Tag: contemporary

Prince in Disguise by  Stephanie Kate Strohm

Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

An Adorable Holiday Slump-buster!

ISBN: 9781484768174

Life is real enough for Dylan—especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.

As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises—including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation.


I was SO excited to be approved for this Disney-Hyperion title on Net Galley, and it did not disappoint!

If you’re in the mood for a fast, slump-buster read–whether to get you back into reading or to kick-start you into the holiday spirit–this is it! I loved Dylan immediately. She’s the awkward, self-conscious, shy younger sister of a beauty-pageant winner, dragged into a high-profile world she never wanted to be part of. When she ends up meeting a boy she might actually LIKE (for the first time, like, EVER), she’s forced to go through the roller coaster of first love on reality television. UGH, right???

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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

This Book Is Wearing Dignity. So Much More Beautiful Than Pearls.

ISBN: 978-0544586505

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life is a brilliant story of youth at an end, adulthood on the horizon, the meaning of family, the many faces of love, and the difficulty of knowing how to hold on while at the same time letting go.

It’s a fitting theme for readers who loved Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Some of us are having a hard time letting go of that one, and for good reason. But if we hold on to it too hard, looking only to the past, we’ll miss the captivating beauty of this next one. And that would be a tragedy. Continue reading “The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz”

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Funny with a Mean Streak

ISBN: 978-0060288143

I (Erin) bought this one as a “blind date” from Malaprops. They wrap books in brown paper and write things like “hilarious” or “pee-your-pants funny” or whatever, and you buy it like that and then open it to see what you bought! It’s so fun! (If you already have it you can exchange it right away, so it’s a much better deal than your usual blind date ha ha!)

So Georgia is 14. She lives in Great Britain and has all kinds of misadventures like dressing up as an olive for a party and wrestling her own rather terrifying house cat. She’s very funny most of the time, but sometimes she’s kind of mean so I didn’t always sympathize with her. Continue reading “Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison”

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Brilliant, Funny, Quirky, Engaging

ISBN: 978-0525428183

Solomon is a teenager who has not stepped one foot outside his house in three years. Lisa is a high school junior who decides to “fix” him so she can write the best college application essay in the history of ever. Needless to say, all does not go as planned. Continue reading “Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley”

Tired of Me by Krystine Kelly

Tired of Me by Krystine Kelly

Bold, Brave, Gritty, Honest

ASIN: B01CELJU6M

Note: Tired of Me has been pulled from retailers, and the author’s sites are offline.  If anyone has news as to where this might resurface, please let us know!

“Tired of Me” is a fictional tale (although you might have to keep reminding yourself of the “fictional” bit) that takes a very real, very hard look at the underbelly of modern adolescence. If you ever wondered, as a parent, how much of a difference it makes to talk to your kids–or just to show up for them every day–read this book. It matters. The story is fiction, but the struggle is real. Continue reading “Tired of Me by Krystine Kelly”