Lily King’s latest reminds us why we read

This book made me feel all the feels. It is not a plot-driven book; it is not particularly exciting; but it shines regardless because Lily King has somehow captured the anxiety and fear and hope that is being a woman in her late twenties/early thirties who hasn’t quite figured out what she wants. King offers touching insight into being a writer, a woman, and a human who’s afraid of the future but hopeful it’s something better.

YA sports romance has good intentions but falls shy of the mark

I picked up this book on a whim looking for more fun, lighthearted content, and Sara Fujimura came through in many ways with Every Reason We Shouldn’t. With humor and passion, her characters come off the page to spin double salchows in your living room. But while I especially enjoyed protagonist Olivia, she and love interest Jonah have a few problematic character traits I don’t enjoy seeing in YA fiction especially. Coupled with a poorly handled school shooting situation, I was grimacing more than smiling by the end of this one.

Realistic dystopia sparks thoughts about the far reach of social media

Somewhere between Amazon and Facebook, The Circle is a social media platform that offers users around the world countless convenient and helpful services — many of which are seemingly great ideas (i.e. a way to find missing children to reduce numbers of assault, rape, and kidnapping worldwide). Like Amazon’s Alexa, the services offered by The Circle start to get just a little creepy, and soon protagonist Mae Holland finds herself in the public eye via wearable camera literally 24/7.