#41

I should have liked this more, but I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t feel particularly engaged with any of the main characters. I didn’t find anyone to be particularly likeable. It also just feels like the author is trying too hard to be twisty. It’s not bad, just not great.

**I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

#39

I received an arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Holy shit…this was fantastic.

I read this in one sitting. Couldn’t put it down.

The premise is a modern coming of age story inspired by various 80s and 90s teen films, but most significantly Heathers. This book hits all the big issues: bullying, rape culture, mental illness, LGBT, growing up on social media…and more.

The story is fast paced. The characters feel authentic. You know these people. You feel their emotions.

This is a must read for fans of teen thrillers, but also for anyone with kids coming of age in today’s society.

Very highly recommended.

**Comes out October 2019.

#34

An absurd premise that is still somehow utterly captivating.

40-year-old Tess finds out her husband of like 25 years is having an affair with a 26-year-old, so she imprisons the mistress in her home during a hurricane, and shit gets crazy really fast.

Let me be clear: this shit is ridiculous. HOWEVER it’s a fun fucking ride.

The most interesting thing about this book is that the author wrote it after finding out her own husband was cheating on her. It is told from the point of view of both women, wife and mistress, in alternating chapters, and provides interesting insights into these women’s motivations. You find yourself identifying with, and also hating, each of them at some point in the book.

Recommended.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Having lived through my own affair, divorce, and all the related fallout, I found this book fascinating.

#33

This was an interesting concept that quickly became tedious. Too much build up and not enough payoff. I spent the last third of the book just wanting it to be over. None of the characters behave in a manner that is even remotely believable. Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC. This one just didn’t work for me.

#32

This is a stunning book. I was captivated from chapter one. Beautiful writing combined with a compelling and unique story. I don’t want to say much more because I don’t want to spoil a single part of the lovely experience of reading it.

It was extra fun for me because the story takes place close to home: mostly in Southern Illinois, but sometimes in Saint Louis. I recognized so many things. The main character is a grad student at the University of Illinois – where my husband went to school. ❤️

Very highly recommended.

Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union for the ARC.