Review of “A Hard Day’s Night” by Mia Kerick

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A Hard Day’s Night is about a Beatles obsessed high school senior named Lennon who spends a “gay day” with his best friend Fin. They do all the stereotypical stuff that gay guys like based on a google search and hilarity ensues.  It’s a really quick read and the characters learn about who they really are in the process of doing these ridiculous (and expensive) things. I know it’s supposed to be a fun story, but I just kept thinking about how much money Lennon must have spent on everything and how ridiculous that was. It could’ve gone towards his college education. Some parts are sad and others are angsty. I don’t want to give much away. I liked the ending. I’ve read other books from this author and enjoyed them as well.

I got this for free from Reading Deals in exchange for an honest review and they hounded me relentlessly even before the review was due and even after I explained that I’d had a seizure and had to go through a month of tests and appointments.

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Review of Love Spell by Mia Kerick

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Love Spell was a fun, quick read about a high school student named Chance who lives in a small, New Hampshire town. Chance doesn’t have many friends and his parents are pretty absent in his life. That part was sad because  being lonely isn’t fun. He manages to have a good outlook on life and is usually confident in himself.
The book focuses on his senior year of high school, which consists of school, work, trying to decide which college to apply to, looking for love, and trying to ignore the fact that he’s not entirely sure which gender box he fits into. I love his relationship with his best friend! Parts of it remind me of  my best friend and I, especially the making up our own words part.
I thought the ending was sweet and it made me smile. I would recommend this to high school kids, especially those who identify as lgbtqia+.
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.

Review of The Misfits by James Howe

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This book is one that I found at the thrift shop and I chose it based off of the description and author. I’ve read Howe’s Bunnicula books, but I didn’t know that he wrote young adult books as well. This one might technically be considered “middle grade fiction” since the characters are 12 and in middle school.
The book is written from the perspective of Bobby Goodspeed and it’s about him reflecting on the time in seventh grade when him and his friends (Addie, Joe and Skeezie) ran for student council as the No Name Party. I honestly feel that their platform (name calling hurts) and slogan (“Sticks and stones may break out bones, but names will break our spirit.”) is really good. The book talks about each character and what their home life is like. Our narrator, is an overweight kid working in a tie store to try to help his dad out after his mom passed away from cancer, Addie is an over achiever, Skeezie is sloppy kid with divorced parents and Joe is gay and artsy.
I think the character were well rounded and the story was well written. I like the bit at the end that tells the reader what each character became when they grew up. I would recommend this to middle and high school students.

Review of Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent by Anthony Rapp

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Without You is a very emotional book. It covers some of the happiest times in Anthony Rapp’s life (being in the musical Rent) and the saddest moments (watching his mother fight cancer). I felt bad for him because I can’t imagine how hard it is to watch anyone, let alone your mother, waste away.

I liked learning more about Anthony’s start in show business and I loved the parts about Rent. It’s one of my favorite musicals. You can tell how much he loves singing and performing. His joy radiates off the pages. It was great to learn more about the other people in the cast and the director too.

The parts about his mother and what it was like seeing her so sick were really sad. There are also some unresolved issues between them. He’s really hard on himself for expressing any kind of emotion and that often leads him to fits of rage or to snap at people. I’m happy that he found someone to talk to about that. It’s just not healthy for anyone.

Ultimately, the book is a celebration of his time in the play and of his Mom’s life. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Anthony Rapp, Rent or biographies.

Review of Blood Moon by M.J. O’Shea

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Blood Moon is about two friends, Noah and Zack, who grew up together after meeting at Harper’s lake where Zack’s family stays in the summer. When the book starts, Zack’s family is heading back to the lake and it will be his last trip before he goes off to college. He’s not really able to enjoy himself because he’s sad that he hasn’t talked to Noah since last year when they shared a kiss. The day after Noah said they couldn’t be friends or anything else. Then they reconnect and get back together, but Noah is hiding something.

I enjoyed the relationship between Zack and Noah and I think it was sweet, even if their reunion was a bit too easy. *shrug* I thought I had Noah’s secret figured out before it was revealed, but I only had part of it right. I thought both of their characters were really well written and Zack is pretty funny.

The story mostly takes place in New York City and I was able to picture all of the places that Zack and Noah visited from the nightclubs and bars to their friends’ house. Their friends are an interesting bunch and it was great that they were so accepting of the boys’ relationship. Of course there were some characters that weren’t.

A lot of things happened in this book and it was all entertaining and well written. Unfortunately, I can’t go into much detail without spoiling things. I want to read the other two books in the series. The only thing that took away from the story for me is that most of the chapters had some kid of sex scene and they are explicit, which makes this a “new adult” book instead of a “young adult” one. It’s not suitable for younger teens.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Review of Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

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I really enjoyed this book. I love the choose your own adventure style that it’s written in. I could read this book over and over and get new results each time. Awesome!

I learned a lot more about Neil Patrick Harris and the way he writes is very entertaining. It has a fun, humorous tone to it. His photo captions were also entertaining. It’s great that he is still very humble even though he’s very successful. He seems like a very down to earth person with a great family.

I liked reading about how he got started in the business and what it was like filming Doogie Howser MD. My favorite part of the book was about him meeting David and their decision to have children. You can tell how much he loves David, the twins and being a father. It was very sweet.

I would recommend this to fans of Neil Patrick Harris, people who like being entertained and fans of the choose your own adventure books.

I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Review of Buzz Books 2015: Young Adult Fall/Winter by Publishers Lunch

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Buzz Books 2015: Young Adult Fall/Winter is a collection of 20 excerpts from upcoming new releases in the young adult book world. They are all different genres. There’s something in here for everyone. Some of them, like A History of Glitter and Blood, have some swearing in them. It didn’t bother me, but I know some readers don’t like that. Two of them (A History of Glitter and Blood and This is How it Ends) have lgbt characters and others deal with subjects like rape and body image.

My favorite excerpts were from A History of Glitter and Blood, This is How it Ends and Not if I See You First.

A History of Glitter and Blood had one of the longer excerpts in the book and I like that it combines the story with drawings, journal entries and other things.

This is How it Ends is about a school shooting and it chronicles what the four main characters were doing in the time leading up to, during and after the shooting.

Not if I See You First is about a blind girl dealing with the loss of her father and changes at school as another school merges with hers.

I have added most of the titles to my “Want to Read” list on Goodreads and some are even doing giveaways. Out of the 20 excerpts, there were only 2 or 3 that I wouldn’t consider reading the rest of. The book is currently available for free from Amazon and other e-book retailers. I’ll be reading more from the Buzz Books series in the future.

If you would like the check out this book and the others in the series you can find it/them here: http://buzz.publishersmarketplace.com/?selected-edition=1214

Disclaimer: I got this book for free from Net Galley. All opinions are my own.