Melissa Montovani

Melissa Montovani is the founder of YABookShelf.com, where she has been writing content about YA authors and books since 2010. She has over five years of online marketing experience, active followers on Twitter and Facebook and writes freelance reviews for Canadian Children's Book News. She has an M.A. in English Literature and lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon

Annika can’t help but find herself getting flashbacks to their week together last summer when Hudson shows up at her yoga studio. You get the idea. The thing is, even though she “hates” him, she is also certain he is more than the unfeeling person who found himself creating an app like Break Up. While this certainty that draws her closer to Hudson at every turn, the chemistry they share sizzles off the page even though the really steamy stuff doesn’t happen until three-quarters of the way through the book. Read more →

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#BellLetsTalk Day: Recommended Books on Anxiety

I wanted to write something for #BellLetsTalk Day this year, too. However, instead of sharing a list of additional titles that are good portrayals of a variety of mental illness representations, I thought I would focus on recommended books with anxiety representation. For many people, I think situational anxiety has become more of an issue due to the fears and uncertainty regarding COVID-19. Read more →

You Have a Match

You Have a Match by Emma Lord

While You Have a Match is cute, it wasn’t quite as cute and fluffy as Tweet Cute was. It’s a lot more angsty and drama-filled, which makes sense for the circumstances of the novel, but it definitely wasn’t the kind of book I was expecting because the romance definitely takes a backseat to the family drama. Lord does a good job of exploring the complications and questions that come up from finding full, and presumably half, siblings or other family members via a DNA test. Moreover, it’s a timely book because this kind of thing is happening more and more often as DNA testing becomes ubiquitous in society. Read more →