Book 42: Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

It is a book that wants to be great, bold, and important, but as the old southern saying goes, “It’s like putting lipstick on a pig.”

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Book 41: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

I am sad that I did not start this book sooner, but I am also sad that this book it over. I was to enjoy it for the first time over and over again.

Book 39: Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg

I did like how they addressed gender and sexuality as a spectrum in this book. Nothing is black and white, and we try to put people in boxes because it makes us more comfortable, but it isn’t that easy.

Book 37: Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

I am not sure why this book was in verse. After just reading a book in verse that I loved, I was hoping this would completely change my original opinion of books in verse. It did not; it just reinforced my opinion that books in verse are too short, leave you wanting more, and do a horrible job of expressing voice.

Book 35: Bull by David Elliott

From Poseidon’s opening line, “Whaddup, bitches?” I was hooked. Elliott used his gift for words and created distinct voices in poetry in a way many fail to accomplish in prose.