Genre: Coming of Age

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow | ARC Review

Posted September 7, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow | ARC Review

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is the perfect recipe of all things I love in a YA book: a big, loving Latinx family, absolutely mouth-watering depictions of food, and a summer adventure in Europe. Following Lila, a recent high school graduate who has big plans to run her family’s Cuban bakery after graduation, the story takes an unexpected turn when Lila’s well-intentioned family sends her to England for the summer to recover from multiple heartbreaks and a sense of grief she can’t (quite literally) outrun. At first I was a bit apprehensive about Lila’s journey to England, […]


Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen | ARC Review

Posted March 30, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen | ARC Review

There are so many things I loved about Loveboat, Taipei. It was like a crazy summer camp book yet set in a breathtaking, international setting with a backdrop of constant, amazing cultural experiences. Yet at the same time, there are some elements that didn’t always sit the best with me personally as a reader. I’m extremely glad I read it (it was a lot of fun!) and am looking forward to the sequel, but there were some elements I personally wish had been handled a bit differently. Loveboat, Taipei follows Ever Wong, an American-Chinese 18 year old living in Ohio […]


This Train is Being Held by Ismeé Amiel Williams | ARC Review

Posted February 24, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 1 Comment
This Train is Being Held by Ismeé Amiel Williams | ARC Review

One of my goals for 2020 is to read more novels with Latinx characters by Latinx authors, and I was thrilled to find that This Train Is Being Held featured not one but two Latinx protagonists, I was thrilled! The story follows Isa, a white passing, half Cuban ballerina, who meets Alex, a Dominican-American aspiring pro-baseball player, on New York public transit. Existing in different classes, social circles, and areas of New York, they keep running into each other on various trains until they realize there is definitely a spark between them that they both can’t deny. While this is […]


The Map From Here to There by Emery Lord | ARC Review

Posted January 13, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 1 Comment
The Map From Here to There by Emery Lord | ARC Review

I’ll admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Start of Me and You. It was OK, but I felt like there was something I wasn’t getting from the story that everyone else was. However, the hype around The Map From Here to There was so tangible that I felt like I had to give it a shot, especially since contemporary YA stories that wrap up so neatly usually aren’t revisited by the author. I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Map From Here to There not only surpassed my expectations but provided one of the most sincere and […]


Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay | ARC Review

Posted July 29, 2019 in Books, Reviews / 1 Comment
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay | ARC Review

Patron Saints of Nothing was brought to my attention by the lovely Mel to the Any, so when I attended ALA midwinter this year I couldn’t resist picking up a copy, especially after seeing the striking cover. Though I myself am not Filipino, my husband’s family is and I am making an effort to read more diversely and learn more about his Filipino heritage, so I was excited to read this title that not only explored the experience of a Filipino-American protagonist, but actually explored the current state of the Philippines as well when the protagonist visits his birth country […]


Valley Girls by Sarah Nicole Lemon | ARC Review

Posted April 25, 2018 in Reviews / 6 Comments
Valley Girls by Sarah Nicole Lemon | ARC Review

*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon’s debut Done Dirt Cheap, which I picked up on a whim, knowing not much about but loving the girl power vibe of the cover and unorthodox name. I loved her ability to write resilient, strong female characters and went into her sophomore novel, Valley Girls, with similar expectations. What I encountered was a story that was much, much different than her debut, and that unfortunately failed to compel me the way Done Dirt Cheap did. While Valley Girls has a […]


Without Merit by Colleen Hoover | Review

Posted March 12, 2018 in Reviews / 6 Comments
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover | Review

My first and only experience with a Colleen Hoover book so far has been It Ends With Us which was a solid five star, highly emotional read, so I went into Without Merit equal parts excited + anxious, because I had such high expectations. However, Without Merit bore little to no resemblance to IEWU…in fact, it was pretty much unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and I’m not completely sure if that’s a positive or a negative thing. While reading Without Merit, I sort of felt like I was reading a satire or absurdist novel. The novel focuses on a […]


Mini Reviews | Hello, Sunshine and Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Posted February 26, 2018 in Reviews / 6 Comments
Mini Reviews | Hello, Sunshine and Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Every so often I get in the mood to binge some adult fiction to break up all of the YA fiction I read. Hello, Sunshine kept popping up this summer around the blogosphere and as a huge Food Network junkie I was really intrigued by the premise. I finished the book pretty quickly and then decided to dive into another book by the author since I needed another Kindle book to accompany me during my time spent on the elliptical at the gym, lol. Do you ever go through phases where you just want to read adult fiction? Hello, Sunshine […]


Blog Tour: American Panda by Gloria Chao | Review

Posted February 2, 2018 in Blog Tours, Reviews / 10 Comments
Blog Tour: American Panda by Gloria Chao | Review

I’m so excited to be participating in the blog tour for American Panda! It’s one of my FAVORITE 2018 reads and gets extra points from me because it’s YA set in college (which I love)! I’m thrilled to share all of the things I loved about this debut with you today! A huge thank you to Simon and Schuster for providing an ARC via NetGalley! Don’t let the adorable cover fool you- American Panda was the first 2018 novel I’ve read, and it’s also one of the most honest, interesting, and evocative books I’ve ever read regarding struggling to find […]


Far From the Tree by Robin Benway | Review

Posted December 22, 2017 in Reviews / 10 Comments
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway | Review

There’s a reason Robin Benway seems to be winning ALL THE AWARDS this fall for Far From the Tree– it’s a brilliant, emotional, evocative novel that takes a simple yet vast question from its dust jacket- “What does it mean to be a family,” and builds such a beautiful and layered world around exploring the answer, or many different answers between siblings Maya, Joaquin, and Grace. The novel begins with a brilliant parallel foundation of protagonist Grace following the fate of her family pattern and giving birth to her daughter as a teenager. As Grace struggles with the cascade of […]