It’s hard to believe it’s September already. August brought school and a change in my reading routine. Here’s a round up of what I read in August. ** denotes favorite.
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
#bookaday Noteworthy by Riley Redgate. I saw this billed as Pitch Perfect meets She's the Man and that description was spot on. I was totally here for this — it's one of my favorite tropes. The story isn't super heavy, even though it deals with issues like sexuality, identity, and privilege. Jordan challenges her socialization about what it means to be masculine or feminine and her processing of this is neat to watch. I did think that Jordan's isolation was convenient – the friendless void left by her graduated ex made it easier to maintain the charade (not that passing for male was easy), but it also made her relatable to anyone who's come out of an all-encompasssing relationship.
Ghost by Jason Reynolds **
#bookaday Ghost by Jason Reynolds. #stickynotereviews I loved Ghost. Jason Reynolds is a master. Story has good pacing and a protagonist who reads like a middle schooler. There are so many points of entry for this story even if you're not a fan of track. Ghost is a relatable character who, in many ways, reminds me of some the students I work with. His behavior struggles are so real.
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
#stickynotereviews for Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy. There's no mistaking it: Alice is a mean girl. If you go in expecting any different, you'll be disappointed. This is a novel about accepting consequences, and it's about what happnes when people who say they value honesty are not honest with everone who expects it. I foudn Alice hard to like, but that may have been part of the point. I also found myself wondering why Harvey stuck around through just about everything.
The Secret Langauge of Sisters by Luanne Rice
#SixWordSummary and #StickyNoteReview for The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne Rice. *** Read this on recommendation from my school's librarian. She thought the sisters' connection would be a mirror for me. I had a really hard time with the way blame played out in this book. Tilly texts Roo, too gets into a car accident, and the accident is blamed on Tilly in the "you shouldn't have texted while she was driving" kind of way. It is a story about the bond between sisters, and a story about resilience. At times the narrative drags, and at times it reads like a cautionary tale. The relationship between the sisters and the encouragement from my librarian are the only reasons I finished.
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
#bookaday A List of Cages by Robin Roe. #StickyNoteReviews: Bestill my breaking heart. To start – TW: child abuse. As a teacher who has had students who are victims, this one gave me all the feels. And I loved that the narrative centered around the reconnection, friendship and brotherhood of these two boys. The abuse makes this a hard read. I felt for Julien and could identify with Adam's need to help. Adam's friends were also fleshed out – pissed-off Charlie who helps Adam do some self-care, and Emerald, Adam's girlfriend, who seemed to look at the world through rose-colored glasses. I definitely recommend this one.
Solo by Kwame Alexander **
#bookaday Solo by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess #stickynotereviews Kudos to Kwame Alexander for making me cry. There's love, grief, family, and rock and roll in this one. I'm a sucker for books wherein the character is searching for him [so this was up my alley]. Audiobook = win for me. The music from this story is available on YouTube, but audiobook included Blade's songs a songs, which I found to be a bonus. I felt for Blade – his father is an addict, he's [spoiler redacted] which sends him on his quest. I'm not sure what else to say without spoiling the plot, so I'll just stay read it and leave it at that.
For September, I will be rereading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely for my dissertation. With AJ, I’m buddy reading Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson. And with the Nerdfighteria Online Book Club, I’m reading Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides.
What did you read in August and what do you plan on reading in September?