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CURRENTLY HAPPENING: Anne of Green Gables Read With Me || #AnneOfGreenGablesReadalong

Hey!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! In 2020, I’m hosting a read through of the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery, and YOU’RE INVITED!!!!

Here’s how it’s going to work: every month I will put out a reading plan, and we’ll all just read along together! It’s super lowkey, and if you arrive a month or two behind, you can still join! We have a year to read 9 books, so take your time. 🙂

You ready to hop in? Grab your Anne of Green Gables plans here!

Anne of Green Gables Reading Plan
Anne of Avonlea Reading Plan
Anne of the Island Reading Plan
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My Top 5 Favorite Tropes to Write || Collab With Emily Mundell

Hey everyone! Today I’m back with a fun blog post about books! I’m collaborating with Emily Mundell to bring you a fun duo of posts: Emily is a writer, and I am not, so we thought it would be fun to share different perspectives on different tropes in the bookish world! I will be talking about My Top 5 Book Tropes I Like To Read on her blog, while she will be talking about the Top 5 Book Tropes She Likes to Write here!

Please welcome Emily as she talks about tropes she likes to write!


Happy Friday, all! Today I’m taking over Hanne’s blog to talk about my Favorite Tropes to Write! If you would like to hear all about her Favorite Tropes to read, swing on over to my blog where she was kind enough to share all about it.

Without further ado…

  1. The Chosen One
    I know that this one is SUUUUPPPEEERRR trope-y, but it’s honestly one of my favorite things, especially when you get to twist it, like Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars for instance. The chosen one idea may be cliche and overdone, but it can almost always be interesting, especially if you bring a fresh new take to the table. Maybe by using more than one chosen one? Or that people messed up who the chosen one prophecy was about? Or even go the Darth Vader route and the chosen one is “bringing balance” in a way that actually makes them the villain instead of the hero. However you choose to do it, reading about and writing “The Chosen One” is almost always one of my favorite story tropes, especially for fantasy and sci-fi.
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  1. Duelling Protagonists
    In both of my published works, as well as many of my WIPs, projects, and plot bunnies, I employ the idea of “dueling protagonists” to tell my stories. In The Sorceress and the Squid, Estrella the sorceress contrasts strongly with the human soldier, Jalen. I write from each of their POV’s, going back and forth between their voices to tell the story of their grand and magical adventure.
    In Faithless, my recent adult novel, though my female MC Saagar is the only POV character, her husband Damien is also very central to the story, and he contrasts both her experience and her actual character. These are just two examples of many other story ideas of mine, and I don’t know exactly what it is that draws me to this trope, but it’s honestly one of my favorites and permeates nearly every one of my stories. The contrast of a male and female MC telling their versions of their shared story is just so interesting to me. I find that you get such great depth between two protagonists, especially if they are different genders and come from different backgrounds or even different sides of the fight/conflict.
  1. Grumpy Older Character vs. Soft Innocent Character
    There’s nothing that melts my heart like some hardened soldier/warrior/farmer/etc who stumbles upon a young, bright-eyed child who turns their whole world upside down overnight. Anne of Green Gables does a great job of this, and it’s something I like to employ in small doses throughout my own books and novels.
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  1. Young Character with Extraordinary Powers
    Is there anything cooler than revealing that the most powerful being in the story is actually a little child who may or may not be a bit out to lunch and possibly a sociopath? Usually plagued with some traumatic backstory, this kid looks cute, precocious and normal, if not a little weird, but they will soon reveal to your audience just how insanely powerful they really are – and it will definitely be epic.
    I love this trope because I love underdogs. I love watching those perceived as smallest and weakest come out on top of an exchange with someone who thought they had it all together. In real life, my favorite example of this is my youth group dodgeball team, which is made up primarily of small 13 year old girls, going up against other youth groups who rely on only the male players on their teams and do not realize just how stacked our team actually is, since nearly every one of our players is strong in their own right. This feeling of satisfaction carries over to my fiction, where I have several small but mighty characters in the works in future projects.
  1. The Love Triangle
    Another super cheesy one, but love triangles can actually be really, really fun to write – or maybe I just love drama too much. In my fantasy epic, one particular subplot of the first book revolves heavily around the MC, his young fiancee, and his cousin, and the relationship between the three of them that is confusing at best, and full of more than a little rivalry and bad feelings. However, what I enjoyed doing with this love triangle is giving the central female the true romantic affection for only one character, while feeling simply like she is trapped into doing her duty to the other. It makes for a lot of fun angst and that is what I am personally all about when writing. xD
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  1. Enemies to Lovers // Enemies to Friends // Friends to Enemies // Lovers to Enemies
    However you want to slice this trope, I find it practically irresistible (hence why you’ll probably find some version of it in every one of my books, lol). There’s just something about the crazy emotional rollercoaster that your characters and readers go on when such drama afflicts a relationship. Any time there’s feelings this powerful and complex involved in a story, you know it’s going to be good.

