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Selection Day by Aravind Adiga - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501150838
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Published: Scribner Book Company - January 3rd, 2017

Adiga's second novel does just as well as The White Tiger in representing the disparity between India's rich and poor. Two brothers fall victim to their father's desperation to escape the slums, being forced to live according to his self-made regimen for creating the best cricket players in Mumbai. A sweet and heartbreaking story of a boy trying to figure out how to do right by his family and himself. ~ Reviewed by Molly Halpin


DC Trip by Sara Benincasa - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780996488761
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Published: Adaptive Books - January 17th, 2017

This is exactly what it looks like;your favorite YA novel gone rogue. Featuring: walking stereotypes, unrelated historical information, completely improbable plot lines, the scenarios your teen aged brain made up about what could have happened on your school trip, drag queens, and a character that is vaguely, definitely Barrack Obama. Terrible and amazing. It won't be winning a prize for literature anytime soon but it was a fun and ridiculous quick beach read. You won't(...?) regret reading this. ~ Reviewed by Molly Halpin


Swing Time by Zadie Smith - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781594203985
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Published: Penguin Press - November 15th, 2016

A poetic novel that shows the effect our childhood relationships have on the rest of our lives and that success is a personal accomplishment. It leaves you feeling uneasy, ecstatic, and vulnerable along with the characters as they navigate their lives. It is a book that makes you think. A great read written in true Zadie Smith fashion. ~ Reviewed by Molly Haplin


The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780060837020
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 2nd, 2005

An eerie story of a girls seemingly unstoppable decent into madness. What begins as a fluid poetic coming of age story turns into a jagged and misshaped series of events as the character becomes more and more ill, then is back to fluidity as she resurfaces. Comparing her feeling of disconnect to being under a bell jar, the story gives a voice to those who have struggled with their mental health. Honest and heartbreaking look at the country's mid-century mental illness struggle. ~ Reviewed by Molly Halpin


The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780812989885
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Published: Dial Press - March 28th, 2017

This book is a coming of age story, a violent crime thriller, and an exploration of the parent/child relationship all rolled into one. Using his bullet wounds as a vehicle to tell the story of Hawley's criminal past, the characters that once seemed removed, find themselves woven together as more and more information is revealed. Beautifully written, meticulously thought out, and perfectly set in a small New England fishing community, this book has become one of my new favorites. ~ Reviewed by Molly Halpin


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