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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0) by Suzanne Collins

I found it really interesting to see how different the 10th Hunger Games was from the 74th and 75th versions. The way the tributes were treated, as though they were livestock in either animal agriculture or performers in zoos or the circus, always amounted to less than human. It was also interesting how we get to see the Hunger Games begin to evolve over the course of the novel in great part due to Coriolanus Snow’s education in the areas of political philosophy, control, power, and in particular, how governments can maintain the social contract. Finally, there are a lot of Easter Eggs in the book for fans of the series, many of which made me think that some of his experiences in this timeline are what made him have such great disdain for Katniss Everdeen sixty-four years later. She was a reminder of a time and of people who he didn’t want to remember…at least not in my opinion. Read more →

Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern

Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern

It’s about two characters who are holding onto life as best they can, but their experiences with CF and depression put them both in a kind of liminal space between life and death, much like the characters in David’s favourite movie, Wings of Desire. While they are very much alive, their chronic illnesses put them a lot closer to death than anyone else they know, and this means that as their friendship grows, they are able to have deep and meaningful conversations on topics that most teens would be incapable of talking about in depth and, likely, really uncomfortable discussing, like David’s girlfriend Sharon. Read more →

Love a la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Buy Love à la Mode Regular price $9.99 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / Disney-Hyperion / Listening Library Format: Paperback / eBook / Audiobook Narrator: Stephanie Kate Strohm, the author Reviewer: Melissa on May 30, 2020 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars From the moment I saw the cute cover and read the synopsis on the Libby App, I… Read more →

Every Reason We Shouldn't by Sara Fujimura

Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura

Olivia is flawed. She has outbursts that are basically juvenile tantrums, and she gets jealous over her boyfriend’s talent when she isn’t sure that she has what it takes. She’s not perfect, but honestly, neither is Jonah. He lies to his parents, sneaks around, yells at his parents, and sometimes says terrible things to Olivia. Yes, he apologized immediately for the last bit, but still it kind of sucked. And yet, I didn’t see criticism of his maturity level anywhere on Goodreads, so I tend to think it’s because we put female characters at a higher, unfair standard, even if we’re women ourselves. Plus, let’s be honest, Jonah has great parents and Olivia’s basically leave her to fend for herself and to worry about the growing pile of last due bills without ever talking to her about it or reassuring her. If anyone has reason to yell at her parents, it’s her. Read more →