“When I wake up and go downstairs, my parents are in the kitchen slicing bagels….

“When I wake up and go downstairs, my parents are in the kitchen slicing bagels.” 💙 • This definitely started out giving me John Green vibes but it ended up being more satisfying because for me, the characters of Violet and Finch felt a little more authentic to me- they had a little more dimension. … Read more

“Mom had made spaghetti and meat sauce- perhaps the least Persian food ever, tho…

“Mom had made spaghetti and meat sauce- perhaps the least Persian food ever, though she did add a bit of turmeric to the sauce , which gave it a slight orange cast to the oil in it.” 🧡 • One of the most underrated books in my opinion- why have I not seen this all … Read more

“There’s a juice box and a bag of potato chips on my desk in my cell” • I’ve b…

“There’s a juice box and a bag of potato chips on my desk in my cell” 🧡 • I’ve been loving reading books in verse – I think it’s such a powerful format and can reach a wide audience . I know there are many students who attend the charter high schools I work for … Read more

“As she sat down, he slid a bag of peanut M&M’s toward her.” • It’s always fun…

“As she sat down, he slid a bag of peanut M&M’s toward her.” 💖 • It’s always fun to reunite with characters from a first book and this was no different. My favorite part of this book was probably seeing the sisters, Beatrice and Samantha, grow up and grow closer. But ack! I think I … Read more

“‘What was your go-to bagel order?’ he asked, deftly changing the subject. ‘Blue…

“‘What was your go-to bagel order?’ he asked, deftly changing the subject. ‘Blueberry, with extra cream cheese…’” 💙 • So much fun!!! I kept telling my daughter that I would save this book for her to read in a few years. It’s an alternate history YA romance that imagines America with a Royal family instead … Read more

“I’ve got half a bag of salt and vinegar chips stuffed in the glove box.” • Su…

“I’ve got half a bag of salt and vinegar chips stuffed in the glove box.” ❤️ • Such a unique read – it alternates between Sadie’s POV and a podcast by a fictional host, West McCray. It’s a heartbreaking story and there’s a lot of intense content so please look for trigger warnings before picking … Read more

“I set out plates while Dad makes fried bologna sandwiches.” • Sweet YA romanc…

“I set out plates while Dad makes fried bologna sandwiches.” 💙 • Sweet YA romance with great representation and lots of important issues tackled in a fun and relatable way. I wish there were books like this when I was a teen! It was great to read this during election season here in the US. … Read more

“So after school I eat an apple- my favorite snack- wash dishes, and sweep.” •…

“So after school I eat an apple- my favorite snack- wash dishes, and sweep.” ❤️ • I’ve only read one other book in verse (see previous post on Every Body Looking) so it’s a very new genre to me. I thought this was such a powerful book and one that needs to exist for YA … Read more

“And then we’ll go out and get some ice cream. Though I probably shouldn’t- not …

“And then we’ll go out and get some ice cream. Though I probably shouldn’t- not good for the waistline, after all- I’ve got my eye on the mint chocolate chip.” 💙 • Oh my! After I turned the last page, I just wanted to give this book the biggest hug…. In this fantastical book, Linus … Read more

“Somin leaned against the counter, sucking on a yogurt drink.” • Thank you fo…

“Somin leaned against the counter, sucking on a yogurt drink.” 💜 • Thank you penguinteen for a copy of this book! Wow – the representation in this is amazing! Where was this book when I was growing up??? A fantasy series based on Korean mythology/folklore? How many takes on American folk tales have I read … Read more