Non-Fiction · Young adult

The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir – Ta-Nehisi Coates ★★★★

Blurb; Adapted from the adult memoir by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Water Dancer and Between the World and Me, this father-son story explores how boys become men, and quite specifically, how Ta-Nehisi Coates became Ta-Nehisi Coates.

As a child, Ta-Nehisi Coates was seen by his father, Paul, as too sensitive and lacking focus. Paul Coates was a Vietnam vet who’d been part of the Black Panthers and was dedicated to reading and publishing the history of African civilization. When it came to his sons, he was committed to raising proud Black men equipped to deal with a racist society, during a turbulent period in the collapsing city of Baltimore where they lived.

Coates details with candor the challenges of dealing with his tough-love father, the influence of his mother, and the dynamics of his extended family, including his brother “Big Bill,” who was on a very different path than Ta-Nehisi. Coates also tells of his family struggles at school and with girls, making this a timely story to which many readers will relate.

My Review; This is an adapted version for young adult readers. It’s a story about his upbringing as a black male. The education system. The law. His parents. His family. Friends. Employment. Fights. Basically all in one. It’s an eye opener of a read. Especially how much His dad focused on him to do well with tough love.

In parts it’s a tough read. But the author has been honest throughout here and I think many can relate to what he has had to experience himself. A beautiful memoir but he hasn’t had it easy. I’d love to read the full version. Highly recommend. A quick read, not long. A well deserved four stars.

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chick-lit · romance · Young adult

Kate in Waiting – Becky Albertalli ★★★★

Blurb; Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theater rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient. Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment. Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.

But when Kate and Andy’s latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off script. Matt Olsson is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson.

Turns out, communal crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson’s friendship.

My Review; Becky is fast becoming a new favourite author for me. I just love her. Her writing style. The stories she writes. The gay side to life and stories. Everything is perfect. Just like this one… A perfect young adult, chick-lit and romance story. Set in a high-school all during a theatre performance.

Meet bestfriends Kate and Anderson. Who both end up crushing on the same guy. Yes Anderson is gay. But is this new fella they both have eyes for? Will there be a happy ending for both of them or fights? You’ll have to read it to find out. This story shows the power and love between bestfriends. Kate lands herself in a main role with the production so that will keep her busy but her partner in the play is.. you guess it. Hot guy. Tut tut.

A brilliant read. Loved it all. Had me hooked. A page turner. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars. Brilliantly written. I already cannot wait to read beckys next book. A breathe of fresh air. Something different.

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fantasy · Short Stories · suspense · Young adult

*BLOG BLITZ* Allied – Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk.

The sequel to Hunted is upon us…

Six weeks after Edith and her vampire family were exiled from their clan, Darren waits at the rendezvous, poised for a reunion that might never come. With every passing day, his hope of ever seeing the vampire who showed him what it means to be human again dwindles.

On the run from Hunters and her own clan alike, Edith strives to protect those in her care, all the while fighting to get back to Darren and the family she’d long dreamed of. But even when their paths do cross again, reunion comes at a cost.

When Mr. Heartsong brazenly declares war on all humanity, allegiances will be tested. Will Edith side with the man she’s come to believe may be her destiny or the creator who gave her a second chance at life?

Author bio; USA Today Bestselling Authors Sarah Biglow and Molly Zenk are the authors of the Captivity series and the Celestial Academy series. Independently, they write across multi genres including: YA, urban fantasy, historical, and cozy mystery. Sarah lives in Boston with her husband and son. Molly lives in Denver with her husband and three daughters. 

Follow them on Facebook: @SarahBiglowAuthor @AuthorMollyZenk

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