I loved the adorably awkward Norris Kaplan in Ben Philippe’s The Field Guide to the North American Teenager. The Haitian-Canadian teen is a fish out of water when he moves to Austin, Texas, with his mother. The poor boy is “The New Kid” in high school and is having trouble adjusting to the Texas heat and making friends. At least he’s found a hockey team for some semblance of home.
Charming As a Verb was such a cute little gem. This is the second YA novel written by Haitian writer Ben Philippe that I’ve read. As I said in my review for The Field Guide to the North American Teenager, “we’re not dealing with gang/street violence, teen pregnancy, [or] drugs. That’s not the only experience of Black teens.” Once again, Philippe writes about a high school teen boy on a quest to attain #BlackBoyJoy.
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. JacksonMy rating: 3 of 5 stars This book wrecked me in such a way that I’m a fan and want to read Tiffany D. Jackson’s other books. That could be my full review, but I’ll keep going. I wasn’t ready for the story I embarked on even though I should have been with Easter eggs, like the multiple references to Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews. Monday Charles, a black teen, has gone […]
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi My rating: 4 of 5 stars Paul Kalanithi could have easily become a writer, but felt a stronger calling to become a neurosurgeon instead. After he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, he focused his time to draft his beautifully written memoir When Breath Becomes Air. The son and brother of doctors was at first deterred by the medical profession which he attributed to his father’s absence from many childhood memories; however, […]
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have a hard time seeing a movie then reading the book on which it’s based, so I never read Kite Runner, even though I loved the movie. Kite Runner, based in Afghanistan, is about a wealthy boy, Amir, who befriends his father’s servant’s son, Hassan. Though unbalanced in favor of Amir, the two boys have a deep and loyal friendship. Having seen Kite Runner, I’m vaguely […]