Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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Published: April 24th, 2018 by Balzer + Bray | Series: Creekwood #2 | Length: 343 pages | Genre: YA LGBT (f/f – both bisexual) contemporary romance | Source: Purchased | Content Warning: homophobia, racism

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Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

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ARC Review: Welcome Home edited by Eric Smith

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Published: September 5th, 2017 by Flux | Series: N/A | Length: 352 pages | Genre: YA anthology (various genres) | Source: Received a free copy from editor | See individual story reviews for content warnings (too many to list all of them here). Themes like adoption, abandonment, and feeling out of place are common throughout.

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Summary from Goodreads:

Welcome Home collects a number of adoption-themed fictional short stories, and brings them together in one anthology from a diverse range of celebrated Young Adult authors. The all-star roster includes Edgar-award winner Mindy McGinnis, New York Times bestselling authors C.J. Redwine (The Shadow Queen) and William Ritter (Jackaby), and acclaimed YA authors across all genres, like Adi Alsaid, Lauren Gibaldi, Sangu Mandanna, Karen Akins, and many more.

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Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Rating: 5/5 stars

Published: April 7th, 2015 by Balzer + Bray | Series: Creekwood #1 | Length: 303 pages | Genre: YA LGBTQIAP contemporary | Source: Bought | Content Warning: blackmail, MC is outed by another person, homophobic bullying

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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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The Girl in the Broken Mirror Blog Tour: What The Author Hopes You’ll Take Away

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I am so honored to be a part of the blog tour celebrating The Girl in the Broken Mirror! This book sounds absolutely amazing and I’m so thrilled to share this post with you all. I have a post from the author discussing what she hopes readers will get from reading the book and then there’s some information about the book and the author.

TW for rape/sexual assault!

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April Wrap-Up/May TBR

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Happy Friday, y’all! I’m back with my THIRD POST OF THE WEEK. Seriously, can I get some kind of award for this? I can’t remember the last time I posted three times in one week. I’m so proud of myself, hahaha.

In honesty, I do want to thank you all for sticking around while I try and figure out how to fit reading and blogging into my life currently. I’m still figuring things out, but it seems that I’ve at least managed to get out of my slumps, so that’s gotta count for something, right? Let’s hope! Now, let’s get into my wrap-up of April and my May TBR.

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ARC Review: Everywhere You Want To Be by Christina June

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Published: May 1st, 2018 by Blink | Series: N/A (but it is a companion novel to It Started With Goodbye) | Length: 288 pages | Genre: YA contemporary, fairytale retelling | Source: Received an ARC from author | TW: bullying, emotional abuse from parent

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Summary from Goodreads:

From author Christina June comes Everywhere You Want to Be, a modern tale inspired by the classic Red Riding Hood.

Matilda Castillo has always done what she was told, but when she gets injured senior years, she watches her dreams of becoming a contemporary dancer slip away. So when Tilly gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the summer with a New York dance troupe, nothing can stop her from saying yes–not her mother, not her fears of the big city, and not the commitment she made to Georgetown. Tilly’s mother allows her to go on two conditions: one, Tilly will regularly visit her abuela in New Jersey, and two, after the summer, she’ll give up dancing and go off to college.

Armed with her red vintage sunglasses and her pros and cons lists, Tilly strikes out, determined to turn a summer job into a career. Along the way she meets new friends … and new enemies. Tilly isn’t the only one desperate to dance, and fellow troupe member Sabrina Wolfrik intends to succeed at any cost. But despite dodging sabotage and blackmail attempts from Sabrina, Tilly can’t help but fall in love with the city, especially since Paolo, a handsome musician from her past, is also calling New York home for the summer.

As the weeks wind down and the competition with Sabrina heats up, Tilly’s future is on the line. She must decide whether to follow her mother’s path to Georgetown or leap into the unknown to pursue her own dreams.

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May Releases I’m Excited For

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Good morning, everyone!! Once again, it’s been ages since I posted on here and I apologize for my ridiculous inconsistency. For what it’s worth, I scheduled a few posts yesterday so I shouldn’t be quite as MIA as I have been…

Anyway, today I wanted to talk about some of the books releasing in May that I’m excited about. There are quite a few of them making it pretty difficult to narrow this list down, but I somehow managed to do it. It’s still a pretty long list though so please forgive me. Hopefully, you guys won’t mind too much. 🙂

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