I'm running out of "teens in mental hospitals" books! If any of you have suggestions I'd love to hear them. Please leave me a comment with any recommendations you have. Cracked is an interesting take on this genre. Victor and Bull are the alternating narrators in this classic tale of bully vs. bullied, but the twist... Continue Reading →
Review: ‘Thicker Than Water’ by Kelly Fiore Stultz
Am I the only one who automatically assumes that when a book starts out by telling me that one character has killed another that it's a lie? Maybe I've watched too many crime dramas on TV because I always think that the first suspect is the least likely to have actually committed the crime. Synopsis:... Continue Reading →
Review: ‘Suicide Notes’ by Michael Thomas Ford
If a psychologist were to look at my Goodreads account these last few weeks they might very well assume that I'm having some sort of breakdown with all these books about mental illness I've been reading. In fact, while I do have my own issues with mental health, I just find books like this totally... Continue Reading →
Review: ‘My Heart and Other Black Holes’ by Jasmine Warga
Two teens meet in an online group where people pair up to assist each other in completing their suicide plans. Although neither of them want to share their story or develop attachments, it's impossible to share such a secret without sharing something of yourself.
Review: ‘Paperweight’ by Meg Haston
Stevie's parents have sent her to a treatment centre to deal with her eating disorder, but what they don't realize is that she will be gone long before anyone can force her to "get better". The Anniversary is coming soon, and she is ready to pay with her life to atone for her misdeeds.
Review: ‘Calvin’ by Martine Leavitt
Many of us had imaginary friends as children, but what if they suddenly came back and weren't exactly imaginary anymore?
Review: ‘Wink Poppy Midnight’ by April Genevieve Tucholke
I read this book in 2.5 hours, no stopping, no desire to do anything else. I just sat at my desk, absorbed in the creepy, weird, and beautiful words of Wink Poppy Midnight. I did a Wishlist Wednesday post about this book not long ago, and it stuck with me so much that when I... Continue Reading →
Review: ‘Be Frank With Me’ by Julia Claiborne Johnson
One of the great perks of being a bookseller is being able to borrow a book from the store. As long as it comes back undamaged and in sellable condition (ie. no broken spine) I have an infinite number of books at my disposal. Of course, I have a habit of still just buying the... Continue Reading →
Review: ‘Furiously Happy – A Funny Book About Horrible Things’ by Jenny Lawson
Jenny Lawson has done it again with Furiously Happy. I seriously adore this woman for her humour and honesty. Even though I follow along with her life on her blog (The Bloggess), I love reading and owning her books because there are always new stories and details that aren't available any other way. Synopsis: This... Continue Reading →
Review: ‘Get Well Soon’ by Julie Halpern
I was shelving in the Teen section of my store one day and ran across Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern, and since there seems to be a trend of "teens with physical/mental health issues" genre books becoming popular, I decided I should give this one a try. Synopsis: Anna is depressed, so her parents have sent her... Continue Reading →