Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval

There’s more to life than staying safe…

Caraval promised so much, and as with all books with tremendous hype, I was nervous going in. This was justified. The plot has brilliant potential, that just fell flat. I actually like whimsical writing and flowery similes, but some of the similes in this book were just too much.

The spray smelled of daisies and urine…

The pace is slow – the first 100 pages occur before the game even begins – and it’s very repetitive. Much of the story is just Scarlett’s angst and she wasn’t a character I felt much for. In fact, the characters are very stereotypical and with little substance to entice me to want to root for any of them.

Once inside you will be presented with a mystery that must be solved…

The world-building is flimsy and unsubstantial, giving the impression that, like cardboard, it could all blow over with the slightest breeze. This contributed to my difficulty in becoming more invested in the story.

… but the taste of his blood remained.

There were a few elements of the game that were good (look out for Nigel) and the twists were all unpredictable, but they were extremely confusing and unmemorable. I know I will not remember the ending – a dreaded cliff-hanger –  when it comes to the sequel.

The world tasted like ashes and lies…

The story comes across as juvenile and I think (minus the romance and abuse – which would be an improvement) this would be better suited to middle-grade readers.

He tasted like midnight and the wind, and shades of rich brown and light blue…

It is difficult not to compare Caraval with The Night Circus where Erin Morgenstern cleverly uses its confusing plot as an advantage and The Game by Diana Wynne Jones which is my favourite middle-grade fantasy.

3 star

it’s not all bad, but for me – it is just an okay story.

 

Title: Caraval
Series: Caraval #1
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publication Date: 31 January 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
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Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.   — Abstract from Goodreads.com

 

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Goodbye Days

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

For the most part, you don’t hold the people you love in your heart because they rescued you from drowning or pulled you from a burning house. Mostly you hold them in your heart because they save you, in a million quiet and perfect ways, from being alone.

From Jeff Zentner, who writes about grief as if it were his own, Goodbye Days is a beautiful book, fraught with emotion.

A liquid rose-gold warmth – whatever color is on the opposite end of the spectrum from the color of aloneness – fills me briefly.

I wish there had been more insight into the individual personalities. I didn’t feel as though I really knew Mars, Eli and Blake.

Life is everywhere. Pulsing, humming. A great wheel turning.

In particular, I would like to have had the chance to understand Adair’s perspective, to get to know her and her relationship with her brother.

A movement evading my notice. The sun crossing the sky. It crept into my heart like vines overgrowing a stone wall. It caught me like a river rising and swelling.

In essence, this is a book that should be on the shelf in all high school libraries and brought to the attention of healthcare providers offering grief counseling.

4 Star

 

 

Title: Goodbye Days
Author: Jeff Zentner
Publication Date: 7 March 2017Goodbye Days
Publisher: Crown Books
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Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, there could be a criminal investigation into the deaths.

Then Blake’s grandmother asks Carver to remember her grandson with a ‘goodbye day’ together. Carver has his misgivings, but he starts to help the families of his lost friends grieve with their own memorial days, along with Eli’s bereaved girlfriend Jesmyn. But not everyone is willing to forgive. Carver’s own despair and guilt threatens to pull him under into panic and anxiety as he faces punishment for his terrible mistake. Can the goodbye days really help?   — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog

Unnatural deeds

Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog

I followed your footprints in the muddy snow.

Unnatural Deeds totally blew me over with its mind blowing twists. This is a book that I know will stick with me forever.

Looking back, if I had realized I was in danger, I might have run.

I read the ebook version and listened to the audio version and although the audio narrator’s voice didn’t quite fit with the book at first, a few chapters in it started feeling comfortable. I am pretty sure this is just because I am fairly new to audible and not used to American accents.

But then your head rolled like a puppet on a string.

The characters revealed themselves slowly and just when you think you know them, everything twists again.

I’d like to say that was when it began, but no. That was when it was cemented. I was a goner the second I looked into those eyes. 

This is a very difficult book to review without spoilers so I am going to leave it like this. But, please go and get a copy of this book. And let me know what you think of it. I am dying to share the secrets with someone!

“My sweet girl,” he said. “You and I are the same. Why would I ever hurt you?”

5 Star

 

 

Title: Unnatural Deeds
Author: Cyn Balog
Publication Date: 1 November 2016Unnatural deeds
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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Secrets. Obsession. Murder. Victoria is about to discover just how dangerous it can be to lose yourself.

Victoria Zell doesn’t fit in, but she’s okay with that. All she needs is the company of her equally oddball boyfriend, Andrew. She doesn’t care what anyone else thinks…until magnetic, charming, mysterious Z comes into her life, and she starts lying to everyone she knows in an effort to unravel his secrets.

And then something terrible happens. Someone is dead and it’s time for Victoria to come clean. Interspersed with news clippings and police interviews, Victoria tells her story to Andrew, revealing her dark, horrible secrets…secrets that have finally come back to haunt her.  — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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Up Next on My TBR

Up next on my TBR (To Be Read list)

Up next on my TBR

 

Up next on my TBR… Two and a half months into 2017 and my TBR is only growing more ferocious. Devouring any hint of a new book on the market, its intense, eerie glare usually has me running for cover – into another book obviously.

Do I try to control it? No, I do not! Instead, I while away good reading time trolling book blogs, Goodreads, libraries and review sites just to find more books I want to read.

The solution? Well… any suggestions that don’t include boycotting bookish sites will be considered!

These are review copies that I have to read and review before their publish date – no pressure!

 

Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood 

Other Breakable Things

 

This sounds so dark (and I like dark stories). I have also heard great things from fellow book bloggers.

Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—he tried to embrace it. He truly did. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again.
And now it is. – Goodreads.com

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And Then We Ran by Katy Cannon 

Up next on my TBR

 

Road trip books rock! I love traveling and this way I can ‘see’ more of the world.

Megan knows what she wants out of life and she intends to get it, whatever her parents say.

Elliott has given up on all his plans for the future – but then Megan bursts into his life with a proposal that could change it forever.

Together they embark on a road trip to escape their hometown and chase their dreams. But life is a journey and not even Megan can control where theirs will lead… – Goodreads.com

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The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

The Perfect Stranger

The first book in this All the Missing Girls series was one of my favourite reads last year so I am super excited to read this one.

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later. – Goodreads.com

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Road Signs That Say West by Sylvia Gunnery

Road Signs That Say West

Another road trip.

It’s Hanna’s wild idea, of course: take their mom’s car, pack up the tent, and drive across the country. Just three sisters, one guitar, and the Trans Canada Highway. They can be back in Nova Scotia before their parents are home from Europe. She doesn’t say she wants to forget about what happened in Italy, and at university. Claire doesn’t say she keeps having nightmares about her friend’s recent suicide. Megan doesn’t say much, unless it’s a complaint. But maybe they all feel, somehow, that this is their one chance to do something together, something big, before time begins to scatter them.  – Goodreads.com

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The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey

The Sister Pact

 

Another dark story? Would totally contrast with the bright cover.

Allie is devastated when her older sister commits suicide – and not just because she misses her. Allie feels betrayed. The two made a pact that they’d always be together, in life, and in death, but Leah broke her promise and Allie needs to know why. 

Her parents hover. Her friends try to support her. And Nick, sweet Nick, keeps calling and flirting. Their sympathy only intensifies her grief. 

But the more she clings to Leah, the more secrets surface. Allie’s not sure which is more distressing: discovering the truth behind her sister’s death or facing her new reality without her. – Goodreads.com

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Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

Dividing Eden

 

Assassins. Treason. Murder. All good!

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom. – Goodreads.com

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval

 

I am pretty sure everyone knows why I want to read this. I bought a copy a few days ago at the airport and am saving it for when the jet lag has dissipated. Any day now!

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game. – Goodreads.com

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Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

Up next on my TBR

 

This is the second book in the Thunder Road series. I am a huge fan of Katie McGarry, but her books are expensive. I bought this one on sale just before the third book was released.

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.  – Goodreads.com

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Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster

Hostile Witness

 

Murder mystery. Thriller. There might be a pattern here.

When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her step-grandfather, the chief justice of the California Supreme court, her distraught mother turns to her old college roommate, Josie Bates, for help. Josie, once a hot-shot criminal defense attorney, left the fast track behind for a small practice in Hermosa Beach, California. But Hannah Sheraton intrigues her and, when the girl is charged as an adult, Josie cannot turn her back. But the deeper she digs the more Josie realizes that politics, the law and family relationships have created a combustible and dangerous situation. When the horrible truth of the murder is uncovered could save Hannah Sheraton or destroy them both. – Goodreads.com

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The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also A Star

 

Nicola Yoon is a popular author for a good reason. This will be the second of her books that I have read and I can’t wait.

