Author: Marci Lynn Curtis
Published: September 4, 2018
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 19-23, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Just when Grace is beginning to get used to being an orphan, her estranged uncle suddenly comes forward to claim her. That might have been okay if he’d spoken to her even once since her father died. Or if moving in with Uncle Rusty didn’t mean returning to New Harbor.
Grace once spent the best summers of her life in New Harbor. Now the place just reminds her of all she’s lost: her best friend, her boyfriend and any memory of the night that changed her forever.
People say the truth will set you free, but Grace isn’t sure about that. Once she starts looking for it, the truth about that night is hard to find — and what happens when her healing hurts the people she cares about the most?
The Leading Edge of Now is a very well written novel that deals with tough subjects: Loss and sexual assault at a young age. Grace is still trying to deal with the loss of her father and what happened to her one night two years ago. Grace was in foster care for the two years until her only relative, her uncle, decides to take her in.
Grace also lost her best friend and boyfriend while in foster care. Now, she is with her uncle and she finds herself back around those that she did not think she would see again, which includes the person she believes assaulted her. She begins to have doubts as to who it may have been and mixed feelings of everything that has occurred. The answer of who did assault her is discovered and you can feel everything Grace does with the discovery. With the discovery, the story is not over. Grace ultimately discovers who she is.
Grace has a genuine ‘realness’ to her with all of her thoughts and emotions. Curtis has written a very powerful novel that all teen girls should read.
Thank you KCP Loft for my arc copy I was granted!
Author: Catherine Rider
Published: Today, September 4, 2018
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 26-31st, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Serena has just flown all the way to Paris for a special pre-Christmas weekend with her sister, Lara. They plan to retrace the steps of their parents’ long-ago honeymoon in Paris, and create a scrapbook for their bereaved mother to remember it by.
It’s supposed to be serious sister bonding…until Lara takes off with her boyfriend instead.
Jean-Luc is Serena’s Plan B, a friend of a friend of Lara’s, who has some space in a place where Serena can stay. Just like his latest relationship, his photography final has been an epic fail. He has one night to retake all his pictures if he is to stay in school.
Jean-Luc can’t stand Serena’s loud voice or her bright orange sneakers.
Serena can’t stand his haughty manners or the way his camera is always in her face.
Together, though, they set out into a cold night that will warm their hearts, creating unforgettable photos and fresh romantic sparks in the City of Lights.
I was excited when I saw Catherine Rider had a sequel to Kiss Me in New York! I really enjoyed it, and was looking forward to more of Charlotte and Anthony’s story but then I saw Kiss Me in Paris features a different couple. I will admit that I was a little disappointed. Though the ending does come full circle back to Kiss Me in New York!
Kiss Me in Paris is a new location with a new couple all in a 24 hour time period. Rider has a wonderful talent of bringing you into the location where you may or may not have been before: You feel like you are there with the characters and this time we are in Paris! You can just picture everything as you read Serena and Jean-Luc’s story.
I did not connect to these two as much as I did with Charlotte and Anthony. Maybe it is due to the clash of two very different cultures? Yes, they have some fun times and sweet times, and they also bicker! I did not really see their connection form until the end. And then we have the epilogue which I really enjoyed!
I feel like I have been to Paris now with Rider’s writing; I look forward to (hopefully) another in this series. I cannot wait to see where we go next and what couple we meet and what their adventure will be!
Thank you KCP Loft for my ARC copy.
Author: Nic Stone
Published: October 17, 2017
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: July 21-26, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.
Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.
Dear Martin succeeded for me where The Hate U Give failed: It captured the police brutality and racism that sadly does occur on a black teen youth who did everything right.
Dear Martin is a unique novel in the young adult genre: we have a male point of view! This was quite refreshing as male POVs are a rarity. This is a short novel ( just over 200 pages) that would be perfect for all teens. There are other subjects addressed that teens face today.
I really liked Justyce! He really is a good kid who finds himself in a bad situation more than once. You feel all the emotions he experiences. I really enjoyed the letters he writes to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, we really get to know Justyce. I found myself wishing that MLK Jr. was still alive to answer and give advice to Justyce. In some ways I felt I got to know MLK Jr. himself.
Dear Martin takes place in Atlanta and I live in Metro Atlanta, which added to my enjoyment. When certain areas were mentioned (“Let’s go hike Stone Mountain”: OMG, I’ve been there MANY times!) Nic Stone lives in the Atlanta area so she is local to me, and I am all about supporting ‘local to me’ authors!
Dear Martin was Stone’s debut novel and I look forward to see what she does next. Her second novel Odd One Out will be released October 9th. Dear Martin is one that everyone should read!
Dear Martin is very highly recommended.