There are a lot of voices in the book community who speak out against tropes and cliches, for valid reasons as they are usually overdone and uninteresting. However, I think almost any trope or cliche can be fresh and exciting with the right spin put on it, and that’s one of my favorite parts of crafting a new plot, character, and book!


What are your favorite tropes to write all you authors out there? Let me know in the comments! And of course be sure to go check out Hanne’s favorite tropes to READ on my blog here!

Annotation 2020-04-02 221739Emily Mundell is an INFJ, a farmkid, an artist, and an indie author, with two current published works. She likes to ride ponies, climb mountains, take photos, and create/absorb new worlds and stories. Find her at:

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Thank you to Emily for collaborating with me today! It was super fun! And definitely make sure to go check my post on her blog out!

Book Review: The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey || Book Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway || Celebrate Lit Blog Tour

Hi everyone! Today I’m here with yet another Celebrate Lit blog tour, for Dani Pettrey’s book, The Crushing Depths! I reviewed the first book in the series, The Killing Tide, a couple months ago, and I’m excited to review this one too! Because this is a Celebrate Lit tour, there’s a giveaway associated with this post, so make sure to check it out!

About the Book-

Title: The Crushing Depths
Author: Dani Pettrey
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 30, 2020

They know the power and peril of the ocean.
But as they get closer to the deadly truth…
An even greater danger lurks just beneath the surface.

When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker on the first drilling platform off the North Carolina coast, Coast Guard investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are sent to take the case. Tensions surrounding the oil rig are high and the death has everyone on edge. Environmental activists are threatening to do whatever it takes to stop the structure from being completed, while rumors are being whispered about ancient curses surrounding this part of the ocean.

Mounting evidence shows the death may not have been an accident at all. Was he killed by one of the activists or, perhaps more frighteningly, a member of his own crew? Rissi and Mason have to sort through not only a plethora of suspects, but also their own past and attraction to each other.

Just as the case seems like it’ll break open, worse news arrives. A tropical storm has turned their way and soon they’re cut off from any rescue–and right where the killer
wants them. It’s a race to discover his identity before he eliminates the threat they pose.

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My Review-

Previous books in this series:

I enjoyed this read! It wasn’t my favorite, but it met my expectations and was a fun book!

This is book 2 of a series, and like many Christian fiction series, the main characters are two that were introduced in book 1. The main characters in this one are Rissi and Mason, who were introduced in The Killing Tide (at least, I know Rissi was in it; I’m not sure about Mason). I really enjoyed their romance and getting reintroduced to each other: they were so sweet and it was so fun to read. Like the previous book, the two main characters already had a relationship, and they also . . . kissed a lot? Nothing /too/ visual, but definitely the hands-in-hair, back-against-the-wall, his-mouth-enveloped-her-mouth kind of kiss which . . . was kind of a lot? I didn’t mind it but I know a lot of people who read my reviews might, so I wanted to put that out there.

In terms of the actual suspense plot line, I liked it a lot better than in The Killing Tide: the scenario seemed a lot more believable, and the amount of people involved seemed adequate for the situation (whereas in the other book, it felt like 7-10 people solving a case of that magnitude was a little unrealistic, and for me it required a bit of suspension of disbelief). I enjoyed watching people from various fields working together to solve the case, and my favorite was probably Austin, the lawyer! She was just . . . REALLY COOL.

