Tag: contemporary

Fireworks by Katie Cotugno | Review + Playlist

April 19, 2017 / 10 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review
Fireworks by Katie Cotugno | Review + Playlist

Review: Fireworks by Katie Cotugno Fireworks by Katie Cotugno features Olivia and Dana, best friends who live in small town Georgia in the 90s. Dana is poor, with a mother who drinks too much, and no prospects after high school. Meanwhile, Olivia has been dreaming of being famous her whole life. When the opportunity to audition for a new girl group by a famous producer comes up, Dana accompanies Olivia to Orlando – and ends up being picked as part of Daisy Chain as well. I’m a sucker for any kind of music story, especially ones where people have to […]

Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg | Mini-Review

March 30, 2017 / 1 Comment / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Mini-Reviews, Review
Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg | Mini-Review

Mini-Review: Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg A surprisingly serious read for Elizabeth Eulberg, Just Another Girl deals with our perceptions of girls, love triangles, and how much we learn when we try to give people the benefit of the doubt. The narrative switches between Hope, who is in love with her best friend Brady, and Parker, who is currently dating Brady and is in a really bad (but also secret) home situation. When the book starts, we get a lot of Hope’s perspective, and a lot of her pain at having a ginormous crush on Brady. It’s desperate, and […]

Release by Patrick Ness | Waiting on Wednesday

Release by Patrick Ness | Waiting on Wednesday

Reasons RELEASE by Patrick Ness is on the tippy-top of my To Be Read list: 1) It’s inspired by Mrs. Dalloway, my favorite novel by my favorite author Virginia Woolf. Like, on my top 5 favorite books of ALL TIME. 2) It’s written by Patrick Ness, King of Cats, YA author extraordinaire of gems like The Rest of Us Just Live Here, A Monster Calls, and the soul destroying The Knife of Never Letting Go. Oh yeah, and he also wrote Class, the Doctor Who spinoff. 3) Reading a Ness book is always about pushing the envelope in some way – […]

Mini-Reviews: Seven Days of You and The Other F-Word

March 21, 2017 / 3 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Mini-Reviews, Review
Mini-Reviews: Seven Days of You and The Other F-Word

REVIEW: Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse So much of what the main character of Seven Days of You, Sophia Wachowski, experiences in her last week in Tokyo before moving back to the States for her senior year, is steeped in what it means to be an international student in Asia. It’s a love letter to Tokyo and to the international student crowd. Sophia doesn’t want to be leaving Japan, especially right before her senior year. She finally has her first ever real best friend, and a boy friend who she wants to be a boyfriend. At the same time, […]

February 2017 Uppercase Box | Unboxing & Review!

March 13, 2017 / 0 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Product Review
February 2017 Uppercase Box | Unboxing & Review!

Hi all, I’m so happy to be showing you the February 2017 Uppercase Box! Last month, I told you that Uppercase Box founder Lisa Parkin reached out to me asking if I would review her book subscription box for the next few months. Obviously, I jumped at the chance. Uppercase Box is a YA exclusive book subscription box. In each box, you get: A new hardcover YA book The book will be signed, or there will be a signed bookplate Signed Book or Bookplate Signed by the Author 1-2 exclusive and custom bookish items The Uppercase Reading Experience with exclusive […]

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | On Lara Jean, The Realistically Immature Teen

January 25, 2017 / 13 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Discussion, Review
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | On Lara Jean, The Realistically Immature Teen

Lara Jean-obsessed? Check out my “Three Days of Lara Jean” series! Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han I am a thousand years late to the Lara Jean love fest, but better late than never, right? This is a true story for dreamers, and it’s one that I fell for, hard and fast. Lara Jean Covey is the middle sister in a loving family, with a busy obstetrical surgeon of a dad, perfect older sister Margot, and fun younger sister Kitty. Lara Jean is a homebody; she loves baking, scrapbooking, and being cozy. Lara Jean is also […]

The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee | Review

January 2, 2017 / 5 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review
The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee | Review

Review: The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee The Secret of a Heart Note follows Mimosa and her mother, the last two aromateurs in the world. They are perfume specialists with high senses of smell who traffick in love – that is, love elixirs and potions. With this power, though, comes great responsibility. Mim and her mother must adhere to a lot of rules: to help everyone who needs help with love (within reason). To not accept payment for their services. To not divulge their secrets. And to do everything in their power not to lose their nose […]

You Know Me Well & The Way to Game the Walk of Shame | Mini-Reviews

June 23, 2016 / 4 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Mini-Reviews, Review
You Know Me Well & The Way to Game the Walk of Shame | Mini-Reviews

Hey guys! Today I’ve got reviews of YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan and Nina Lacour, and THE WAY TO GAME THE WALK OF SHAME by Jenn P. Nguyen. Normally I save up a few more minis before posting, but like Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner says more eloquently, it’s summer, so I’m lightening the load a bit and doing more mini-reviews in shorter posts. Hope these help you decide on your next read! A fast and pretty YA read, probably great for younger readers. This book reminded me a ton of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist – only, […]

Wanderlost by Jen Malone | Review

June 2, 2016 / 5 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review
Wanderlost by Jen Malone | Review

Review: Wanderlost by Jen Malone You guys. Wanderlost by Jen Malone is this summer’s perfect beach read. You know the one I’m talking about. The book that has you racing through from page one, whipping through as fast as you can, falling so hard and fast for the heroine, the journey, THE BOY. The book that takes you on an adventure so compelling that you don’t notice that the sun is setting until your mom shakes your arm and tells you it’s time to go. The book that you read in the car going home and long into the night […]

In Which I Interview Morgan Matson + Signed Book Giveaway | #UnexpectedlyEpic #MorganMatsonWeek

In Which I Interview Morgan Matson + Signed Book Giveaway | #UnexpectedlyEpic #MorganMatsonWeek

Guys! I got to interview Morgan Matson for #UnexpectedlyEpic #MorganMatsonWeek and it was, as expected, THE BEST. Morgan is so fun and well-spoken, and I loved talking to her about everything from fantasy novels to secondary characters to Starbucks! Want more thoughts on Morgan’s work? Bloggers and readers are weighing in today on what Morgan means to them, and one of them is giving away a mini-book necklace! Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit: Hi Morgan, welcome to Mostly YA Lit and thanks so much for joining me on the blog today! Let’s talk about your books, starting with the latest, The […]