Category Archives: contemporary

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

I have to admit to a lot of ambivalence about this book. On the one hand, Zoboi did an excellent job of bringing Pride and Prejudice to a modern (and American) setting. There were many clever nods to the original … Continue reading

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Kens by Raziel Reid

It’s obvious what author Raziel Reid was trying to do with Kens: create a mirror image of the movie Heathers but with guys and gays rather than girls and heteros. The problem is that Heathers had a very sly take … Continue reading

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Analee, In Real life by Janelle Milanes

Those reading Analee, In Real Life will likely find many parallels to the tv series/book “To All The Boys I Loved Before.” From a conflicted girl dealing with several guys to also operating in a blended family. This isn’t a … Continue reading

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Boomerang by Helen Dunbar

Boomerang is a bit of a different animal in that this isn’t a romance so much as a collection of people with very messy lives coming to terms with their life choices and the mistakes they’ve made. There are absolutely … Continue reading

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Takane & Hana 5 by Yuki Shiwasu

I really enjoyed the premise of Takane Hana – our hero being a complete idiot but with redeeming qualities and the more grounded girl who has to put up with him. In a way, it was Boys Over Flowers again … Continue reading

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Ao Haru Ride by Io Sakisaka

Ao Haru Ride is a gentle slice-of-life high school romance series. It has its own charms and is a very separate animal from titles like Kimi Ni Todoke – perhaps a little less mature but a bit more heartfelt. The … Continue reading

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Pretty Man by Ryan Field

I made it to about 10% in and realized that what we were promised and what we got were two very different things. Most of what made Pretty Woman so successful was its unabashed charm; that is completely missing in … Continue reading

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