Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall

4/5 stars. Young Adult, Contemporary, Bullying, Audiobook. Sugar likes sweets and that is where her nickname comes from. She enjoys the rush from the sugar and used eating to cope, to fill some void inside of her that isn't hunger, but something else. With her diabetic mother trapped in bed because she is too heavy … Continue reading Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

4/5 Fantasy, Contemporary, Magic Circus Competition A competition was created with two contestants, beginning when they were just children. Spanning decades with the game board a magical circus that only appears at night, The Night Circus explores what strains a game this long would have on the two contestants and all other individuals involved. The Night Circus … Continue reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

4/5 stars. Contemporary, Young Adult, Mental Health. Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of the fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at the stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell … Continue reading Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

4/5 stars, Memoir, The Not-So-Nice of Upward Mobility Hillbilly Elegy details the childhood life of J.D Vance and his journey from a poor, violent, and unstable household to graduating from Yale as a lawyer. We get a lot of stories about the struggle of many groups to success, but one I have ever see before … Continue reading Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul

The decades worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's … Continue reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt

When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But by the time Jonas and Wyatt were toddlers, confusion over Watt's insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart. In the years that followed, the Maineses came to question their long-held views on gender and identity, … Continue reading Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt