female friendship

Nov 29, 2021

Like Other Girls is a realistic fiction book by Britta Lundin. After being kicked out of her school’s basketball team for being aggressive, Mara has to prove to her coach that she can get along with other people. To everyone's surprise, Mara decides to take up football. This causes a spark between her female classmates, and they too join the football team. What's even worse is that one of the girls is her rival, while another her crush. As the other girls struggle with football, it aggravates Mara to be categorized with them. As football season starts up, Mara struggles to accept her identity

Nov 3, 2021

Shade and Jadis were inseparable best friends that shared everything. When Shade joins cheerleading without telling Jadis, Jadis feels betrayed. Shade loves being around the cheerleaders and enjoys the thought of becoming a cheerleader. Jadis doesn’t want to lose her best friend, so, she is determined to win her back over at any cost. When one of the cheerleaders goes missing, Shade immediately suspects Jadis. Is Jadis the killer? Does Jadis win Shade back? Read more to find out!

I got pulled in to reading this book because it seemed like a fun read, but it turned out to be dark and

Oct 21, 2021

A year and a half after the events of Akata Witch, Sunny is studying her magical powers in order to master the art of juju, Nigerian magic, with her mentor Sugar Cream, as well as attempting to decipher her confusing and dangerous Nsibidi book. But trying to balance her true self as a free agent in the secret Leopard Society with being the normal girl her parents dreamed of raising isn’t easy, especially because Sunny knows that the evil masquerade Ekwensu is still out there in the world plotting to destroy humanity and that only Sunny and her best friends Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha can change

Oct 21, 2021

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if magic was possible? Akata Witch tells the story of 12-year-old Sunny as she opens her eyes to a world of magic she didn’t even know existed. Previously, she had always been different from her peers and friends in one way or another, but soon after she discovers juju, Nigerian magic, she realizes that it is responsible for why she never fit in. Sunny learns to embrace her differences as she starts to perform her own juju, but just as she’s settling in, she discovers that, with the help of three friends, she must stop one of the world’s most

May 29, 2021

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Homes, the teenage descendants of Sherlock and John, get off to a rocky start when they first meet at boarding school. But when they’re both accused of the same crime, they must team up to investigate a murder, clear their names, and, perhaps, become friends.

Fans of mystery interspersed with humor will enjoy this book, the first installment of Brittany Cavallaro’s series. The central case takes time to develop, but the fast-paced story will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

May 21, 2021

This book is realistic fiction. The main characters of this book are Maxine, London, Alice, and Rose (Maxine’s sister). The main characters want to get out of the place they are trapped in (The Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded) because they are diagnosed as morons, imbeciles, and idiots because of something “bad” they did. Their parents dropped them off there because they didn’t want them, and the main characters know that they won’t come back. That is why they don’t see a reason to leave.  London tries to get out but she gets caught on a farm she ran to for food and water. London

The Right Sort of Man book cover. Woman with back to camera looking down a sunny street

The Right Sort of Man

By Allison Montclair
Rated by Kari E.
Dec 7, 2020

Gwendolyn Bainbridge and Iris Sparks attend a mutual friend’s wedding and hit it off immediately, both taking credit for the match. After a lovely lunch the pair decide to go into business together opening The Right Sort Marriage Bureau in Mayfair, London in 1946. Their services are much sought after and their pairings have lead to many happy marriages so far. They both have the ability to size people up and get a clear reading of personalities and secrets being withheld. 

Iris doesn’t talk about her training and time spent during the War. But she’s got a lot of particular skills useful for

Happy Galentine's Day!

Rated by Hebah A.H.
Feb 12, 2019

It’s a little hard to miss all the pink and red hearts present in every retail space right now, the ads for sparkly jewelry, and displays of roses and flowers, but let’s take a few minutes to honor another February holiday: Galentine’s Day, which falls on the 13th of the month.

For those unacquainted with the wonderful show Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s Day is a holiday invented by star Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, a dedicated public servant and unabashed supporter of all her friends. As she describes it, “Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our

At the Water's Edge

By Sara Gruen
Rated by Katie S.
Jun 18, 2015

Philadelphia, 1944. The world is at war and yet Maddie and her husband, Ellis, and their friend Hank don't seem to notice. Having been forced out of their home after a drunken outburst at a New Year's Eve party, Ellis and Maddie are cut off completely from his well-off family. After throwing the final insult and claiming his father was a liar when he saw the Loch Ness monster in Scotland decades before, Ellis plans a reckless trek across the Atlantic with Hank, and Maddie is forced to go with them against her wishes. They believe that they will find the monster, prove their worth to Ellis's

Apr 16, 2013

Plain Wisdom tells a heartfelt, true story of two women, one Old Order Amish and one Englischer.  Although culturally worlds apart, they immediately discover a shared bond—love, laughter, and tears.

Cindy Woodsmall is a writer of Amish fiction, and to clarify and make her books more real it is imperative that she understand the people and places she writes about.  With her first invitation into the world of the Old Order Amish community where she meets Miriam Flaud, a friendship is born.  As Cindy and Miriam share stories of food, work, children, faith and a host of other topics, each learns

Jan 10, 2012

A plane full of teen beauty contestants crash lands on a tropical island. I was expecting either drama or fluff. What I found was satire aimed at the “ideal” female, reality tv and their sponsors, and beauty contests, with a nod toward foreign relations. While a bit over the top and exaggerated, on the whole I found Beauty Queens to be amusing and entertaining.  Interspersed with the story are commercial breaks and facts pages about the contestants, the ones who survived the plane crash. As the island melodrama unfolds, we learn more about the Miss Teen Dream girls, getting a look behind the

The Spare Room by Helen Garner

Rated by Leslie L.
Mar 11, 2010

Helen's long-time friend, Nicola has terminal cancer. The doctors have done all they can but Nicola is determined to try alternative therapies. She asks Helen if she can stay with her for 3 weeks while she undergoes treatment at the Theodore Institute. Helen agrees but quickly discovers that she may have taken on more than she can handle. She also suspects that the Theodore Institute is a fraud. Helen's friendship is severely tested by Nicola's belief that the Institute can cure her cancer and by the physical demands of caring for her. The Spare Room gave me insight into what it might be like