Speaking of the characters, though, I feel like the characters were . . . really boring? I finally understood them a little better (in The Killing Tide it felt like the whole time I was trying to piece together who each of the characters were and what they did, because there are so many of them!), but as I got to know them, I realized that they . . . really didn’t have any personality traits? Their only distinctive feature seemed to be their position at work, and nothing much aside from that. Even the main characters, Rissi and Mason, seemed really two-dimensional and simple (and the rest of the characters even more so).

trigger warning: child abuse, an allusion to sexual assault

I really enjoyed Rissi and Mason’s backstories though! I wish we could’ve heard more about it, especially since it’s such an heavy and deep topic that has a lot that can be discussed. Instead, most of the discussion just skirted around the topics that could’ve actually been really nice to have unpacked.

Overall, I thought this book was really fun! I enjoyed reading it, and while I got confused by the characters a lot, the storyline was really fun! Will I be reading it again? No, probably not. Will I be reading the next book in the series? Yes! At this point I’m too invested to back out. It wasn’t my favorite, but I did enjoy it.

My Rating-

6/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author-

Dani Pettrey

Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has sold more than half a million copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance.

Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent of romance” (USA Today). She researches murder and mayhem from her home in Maryland, where she lives with her husband. Their two daughters, a son-in-law, and two adorable grandsons also reside in Maryland. For more information about her novels, visit www.danipettrey.com

Giveaway-

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Dani is giving away the grand prize package of a necklace, tumbler and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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For more information about this blog tour, and an exclusive recipe from the author about The Crushing Depths, as well as more stops from the blog tour, click here.

August 2020 Plan With Me: Sunflower Theme || Bullet Journal

Hey everyone! Happy August (????!!!!!! Can you believe we’re so close to the end of 2020??? where has this year gone i can’t)!

Today I don’t have a blogpost idea, so I’m just popping on here to let you know I have a new video up! This is a video of me planning out my August bullet journal spread, with a sunflower theme, which I’m super excited for + have been loving using!

I got to try out some new spreads, such as a cover page and a brain dump page, which are both really cute: I’ve never made either of them in my 3+ years of bullet journaling! I also got to use some really adorable stickers from iEmCreativeCo, a really adorable Etsy shop! I hope you enjoy!

Also! Charley from The Miss Charley has me on her blog for her College Declassified series today! I am there to talk about community college! Find the post here and show it some love!


Ok for real though where do you think we should be in this year? Is your brain all caught up to AUGUST yet? Subconsciously I think we should still be in April. Do you have any questions about bullet journalling that you want me to answer in future blog posts? Let me know!

Book Review: Dust by Kara Swanson || Book Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway || Celebrate Lit Blog Tour

Hey everyone! Today I’m here with Celebrate Lit to present to you one of the most gorgeous books I’ve seen this year: Dust by Kara Swanson! I knew I needed to read it as soon as I saw the cover, and I’m super excited to be sharing my thoughts with you on it today! Not only that, because this is a Celebrate Lit blog tour, there is a giveaway at the end of this post, so make sure to check that out!

About the Book-

Cover

Title: Dust
Authors: Kara Swanson
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: July 21, 2020

The truth about Neverland is far more dangerous than a fairy tale Claire Kenton believes the world is too dark for magic to be real—since her twin brother was stolen away as a child. Now Claire’s desperate search points to London…and a boy who shouldn’t exist. Peter Pan is having a beastly time getting back to Neverland. Grounded in London and hunted by his own Lost Boys, Peter searches for the last hope of restoring his crumbling island: a lass with magic in her veins. The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth behind this fairy tale is about to unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan—and herself.

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My Review-

First of all, CAN WE TALK ABOUT THAT COVER!!! Dust has possibly one of the prettiest cover I’ve seen all year! It’s so so bookstagrammable and I’m VERY tempted to buy a hardcover for the sake of . . . owning it? #bookstagramproblems

This was suuuuuch a fun story! I was never really into Peter Pan (I haven’t really read any books or watched any movies about him, that I know of? I just have Peter Pan knowledge via osmosis, lol), so although some of the finer points aren’t as vivid in my mind, it was still a really fun Peter Pan retelling. According to the book, this story happened about 60-70 years after the “original Peter Pan,” which I really like. It’s set in the same “world,” though the story happens in London (on Earth), which makes the suspension of disbelief easier, at least for me anyways.

