, I got my digital hands on an eARC for the sequel: Fierce Fragile Hearts is narrated by Suzanne and tells the story of what happens to her months after the conclusion of Beautiful Broken Things. This book is just as good, if not better than, the first one. Every time I didn’t think it could get…

  5. Book cover for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Some books don’t work for me even as they leave me stunned, impressed, or moved. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is one such book. Benjamin Alire Sáenz makes me cry at points with his writing, which is definitely beautiful. Yet neither the story itself nor the characters end up doing much for me.

    Aristotle (Ari, he calls himself) is a Mexican–American teenager growing up in the 1980s. One summer he meets…

  6. Book cover for I Was Born for This

    I Was Born for This

    by Alice Oseman

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Funny status update concerning this book and my friend hoping to give it to me as a present. But ever since I kicked off my year with Alice Oseman’s sublime Radio Silence, I was ready to pre-order I Was Born for This. I was slightly more hesitant to dive in after being disappointed by Solitaire, so let me start by saying that Oseman has won me back over. This is a great…

  7. Book cover for A Study in Charlotte

    A Study in Charlotte

    by Brittany Cavallaro

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Sherlock Holmes was, unsurprisingly, my jam when I was a kid. I preferred Poirot, even then (just something about Christie’s writing or the Belgian detective’s emphasis on his “little grey cells”), but Sherlock was cool too. I love reading stories that try to put a new spin on the Conan Doyle adventures, whether it’s transposing them to the 22nd century, hiring Ian McKellen to play a dementia-ridden Holmes, or gender-swapping Holmes and sending her to…

  8. Book cover for Beautiful Broken Things

    Beautiful Broken Things

    by Sara Barnard

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Reading Beautiful Broken Things made me really want to re-read A Quiet Kind of Thunder. I don’t know—this one was just so good that I was reminded of how much I enjoyed the other, which I think is a much more heartwarming story than this one. And that’s not to say that this one is bad, but there are moods for things. Parts of this story made me cry. Parts of it made my…

  9. Book cover for What's a Girl Gotta Do?

    What's a Girl Gotta Do?

    by Holly Bourne

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Some books are meant to be sipped and savoured over the course of many days. You have to engage with them gradually, wade into them and wait for their temperature to feel comfortable against your mind. Other books demand to be devoured in a single sitting. I’ve determined that, for me, Holly Bourne’s books are the latter. Once I start reading them, I can’t put them down. I started What’s a Girl Gotta Do? on…

  10. Book cover for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

    Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

    by Becky Albertalli

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I read young adult, or YA, for a lot of reasons. As I’ve said before, I read it to keep me young, or at least to keep me connected to the ideas and feelings of younger adults. It’s natural, as we grow older, to lose touch with those perspectives, especially as the world around us changes. Reading YA inoculates me, to some extent, against that. Moreover, YA novels often display so much courage. By…

  11. Book cover for Radio Silence

    Radio Silence

    by Alice Oseman

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    With Radio Silence, Alice Oseman accomplishes the literary equivalent of knocking me over with a feather. I’d heard some good things about this book from people whose opinions I trust, yet still … I wasn’t expecting it to be this good. This captivating. Most importantly, this book has such strong portrayals of friendships, both platonic and romantic, and I love it so much.

    Our protagonist is Frances Janvier. Head Girl at her school, on…

  12. Book cover for How Hard Can Love Be?

    How Hard Can Love Be?

    by Holly Bourne

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    It has been nearly a year since I read Am I Normal Yet?, the first book in Holly Bourne’s Spinster Club trilogy. That was Evie’s story of her struggle with OCD and related issues. With some nice summer weather (finally), I decided it was time to tackle the sequel, wherein Amber spends a summer in America, working at a summer camp run by her mother and stepfather. I’m not as big a fan of…

  13. Book cover for Truth or Dare

    Truth or Dare

    by Non Pratt

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Non Pratt wrote another novel!!!

    It has a gimmick that throws me back to the ’90s, but it’s fully a novel of the 2010s, fuelled as it is by the spectator society of YouTube eyeballs and the intricate liminal spaces teenagers negotiate between their online and offline identities.

    It also has an aromantic and asexual character. I’m probably going to talk more about this than about the main plot of the novel, because hey, you…

  14. Book cover for Unboxed

    Unboxed

    by Non Pratt

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I want to teach high school because I want to stay young forever. Seriously. There is nothing like spending your day around teenagers, feeling their energy and their enthusiasm, being exposed to their perspectives in the world. At the moment my teaching career has shifted sideways, and I’m working with adults who need their high school diplomas (and that has its own rewards). Even then, I can still stay young by reading YA.

    I started…

  15. Book cover for Am I Normal Yet?

    Am I Normal Yet?

    by Holly Bourne

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I love protagonists who screw up. Perfect protagonists are boring! In particular, I love protagonists who acknowledge their flaws and the fact they will make mistakes before they make them. I also love books that talk so explicitly about feminism and position their protagonists as feminists. Am I Normal Yet? is Holly Bourne’s sometimes sad, sometimes funny, always compassionate portrayal of a girl trying to live with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and Evie is a flawed…

  16. Book cover for Remix

    Remix

    by Non Pratt

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    It's 2016; can we stop pretending we don't judge books by their cover? Remix has amazing cover art—in particular, the way the back cover copy is arranged is a thing of beauty. Just look at it. If I hadn’t already wanted to read Remix after reading Non Pratt’s debut, Trouble, that back cover would change my mind.

    I love that Remix is, at its core, about the best friendship between two girls. Yes, there…