Do It in 140: Tweet-Short Reviews (32)

Posted 11 April, 2016 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Tweet-Short Reviews | 4 Comments

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Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler (YA Contemporary, hardcover, 464 pages; published May 26, 2015 by Viking Books for Young Readers; source: publisher)

Immaculate conception…huh. Definitely an interesting premise. Appreciated that, though there were (obviously) religious undertones, that wasn’t a pounding message. It was more a dealing with the whole situation story. A quiet, solid story. 3.5 stars

The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett (YA SciFi, hardcover, 464 pages; published Sept. 22, 2015 by Greenwillow Books; source: publisher)

This book surprised me — it was quiet and unassuming but yet haunting and it stuck with me after I finished it. Character driven, this story was unexpectedly sad. 4 stars

Infinite In Between by Carolyn Mackler (YA Contemporary, hardcover, 480 pages; published Sept. 1, 2015 by HarperTeen; source: publisher)

Really enjoyed how the author captured high school life well (a challenge for anyone not actually *in* high school). With 5 POV’s, that was a bit too much for me but it worked to incorporate a variety of experiences. 3.5 stars


Paperweight by Meg Haston (YA Contemporary, hardcover, 304 pages; published July 7, 2015 by HarperTeen; source: publisher)

Realistically captured the struggle and the recovery process of Stevie, who has anorexia nervosa. It’s a challenging subject to do well, as with any story that deals with mental illness. Heartbreaking read. 4 stars

Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Mazel (YA Contemporary, hardcover, 384 pages; published June 30, 2015 by HarperTeen; source: publisher)

15 going on 16 is such a difficult time in a girl’s life, especially the struggle to both find yourself and turn  yourself into something “better”. Mazel does a fabulous job capturing that with Bean and her struggle to create a “more acceptable” self. Open ending was sorely disappointing (I like a nicely wrapped ending) but worked for Bean and this story. 4 stars

This Side of Home by Renee Watson (YA Contemporary, hardcover, 336 pages; published Feb. 3, 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens; source: publisher)

I truly don’t read enough diverse books, especially considering the diverse crew of teens I teach. Adored the bond between the two sisters and family. Solid portrayal of race relations and gentrification. So pleased to now have this on my class bookshelf. 4 stars

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (YA Contemporary, hardcover, 375 pages; published Sept. 15, 2015 by Balzer + Bray; source: publisher)

Highly enjoyed spending time with Willowdean, a sturdy young woman who is at times proud of her body while also struggling with it (uhg, the struggle is real), who enters a beauty pageant to prove that she can do it. Rooted for this girl all the way through. 4 stars

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