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? -Goodreads.com

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Top Ten Tuesday

 

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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Slow and deliberate, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life chronicles in-depth the lives of a family, both biological and adopted. It’s not always happy, but it is realistic and the bittersweet undertone gives the book it’s strength.

I have a memory that is almost like a dream: yellow leaves from Mima’s mulberry tree are floating from the sky like giant snowflakes.

We already know that Benjamin Alire Sáenz writes beautifully (see Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe), but this is further proof He has written an engaging, seemingly effortless book which relies entirely on the characters and their relationships as they question the meaning of life.  The characters are unique, diverse and human. Well yes, obviously they are human! but I mean they have flaws, are irritating (Samantha’s nickname for Sal) but are still endearing and together form a book that should be on everyone’s bookshelf. My favourite character? Sal’s father, Vicente – he gives weight to the story, anchoring it away from continual angst.

I had something in me that scared me.

And the cover is stunning – another reason why it should be on your bookshelf.

I didn’t understand the logic of this thing called living. Maybe I wasn’t supposed to.

So why just four stars? Book ratings are complicated and I always rely on a gut feel. I loved this book, but it was slow and at times I found myself checking to see how many pages to the end (never easy to estimate on ebook).

It was all so strange, almost if we’d been walking along in one direction and all of a sudden we were going in another and we were suddenly on an unfamiliar road, finding our way through the dark, and we didn’t know where we were going anymore. 

In essence, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life is more than a story – it’s a slice of life.

. . . on that day she was wearing dignity. So much more beautiful than pearls.4 Star

 

Title: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life 

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Publication Date: 7 March 2017
Publisher: Clarion Books
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Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?  — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is a raw, shocking account of a young girl who witnesses a brutal, unprovoked tragedy. Split between two opposing worlds her hands are tied and her voice unheard. Stepping up and speaking up could have devastating consequences, but keeping quiet brings its own set of problems and Starr is stuck in the middle.

I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice making sure the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.

Debut author, Angie Thomas, brings an unflinchingly realistic voice to YA and kicks open a door exposing one of humanity’s greatest failures. The unfair double standards, suspicion, fear and hate of fellow humans, neighbours, summed up in one word: racism.

He also leaves instructions for us – stay inside.

Riding the pages like a rollercoaster, this is a book will shock you, scare you and throw you headfirst into emotions you haven’t experienced before.

We open our eyes, Sekani flinches. I’m used to gunshots, but these are louder, faster.

I became so caught up in the story that I was taken by surprise when the pages ran out. I hope we have more from Angie Thomas in the near future.

We’re the ones who get the short end of the stick, but we’re the ones they fear the most.5 Star

 

Title: The Hate U GiveHate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publication Date: 28 February 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.     — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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In the Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers

In the Hope of Memories

In the Hope of Memories starts without preamble dropping the reader straight into a story where grief and anger swirl and mix with (coincidentally?) hope.

Time won’t stop just because I beg it to, so I might as well spend it tangled up in Hope’s friends, instead of strung up alone with memories of everything I’ve ruined.

Hope (as in the noun and the verb) is the center of the story told via multiple PVO’s. The characters are eclectic, realistic, diverse and their different personalities clash as they race across town to complete  a scavenger hunt.  Of them all, Aiden is the one that I related to the most, although I can’t quite pinpoint why. His courage? His loyalty? His strength? Maybe all three…

His voice quivers like a plucked string on a broken guitar, and I get the feeling it’s the equivalent of me screaming at the top of my lungs. 

Gitty, sad and unexpectedly humorous in the best kind of way and I love that the diversity is natural and never comes across as forced.

. . .  it takes a full four seconds before he manages to get it off. Seconds we don’t have. Seconds that could kill. . .

Art forms a huge part of the story and I would have loved to see the art visually represented in the book.

I don’t really understand exactly what I am looking at, but it’s gorgeous. There’s a Chinese character inked to the front of the card, and it’s made up of a bunch of little ink feathers woven together, The entire thing is blood red, but the boldest splotches are the stars dotted over the feathers.

4 Star

 

 

Title: In the Hope of MemoriesIn the Hope of Memories
Author: Olivia Rivers
Publication Date: 21 March 2016
Publisher: Red Sparrow Press
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Hope Jackson has lived her short life to the fullest, but her four closest friends are dangling on the brink of disaster. Right before dying of a rare heart condition, Hope sets up a scavenger hunt across New York City using her graffiti art. The directions she leaves her friends are simple: Solve the clues hidden in her art, and they’ll solve the problems haunting their lives.

