I finally caught on my reviews over on Opinionated Book Lover. I reviewed 16 books between June 16th and July 15th, but today I’m only sharing the 4-star and 5-star books. There were 5 “great” books that I think you should read, and they all happen to be YA. Click on the book title to read my full review.
What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard
What sixteen-year-old Elizabeth has lost so far: forty pounds, four jean sizes, a boyfriend, and her peace of mind. As a result, she’s finally a size zero. She’s also the newest resident at Wallingfield, a treatment center for girls like her—girls with eating disorders.
This book was so well done. I loved being inside Elizabeth’s head and truly understanding her illness.
The Possible by Tara Altebrando
What if…a teenage girl could move objects with her mind? What if…someone turns up at her door asking questions she doesn’t want to answer? Kaylee lives a normal life, and almost never thinks of her birth mother, Crystal. But the woman at the front door is producing a podcast about Crystal that is about to blow Kaylee’s forgotten past wide open.
This book kept me guessing. I couldn’t put it down.
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
Everything is going right for Lucy Hansson, until her mom’s cancer reappears. Just like that, Lucy breaks with all the constants in her life…even her longtime summer church camp job. Instead, Lucy lands at a camp for kids who have been through tough times.
I love camp stories. Lucy becomes friends with a group of other junior counselors. It’s a touching story with a sweet romance.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
This book is powerful. It’s a must-read for everyone. It will make you feel so many emotions. It’s very well done.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
This book! It’s just about the most perfect contemporary romance – two great love stories, amazing parents, twin drama. I loved it.
What great books have you read recently?
Today’s post will be linked up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for her Quick Lit series.