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.

Book 33: American Street by Ibi Zoboi

This book left me in awe and feeling ignorant and privileged. We all have our demons and our struggles, but this book shows real struggle. It also shows that not everything is as it seems from the outside.

Book 32: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

First and foremost, I think it is important to point out the importance of this book and the fast that I am cis-gender. I cannot speak for the trans community, so I will not even try to talk about how someone that is transgender might see this book.

Book 30: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

For readers, DO IT! Read the damn thing.

For librarians, DO IT! Buy the damn thing. If you have money in your budget, buy the damn thing 3 or 4 times. It will get checked out.

Book 27: List of Cages by Robin Roe

I struggled with how I was going to review this book. On Goodreads, I gave it 3-stars, which doesn’t seem fair in my mind, but then again, 4 seems too generous. I might switch it back and forth throughout the rest of the week out of guilt.