Two days after her heart fails, Hope’s friends are thrown together:
Aiden, her best friend, whose plans to attend college have been scattered by his OCD.
Kali, her foster sister, whose last ties to sanity are as razor-thin as her anorexic waistline.
Erik, her high school crush, whose success as an athlete is based on a lie with no end in sight.
And Sam, her online pen-pal, whose perfect life exploded into chaos in the aftermath of a school bombing.

Together, the four teens take to the streets of New York to complete Hope’s scavenger hunt and fulfill her dying wishes. But in order to unravel the clues hidden in Hope’s graffiti, her friends will need to confront their personal demons head on.  Hope is within reach.    — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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Crushingcinders Blogiversary Giveaway

Blogiversary

Crushingcinders Turns Three 

Crushingcinders was born with my first post The Beginning. Back then I was not sure what I was getting into.

Three years later I have formed amazing friendships with fellow bloggers, readers and writers. I have learnt so much about blogging and social media, and found out how much I still need to learn – coding up next!

Most of all I have amassed an enormous and frighteningly, courageously humongous TBR (To be Read pile), which has been known to threaten me with suffocation if I don’t obey its alarming plead for attention.

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Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher

Lessons in Falling

Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher

Lessons in Falling is about friendships, how they evolve and the dangers of losing yourself to a stronger character. It has a vital message regarding finding yourself and the negative effects of xenophobia, more relevant today than ever before.

I love books based almost entirely on characterisations and was really looking forward to this promising story. While I did enjoy it, I didn’t get the feel of the characters and as a result, the story fell flat. The friendship between Savannah and Cassie was complicated, but despite the strength of her character, I didn’t get a sense of her and this meant her character’s impact was diluted.

The storyline was predictable and without strong characterisation Lessons in Falling didn’t get quite off the ground. Rather hovering around the ‘it’s okay’ line.  The exception (yes there is one character her who really stood out) was Marcos. While I loved the slow, slow burning romance, it was his easy friendships, protectiveness and his reactions to the racial encounters that kept me turning the pages. His spark grew during the story and I would love to hear his POV.

It was no surprise, reading further about the author, that she is a gymnast herself. This came through in her explanations and references on the sport, particularly the self-doubt and fear which can affect the performance.

3 Star

 

Recommended age: 12+

Title: Lessons in FallingLessons in Falling
Author:  Diana Gallagher
Publication Date: 7 February 2017
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
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When Savannah Gregory blows out her knee –and her shot at a gymnastics scholarship – she decides she’s done with the sport forever. Without gymnastics, she has more time for her best friend, Cassie. She’s content to let her fun, impulsive best friend plan a memorable senior year.

That is, until Cassie tries to kill herself.

Savannah wants to understand what happened, but Cassie refuses to talk about it and for the first time, Savannah has to find her own way. The only person she can turn to is Marcos, the boy who saved Cassie’s life. Being with him makes her see who she could be and what she really wants: gymnastics.

But Cassie doesn’t approve of Marcos or of Savannah going back to gymnastics, and the tighter she tries to hold onto Savannah, the farther it pulls them apart. Without Cassie to call the shots, Savannah discovers how capable she is on her own—and that maybe her best friend’s been holding her back all along.   — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

Things I Should Have Known

Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

Ivy’s voice is quieter; I have to strain to hear her response.

Things I Should Have Known is a book that will probably lodge itself under your skin like it did to me. A conventional read? Yes. Original? No. But it is realistic, meaningful, really witty and supportive. The characters complex and feasible.

And there’s something innocent and vulnerable about her that makes me want to protect her. Something almost Ivy-like.

Well written with a substantial message. This is a book that should be in every high school library.

4 Star

Recommended age: 13+

Title: Things I Should Have Known
Author: Claire LaZebnik
Publication Date: 28 March 2017things-i-should-have-known-claire-lazebnik
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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From the author of Epic Fail comes the story of Chloe Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl on a quest to find love for her autistic sister, Ivy. Ethan, from Ivy’s class, seems like the perfect match. It’s unfortunate that his older brother, David, is one of Chloe’s least favorite people, but Chloe can deal, especially when she realizes that David is just as devoted to Ethan as she is to Ivy.

Uncommonly honest and refreshingly funny, this is a story about sisterhood, autism, and first love. Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan, who form a quirky and lovable circle, will steal readers’ hearts and remind us all that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.     — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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