In regards to the storyline itself, I found it a bit slow? The story is very much character driven, and while the book spans the course of a couple months (I think), there are pretty large time jumps and most of the plot happens during the course of a few days. I am definitely a lot more of a plot than characters reader, but I did enjoy how the story was told.

With that being said, I wasn’t a huge fan of any of the characters? Like obviously I was rooting for the protagonists: Claire and Peter, but I wasn’t a huge fan of them? I think my favorite character from the book was Tiger Lily: she was just a good kindhearted soul! I felt for Claire, but didn’t really relate to her a ton, and Peter wasn’t strictly meant to be liked, so there’s also that. The side characters were really interesting though!

In terms of ~book content~, there is no talks about God: it was not mentioned whatsoever, which isn’t a huge factor in how I feel about it, but might be interesting to some people. There is one kiss, not very detailed but the ~feelings~ were described. And language wise, it was super clean, which I did like. There were also some mildly gruesome “effects of magic” that were included, like being burned, that were described.

Trigger warning: suicide and self harm

The story ended in a cliff hanger, which isn’t my favorite, but at least there’s a sequel coming out soonish (<1 year!), so I guess we’ll just have to wait for that.

Overall, I enjoyed this book! It was a lovely fantasy + magicky + just a light feelings book, and it was a fun read! It wasn’t my favorite, but I did enjoy it and will be reading the next book in the series!

My Rating-

6-7/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author-

Author

As the daughter of missionaries, Kara Swanson spent her childhood running barefoot through the lush jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the fantasy genre. The award-winning author of The Girl Who Could See, Kara is passionate about crafting stories of light shattering darkness, connecting with readers, and becoming best friends with a mermaid—though not necessarily in that order. Kara chats about coffee, fairy tales and bookish things online (@karaswansonauthor) and at karaswanson.com

Giveaway-

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kara is giving away the grand prize package of a Dust-themed bundle that includes a signed hardcover, bookmarks, character cards, Peter + Claire art print, and an exclusive Dust pin!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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For more information about this blog tour, and exclusive content from the author about Dust, as well as more stops from the blog tour, click here.

Blog Tour: Ivy Introspective by Kellyn Roth || Book Review

About the Book-

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In a world that doesn’t understand her, how can she grow?

Ivy Knight lives her life in a blur of confusion as the world passes her by in a tumultuous melody. She isn’t the perfect daughter or student, but as long as she can be with her family, she doesn’t mind watching rather than living.

Mrs. Chattoway treasures both of her granddaughters now that they’re reunited. When Ivy’s parents enroll her in a Scottish school for unique children, she’s happy to chaperone.

In a new place with a new guardian, Ivy discovers a special talent that helps her see the blurred world in a new way. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and Ivy becomes determined to find it—and help others do the same.

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My Review-

Previous books in this series:

This was such a sweet book! I didn’t know how much I would like reading a book from the perspective of Ivy, since I enjoyed Alice’s so much; however, it was done super well! It never felt slow or stilted, and I actually really fell in love with Ivy’s narration style!

Overall, I think I liked this story line better than Alice’s (from book 1): the storyline and narrative was a lot more internal (i.e., happening inside Ivy’s head, rather than spoken by Alice). The overall growth and development was also really satisfying to read, and I just really liked it overall! Ivy is just so precious and 🥺 I just love her story.

I also really liked the perspective of Mrs. Chattoway: Ivy’s grandmother in this book! We didn’t really see much of her in the previous book at all, and it was so nice to get to know her! Hopefully she makes an appearance in future books, because I would love to see her life continue on.

Just like the last one, this book covered some pretty serious topics with a lot of tact and compassion: this one included talks of suicide, domestic abuse, and mental health, which is so so rarely discussed about in Christian fiction! I enjoyed that so much and I think it is so needed in this space!

I also loved the Christian message presented in the book: it was fairly deeply presented, which I’m not always a fan of (sometimes the Gospel is presented, but it feels unnatural and stilted and written for the sake of having the gospel in), but this one was well done and I loved it!

