Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Top 5 in 2016 (so far): Teen Reviewer Mira's Picks

Teen volunteer and bookclub member, Mira, shares her best books, so far:

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
I loved this book in an almost indescribable way. Lahiri’s simple, beautiful story of a family trying to find their place resonated so strongly with me—my own family immigrated to the U.S. from India. The Namesake broke my heart and sewed it back together over 2 days of reading.  
Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
This is also not a new book, but it is a new-to-me book. Gay’s lengthy essays hit home in their anecdotal analyzations of what it means to be a feminist in the 21st century. If you’re looking for a book that will make you think about sexism, privilege, and race in ways you never have before, this is a top contender.       

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
IMHO, my favorite Cassandra Clare books are the first ones of each of her many series. This is no exception. More Shadowhunters (in LA this time!) fight, kill, die, and love in what seems to be an incredibly short period of time. Lady Midnight has high speed, crazy action, and, of course, intense romance. Lots of fun.
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
In a classic big reveal moment, young, liberal Kate finds out her dad is *gasp* a Republican Presidential Candidate! This book is a whirlwind of fun, and I’d definitely recommend it to people who love politics and want to turn their brains off for a little bit.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Love nature, but terrified of bugs and strange rashes? This is the book for you! At least, it was for me—I loved living vicariously through Cheryl as she spent months hiking the Pacific Crest Trail alone at 23. Her dangerous journey is accompanied by extensive self-reflection, which is extremely cathartic for the reader.

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