Book Reviews (by Author)

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Abbott, Tony


Junk Boy

Acevedo, Elizabeth

Clap When You Land

The Poet X

Ackerman, Elliot

Waiting for Eden

Adams, Douglas

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Ahava, Selja

Things That Fall From the Sky

Ahmadi, Arvin

How It All Blew Up

Albanese, Laurie Lico

Blue Suburbia

Albertalli, Becky

Leah on the Offbeat

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

The Upside of Unrequited

Almond, David

Joe Quinn’s Poltergeist


Ames, Jonathan

You Were Never Really Here

Ammaniti, Niccolo

Me and You

Ancrum, K.

The Wicker King

Anderson, Jessica Lee

Border Crossing

Anderson, M.T.

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

Landscape With Invisible Hand

Anderson, Laurie Halse





Angelou, Maya

Mom & Me & Mom

Applegate, Katherine

The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Bob

Askins, Robert

Hand to God

Atta, Dean

The Black Flamingo

Attenberg, Jami

All Grown Up

The Middlesteins

Atwood, Margaret

The Penelopiad

Backderf, Derf

My Friend Dahmer

Bailey, Lily

Because We Are Bad

Bailey-Williams, Nicole

A Little Piece of Sky

Ball, Jesse


The Diver’s Game

How to Set a Fire and Why

Silence Once Begun

Barba, Andres

Such Small Hands

Barker, Clive

Mister B. Gone

Bauer, Joan

Close to Famous

Bean, Lexie

The Ship We Built

Bechdel, Alison

Fun Home

Bell, Cece

El Deafo

Bennett, Alan

The Uncommon Reader

Berg, Elizabeth

Durable Goods

Blake, Ashley Herring

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World

Bloch, Robert


Boo, Sweeney

Eat, and Love Yourself

Bradbury, Ray

From the Dust Returned

Braithwaite, Oyinkan

My Sister, the Serial Killer

Brasme, Anne-Sophie


Brooks, Kevin

Born Scared

Broscol, Vera

Anya’s Ghost

Browne, Mahogany L.

Chlorine Sky

Brubaker, Ed

 Kill or Be Killed Vol. 1

 Kill or Be Killed Vol. 2

Bryant, Jen

Pieces of Georgia

The Trial

Bukowski, Charles

Post Office

Bunker, Lisa

Zenobia July

Burgess, Anthony

A Clockwork Orange

Burke, Kealan Patrick


Sour Candy

Burton, Tim

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories

Buten, Howard

When I Was Five I Killed Myself

Buxton, Kira Jane

Hollow Kingdom

Byalick, Marcia

Quit It

Cain, Amina


Callender, Kacen

Felix Ever After

Hurricane Child

King and the Dragonflies

Campbell, Jen

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

Camus, Albert

The Stranger

Carey, M.R.

The Dollhouse Family

Carroll, Emily

Through the Woods

Chaboute, Christopher


Chaltas, Thalia

Because I Am Furniture

Chambers, Aidan

Dying to Know You

Chariandy, David


Charles, Tami


Cheng, Jack

See You in the Cosmos

Cipri, Nino

Homesick: Stories

LitenVerse series



Cisneros, Sandra

The House on Mango Street

Clark, P. Djeli

Ring Shout

Clowes, Daniel


Codell, Esme Raji

Sahara Special

Vive La Paris

Colbert, Brandy

Little & Lion

Cole, Brock

The Facts Speak for Themselves

Coman, Carolyn

Bee + Jacky

Comeau, Joey


Connor, Leslie

Dead on Town Line

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

Cooper, J. California


Cormier, Robert

I Am the Cheese

Tunes for Bears to Dance To

Corrigan, Eileen


Cotterill, Jo

A Storm of Strawberries

Cowan, Billy

Care Takers

Crossan, Sarah



The Weight of Water

Cunningham, Michael

A Wild Swan

Curato, Mike


Cujec, Carol


Danchez, Julie

Invisible Differences

Daniels, Ezra Claytan

Upgrade Soul

Davies, Carys


Davies, Peter Ho

A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself

de Radigues, Max


del Rosario, Juleah

Turtle Under Ice

Dermansky, Marcy

The Red Car

Dhaliwal, Aminder

Woman World

DiCamillo, Kate

Beverly, Right Here

Dieudonne, Adeline

Real Life

Dillon, Glyn

The Nao of Brown

Doctorow, Cory

In Real Life

Dodge, Jim


Donoghue, Emma

Kissing the Witch

Donovan, Sarah J.

