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Ashley Newberg - Bookseller in Manchester

AshleyMy name is Ashley (She/They) and I work on the children's floor at the Manchester location. I’m a writer of Romance, Horror, Angst, and Folklore. If you’re coming to the store looking for something along those lines, come find me. Most of my knowledge is in the LGBTQIA+ world of books in young adult but I'd be happy to assist in any way I can :)

“Don’t hurt the flowers…”

She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen - Book Review

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$10.99
ISBN: 9781250821126
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Published: Square Fish - April 19th, 2022

This book was so chaotic and wonderful. I wasn’t a fan of either of the main characters at first but over time their personal stories unraveled and I began to understand why they ‘act’ the way they do. It made me respect them and care for them. Fictional baby gays in a world of the realistic problems… Anybody and everybody has them in their teens. Navigating highschool no matter your background, social status, disability, self discovery process or sexual orientation is hard but somehow these two idiots managed to get through it together. Up and downs are just part of the game- but they survived it. I’m genuinely mad I didn't read this book sooner but I’ll have it in my heart for a VERY long time. ~ Reviewed by Ashley Newberg


The Last Girls Standing by Jennifer Dugan - Book Review

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780593532072
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - August 15th, 2023

This book is sure to take you for a ride. If you're someone who likes psychological thrillers and books that make you go "Whoa, I did NOT see that coming!" this book is for you. I was not AT ALL prepared for the ending and the crazy twist. 10/10 ~ Reviewed by Ashley Newberg


The Pale House Devil by Richard Kadrey - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781803363899
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Published: Titan Books - October 10th, 2023

I thought this was really fun. Neuland, Ford and Tilda make an interesting demon killing trio but I would have liked to have seen more from them all. I felt the timeline and relationships rushed seeing as this whole ordeal only lasted a few days but it was overall very entertaining.
This would make for a nice “reading by the window with a cup of coco and a cozy blanket during a day-time winter snow” activity to kill a few hours. ~ Reviewed by Ashley Newberg


Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden - Book Review

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By Tillie Walden, Tillie Walden (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250207562
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Published: First Second - September 10th, 2019

A visual masterpiece of mystery and drama. Interesting storyline and backstories. Supernatural beings, road trips, and the start of a beautiful friendship. Follow Lou and Bea finding their path and learning to release pent up feelings, remorse and longing for that "something" they're running from. Take a few hours from your day to sit down with this book and hold your kitties tight. This book'll break your heart in a beautiful way. ~ Reviewed by Ashley Newberg


Tegan and Sara: Junior High by Tegan Quin - Book Review

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By Tegan Quin, Sara Quin, Tillie Walden (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780374313029
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - May 30th, 2023

This book is delightful and educational in many ways as you follow a pair of twin sisters going through a pretty rough 8th grade school year. After being best friends their whole lives, they start to venture out and find their own path: Tegan is starting to realize she doesn't need to be attached to her sister, Sara, all the time, while Sara struggles to live life without the comfort of her sidekick. Both girls learn what it's like to get their first periods and learn how to shop for bras and to navigate feelings they're having for their classmates. They discover how confusing it is when their feelings are towards other girls and learn how to be independent while still remaining each other's number one support. They find inspiration in music and decide that writing and performing their own songs may just be the thing they've been searching for their whole lives. While this graphic novel is fictional, the twins, Tegan and Sara, are based off of the authors Tegan and Sara Quin. In 2000, they introduced the world to their first album 'Under Feet Like Ours,' and the queer Canadian twins have been in our hearts ever since, serving as idols for the queer community. ~ Reviewed by Ashley Newberg


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