Widows and Orphans is powerfully realistic. Francombe life is often comic and sometimes absurd, but everything has its price.
The charming English gardens call to me while the villagers seem like real people instead of caricatures. Some are nice, some are lazy, some are nosy but they’re not played for cheap laughs.
Holmes is all charm, and his self-deprecating style makes his story relatable and engaging without feeling self-involved. A hilarious and touching coming-of-age story that will strike a particular nerve among Generation Y.
...the story is a very nice slow-burn romance and when every other book I am reading seems to have a Insta!Love/Lust I feel even more weird that I am complaining. I want more slow burn romances, not less, and I really wanted to love this book more than I did.
Readers who stick around for the reveal will be rewarded with a tale about two women’s secrets that’s both entertaining and surprisingly touching.
The adventure was fun and pretty fast-moving, but I was kind of disappointed with the reveal of the main villain.
First published in 1999, Vyner’s oral history could call on a remarkable list of associates, a good few of whom are no longer with us. She wisely keeps her voice at a distance, given the rich variety of eyewitnesses at her disposal.
It is the sad last chord of a painful story, for though Faludi’s remarkable, moving and courageous book is extremely fair-minded all the way through, she only ever finds the frailest signs of warmth in her larger-than-life parent.
The authors ably create the suspense of anticipation and winnow the legal issues for lay readers. Uplifting, well-written story of personal courage and political empowerment.
While there probably aren't tons of books specifically about two asexual dudes trying to make an honest go of it, this is a pretty typical feel-good boy-meets-boy sort of story. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon, but if you're looking for something racy, you won't find it here.
The book is beautifully written, and stunningly set in the hills of Vermont. It works well as a piece of literature, with a compelling story that is well told in an authentic teen voice. It’s one of those books that will remind you why you read and happily keep you up at night.
There are a lot of emotional switchbacks packed into a single week, but the authors, writing in alternating chapters, incisively explore the excitement and costs of change, and the importance of friends in figuring out what to keep and what to jettison.
Teen fictions that explores transgender issues are thin on the ground. Williamson’s memorable and thought‑provoking depiction of a girl trapped in a teenage boy’s body deserves to make its mark.
...it beautifully attests to Mr. Vuong’s own ability to use the magic of words to summon and preserve the past — to turn “bones to sonatas” and by pressing pen to paper, touch his family “back from extinction.”
..I had a good time reading Beneath the Waves and I recommend it when you’re looking for strong female leads with a lovely romance and a unique fantasy setting and don’t expect to be thrilled by surprising plot twists.
But in its powerful visual components, “Draw the Line” pushes Adrian’s story into bold new territory. The art — images from Graphite’s adventures, discarded sketches — is appropriately inconsistent.
By turning the conversation around to show what queerness can tell readers about Christianity, this work provides a striking road map for larger, more productive conversations and community building.
I would recommend this book without hesitation if you enjoy a paranormal magical adventure with a gay romantic storyline and some low key social commentary.
Though multiple scenes are repeated with little variation (phone calls discussing the exact same things, sex acts in booths, etc.), this is a sharply observed and sometimes witty novel.
Though they buried their own pasts, their influences helped the author invent himself, and thrive, through his search for his own Castalia. A reflective investigation of the self, memory, and invention.