Book Review | How to Set a Fire and Why by Jesse Ball


Lucia, the protagonist of Jesse Ball’s How to Set a Fire and Why, is such a lovely, complicated, aggravating, but ultimately endearing misfit of a teenager. She’s grieving, she’s lonely, she’s scared, she’s way more adult than she should be – but she’s still a kid at heart. Ball does an admirable job with the complications […]

Book Review | Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt by Yasmine El Rashidi


I don’t know if I’ve ever wanted to like a book more than I wanted to like Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt by Yasmine El Rashidi but god damn did I not love this book. First of all, this is a novel that spans many decades and discusses several different Egyptian revolutions. The […]

Book Review | We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley


I’m not generally a huge fan of “psychological thrillers” because, in my experience, the twists and turns tend to be pretty obvious from pretty far off. That was not the case with We Could Be Beautiful. Sure, it was pretty clear pretty early that the fiance of Catherine West, the rich, spoiled protagonist, had something seriously […]

Book Review | Before the Fall by Noah Hawley


Reading Before the Fall was a whole lot of fun! The story begins with a plane crash over an ocean and the dramatic story of a man, Scott, who survives said crash. While he’s bobbing around in the water trying to figure out what to do, he hears a sound. It’s J.J., just four-years-old, the son […]

Book Review | Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler


Wow, Anne Tyler, what happened to you? Vinegar Girl is the fourth book I’ve read by this Pulitzer Prize-winning author and god damn was it not up to snuff. Not that I’ve loved all of her other books. I only gave two stars to Breathing Lessons, the book she won the Pulitzer for, though The Accidental Tourist earned five from […]

Dear Fang, With Love by Rufi Thorpe


Holy bananas, did I love Dear Fang, With Love by Rufi Thorpe. This book deals with so many big, big things in such compassionate, realistic, and emotionally devastating ways. It was a surprisingly engaging and addictive read considering the harsh subject matter it dealt with. On the surface, the story was of a girl and her […]

Book Review | The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead


Guys. Guys! Listen, guys: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead is going to win all the awards. I have not read a book this fucking good and powerful and chilling in . . . well, I imagine it was about 1998 when I read Night by Elie Wiesel, which I thought about often while reading this god damn […]

Book Review | Cruel Beautiful World: A Novel by Caroline Leavitt


Cruel Beautiful World: A Novel by Caroline Leavitt does so many things right that I couldn’t possibly list them all. It is the story is about a 16-year-old girl who falls in love with her English teacher, who promptly whisks her off to live in a falling down house in the middle of nowhere, with no […]

Book Review | Soft in the Head by Marie-Sabine Roger


For whatever reason it took me like 8,000 years of being a book blogger before finally getting on the NetGalley bandwagon, but here I am, ridin’ that wagon! My first book was Soft in the Head by Marie-Sabine Rogers, which has been translated from its original French and will be published in June of 2016. Man, […]