Becky Boer

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My Brilliant Friend

“My father held tight to my hand as if he were afraid that I would slip away. In fact I had the wish to leave him, run, move, cross the street, be struck by the brilliant scales of the sea. At that tremendous moment, full of light and sound, I pretended I was alone in the newness of the city, new myself with all life ahead, exposed to the mutable fury of things but surely triumphant: I, I and Lila, we two with that capacity that together–only together–we had to seize the mass of  ...

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The Hour I First Believed – Updated

by Wally Lamb58% done I started this book because I read that it was a fictional account of the Columbine High School shooting. Morbid as it is, I’m fascinated with true crime stuff, and Columbine was somewhat significant to me, as I was a senior in high school when it happened in 1999. I haven’t read any other books about it, nor have I watched Bowling for Columbine or any other documentaries, but this book has sunken me deep into websites on the killers and their victims. I  ...

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Strange the Dreamer

by Laini Taylor55% done For a long time, I avoided this book. The title turned me off, but that wasn’t the only reason. I also read a description of the book, and the fantasy world in which it takes place seemed a little too fantastical to me. However, I’m fascinated with Karou and the world of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. That was one of the few YA series that I actually finished and really enjoyed.  So when I saw that Strange the Dreamer was available as an ebook from the  ...

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Stay With Me

by Ayobami Adebayo Yejide is a woman who cannot get pregnant, so her husband, Akin, takes a second wife to bear his children. And then absolutely nothing happens the way you expect it to. Adebayo’s writing is elegant and mature, but not stilted or formal. She flows back and forth between Yejide and Akin’s points of view effortlessly, and you can’t help but want the best for these realistic, messy, sometimes not-so-great people. One of the things that really stuck with me  ...

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