first love

Nov 19, 2021

While working in a grocery store just before lockdown begins, Maxine bumps into a boy named Jonah. Instantly, they start to form feelings for each other and struggle to maintain contact. Do Maxine and Jonah form a relationship? Read more to find out!

I enjoyed reading this book, considering how the timeline and settings of this book is relatable to many people. I enjoyed how the author formed a question in my head while reading this: is love really meant to solve all problems? This book explores how teens are also vulnerable to tough problems and situations like pandemics. The characters

Oct 2, 2021

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, is a realistic fiction novel about Aristotle “Ari” Mendoza. Aristotle is a lonely, angry teenager. He wants to learn more about his brother, who is in prison. And his father, who has become quiet and closed off after returning from war. Once he meets his best friend, Dante, he starts questioning more things than he ever had before.

It’s a really sweet ending, a perfect lead-in to the second book I can’t wait to read. I absolutely love the way this book is written. It’s emotional and relatable to a lot of

Jul 27, 2021

Simone Garcia-Hampton is positive for HIV. Simone’s mother died when she was young. After moving from her old school, Simone made new friends and decides to start over. Simone is a really smart kid as well as being the student-director of her school play, Rent. At her school, Simone meets her crush, Miles. She loves him and dreams about kissing him, etc. But how will he react once she tells him she has HIV, while someone is threatening her to stop talking to Miles?

I think this book is really good for those struggling with something. Whether mentally or physically, I like how Camryn Garret

Jul 2, 2021

Love and Gelato is about a young girl named Lina, who just lost her mom. Before her mom passed, she urged Lina to live with an old friend of hers in Florence, Italy. Lina was obviously hesitant about it, but she decided to go anyway. She discovers more about her mom's past than she ever thought possible. Her mom was gone, but it felt like she was right there with her. Plus, Lina meets the cute and sweet Lorenzo and they become fast friends, maybe even more.

 This book is like a slice of summer, even on the coldest of days. I give it 5 stars. The main characters are relatable, comedic