Tag Archive for Contemporary YA

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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 →

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I Hate You, Fuller James by Kelly Anne Blount

I haven’t read a Crush title in several years, but when Kelly Anne Blount asked whether I’d like to read I Hate You, Fuller James, I knew I had to say yes. In the past, the short and sweet YA romance novels that characterize the Crush brand were the kind of cotton candy reads that I delighted in picking up. After reading a particularly dark book for review, I knew that Blount’s novel would be exactly what I needed to get back to my happy place, and I was right. Read more →

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When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk is about a female friendship that implodes over the course of a few months in devastating ways and for equally devastating reasons, but at the same time, it will bring readers who are, like Cleo, Black, and those who aren’t Black, like me, a lot of joyful friendship and relationship vibes. I mean, I’m not saying that Dom and Cleo are my new OTP, but I’m not not saying that either. There is a lot more that I could say, but I want you to have the chance to experience the amazing joys and lowest lows of this book yourself. So, instead, I’ll just clearly state that it made an impact on me, and if you pick it up, it will make an impact on you, too. Read more →