Powell’s Book Haul

Happy Easter everyone!

This long weekend, I took a trip down to Portland, Oregon and of course that means I have to stop by Powell’s. If you have no idea what Powell’s is, you need to Google that RIGHT NOW.

Here’s a small book haul:

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Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now…✧✧✧✧/5

Title: Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now
Author: Dana L. Davis
Start date: March 13, 2018
Finish date: March 17, 2018
Note: Special thanks to Harper Collins for providing an ARC for review.

✧✧✧✧/5 (3.5/5 rounded up)

There is so much more to this book than what the summary describes. There’s a certain level of complexity here surrounding the characters’ relationships, the plot, and dialogue that is rare in YA contemporaries.

This book incorporates OCD, anxiety issues, PTSD, autism, and psychosomatic induced alopecia into the storyline. At first, it feels like the author was trying a little too hard to cover as many mental health disorders as she could, but it did not distract from the story or challenges Tiffany was facing, and I was able to learn a bit about each of these conditions. Of course, this is not an official source for mental health, however I thought Davis did a great job interweaving these mental illnesses with the characters. We see the drawbacks of not doing proper research before interacting with a child on the autism spectrum, we see the challenges people with OCD and anxiety face daily, and we get an intimate look at how family members and friends can learn to assist people with mental illnesses.

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Monday’s Not Coming…✧✧✧✧/5

Title: Monday’s Not Coming
Author: Tiffany D. Jackson
Start date: March 7, 2018
Finish date: March 13, 2018
Note: Special thanks to Harper Collins for providing an ARC for review.

✧✧✧✧/5

Much like Allegedly, readers have to dive blindly into this book and allow Ms. Jackson to lead you on a twisting and thrilling journey. Anytime students ask for a book recommendation that is either dark, would blow their minds, or both, I always point them to Allegedly. Monday’s Not Coming will give me another opportunity to expose readers to Jackson as the wonderful YA mystery/thriller writer she is.

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