Review: Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud

Title: Truly Madly Royally
Author: Debbie Rigaud
Release Date: July 30, 2019
Publisher: Point
Pages: 304

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Fiercely independent and smart, Zora Emerson wants to change the world. She’s excited to be attending a prestigious summer program, even if she feels out of place among her privileged, mostly white classmates. So she’s definitely not expecting to feel a connection to Owen, who’s an actual prince of an island off the coast of England. But Owen is funny, charming…and undeniably cute. Zora can’t ignore the chemistry between them. When Owen invites Zora to be his date at his big brother’s big royal wedding, Zora is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, along with her family and friends. Everyone is talking about her, in real life and online, and while Owen is used to the scrutiny, Zora’s not sure it’s something she can live with. Can she maintain her sense of self while moving between two very different worlds? And can her feelings for Owen survive and thrive in the midst of the crazy? Find out in this charming romantic comedy that’s like The Princess Diaries for a new generation.

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Andy Review: You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno

Title: You Must Not Miss
Author: Katrina Leno
Release Date: April 23, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 295

Content Warnings: sexual assault, suicide, underage drinking, unhealthy habits, bullying, anxiety

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Magpie Lewis started writing in her yellow notebook the day her family self-destructed. That was the night Eryn, Magpie’s sister, skipped town and left her to fend for herself. That was the night of Brandon Phipp’s party.

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Author Interview: Laurie Boyle Crompton

Today I have Laurie Boyle Crompton, author of Pretty in Punxsutawney, here to answer some questions! We’ll be talking about the 80s and what books she’s been reading lately. Stick around until the end because you’ll have a chance to win her book as part of a five book prize pack!

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Hi, Laurie! Thanks so much for being here today and answering my questions. What is it about a Groundhog Day type story that appeals to you?

I loved the idea of giving a teen character a do-over on an important day. I wanted to make sure it had the most potential for fun and drama, and landed on Andie’s first day at her new school. Of course, knowing what’s coming next doesn’t always help Andie all that much! This book was a blast to write and served as my chance to explore all sorts of outcomes with a character who I love.

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Author Guest Post: Christina June

I’m so excited to be welcoming Christina June to my blog today to discuss what movies and books played an influential role in her life growing up! Her third YA novel, No Place Like Here, released on May 21 and is the perfect summer read. Head over to a previous post to read my full review and make sure you stick around because there’s a giveaway at the end of this one!

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I read a lot of contemporary stories when I was upper elementary school, like Sweet Valley Twins and the Babysitter’ Club, as well as those by Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume. I’ve always liked friendship and family-centered novels.

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Review: Color Me In by Natasha Diaz

Title: Color Me In
Author: Natasha Diaz
Release Date: August 20, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte
Pages: 384

Content Warnings: underage drinking, racism, sexual assault, police brutality

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Debut YA author Natasha Diaz pulls from her personal experience to inform this powerful coming-of-age novel about the meaning of friendship, the joyful beginnings of romance, and the racism and religious intolerance that can both strain a family to the breaking point and strengthen its bonds.

Who is Nevaeh Levitz?

Growing up in an affluent suburb of New York City, sixteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz never thought much about her biracial roots. When her Black mom and Jewish dad split up, she relocates to her mom’s family home in Harlem and is forced to confront her identity for the first time.

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