Do you like enemies to lovers, sapphic romance, sapphic enemies to lovers, amazing writing, and the “we love each other online and know each other in real life without knowing each other’s identities” trope?
Well, if so, I sincerely recommend I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch.
In real life, Iliana and Rhodes hate each other a lot — 2 physical altercat
ions a lot — and their hatred for each other only increases when they find out they’ll be competing for the same scholarship to an elite art school. Online, however, I-Kissed-Alice and Curious-in-Cheshire are madly in love and planning to meet up at the competition. When the worlds collide, they have to figure out whether they can like each other in person as much as they like each other online.
Review: This is SO underrated. This book had wonderful writing and a super cute romance. The enemies to lovers part was also wonderfully done and the tension — the yearning — oh my. My heart… it couldn’t handle it. If you’re not convinced by that, here is a quote guaranteed to make you want to read this book: “She closes the distance between us in a handful of long, sweeping strides — one moment she’s standing at the doorway and the next, her breath ruffles my hair. I flinch. She doesn’t hit me, though: she simply lifts my chin so I have no other choice but to look her in the eyes. Her skin against mine, even in this small way, stands my arm hair on end. Everything in her burning: her eyes, her face, her spirit.”
WOW. The tension, the writing- beautiful *chef’s kiss*. I rated this book 4 / 5 stars and I definitely recommend it! Make sure to check the trigger warnings!
The historical fiction, The Forgotten Home Child, written by Genevieve Graham, was a shocking but an astonishing novel. This story is based on Canadian history, a history us Canadians shouldn’t be proud of. The main character Winny, also known as Winnifred Ellis, at the age of 15 Winny is absolutely done with her mother and her abusive stepfather. She takes matters into her hands and decides to run away, and she falls in a group with other homeless children. Mary, Jack, Cecil and Edward, all 5 together, find ways to live and at the same time also have fun in Liverpool, England. When the group got caught stealing, the group splits apart, Mary and Winny are sent to Dr. Barnardo’s Barkingside Home for Girls, an orphanage for girls.
The girls soon learn that girls and boys get to go to Canada, where better families are waiting for them. But what they don’t know is that apart of those boys they get to go to, they will see Jack, Cecil and Edward, but unfortunately it’s not a reunion, they eventually all get split apart. Except for the boys, they are accepted to work for a guy. The way Genevieve Graham wrote this novel it’s as if all the emotion that’s happening in the book, you also feel too. Which is absolutely crazy to me how she could make readers feel like that. Either way, what happened to them and other home children are absolutely terrible. Although some home children got to go into better homes that treated them like an actual human being, while others went into homes that got treated absolutely horribly. I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 12 because of the mature topics that unfold within this novel. Nevertheless, I rate this book a 4/5!
Sophie Kinsella is a must-read author in my opinion.
I’ve read several of her books; they are witty, funny, heartwarming and never
disappoint. Can you keep a secret? definitely takes the cake as my
favourite Kinsella novel. It had me giggling right from the very first page,
and the more I got invested in the storyline, the more I found myself smiling
and rapidly turning the pages!
Can you keep a secret?
follows the story of a young woman named Emma Corrigan, a girl with a big heart
and a few little secrets… She has secrets from her boyfriend, her mother and
secrets that she wouldn’t share with anyone. Or so she thought. Emma ends up
spilling all her secrets to a handsome stranger on a plane. Knowing her luck,
Emma should’ve kept it all to herself. After the flight, she realizes
everything she told the handsome stranger and starts to have some regrets…
however, she isn’t too worried… they will never see one another again, right?
Wrong! Come Monday morning, Emma’s office is buzzing about the arrival of the
company’s CEO Jack Harper… who also turns out to be the handsome stranger from
I think that any YA reader will enjoy this novel. It is a charming and funny story! The characters are thought through and very relatable. It is a nice light read that keeps you hooked and interested until the last page. I definitely recommend this Kinsella book, whether or not you have read one of her novels before!
