#SummerDarlings by #BrookeLeaFoster

*** out of 5 *s
#SummerDarlings by #BrookeLeaFoster
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#ARC received from @netgalley.
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This debut is a perfect little #beachread and I highly recommend snapping it up when it publishes in May! That said, though, I did find it jarring in places. My mind kept tripping over idiosyncrasies that stood out pretty glaringly. Inserted throughout this book set in 1962 were speech patterns and word usages straight from today.
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Heddy is a scholarship student at Wellesley who gets offered the job of a lifetime. A budding screenwriter, she becomes a live-in nanny for a wealthy couple on Martha’s Vineyard. She becomes quickly and, in my opinion, naively swept up in their world. She comes to realize that all that glitters is not gold.
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I do recommend this book, as I said, but to be honest it just wasn’t quite for me.
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#MinorDramasAndOtherCatastrophes by #KathleenWest

***** out of 5 *s
#MinorDramasAndOtherCatastrophes by #KathleenWest



A propulsive read that’s a cross between #BigLittleLies and #GossipGirl, this is one heck of a read.



Liston Heights High School is one of those schools privileged kids on their way to the Ivys attend. We get intimate glimpses into the worlds of Julia Abbott, one of the moms, and Isobel Johnson, one of the teachers. As I read, I kept wishing for more to be told from the POV of Tracy, Julia’s daughter at the school.



The book opens with Julia’s son Andrew trying out for the school play. Things escalate quickly from there, as Julia’s victory dance when reading the posted cast list ends with her elbowing, hard, one of the other students. This is caught on a cell phone camera, which quickly goes viral.



Meanwhile, very left-wing teacher Isobel is rapidly shooting her teaching career in the foot as she teaches increasingly controversial things to her students. She’s definitely a #socialjusticewarrior, and in my opinion could have been much more effective at a college level. Isobel finds herself fighting to keep her job.



Things become increasingly worse as the already claustrophobic world of these people shrinks ever inward. Taut and tense, and perfectly plotted, this book seriously needs to become a film or tv series.



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#NothingToSeeHere by #KevinWilson

***** out of 5 *s
#NothingToSeeHere by #KevinWilson
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This book could have been one of those overly-precious, overly-righteous tomes that are, pun intended, a mere flash in the literary pan. However, it manages to skillfully avoid any remote hint of any of that.
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Two 10 year old children, Bessie and Roland, of a US Senator are fire children. Literally. They burst into flames but are physically unharmed. Their stepmother Madison hires an old friend from high school, Lillian, to become their live-in caretaker so that the kids can be out of sight as the Senator is being vetted to become Secretary of State.

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Told with incredible charm and wit, the story follows the ensuing (mis)adventures of the kids and their governess. In this age where the very real anxieties of children goes virtually unnoticed, this age where we have young kids killing themselves because they are invisible and their pain is invisible, Bessie and Roland are literally beacons of hope. And Lillian, from a dirt-poor background, is the voice of people who struggle to raise themselves up.
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I can’t recommend this book highly enough. A choice of @readwithjenna, it’s an incredible read. I read it in one day because I had to find out what happened next. I pictured @awkwafina as Lillian, with her trademark acerbic wit. Perfect book in every way.
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#FridaInAmerica by #CeliaSStahr

*** out of 5 *s
#FridaInAmerica by #CeliaSStahr
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I received a digital ARC of this book via @netgalley in return for an honest review.
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I’ll begin by saying that I know very little about #FridaKahlo and I was thrilled at the chance to learn about her through this book. By the end, I was left dizzy and feeling as if I had wandered through a maze in search of the elusive Frida, who I never found.
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Other reviews praise this book as “well researched” but in my honest opinion, any book with over 30 (!) footnotes per chapter is anything but well researched, and is instead chock full of cribbed notes. The book is very shoddily put together, and jumps around so much and so quickly that, as I said, I felt dizzy.
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To sum up, I think I could easily have learned as much, and more linearly, from Wikipedia. I will be getting the #HaydenHerrera biography of Kahlo.
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#TheSunDownMotel by #SimoneStJames

***** out of 5 *s
#TheSunDownMotel by #SimoneStJames
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This book is amazing. One of the most intricately and tightly plotted books I’ve ever read! The author does not slip up once as she races through time and between characters.
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It’s not a spoiler when I say that this is also one of the most haunted books I’ve ever read. Ghosts are positively coming out of the woodwork. The story hinges on the tale of Vivian Delaney, who vanished in the 1980s from the Sun Down Motel, and her niece Carly, trying to solve the disappearance in 2017.
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I literally cannot give more details without spoilers, so I’ll stop there. I got this as my January 2020 selection from @bookofthemonth and I am so so glad I picked it.
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#LadyClementine by #MarieBenedict

3 out of 5 stars
#LadyClementine by #MarieBenedict



Honestly I almost didn’t finish this one. It’s the fictionalized first-person account of the life of Clementine Churchill, wife of #WinstonChurchill.



The entire book consists of the fictionalized Clementine singing ONLY her own praises, belittling her husband, and severely downplaying Winston’s intelligence and abilities. In short, bleh. No thank you.



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#Prognosis by #SarahVallance

❄❄❄❄ out of 5 ❄s
#Prognosis by #SarahVallance



This will be a short review as there really isn’t much to say. Sarah Vallance sustained a traumatic brain injury and this book is the story of her decades of struggle after that event. Uplifting, hopeful, brutally honest, this is simply an amazing memoir.



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