Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
I liked the diversity of characters in this story, the blended family, and the LA setting. I especially appreciated the way in which this books deals honestly and realistically with the topics of mental health, sexuality, and family.
Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner
I loved the epistolary format (the story is all told in emails), and Brynn's voice is so funny and sharp. Brynn struggles in school and at home, but her friends, her comrades in the Blue room, and even her brother's friend all provide a support system that help Brynn to keep fighting the good fight.
Release by Patrick Ness
I really loved this book. The author says the book was inspired by the novels Mrs. Dalloway and Forever -- I got the reference to Mrs. Dalloway right from the first page (and in retrospect, I can totally see how Forever relates) -- but you don't need to have read either of them to enjoy Release .
This story is more than just a sweet romance: it has diverse and interesting characters, deals with the changing relationship of two sisters, and has a very relateable and hilarious main character. Loved it!
This is a heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful book that explores not only the depths of grief, but also the joys and pains of first love and the possibility of healing and starting over. Silvera's first novel, More Happy Than Not, was an excellent book that has stayed with me; this one is equally good.
Full of humor and references to great movies, this book will speak to readers who enjoy realistic fiction and smart, funny, honest characters.
This book has a lot of humor and is an interesting look into the life of an agoraphobe.
Gabi's story is told through diary entries, and she is such a real, fierce, and deep character who questions her culture's expectations and gender rules and roles for girls. One of my top ten favorite reads of 2016 so far.