Everyone deserves a second chance in Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson | review

“Taylor Edwards has a tendency to run away when things get tough. But when her father receives unexpected, terrible news, Taylor knows this is one situation she can’t outrun. To have one last summer together, Taylor’s parents decide to take the family back to their old lake house in the Poconos. Even though Taylor was twelve the last time she went to Lake Phoenix, the people she left behind are still there–-like her former best friend Lucy, who’s still hurting from a long-ago betrayal, and her first crush Henry, who’s gotten five years cuter. With nights full of fireflies and fireworks, the summer holds the possibility of forgiveness, and maybe even love. Taylor wants to hold on to the moment instead of walking away, but she knows the end of the summer is getting closer–-and that time is running out to make the most of her second chance.”
–-blurb from the book 


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Oil on canvas, Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King | review

“Sarah’s life is spinning out of control. After she finds herself utterly unable to draw, budding artist Sarah decides to take a break from school. And that’s when she starts seeing the other Sarahs. Ten-year-old Sarah, with a clear memory of the family vacation that tore everything apart. Twenty-three-year-old Sarah, who has snazzy highlights and a bad attitude. Forty-year-old Sarah, who makes good queso dip and doesn’t wear a bra. They’re all worried about her future. But for sixteen-year-old Sarah, it’s not the future that’s the problem. It’s the present, where she might be having an existential crisis. And the past, where the truth about what happened to her family is there for her to see–-if only she can figure out how to face it.”
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First things first in First & Then by Emma Mills | review

“Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy silently crushing on best friend Cas and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive jock Ezra right where she doesn’t want them–-first into her gym class and then into every other aspect of her life.”
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My words on Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone | review

“Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off. Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist. Caroling introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as a part of the popular crowd… until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.”
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Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Didn’t Get To in 2017! (that I am trying to get to in 2018)

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Hello again! Welcome back to another installment of my favorite, Top Ten Tuesday! Hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and soon to be That Artsy Reader Girl, we share and discuss pre-written topics/themes in (usually) groups of ten! This week’s topic: top ten books we didn’t get to in 2017 (but I am deeefinitely going to get to these books this year). 

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What we know about Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby | review

“When Quinn Sullivan lost her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, her world was shattered. So in an attempt to take control of her mourning, she reaches out to the recipients of Trent’s donated organs. Every letter she writes is answered except for one, to the person who received Trent’s donated heart. Going outside of the system, Quinn tracks down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas, hoping to find peace once and for all. But, like all matters of the heart, it’s not quite that simple. What begins as an accidental run-in with Colton quickly becomes an undeniable attraction. Quinn knows she should walk away–-especially since Colton has no idea how they’re connected–-but that means giving up the only semblance of happiness she’s felt in over a year. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, every beat of his heart is a reminder of all she’s lost… and could lose again.”
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