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Laura Knapp - Northshire Bookstore Alumnus

“You should never read just for "enjoyment." Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends' insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick "hard books." Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for god's sake, don't let me ever hear you say, "I can't read fiction. I only have time for the truth. Fiction is the truth, fool!" ~ John Waters, Role Models

Laura & Emma by Kate Greathead - Book Review

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781501156601
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 13th, 2018

This is the story of a 7th generation Manhattanite told in vignettes throughout the beginning years of her relationship as a single mother with her daughter, Emma. Laura leads an unconventional and somewhat passive life until Emma’s honest personality inspires Laura to be more of the forward thinking person she thinks she already is. An intriguing debut novel that is as unusual as it is commonplace, which makes it all the more relatable as a reader. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Petra by Marianna Coppo - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780735262676
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Published: Tundra Books (NY) - February 6th, 2018

Although she is endearing, adorable, & bold, Petra is not your average storybook character. This probably has something to do with the fact that Petra is a rock. So throw your preconceived notions of rocks out the window, and dive into the quaint, silly world of Petra and her vivid imagination! ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Stray City by Chelsey Johnson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062666680
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Published: Custom House - March 20th, 2018

Andrea is a Nebraskan misfit who decided to leave behind her estranged family in the early 1990s in pursuit of finding her true identity in Portland, Oregon. Readers will become tremendously invested in Andrea's tumultuous love life as she faces a sexual orientation identity crisis and much more. This nontraditional, unpredictable novel is a gripping, fun read filled to the brim with nostalgia and a quest for belonging. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 28th, 2017

The Hate U Give is an incredibly honest, moving, and relevant debut novel about police brutality and injustice towards the black community. The main character, Starr, will inspire readers to use their voice to speak up for others who devastatingly no longer have one. I would highly recommend this to any mature teenager or adult who wants to make a positive change in the world. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Rookie on Love by Tavi Gevinson - Book Review

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780448493992
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Published: Razorbill - January 2nd, 2018

I wish I had this book as a teenager! It’s perfect for when you’re feeling confused or overwhelmed about the meaning of platonic and romantic relationships. Through poems, illustrations, & heartfelt pieces by women of all ages “Rookie on Love” gives readers the courage & confidence to get them through their adolescence. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


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