The book, The One and Only Ivan, is about a
Gorilla on his epic journey to his home, the zoo. The novel is written in the
first person from the point of view of Ivan, a gorilla. Ivan and his friends
all work at Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. In this mall, Ivan and his
friends try to catch people’s attention, by running a circus. Ivan and his
friends all work for Mack, who’s a stubborn man and only cares about how his
business is going, not his animals. On his journey, he meets lots of new
friends. That die and survive. Some of the main friends that he meets on his journey
are Stella, Bob, Ruby, etc. Stella’s an older elephant, Bob’s a dog, and Ruby’s
a baby elephant.
All of these characters provide great help to Ivan, but
Ruby is the one who can change Ivan’s life forever!
Ivan lives in a domain where there is a Genitor named
George, who has a daughter named Julia.
Julia is a human and one of Ivan’s best friends. One
thing in common between the two is that they both love art!
In my opinion, the book, The One and Only Ivan is
a great read! I like the main message of the book, storytelling. One of the
ways they used storytelling in this book is when Ivan can’t sleep he goes to
Stella to listen to a story from her past. Another reason why I liked this book
is that it gives a really strong message to never give up! Ivan goes through a
lot, but eventually, he gets to his home, the zoo. I would prefer this book,
for all ages.
“This beautiful, life-affirming story will soar directly from Ivan’s heart into yours.” – Katherine Applegate
The Fiction, My Name Is Parvana, written by Deborah Ellis, was an adventurous and astonishing book. It’s the fourth and final book of the Breadwinner series. It tells the story of a 15-year-old Parvana imprisoned and designated as a suspected terrorist in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was carrying her late father’s shoulder bag, which was searched by the American soldiers. They found a notebook that she wrote letters to Nooria, Asif, Hassan, Leila, Shauzia, pens, and a chewed-up copy of To Kill A Mockingbird. Parvana refuses to talk, and the interrogator thinks Parvanna is either deaf or mute. She doesn’t even respond to any questions in the languages the interrogator suspects she knows, she remains silent even when she is threatened, harassed and treated horribly over several days. While her fate is in the balance, the interrogator and the force to determine her fate, she remembers flashbacks of the past four years of her life. Remembering her mother and sisters living in a village where her mother had finally managed to open a school for girls called Leila’s Hope of Academy. Even when the Taliban had been driven by the government, the country was still at war, and many families continue to view the freedom of education of girls and women with fear. As Parvana’s family settles into the routine of running the school, she finds herself bored. She even thinks of running away. Her mother was killed due to the local men that had threatened the school and destroyed the school, which puts Paravana’s own life in danger. This story is one inspiring book to read. This book is a must-read, and I recommend this book to all ages. I rate this story 5/5 stars!
People Problems is the third and final installment of Kevin Kwan’s captivating
trilogy that showcases a deep insight into the wealthy and powerful families of
Singapore. Nick and Rachel are happily married and enjoying life living in
Manhattan. Suddenly, Nick discovers from his mother that his grandmother, Su
Yi, has had a heart attack and is currently on her deathbed, so he quickly
rushes to Singapore to be by her side. Apparently, Nick is not the only one who
goes back to Singapore to visit her. The entire Shang-young clan has assembled
from all over the world to say their last goodbyes to Su Yi, hoping to inherit
Tyersall Park, Su Yi’s trophy estate on sixty-four prime acres in the heart of
Singapore. Backbiting and sabotaging take place within Su Yi’s house as the
family members fight to inherit this massive fortune. Discover some of the
shocking secrets that Asia’s most privileged families are hiding and all the
insight into their ridiculous rich people problems!
Rich People Problems was an excellent novel to conclude a phenomenal series. The novel was very emotional and focused a lot on family, which was very relatable to read. The storyline was captivating, had numerous surprises, and I was constantly on the edge of my seat. I could not put the book down as it was that interesting! Overall, Rich People Problems was intriguing, emotional, and the perfect way to end the charming trilogy. This was an amazing way to conclude a great story.
by Kevin Kwan, China Rich Girlfriend is the sequel to the
novel Crazy Rich Asians. Rachel Chu and Nicholas Young are
finalizing and preparing details on the eve of their wedding day. Even though
Rachel is ecstatic and more than eager to marry the man of her dreams, she
still wishes she knew who and where her birth father was, so he would be there
to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. However, a sudden and shocking
revelation reveals his identity, and Rachel reunites with her long-lost father.