Alone Together

Dougan, Terrell Harris

That Went Well

Doughty, Caitlyn

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?

Doyle, Roddy


Charlie Savage

A Greyhound of a Girl


The Snapper

The Woman Who Walked Into Doors

Eagleman, David


 Eclair-Powell, Phoebe


Edgerton, Clyde

The Night Train

Elliot, David

Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc

Ellis, Ann Dee

This Is What I Did

Ewing, Al

The Fictional Man

Faw, Katherine


Fensham, Elizabeth

Helicopter Man

Finnegan, Margaret

Susie B. Won’t Back Down

We Could Be Heroes

Fitzgerald, Penelope

The Bookshop

Flake, Sharon G.

Money Hungry

The Skin I’m In

Flasar, Milina Michiko

I Called Him Necktie

Fleischman, Paul

Mind’s Eye


Flinn, Alex

Fade to Black

Fink, Joseph

Alice Isn’t Dead

Forsman, Charles

The End of the Fucking World

I Am Not Okay Wth This

Fossum, Karin

I Can See in the Dark

Franklin, Tee

Bingo Love

Freeman, Megan E.


Friedman, Carl


Frost, Helen


Fullerton, Alma

Walking on Glass

Gailey, Sarah

Upright Women Wanted

Gaiman, Neil


The Graveyard Book

Norse Mythology

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains

Galloway, Terry

Mean Little Deaf Queer

Gantos, Jack

The Trouble in Me

Joey Pigza series

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Joey Pigza #1)

Joey Pigza Loses Control (Joey Pigza #2)

What Would Joey Do? (Joey Pigza #3)

I Am Not Joey Pigza (Joey Pigza #4)

The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza (Joey Pigza #5)

Gardner, Sally

Maggot Moon

Gardner, Whitney

Fake Blood

You’re Welcome, Universe

Garland, Alex

The Coma

Gewirtz, Adina Rishe

Zebra Forest

Giles, Gail

Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters

Girls Like Us

Right Behind You

Gillman, Melanie

As the Crow Flies

Stage Dreams

Gino, Alex


Gladstone, Wayne

Notes From the Internet Apocalypse

Glaister, Lesley

Honour Thy Father

Golightly, Karen B.

There Are Things I Know

Green, Katie

Lighter Than My Shadow

Green, John

Turtles All the Way Down

Green, Justin

Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary

Green, Shari

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess

Greenwald, Tommy

Game Changer

Grehan, Meg

The Deepest Breath

The Space Between

Gibbons, Kaye

Ellen Foster

A Virtuous Woman

Gill, Joel Christian

Fights- One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence

Griffin, Adele


Where I Want to Be

Griffin, Paul

Ten Mile River

Griffith, Bill

Nobody’s Fool

Grimes, Nikki

The Road to Paris

Grimsley, Jim

Dream Boy

Winter Birds

Guare, John

Six Degrees of Separation

Gunn, Kirsty


Ha, Robin

Almost American Girl

Haig, Matt

Humans, an A to Z

Reasons to Stay Alive

Hallberg, Garth Risk

A Field Guide to the North American Family

Hamid, Mohsin

Exit West

Hamilton, Jessica


Hanazawa, Kengo

I Am a Hero Omnibus, Volume 1

Handler, Daniel

All the Dirty Parts

Hansberry, Lorraine

A Raisin in the Sun

Harper, Dr.

I’m a Therapist… series

I’m a Therapist, and My Patient is the Next School Shooter

I’m a Therapist, and My Patient is in Love With a Pedophile

I’m a Therapist, and My Patient is a Vegan Terrorist

The Disturbing Incidents at Lonesome Woods Boarding School

Hautman, Pete

Blank Confession



Hemingway, Ernest

The Old Man and the Sea

Hempel, Amy

Sing to It

Hendrix, Grady


Henkes, Kevin

Olive’s Ocean

Hennessey, M.G.

The Echo Park Castaways

The Other Boy

Henry, April

Girl, Stolen

Herrick, Steven

The Wolf

Heppermann, Christine

Ask Me How I Got Here

Hesse, Karen

The Music of Dolphins

Hickey, Christine Dwyer


Higashida, Naoki

Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8

High, Linda Oatman

Teeny Little Grief Machines

Higgins, Kristin Elizabeth


Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity

Hill, David

See Ya, Simon

Hinton, S.E.

