Quickies: On the Come UpLess

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas Publisher/Year: HarperAudio, 2019 Format: Audiobook Narrator: Bahni Turpin Length: 11 hours, 43 minutes Source: Library What it is: A young adult novel about a 16-year-old girl named Bri who wants to become the next great rapper. Her father was a rapper who died before his time, but she doesn’t want to be a miniContinue reading “Quickies: On the Come UpLess

What Every Girl Should Know

All Maggie Louise Higgins knew growing up was cleaning and childcare. Her mother, Anne, already frail from recurring flares of tuberculosis, was always pregnant; out of 18 pregnancies, 11 were live births, though not all of her children made it to adulthood. The house was always filthy, diapers always needed washing, children always needed feeding.Continue reading “What Every Girl Should Know”

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks

In The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, Sam Maggs offers burgeoning fangirls lots of practical advice on locating “their people,” navigating cons, participating in geek fandoms, and finding their feminist voice. In between chapters are interviews with successful women whose fangirl backgrounds have now turned into geek-oriented careers. It’s a book that skews towards the younger crowd:Continue reading “The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks”

The Walls Around Us

There’s been a lot of excitement leading up to the release of Nova Ren Suma’s latest young adult book, The Walls Around Us. It’s been out for almost a full week now, and I’ve been seeing more and more blurbs claiming that the book is this year’s “Orange is the New Black Swan.” Well…yes andContinue reading “The Walls Around Us”

Ash

Warning: This post is spoilery. Readers of Malinda Lo’s revamped Cinderella story, Ash, will initially find themselves in familiar territory: Ash’s father unexpectedly dies and leaves her in the hands of her cruel new stepmother. Since Ash is expected to pay off her father’s numerous debts, she becomes a servant in her stepmother’s household andContinue reading “Ash”