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3 Things: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler The back and forth narration – past to present to past again – drove me crazy, yet helped weave the story together so seamlessly that it really couldn’t have been done any other way. Clever, smart writing. Harlow was a disaster, and I loved her. Every disastrous second. Fern!! Oh, Fern. This book was difficult to read for the same reasons as The One and Only Ivan. Of course, this book is purely fiction, but Ivan  ...

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3 Things

I read a lot of books. I usually finish a lot of books, too. Some readers don’t have a problem abandoning books that they’re not enjoying, but something in me just doesn’t feel right if I don’t finish books that I’ve started. Sometimes it takes a long time (years, in certain cases… looking at you, Anna Karenina), but I almost always come back to those books and finish them. No, finishing books isn’t usually my problem, and neither is tracking them.  ...

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Review: Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Review contains spoilers) This book has been on my “to be read” list for a long time. I’m currently in the middle of Anna Karenina, and felt like I needed something quick and simple to give myself a break from Tolstoy for a bit. This book did the trick. Willow Chase: A 12 year old genius whose interests include gardening, medical conditions, and the color red. Despite not having many friends, Willow lives a happy life with her  ...

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Review: The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten (Review contains spoilers) Teenagers have it rough. Their bodies are developing rapidly, their brains are growing and changing, and it’s basically all out of their control. For 14 year old Adam Ross, life is even more difficult. His parents are divorced, he has a little stepbrother who shadows his every move, and he’s trying to win the heart of his new friend, Robyn. On top of all that, he has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The  ...

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