Diversity in Children’s Books & Why We Need to Do Better

[This article was first written for and published on The Opinion Panel.] As I was growing up, the children’s books I read mainly featured white, straight characters all of which could fit under the umbrella term of ‘white cishet’. They portrayed strong illusions of heteronormative (the suggestion or belief that only hetrosexual relationships are normal and thatContinue reading “Diversity in Children’s Books & Why We Need to Do Better”

I Love You So Mochi

i bought I LOVE YOU SO MOCHI after ages of wanting to read it, and i gotta say it’s like the cutest book evr. Kimi Nakamura loves a good fashion statement. She’s obsessed with transforming everyday ephemera into Kimi Originals: bold outfits that make her and her friends feel brave, fabulous, and like the UltimateContinue reading “I Love You So Mochi”

The Hate U Give

TRIGGER WARNING: POLICE BRUTALITY, RIOTS, MURDER, DEATH, VIOLENCE i read this book ages ago, and watched the movie as soon as it came out. there’s never really been a book that made me cry within the first 10 pages. until i came across The Hate U Give. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: theContinue reading “The Hate U Give”

The Henna Wars

thank you ever so much to Page Street Publishing & Lizzy Mason for sending me an ARC of THE HENNA WARS to review! this does not affect my rating or review. TRIGGER WARNING: HOMOPHOBIA & RACISM When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say she can be anyone she wants—as long as she isn’tContinue reading “The Henna Wars”

The Perfect Wife

i read THE PERFECT WIFE a little while ago and . . . well, it’s safe to say it’s stuck with me. it’s some wild, crazy stuff. TRIGGER WARNING: ABUSE, DEPRESSION, MENTIONS OF SUICIDE, VIOLENCE The perfect life. The perfect love.

We Are Not Okay

thank you to NetGalley & Harper Collins HQ for a free copy of WE ARE NOT OKAY to review. this doesn’t affect my rating or review TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE, ABUSE, BULLYING, EATING DISORDERS, ISLAMOPHOBIA, SUICIDE, SLUT SHAMING If only they could have spoken out . . .

Good Girls Lie

thank you NetGalley & MIRA for an e-book of GOOD GIRLS LIE to review — this does not affect my rating or review in any way. TRIGGER WARNING: ABUSE, MURDER, BLOOD, DRUG USE, MENTION OF RAPE Goode girls don’t lie…

Full Disclosure

thank you so much to NetGalley & Penguin Random House for sending me an e-book of FULL DISCLOSURE to review. this does not affect my rating. In a community that isn’t always understanding, an HIV-positive teen must navigate fear, disclosure, and radical self-acceptance when she falls in love–and lust–for the first time. Powerful and uplifting,Continue reading “Full Disclosure”

Foul Is Fair

thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for sending me an e-copy of FOUL IS FAIR to review. this does not affect my rating. this, first of all, is a book you have definitely got to read. bare in mind, it does go into detail about things which may be triggering for some. TRIGGERContinue reading “Foul Is Fair”

Tweet Cute

firstly, i want to thank NetGalley and Wednesday Books for sending me an e-copy of TWEET CUTE to review. this, in no way, affects my review or rating. secondly, thank you SO FUCKING MUCH to Emma Lord for writing this book. seriously. how adorable is this cover???????????? honestly, if the cover doesn’t make you fallContinue reading “Tweet Cute”