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The Smash-Up: A Novel by Ali Benjamin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593229651
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Published: Random House - February 23rd, 2021

This modern-day retelling of Ethan Frome - set in the Berkshires during the Kavanaugh hearings - is a hearty blend of satire and rage. Ali Benjamin is one of our finest writers for children, and this, her adult fiction debut, shows that her writing transcends category. I was swept away by the intimate family drama, played out against the backdrop of #MeToo and the Trump Era. So much has happened in recent years that it can be hard to make sense of it all. Somehow, miraculously, Ali Benjamin does. ~ Reviewed by Rachel Person


Libertie: A Novel by Kaitlyn Greenidge - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781616207014
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 30th, 2021

Libertie, the freeborn daughter of a Black woman doctor in pre-Civil War Brooklyn struggles to find her own path through America and Haiti in the years before and after the war. The gorgeously simple prose of this novel is filled with big ideas - freedom and loss, the love and anger between mothers and daughters.


Better Luck Next Time: A Novel by Julia Claiborne Johnson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062916365
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Published: Custom House - January 5th, 2021

Julia Claiborne Johnson's writing is all heart - sweet, funny and sad on every page. Her new novel adds in an absolutely delicious historical fiction setting - a Reno dude ranch for soon-to-be divorcees. The tenderness and humor of this book will stay with me for a long time. ~ Reviewed by Rachel Person


Dangerous Play by Emma Kress - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250750488
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 3rd, 2021

I want to put this book in the hands of every teenager I know. For anyone - especially any girl - who needs to find the power that comes from speaking up and speaking out, this gorgeous debut is a game-changer. ~ Reviewed by Rachel Person


The Midnight Bargain by C. L. Polk - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781645660071
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Published: Erewhon - October 13th, 2020

This is historical fantasy at its finest, both joyous and compelling. A young sorceress - working in secret to come fully into her power and avoid the marital collar that will take her magic away - is compelled to participate in the courtship rituals of her society. ~ Reviewed by Rachel Person


A Deadly Education: A Novel (The Scholomance #1) by Naomi Novik - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593128480
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Published: Del Rey - September 29th, 2020

A powerful young sorceress trying desperately not to turn evil is trapped inside a magical boarding school that would very much like to kill her. The darkness in this riveting page turner is both stunning and shockingly timely. Naomi Novik's writing is always full of surprises - and both fans and those new to her work will be swept away in this opening book of a planned trilogy. ~ Reviewed by Rachel Person


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