Finally, I lOVVVVVVVVVVVVED Violet’s character and Violet and Ivy’s relationship! Their friendship was just so sweet, and Ivy is just so pure and I just love the two of them together! I can’t wait to see Violet come back in book 4.

Overall, this was a really sweet book! Again, it’s in the women’s fiction genre, which I like, because there is a bit of pretty serious content that might not be suitable for young readers, but I really enjoyed reading it! I look forwards to seeing where these characters go in the future!

My Rating-

4/5

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author-Kellyn Roth - Author Photo

Kellyn Roth is a Christian historical women’s fiction & romance author from North-Eastern Oregon who loves border collies. A ranch girl with a love for storytelling, she’s been writing since she was seven and published since she was fourteen.

Kell lives in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon with her family, cat, and three puppy-dogs. When not writing, she teaches writing and talks about writing, but she also enjoys other things. She just can’t think of any right now.

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How to DIY Floating Shelves on a Budget! || DIY and Decorate With Me

Hey everyone! Today’s blogpost is a little different from the ones I usually write. Today I’m showing you all how I made these floating shelves by myself under $50!

I have been wanting to put up these floating shelves on this blank wall in my room for MONTHS now, and THANKS TO QUARANTINE (and my procrastination on my summer class homework) I finally got around to doing it! Could you probably get the same shelves on Amazon for roughly the same amount of money without spending three straight days breathing in paint thinner fumes and probably decreasing your life span by about 6 months? Yes. But something something trust the process, amirite kids? and also something something stop donating to the Jeff Bezos trust fund something something ok i’ll stop now

For real though, I really enjoyed this whole process, and I LOVE how they turned out. They are such a nice starting point for the room makeover/declutter that I’m doing now, and now I finally have a place to store my mug collection! They match perfectly with the bookshelves in my room, and with some fairy lights on them? *chef’s kiss* PERFECTION.

I filmed the whole process, and here is the process, in all its glory. Enjoy!


VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION: do you also collect mugs? Leave a comment and let me know! For wanting to be a minimalist, I have way too many mugs, but it’s definitely not a problem . . . is it?

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How To Create a Functional Bullet Journal Spread in 5 Steps || July 2020 Plan With Me: Lavender Theme || Bullet Journal

Happy Friday, and happy Fourth of July weekend! It’s the start of the month, which means it’s time for me to set up my bullet journal again! The passage of time really do be like that.

Anyways, this month, I decided to share with you all the 5 questions I ask myself when I’m making a new tracker in my bullet journal. It’s super easy to keep making the same spreads over and over again, without really thinking about what they add to your life. Because of that, I’m always trying to be intentional in fixing spreads that don’t work for me, and making it more functional and practical, so I ask my self these questions to try to make my new spreads as useful as possible to me.

  1. What purpose am I trying to make this spread fulfill? Not a surprise to anyone, but different spreads serve different purposes. The first, and most important step in designing a spread is to make it functional and able to track whatever you want it to do. Obviously this is different for every person, but think about what exactly you want that spread to track: don’t be too specific or too broad or filling it out will only confuse you
  2. How long do I want this spread to last? If it’s a week-long or even month-long spread, then you have more flexibility with how it’s designed, and are more able to play around with different styles to find the one(s) that work best for you. If it’s going to be a long term spread (3 months to a year), then definitely put in more thought into the design, especially so that you will remember to use it. This leads to:
  3. Is it in a style that I will remember to update and actually use? I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve made a spread where the spread itself is super pretty and aesthetic, but updating it is simply not easy enough that I would do it regularly. For example, this most often happens to me when I have a spread that I have to fill in with multiple pens. I end up almost never filling those spreads out because it’s simply too much effort to do it!
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  4. What kind of information will go on this spread? This might be more of a personal issue, but I often find myself not being motivated to fill out a spread because I’m not exactly sure what will go into it! Defining what will go into the spread removes my mental barrier for filling in that spread. This is kind of similar to question 1, but this is a little more concise.
  5. What happened to my spread that I used for tracking this thing last time? This only applies to spreads that you’re making multiple times, and not brand new spreads that you’re trying to create. Pinpoint what exactly you want to improve on in your new spreads, which will help you figure out what you need to add or take away from in your new spread to make it more function

I filmed myself setting up my monthly bullet journal again, and this is the first time I’ve done some sort of art/doodling theme in my bullet journal. It’s not the most aesthetic/professional theme, but it’s my first try and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out!

