It Started with Goodbye by Christina June

It Started With Goodbye by Christina June

May 10th, 2017 Realistic Fiction Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

It Started with Goodbye is a YA romance/realistic fiction novel for grades 8-12. Tatum (16) is left under house arrest with her overly-strict stepmother, Belen, after she gets arrested for shoplifting and her dad is called away for business out of the country for the summer. Her stepsister, Tilly, is so busy with her ballet and being brainwashed by Belen that she has never really…

four weeks five people by jennifer yu

Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu

Apr 26th, 2017 Book Reviews, Realistic Fiction, Teen Rachel Reinwald 5 min read

  I was really excited about this book. I love reading the gritty and emotional books about teens with mental health problems. The first chapter for each character, basically the ones introducing them were my favorite parts. I like how they described themselves and seeing their thought processes. There were a lot of sentiments that I underlined and thought they sounded pretty authentic. Little did…

Mayday by Karen Harrington

Mayday by Karen Harrington

Apr 2nd, 2017 Book Reviews, Realistic Fiction Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Mayday is a realistic fiction that takes place in Texas. Wayne Kovoc is a spouter of facts. He does it to avoid awkward silences, to make his mom feel better about her romantic situation (aka deadbeat ex-Dad), and to impress his kind-of girlfriend. He also asks the question “why” a lot, which his Uncle Reed, back from the army, says is a useless and trouble-making…

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

A List of Cages

Mar 25th, 2017 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

A List of Cages by Robin Roe is a realistic fiction. Adam is a senior and one of his electives is to help out the school psychologist. He likes it because he gets to text his friends and his mom is a social worker. Adam is a social butterfly, brightening everyone’s moods willingly as he bounces around school (pretty literally, he has ADHD). He has…

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt

Mar 2nd, 2017 2018 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

Orbiting Jupiter is a realistic fiction novel narrated by 12-year-old Jack about his family taking in a 14-year-old foster kid named Joseph, who just came from the Stone Mountain juvenile detention center. Everyone in the small town thinks Joseph is a hoodlum and they treat him very poorly, even the principal. Only Jack, his family, and a couple teachers (including Doug Swiatek’s brother who came…

ghost by jason reynolds

Ghost (track #1) book review

Feb 24th, 2017 Book Reviews, Odyssey Award Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Ghost (Track#1) by Jason Reynolds is a realistic fiction novel. Castle Crenshaw calls himself Ghost (although no one else does) when he ran as a fast as a ghost when his father chased him and his mother with a gun and they had to hid in their favorite store-owners walk-in refrigerator like they were ghosts. Ghost has a lot to be scared of and mad…

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover (book review)

Mar 13th, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

For more 2017 Caudill reviews, click here. The Crossover is a realistic fiction told in verse about twin brothers Josh and Jordan who both play basketball. When one of them gets a girlfriend, the two slowly grow apart. Add to that their dad’s health problems, and Josh is having a lot of trouble, it even starts interrupting his A-game on the basketball court. Josh takes…

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva (book review)

Jun 17th, 2015 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

One Man Guy. By Michael Barakiva. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014. Alek Khederian is being tortured by his parents. Instead of going on vacation, his parents are making him take Math and English over in summer school so he can into the honor track. They tell him this over a dinner that is supposed to be special because they never eat out. His parents would rather…

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet (book review)

May 5th, 2015 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet. By Nancy J. Cavanaugh. Sourcebooks, 2013. (2016 Caudill Nominee) Rachel Vance’s mechanic father calls her “Ratchet” because she is so helpful. Ratchet’s father is an avid environmentalist that attends every town meeting and unhelpfully calls people idiots who don’t care about the Earth. Her dad is very smart and could probably make changes to the way the town of Blainesfield…