Rumble Fish

Holt, K.A.

House Arrest


Redwood and Ponytail

Holt, Kimberly Willis

My Louisiana Sky

Howe, James

The Watcher

Huang, S.L.

Burning Roses

Hulin, Rachel

Hey Harry, Hey Matilda

Hunter, Megan

The End We Start From

Hurston, Zora Hurston


Hyde, Catherine Ryan

Jumpstart the World

Ingalls, Rachel

Mrs. Caliban

Ito, Junji


Iweala, Uzodinma

Beasts of No Nation

Speak No Evil

Jackson, Shirley

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

James, Rory

Some Girls Bind

Jennings, Kathleen


Johnson, Angela


A Certain October

A Cool Moonlight

The First Part Last


Humming Whispers

Johnson, Denis

Jesus’ Son

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

Nobody Move

Train Dreams

Jones, Harriet McBryde

Accidents of Nature

Jones, Shane

Light Boxes

Jones, Stephen Graham

Mapping the Interior


The Only Good Indians

Jordan, Anna


Kadarusman, Michelle

Music for Tigers

Kaftan, Vylar

Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water

Kapit, Sarah

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!

Kerr, M.E.

Deliver Us From Evie

Night Kites

Kawakami, Hiromi

Parade: A Folktale

Kaye, Julia

Super Late Bloomer

Kehlmann, Daniel

You Should Have Left

Kephart, Donna

Wild Blues

Keplinger, Kody

Lila and Hadley

Kerr, Kay

Please Don’t Hug Me

Kerr, M.E.

Deliver Us From Evie

Kessler, Lyle


King, Stephen


On Writing

Knausgard, Linda Bostrom

Welcome to America

Knowles, Jo

Lessons from a Dead Girl

Koch, Herman

The Dinner

Koertge, Ron

Boy Girl Boy

The Brimstone Journals

Coaltown Jesus

Stoner & Spaz

Koppelman, Amy

I Smile Back

Koss, Amy Goldman

Side Effects

Kuderick, Madeline

Kiss of Broken Glass

Kuijer, Guus

The Book of Everything

Kuipers, Alice

Life on the Refrigerator Door

Kupperman, Michael

All the Answers

LaBute, Neil

Fat Pig

LaCour, Nina

Watch Over Me

We Are Okay

Lambert, Charles

The Children’s Home

Landweber, Michael


LaRocca, Rajani

Red, White, and Whole

Leigh, Julia


Lester, Julius

Day of Tears

Leveen, Tom


Leyh, Kat


LeZotte, Ann Clare

Show Me a Sign


Lockhart, E.

We Are Liars

Lowry, Lois


Little Badger, Darcy


Lucido, Aimee

Emmy in the Key in Code

Ludwig, Benjamin

Ginny Moon

Maclear, Kyo


Magariel, Daniel

One of the Boys

Magary, Drew

The Hike

Mainardi, Diogo

The Fall

Majok, Martyna

Cost of Living

Malerman, Josh

Bird Box

A House at the Bottom of a Lake

Malfi, Ronald

Mr. Cables

Malzieu, Mathias

The Boy With the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Mann, J. Albert

The Degenerates

Manzer, Jenny

My Life as a Diamond

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia

Memories of My Melancholy Whores

Martin, Ann M.

Rain Reign

Martins, Vitor

Here the Whole Time

Maxwell, William

So Long, See You Tomorrow

They Came Like Swallows

McCall Smith, Alexander

Dream Angus

The Girl Who Married a Lion: And Other Tales from Africa

McCarthy, Cormac

Child of God

McCreary, Michael

Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic

McEwan, Ian

The Cement Garden

On Chesil Beach

McGhee, Alison

What I Leave Behind

McGuire, Seanan

Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day

Wayward Children series-

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1)

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2)

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3)

In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4)

Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children #5)

Across the Green Grass Fields (Wayward Children #6)

Where the Drowned Girls Go (Wayward Children #7)

McHenry, Jael

The Kitchen Daughter

McLaverty, Bernard


McMillan, Duncan

Every Brilliant Thing

McMurchy-Barber, Gina

Free as a Bird

McTeer II, James


Meconis, Dylan

Queen of the Sea

Medema, Dante

The Truth Project

Mesa, Sara

Four by Four

Millas, Juan Jose

From the Shadows

Miller-Lachmann, Lyn


Modiano, Patrick

Paris Nocturne

Moore, George

Albert Nobbs

Moore, Scotto

Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You

Morgan, Sally

Sister Heart

Morrison, Toni

The Bluest Eye

God Help the Child


Moss, Sarah

Ghost Wall

Muir, Tamsyn

 Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Foot Tower

Murakami, Haruki

The Strange Library

Murakami, Ryu


Murata, Sayaka

Convenience Store Woman

Myers, Walter Dean

Autobiography of My Dead Brother

The Beast

Dope Sick


Nakamura, Fuminori

The Boy in the Earth

The Gun

The Thief

Navin, Rhiannon

Only Child

Nelson, Blake

Paranoid Park

Ness, Patrick

And the Ocean Was Our Sky

A Monster Calls

Neuval, Sylvain

The Test

Nichols, L.


Norman, Marsha

‘Night, Mother

Nuanez, J.M.M.

Birdie and Me

Oates, Joyce Carol

A Fair Maiden

Black Water

Miao Dao


Rape: A Love Story

The Rise of Life on Earth


O’Connor, Flannery

Wise Blood

Okorafor, Nnedi


Broken Places & Outer Spaces

Olmi, Veronique

Beside the Sea

Ono, Masatsugu

Lion Cross Point

Oswalt, Patton

Silver Screen Fiend

Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

Ossowski, Tamar


Palacio, Derek

How to Shake the Other Man

Palahniuk, Chuck


Pamatmat, A. Rey

Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them

Panetta, Kevin


Panteleakos, Nicole

Planet Earth is Blue

Parker, K.J.

Prosper’s Demon

Parkinson, Siobhan

Blue Like Friday

Patrick, Cat

Tornado Brain

Payne, Nick

If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet

Peck, Richard

The Best Man

Perrotta, Tom


Porter, Chana

The Seep

Porter, Max

Grief is the Thing With Feathers

Porter, Pamela

The Crazy Man

Porter, Tracey


Powell, Nate

Come Again

Swallow Me Whole

Prince, Liz


Pylvainen, Hanna

We Sinners

Quindlen, Anna

Good Boy. Stay.

Quint, Michel

In Our Strange Gardens

Rea, Brian

Death Wins a Goldfish

Rebele-Henry, Brynne

Orpheus Girl

Reid, Iain


I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Reyl, Hilary

Kids Like Us

Reynolds, Jason

Long Way Down

Rhodes, Jewell Parker

Ghost Boys

Rice, Ben

Pobby and Dingan

Richardson, C.S.

The End of the Alphabet

Rivers, Karen

The Girl in the Well is Me

Robben, Jaap

Summer Brother

Robison, John Elder

Be Different

Roe, Robin

A List of Cages

Roger, Marie-Sabine

Soft in the Head

Rosenblatt, Roger

Making Toast

Thomas Murphy

Rosoff, Meg

The Bride’s Farewell

The Great Godden

Just in Case

Picture Me Gone

What I Was

Rubin, Susan Goldman

Emily Good as Gold

Emily in Love

Ruff, Matt

Bad Monkeys

Russo, Meredith


If I Was Your Girl

Sandall, Laurie

The Imposter’s Daughter

Saunders, George

Fox 8

Scanlan, Kathryn

Aug 9- Fog

Schmidt, Gary D.

Orbiting Jupiter

Schumacher, Julie

Black Box

Scott, Elizabeth

Living Dead Girl

Schutz, Samantha

I Don’t Want to Be Crazy

Schweblin, Samanta

Fever Dream

Sebestyen, Ouida

The Girl in the Box

Sedaris, David

Holidays on Ice

Squirrel Meets Chipmunk

Sfar, Joann

The Rabbi’s Cat

Shaffer, Peter


Shanbhag, Vivek

Ghachar Ghochar

Shea, Lisa


Shepard, Jim

Project X

Shephard, Elizabeth


Shimko, Bonnie

You Know What You Have To Do

Simon, Scott

Sunnyside Plaza

Sims, Laura


Slater, Dashka

The 57 Bus

Slimani, Leila


The Perfect Nanny

Small, David

Home After Dark


Smith, Alexis M.


Smith, Clete Barrett

Mr. 60%

Smith, Heather

Ebb and Flow

Smith, Niki

The Deep & Dark Blue

Solter, Sonja J.

When You Know What I Know

Sones, Sonya

One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies

The Opposite of Innocent

What My Mother Doesn’t Know

Spark, Muriel

Aiding and Abetting

The Driver’s Seat

The Finishing School

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Stallworth, Ron

Black Klansman

Stanley, Stan

Bright World (The Hazards of Love #1)

Steiger, A.J.

When My Heart Joins the Thousand

Steinbeck, John

Of Mice and Men

The Pearl

The Red Pony

Stevenson, Noelle


Stewart, Christy Leigh

Terminally Beautiful

Strasser, Todd

The Wave

Sumner, Jamie

Roll With It

Tune It Out

Szalay, David


Tagame, Gengoroh

My Brother’s Husband, Volume 1

My Brother’s Husband, Volume 2

Taibah, Maram


Takai, George

They Called Us Enemy

Tamaki, Jillian


Tamaki, Mariko

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me


This One Summer

Tamblyn, Amber

Any Man

Tan, Shaun

The Arrival

Tarshis, Lauren

Emma-Jean Lazarus series

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree (Emma-Jean Lazarus #1)

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love ( Emma-Jean Lazarus #2)

Tashjian, Janet

Tru Confessions

Tawada, Yoko

The Emissary

Terry, Ellie

Forget Me Not

Tesh, Emily

Silver in the Wood

Thomas, Abigail

A Three Dog Life

Thompson, Tade

Molly Southbourne Series

The Murders of Molly Southbourne ( Molly Southbourne #1)

The Survival of Molly Southbourne ( Molly Southbourne #2)

Thummler, Brenna


Toews, Miriam

The Flying Troutmans

Torres, J.

Lola: A Ghost Story

Torres, Justin

We the Animals

Trueman, Terry

The Kid Who Killed Cole Hardt

Life Happens Next

Tursten, Helene

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good

Ullman, Linn


Umezz, Kazuo

The Drifting Classroom: The Perfect Edition, Vol. 1

Trung Le Nguyen

The Magic Fish

Van Camp, Richard

The Lesser Blessed

Vande Velde, Vivian

Remembering Raquel

Vann, David


Vlautin, Willy

Lean on Pete

The Motel Life


Vonnegut, Kurt


Walden, Tillie

Are You Listening?

On a Sunbeam


Wallis, Velma

Two Old Women

Walton, Julia

Words on Bathroom Walls

Walz, Jason

Last Pick

Wang, Jen

The Prince and the Dressmaker


Washington, Bryan


Watson, Larry

Montana 1948

Wells, Dan

I Am Not a Serial Killer

Welty, Eudora

The Optimist’s Daughter

Whaley, John Corey

Highly Illogical Behavior

Where Things Come Back

White, Ruth

Memories of Summer

Wiesel, Elie



Wild, Margaret


Williams, Carol Lynch

The Chosen One


Miles From Ordinary

Williams, Tennessee

The Glass Menagerie

wilson-yang, jia qing

Small Beauty

Winman, Sarah

Tin Man

Winterson, Jeannette

The Daylight Gate

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Winthrop, Elizabeth Hartley

The Mercy Seat

Winton, Tim


Wolf, Allan

Who Killed Christopher Goodman?

Wolff, Virginia Euwer

Probably Still Nick Swansen

Woodrell, Daniel

The Death of Sweet Mister

The Maid’s Version

The Outlaw Album

Tomato Red

Woodson, Jacqueline

Another Brooklyn

Before the Ever After

Brown Girl Dreaming


Peace, Locomotion

Wortmann, Fletcher


Wrigley, Sylvia Spruck

Domnall and the Borrowed Child

Wymington, Sabrina

First Year Out

Wyn, Nia

Blue Sky July

Wyse, Sharon

The Box Children

Yang, Gene Luen

American Born Chinese

Level Up

Yolen, Jane

Finding Baba Yaga

Yoon, Nicola

Everything, Everything

Yoshimoto, Banana


Ytak, Cathy

Nothing But Your Skin

Zambrano, Mario Alberto


Zelazny, Roger

A Night in the Lonesome October

Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn

Reaching for Sun

Zindel, Paul

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

Zion, Lenore

Stupid Children