This novel helped me get a grasp on what heaven might look like for someone gone too soon. Not necessarily the lightest of stories, but Sebold builds a vivid and realistic portrayal of what happens after tragedy, for the deceased and for those who loved them.
Raw and impactful in her writing, Kaur makes me feel at once powerful and vulnerable. Never one for poetry, this book made me change my mind. I. Loved. It.
What endears this book to me most is Katniss’ devotion to her sister. That love is what drives her to do impulsive things, like volunteer for an extreme gladiator-type competition where teenagers are forced to fight to the death for the entertainment and submission of the masses.
A story about a second-generation immigrant with a unique name growing up in America torn between his parents’ immigrant culture and the American culture that surrounds him. I would call this my biography if it wasn’t for the fact that the protagonist is male.
A classic for a reason! I read ahead of my class to find out what happened! The interweaving of personal stories and sacrifices within the larger context of freedom and revolution was profoundly moving and impactful.
Butler builds a world not too far removed from our own, where the institutions that keep us civilized have virtually collapsed. Apocalyptic, but is not quite the apocalypse because human beings manage to adapt and survive. This book is as devastating as it is hopeful.
Action-packed. Addictive. Immersive. Our protagonist is Kelsea Raleigh, a 19-year-old raised in isolation so she could survive long enough to become queen of her kingdom. She must come to terms with the legacy she inherits and the one she wants to create for herself.
This novel tells the story of two young women who join the World War II effort in Britain. One of the women is captured by the Nazis and the other is last seen in a plane crashing in Nazi-occupied France. A fast-paced YA novel with adult themes.
Imagine this: a nuanced analysis of the history of race relations in this country, no party inherently evil or blameless, that encourages everyone to objectively examine how we got here in order to build a country that fulfills the American promise. Crazy, right?
This charming coming-of-age novel follows a freshly divorced Louise who finds a decades old etiquette book titled Elegance at her local bookshop. The book gives her the inspiration she needs to start making some drastic changes in her life. Funny and heartwarming.