YA book review · Young Adult

Waiting for Fitz by Spencer Hyde

Originally published in School Library Journal, March 2019. Gr 9 & Up - Midway through her senior year, 17-year-old Addie Foster is sent for inpatient psychiatric therapy at Seattle Regional Hospital for OCD. Quick-witted and literary-minded, she dreams of being a playwright. Making some unlikely, but unique friends from the first day of group therapy,… Continue reading Waiting for Fitz by Spencer Hyde

Adult Fiction book review

Little Big Love by Katy Regan

Originally published in Library Journal, March 2018 A modern family drama unfolds in alternating points of view of authentic voices between a 10 year old named Zac who likes to collect facts and cook, his single mother, Juliet, and her father, Mick.  Juliet and Zac live on Harlequin Estate in Grimsby, a seaside town in… Continue reading Little Big Love by Katy Regan

Adult Fiction book review · Christian fiction

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

The Masterpiece is contemporary Christian fiction at its best. Having read and loved Redeeming Love, one of Rivers's previous novels, I had an inkling that I would enjoy her newest work, fittingly titled The Masterpiece. Many times Christian fiction can become a little too squeaky clean, which distracts from an exciting or enticing story line and pace. Being… Continue reading The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

Adult Fiction book review

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her Eyes, published by Macmillan, will be released on January 31, 2017. This story is full of unreliable narrators (who drink...a lot) and the story switches back and forth between them with each chapter. David Martin is young, handsome, and a highly successful psychiatrist. His wife, Adele, is strikingly beautiful with a tragedy-laden past,… Continue reading Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Adult Fiction book review

Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Truly, Madly, Guilty will be released on July 26, 2016. This is a story of a simple backyard cookout between three families, neighbors and friends, - 6 adults, 3 children, and dog. What could possibly go wrong? From the very beginning of the story, it's clear to the reader that something very bad happened at… Continue reading Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty

YA book review · Young Adult

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

This is a heartbreaking, raw story of mental illness and how it can systematically unravel the bonds between a family. I wasn't sure what to expect from the story, but it was so much more than a young adult coming-of-age story. Of course, there is some young romance and dating involved, but poor Cassie was forced… Continue reading The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

Adult Fiction book review

At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole

At the Edge of Summer will be published on May 17, 2016. It is the summer of 1911, and 15 year old, Clare, is sent from her home in Scotland to Mille Mots, a castle in the French countryside. Her father passed away, so she was send to live with the Crepets, artists and friends… Continue reading At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole