The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey grabbed me instantly. It opens with military men pointing guns at a 10-year-old, telling her to get into a wheelchair, and strapping her arms, legs, and head to the wheelchair. They then bring her into a classroom where other children
Was it fair of me to expect more of Rachel Urquhart’s The Visionist? I don’t know, but I did, and my experience with it suffered, perhaps unfairly, because of that. Every contextual clue about this book, from its pricey-looking cover art to its intelligent-sounding premise, made me think I was
In the worlds Megan Abbott creates teenaged girls are these lean-limbed, silk-haired raw beauties who sweat something that smells like strawberry lip gloss. They travel in packs and those packs have a hierarchy. And they wield, whether knowingly or not, a terrific power over their female peers, boys, men, sometimes
Some of my favorite reading experiences involve reaching that tipping point in a book where you make a conscious decision to eschew every other thing in your life to finish the book. That happened to me the other night in the midst of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars. I can’t
After reading Christa’s review of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrimseries, I’m inclined to think 2010 was some kind of golden year in literature that has yet to be duplicated. This has nothing to do with Bryan Lee O’Malley’s fabulous new standalone graphic novel Seconds. I only mention it because I
From the safety of seven years, a decade away, I can now say that we all went a little capital I-for-internet, insane in the mid-2000s. Here we were with this way of connecting with practically everyone with with access to home row and we used it. Hell yes, we used
I picked up Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie because Jeff O’Neal at Book Riot named it his favorite book of 2013. Plus, I had never read anything by Adichie though her novels seem universally lauded. This is one of those books I had never read if left to my own
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