If you want a more detailed explanation on what each of my monthly spreads are, check out my plan with me from June, where I go more into detail about each of the spreads I make.

Anyways, here’s the video! I hope you enjoy!


Do you have a process when you’re figuring out what to include in a spread? What are some of the questions you ask yourself? What is your favorite length of time for a spread to last (i.e., one week, one month, 6 months, etc)? I think mine is roughly two weeks, haha! Leave a comment and let me know!

Book Review: The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones by Daven McQueen

About the Book-

It’s the summer of 1955. For Ethan Harper, a biracial kid raised mostly by his white father, race has always been a distant conversation. When he’s sent to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle in small-town Alabama, his Blackness is suddenly front and center, and no one is shy about making it known he’s not welcome there. Except for Juniper Jones. The town’s resident oddball and free spirit, she’s everything the townspeople aren’t—open, kind, and full of acceptance.

Armed with two bikes and an unlimited supply of root beer floats, Ethan and Juniper set out to find their place in a town that’s bent on rejecting them. As Ethan is confronted for the first time by what it means to be Black in America, Juniper tries to help him see the beauty in even the ugliest reality, and that even the darkest days can give rise to an invincible summer.

Daven McQueen’s Juniper Jones is a character for all ages in this sweet coming of age story set in 1950s Alabama.

My Review-

THIS BOOK. I didn’t really know much about this book before I read it, knowing vaguely that it was about racism and a coming of age, but nothing specific. And MAN it surprised me in all the best ways possible.

First of all, it is a middle grade, which I have very much been wanting to read, but haven’t been able to since my library hasn’t been open. (At least, I think it’s a middle grade? There is some language (up to the s word), but the main characters are in their mid-teens and there is no romance, so it feels like middle grade.) The language is simple and allowed me to picture the whole scene, which is always something I love.

Second, it’s a summer book, which I am ALWAYS down for. Summertime romps outside, unsupervised, with a bike and a pond and infinite flowers and grass, and coming home only for dinner? SIGN ME UP. That setting always holds a special place in my heart and I will always have a light penchant for summer books.

Third, not only is it a feel good, summer read, it also tackles such important topics! The basis of this story is a biracial kid figuring out his place in 1950s America, which even now is such an important topic to discuss. I especially appreciated the reminder that the 1950s, or history in general, wasn’t “perfect” as people tend to think: there were HUGE issues, and no matter what it looks like, there has been immense improvement and growth in America throughout history.

Fourth, it made me SOB. The characters were just so pure and so raw and so honest with themselves and each other, and I loved that. Juniper was ABSOLUTELY the best and honestly I just want to be like her when I grow up. I saw a review that said that she was kind of like Pippi Longstocking, except I think Juniper is more mature and also more understanding. At least, if I can’t be her, I want to be best friends with her. I LOVED Juniper and this book was 100% made better because of her.

Tl;dr, go read this book. It’s not a topic that most people would enjoy, but it is definitely one that should be read. I haven’t read a book that has made me cry in a while, but this did it, so that should be at least a sign. 🙂

If you like these books, you will love The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones-

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green

Quotes-

“Folks around here think I’m weird. So I figured, you know, it never hurts to have a friend when things are hard. And there’s nothing like an adventure to take your mind off all the bad stuff.”

“Making sense is for nerds and grown-ups. I am way more interesting”

These flowers had run wild, growing over each other, their stems twisting together and reaching skyward to the gauzy sun. The entire house was enveloped in a bouquet.

“When you trap people for hundreds of years, make their lives a living hell, they’re bound to get antsy. And furious. And so white folks think the harder they make it for us to live, the longer they’ll be able to put off a revolution.”

“And there’s a lot I can do, too, I think. Because people look at me different than they look at you. I’m safe in my skin, I mean. I don’t know what yet, exactly. But whatever I can do, I’m sure gonna do it.”

My Rating-

9/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.