Rachel eventually gets drawn into a crazy world of Shanghai splendour beyond
anything she could have ever imagined. China Rich Girlfriend introduces the
elite circles of mainland China, as well as captivating characters that are far
more than crazy rich – they’re China-rich.
China Rich Girlfriend was a fascinating and funny summer novel filled with love, family, and of course, extravagant displays of wealth. The novel is the second volume within the humorous trilogy that follows the richest families of Hong Kong and mainland China. Personally, I prefer the first book over this one, as I feel that the first book had more drama and was more intriguing. However, the book was still very well written, and I enjoyed reading about the different characters introduced and the different perspectives. I think China Rich Girlfriend is a solid continuation of the series and worth reading. If you enjoyed reading the first book within the series, I would definitely recommend picking this one up!
This is a very emotional and heart
touching story. The novel Wonder by R.J Palacio takes place in Beecher
Prep, located in New York City. It tells a story about a 10-year-old boy named
Auggie Pullman who was born with a facial disorder. This causes August to not
fit in everywhere he goes. To figure the problem, Auggie’s parents make him
start going to school in 5th grade, so he can have a chance to make new
friends, and adapt to different life problems. August faces many challenges in
school that effected his physical and mental appearance, but with the help and
support of his friends and family, he was able to overcome it.
Overall, this is a well-written novel that definitely caught my interest. This book contains a roller coaster of emotions that have definitely changed my life. Wonder teaches us the brutality of society, of how people like August are being treated in an unwanting manner, which could affect them long term. It teaches us people around the world should accept one another, instead of judging on their outer looks which in the end, makes everyone happy. The main theme that Palacio uses is kindness. It makes readers think and realize, how kindness is a tool that brings each other together and can make a huge difference in one’s friendship. Wonder is a heartwarming book, that portrays a powerful message to the outside world. This book is a must-read, and I would definitely recommend it for all ages.
In the novel Camp X by
Eric Walters, 11-year-old George and his older brother, Jack, move to Whitby,
Ontario, in the year of 1943. One day, as they were playing around and having a
good time, they stumble across a military spy base, known as Camp X. Their
curiosity levels grew as they kept exploring the place, but soon enough they
were caught and were forced to sign the Offical Secret Act, which states how
they are forbidden to tell anyone about the secret military base, if told, the
punishment is death. Since then, the boys learn much more about the camp and
are assigned to different tasks. One day, the boys were delivering newspapers,
when all of a sudden, they were caught by German soldiers. They were tortured and
humiliated, but they gain a lot of information about the germans and learn
their evil plot against the camp. They risk their own lives of escaping and
warning Camp X about the German’s evil plan. In the end, they were proud of
their work and success.
Overall, this book was entertaining and interesting. This book relates to WW2 and the events that took place during the war. It gives the reader an important lesson on how preparation is key when facing any type of situation. The book contains a perfect amount of humour, mystery, tragedy and suspense, to help the reader show more interest in it and enjoy the whole story. I would definitely recommend this action-packed novel to all ages.
Everyone always has
a will and the ability to survive, whether it involves life or death
situations. The novel Crabbe, by William Bell, tells the story of a
dependent, lonely, semi alcoholic, who escapes to the wilderness, only to learn
that running away is not a solution to one’s problems. Franklin Crabbe, the
main protagonist of the novel, feels controlled by his parents and thinks he
has no freedom in his life whatsoever. Feeling pointless and ineffectual, the
eighteen-year-old makes a life learning decision. He decides to run away from
society a day before his final exams, without leaving any trace behind.
Unprepared for bush life, Crabbe’s life nearly ends, until he meets someone
else who has other reasons to hide. His journey throughout the woods, Crabbe
learns many practical skills, which make him confident, mature, and
responsible. The main message that Bell wants to convey to the reader is that
running away is not the best option when solving problems. Instead, it’s better
to seek help or to become more independent to develop good character traits
that help find a solution.
Overall, this book was truly remarkable. In the beginning, for me, this book wasn’t enjoyable and was losing my interest level. But as I kept reading, I started to realize this book wasn’t so bad after all. It includes all the symbols and motifs to help engage the reader more into the book. It shows the reader how little actions can make a huge difference in a person’s life. This book is definitely worth reading and would recommend it to anyone.