Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews

The Perils of a Literary Life by Jennifer Weeks

Ages 18+

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This book is perfect for anyone who loves literature, and explores what happens when you lose your grip on reality. Alice meets William, her neighbor’s nephew, and is immediately attracted to him. The two of them become great friends, but Alice is madly in love with him and believes they’re soulmates. Alice loses her grip on reality and this novel explores the impact of literature on the psyche.

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Nonfiction, Self Help

101 Things All Young Adults Should Know by John Hawkins

Grades 9-12

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This book has 101 chapters that give young adults advice about how to get the most out of life. Hawkins uses his life experience to help kids in their late teens to early 20s live their best life, and hopefully learn from some of his mistakes. A highly recommended book for all young adults!

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

Nonfiction, Self Help

Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectactular by Mayim Bialik

Grades 6-12

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Mayim Bialik is best known for playing Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory. Some may know, though, that she has a Ph.D. in neuroscience. She puts that knowledge to good use in this book for teens and young girls. She discusses things that all girls go through in their lives, and what they deal with on a daily basis, such as friends, family and school. Using scientific facts and stories from her own life, Bialik explains the biological, psychological and sociological aspects of growing up a girl, or as she says, “girling up.”

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy of this book.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews

Camino Beach by Amanda Callendrier

Ages 18+

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High school friends Sarah, Jack and Kristen embark on a journey to find and reconnect their old friend Roxanne. She was the kind of girl who got into loads of trouble back in the day, and disappeared right before graduation. Sarah isn’t so sure she wants to track Roxanne down, however, because she betrayed Roxanne, and she fears that is what ultimately lead to her disappearance.

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews

The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon

Ages 18+

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Bridget is a travel journalist whose dream it is to turn her blog into a novel. She writes about relationships, and her blog has been successful thus far. However, her book has been rejected by every publisher she’s submitted to. Just when she’s about to give up hope, she takes an alternative route and agrees to finish a best selling novel whose author, Nicole Dupre, has recently died. She is happy to have the job, although under sad circumstances, but as Bridget gets to know Nicole’s family, her prerogative begins to change.

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Romance, Series

Bridges by Maria Murnane

Ages 18+

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In the second book in the Daphne White series, Daphne is hit with an unbelievable piece of news: her world-traveler friend Skylar, who has vowed never to get married, is engaged! As Daphne heads to New York to celebrate with Skylar and their friend KC, and she should be in high spirits. However, she has just finished writing a novel and all she has received for her work is a bunch of publishing company rejection letters. Will she ever catch a break? And Daphne’s not the only one with a secret; it turns out KC has been hiding something as well. Dive into Maria Murnane’s latest book and let the secrets unravel!

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Middle Grade Fiction, Romance, Series

Junior Lifeguards: The Test by Elizabeth Doyle Carey

Grades 3-5

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Jenna, Piper, Selena and Ziggy are ready for a fun-filled summer on the Cape as they embark on their journey to become junior lifeguards. They’re hoping to make the cut and that program director Bud Slater will pick them. The girls’ competition is gorgeous Samantha Frankel, and they want to keep their heads in the game long enough to beat her. However, it won’t be easy with the temptation of Hayden Jones and Luke Slater around, two uber-cute boys who also want to make the squad. Can they pull it off? Read Junior Lifeguards: The Test by Elizabeth Doyle Carey to find out!

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

Middle Grade Fiction

The Boy On the Porch by Sharon Creech

Grades 3-5

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John and Marta are a young couple who find a sleeping boy on their porch one day. The boy is unable to speak, and therefore cannot explain his story to the two of them. They wonder who on earth would leave a young child with no one to care for him, but immediately understand that it is they who must do so. As time goes on, they form an inseparable bond with the boy and become a family, something that no one ever expected.