Let's try this new thing where I post a list of books I read a few times a year. Advance Warning: There will be zero consistencey in how often I do this little review-a-thon.
Rules: In order for me to genuinely reccomend a book, it has to do several things:
1) pass the first line test.
2) pass the first page test.
3) be finishable (the story hooks me and hurls me headlong into the ending until my breathing like I've run a great distance, basically).
Now for the books that have me still talking about them.
Look, this is the LGBTQ+ thriller you need. Every line--EVERY LINE--is packed with emotion, character, drama, thrill, danger, etc. There is nothing "fluffy" about this book and I was done for from the very first line. The characters are real, angry, terrified teens trying to figure out who did it, and also there's gay romance.
Also, Caleb Roehrig is now on my insta-buy list, right next to Maggie Steifvater.
Not a Young Adult read, but so horrifically good. This novel is the Discovery Channel documentary about mermaids you never wanted. It has thrills like true crime, and beauty and science like any documentary, and the fear of what lies waiting in the deep.
Read this. You will not regret it.
I finished this novel yesterday. Yes, yesterday. I'm convinced that Becky Albertalli attended Springville High School, Utah and stalked me. Leah was in my head. It was like listening to my high school self be a bitch to everyone and regret it without being able to stop.
Also, its another bi romance.
I read this in London three years ago. But I also recently re-read it after getting a copy of the documentary based on it. I love falcons, and at one point even took the test to get my falconry license although it was pointless and I really don't have time or space for a predatory bird. Still, Helen's unashamed memoir connected with me in a way that still feels wild and uncontrolled. I recommend this for those times when you want to lash out and scream like a bird at the clouds of life.
This YA novel has it all. Horses. Magic. Castles. Betrothals. And princesses who kiss the wrong royal. If you follow my instagram, I feature this book all the time. It's for a real reason.
We like a good pirate story, yes we do. This non-fic delivers a sort of salvage op, pirate biography, true story romp through the caribbean. For a brief moment it inspired me to take diving lessons and then I remembered that freaky mermaid book I had read and reinstated my vow never to venture into the ocean past my lowest rib again.