Book Review: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

"We don't really know what we're dealing with," she murmured to her brother. "But it's something, isn't it?" Vincent said. "Something inside of us. I know our mother wants us to pretend we're like everyone else, but you know that we're not." In the long-awaiting prequel to Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman tells the story of … Continue reading Book Review: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Book Review: How to Behave in a Crowd by Camille Bordas

I'm not sure I was stupid. It's not that I didn't understand anything my teachers talked about, it's that when I did, I doubted I had. I believed there had to be a trick. Maybe I just assumed the world was more complicated than it was. Isidore Mazal is the youngest of six children, with … Continue reading Book Review: How to Behave in a Crowd by Camille Bordas

Book Review: Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang

...back in those days, we lived in a one-bedroom apartment so subpar that we woke up with flattened cockroaches in our bedsheets, sometimes three or four stuck on our elbows, and once I found fourteen of them pressed to my calves, and there was no beauty in shaking them off, though we strove for grace, … Continue reading Book Review: Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang

Book Review: The Guineveres by Sarah Domet

We were known as The Guineveres to the other girls at the Sisters of the Supreme Adoration because our parents all named us Guinevere at birth, a coincidence that bound us together from the moment we met. We arrived over the course of two years, one by one, delivered unto the cool foyer of the … Continue reading Book Review: The Guineveres by Sarah Domet

Book Review: Hum If You Don’t Know The Words by Bianca Marais

It had been an ordinary Sunday in every way. My parents fought and then made up and then fought again, switching from being adversaries to allies so seamlessly that you couldn’t put your finger on the moment when the lines were crossed and recrossed. Cat perfectly acted out her part of the quiet understudy twin, … Continue reading Book Review: Hum If You Don’t Know The Words by Bianca Marais

Author Interview: Mandy Berman, author of Perennials

I was fortunate enough to snag a moment with Mandy Berman prior to the release of her first novel Perennials. Her debut deftly combines the simplicity of summer camp with the complexity of adolescent emotions, friendship, and femininity. For my full review click here.   I was so impressed with the variety of narratives in this … Continue reading Author Interview: Mandy Berman, author of Perennials

Book Review: Perennials by Mandy Berman

Rachel always got the feeling when they pulled into camp that time hadn’t moved since the previous summer. Everything was exactly the same: the wooden Camp Marigold sign with the fading painted orange flowers; the smells of the horse manure from the barn and cut grass from the athletic fields. Perennials opens with a younger … Continue reading Book Review: Perennials by Mandy Berman