Category Archives: Review

Review: Hurricane Girl by Marcy Dermansky

Marcy Dermansky’s 5th novel, HURRICANE GIRL, was on everyone’s perfect summer reads list. But since we are now in hurricane season, it’s really the best time to pick it up if you haven’t already. With twisting storylines and characters, dark humor, … Continue reading

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Review: Neruda On The Park by Cleyvis Natera

Cleyvis Natera’s debut novel, NERUDA ON THE PARK, incorporates elements of magical realism, high drama, intense class and identity conflict, and an abiding longing for family love of all kinds. The novel reads like a telenovela with passion and arguments, … Continue reading

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Review: This Will Pass by J. Donnini

THIS WILL PASS written by J. Donnini and illustrated by Luke Scriven is a reassuring picture book about acknowledging fears and facing them head on. Crue is always up for an adventure, but as much as he looks forward to … Continue reading

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Review: MESSY ROOTS by Laura Gao

MESSY ROOTS: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American by Laura Gao manages to braid multiple threads into a wonderfully relatable and entertaining first-hand account of immigration, identity, and being a target of racist pandemic-related attitudes. From its opening scene … Continue reading

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Review: Troublemaker by John Cho

Aimed at middle grade readers, John Cho’s TROUBLEMAKER takes place on the first day of the protests following the acquittal of the police officers who beat Rodney King. The main character, Jordan Park, is a first-generation Korean-American. In one of … Continue reading

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Review: FELLOWSHIP POINT by Alice Elliott Dark

Just in time to help summer reading feel substantial, Alice Elliott Dark’s FELLOWSHIP POINT arrives on July 5, 2022 with its 600 pages to satisfy your literature cravings. The novel follows two lifelong friends, Agnes and Polly, through heartbreak, love, … Continue reading

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Review: Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy

HUDA F ARE YOU is a graphic memoir (albeit fictionalized) by Huda Fahmy that tackles identity, teen angst, family expectations, and friendship with earnest humor and empathetic introspection. With deeply moving scenes around self-doubt, fitting in, and the love between … Continue reading

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Review: ALMOST AMERICAN GIRL by Robin Ha

In ALMOST AMERICAN GIRL, writer and illustrator Robin Ha shares a deeply personal journey of moving from Korea to the United States as she grapples with identity, harassment, and her relationship with her mother. The memoir starts off with a … Continue reading

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Review: WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?

WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? (2015) is a love letter to all Nina Simone accomplished and all she wanted to be and all she had to leave to the side. It also lifts the veil of idolatry that so many mythic … Continue reading

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Review: WHEN THEY SEE US (2019)

The limited Netflix series about the Central Park Five, WHEN THEY SEE US, is harrowing to watch, and infuriating to contemplate. To be honest, I felt sick to my stomach and had to stop watching several times; I even considered … Continue reading

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