Reinventing Hannah Reedsy Book Review

You can read my full review on Reedsy Discovery: https://reedsy.com/discovery/book/reinventing-hannah-jack-ori Below is an excerpt of my review.

At my age, and having not experienced extreme sexual assault, I don’t think I’m the target audience for this book. However, I think a young adult audience and survivors of sexual assault may gain more from this book than I did. The reigning message in this book, which is rape doesn’t diminish one’s value as a person and brings about lots of complexities. Granted it’s a sensitive subject, is handled well at first. However, it encompasses the entire plot of the story to the point I began to wonder if any closure or solution would be reached over the course of 300 pages.

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Nia and the Dealer Book Review

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Nia has a history of running away in epic fashion. In 8th grade she ventured across Eastern Europe! But when Nia and her mom visit her grandmother in California for the summer, they both assume her juvenile escapist days are over. But her broken family’s lifestyle in San Francisco soon becomes dull and offensive, and Nia meets an intriguing young troubadour named Jesse. In typical teenage style, things change very quickly. Nia gets inspired by Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye. She’s fuelled by news that her sage-like friend from her first fugitive adventure, Kurt, is dying only hundreds of miles away in San Diego. Add a lingering attraction to Jesse, and Nia’s rebellious California road trip becomes much more urgent.


Nia, a 16-year-old semi-delinquent, has a rocky relationship with her mother— who she has recently traveled to the U.S. with for a week— and an even rockier, tense relationship with her grandma. Nia herself is of Bulgarian heritage, and her grandma, Grandma Ross, is a born and raised American who refuses to understand Nia as she is. Nia’s mother, also American, is constantly torn between taking the side of her mother or defending Nia from her insults and judgements.

Read the full review here: https://reedsy.com/discovery/book/nia-and-the-dealer-dominic-carrillo

Ruby Book Review

Ephram could not help but think of Ruby. She entered him like a taste at the back of his throat—the memory of his mama’s peach cobbler.

Ruby, Cynthia Bond. Book 3 Ch. 23.

Ruby by Cynthia Bond, a tale that, at most times, seamlessly weaves fiction and bits of non-fiction throughout most of the story. My daddy recommended this book to me and I later found out, after I finished the book, he had never read it!

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