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Review: The Bone Witch

30095464The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Release Date: March 7, 2017 (I’m catching up on my ARCS, I swear)

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Themes: ya, fantasy, witches, magic, coming-of-age

My Rating: ★★

Goodreads Summary: Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human. Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

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My Review

I received this book as an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I wanted to love this book. When I first read the blurb for it on Goodreads, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Then, when I did get it, I proceeded to put it off for six months, as you do. It was a combination of being put off by some negative reviews and just my general laziness. Then, this month I became absolutely determined to catch up on my ARCs. Unfortunately, I DNF’d this book at 32%. I just couldn’t do it.

From page one of this book, I got some Tiffany Aching vibes from the plot of the story (girl finds out she is a witch, enters the world of witches and learns to become one from other old and sassy witches). However, Bone Witch took everything I loved about the Tiffany Aching series, and did it very poorly.

The writing was much too flowery for my taste, and this in combination with the scattered world-building left me totally confused as to what I should be picturing as I read. At first I was getting a Mexican/Hispanic magic system vibe, but then I also got Asian magic system vibe, and I had no idea what kind of time period I was reading. I was surprised that despite so much heavily detailed description, I still had no idea what was going on.

Combine this with pretty much no plot, and there weren’t really any reasons for me to want to keep reading. The only thing left were the characters. With the Tiffany Aching series, the characters were my favorite part. In this book, there were so many characters that we didn’t really get to know anyone very well, not even our main character Tea. I think eventually there may have been more of a focus on a select few characters, but I wasn’t invested enough in the ones I had met so far to find out.

I’m really disappointed that I didn’t enjoy this book more, and I can see where some people might enjoy it, especially if they didn’t mind the flowery writing, but it just wasn’t for me. When I started it, I realized I was moving so slowly through it that I thought I was going into a reading slump, but I picked up another book and flew through it, so I knew that it wasn’t me that was slowing me down.

-Sky

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Review: The Inconceivable Life of Quinn

28062247The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer

Release Date: April 4, 2017 (Yes, I am very behind on my ARCS. No, I will not be judged by you.)

Publisher: Abrams/Amulet

Themes: teen pregnancy, religion, magical realism, media

My Rating: ★★ (1.5 stars rounded up)

Goodreads Summary: Quinn Cutler is sixteen and the daughter of a high-profile Brooklyn politician. She’s also pregnant, a crisis made infinitely more shocking by the fact that she has no memory of ever having sex. Before Quinn can solve this deeply troubling mystery, her story becomes public. Rumors spread, jeopardizing her reputation, her relationship with a boyfriend she adores, and her father’s campaign for Congress. Religious fanatics gather at the Cutlers’ home, believing Quinn is a virgin, pregnant with the next messiah. Quinn’s desperate search for answers uncovers lies and family secrets—strange, possibly supernatural ones. Might she, in fact, be a virgin?

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My Review

I received this book as an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Where to start with this book? I can’t say that I had really high expectations for this one. But I had hope, I think? I could see the potential? Unfortunately, this book was a massive disappointment. I can find hardly any redeemable qualities, other than the fact that Quinn’s story is, in fact, inconceivable. So kudos to whoever came up with the name, it was spot on.

First of all, the writing was an unfortunate combination of boring, confusing, and just generally mediocre. I spent literally the first 40% of the book just trying to figure out who  half the characters were, because it kept changing how it would refer to each character. When we were reading from Quinn’s perspective, she would have thoughts about “her dad” or “her mom”, but then whenever one of them spoke, they were always referred to as “Gabe” and “Katherine”. For a huge chunk of the book I thought Gabe was her brother. In addition, there were so many POVs that it ended up just leaving me confused and irritated. The writing itself was also incredibly dry and boring. There was very little “show” and WAY too much “tell”. The pacing was weird, as the first 3/4 of the book is basically her just trying to figure out how she got pregnant, all the while never actually talking about the pregnancy itself, then the last 1/4 introduces this ridiculous magical realism system that makes absolutely no sense. Then, the resolution happens and sooo many loose ends were left untouched. It was actually really frustrating.

Top it all off with the fact that I didn’t like ANY of the characters. Quinn was meant to be the rational solver of the huge mystery, and I ended up being really annoyed with her whole personality, and honestly I think she was madder than the Mad Hatter. Her family was dramatic, and the communication between all of them was entirely unrealistic and discombobulated. Her father and her sister were AWFUL. Her father was a horrible and abusive human being, and I ended up almost siding with him because is daughter has completely lost it. Her sister was immature, pouty, and obnoxious. Plus, all of the side characters that we got glimpses of in different POV didn’t add to the story at all, and just made it harder to keep track of who was who.

This book had so much potential. It could have been such an interesting exploration of mental health, teenage pregnancy, and family relationships in the public eye (her father is a government….something? Senator? I don’t even know), and the last-minute introduction of the magical realism just felt like a cop-out.

The only reason this book got rounded up from 1.5 stars is, up until the big reveal, I was actually kind of interested in the whole mystery. I was curious to see what had really happened. And then I found out. Nope. Why? *sighs* I honestly haven’t read a book this disappointing in a REALLY long time.

-Sky

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Review: Noteworthy

31447601Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

Release Date: May 2, 2017 (YES this review is super late. I am SORRY)

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

Themes: arts school, gender, sexuality, music, singing (a cappella), class relations, disability

My Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Summary: Jordan Sun is embarking on her junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts, hopeful that this will be her time: the year she finally gets cast in the school musical. But when her low Alto 2 voice gets her shut out for the third straight year—threatening her future at Kensington-Blaine and jeopardizing her college applications—she’s forced to consider nontraditional options. In Jordan’s case, really nontraditional. A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshipped…revered…all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for. Jordan finds herself enmeshed in a precarious juggling act: making friends, alienating friends, crushing on a guy, crushing on a girl, and navigating decades-old rivalries. With her secret growing heavier every day, Jordan pushes beyond gender norms to confront what it means to be a girl (and a guy) in a male-dominated society, and—most importantly—what it means to be herself.

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My Review

I received this book as an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

This book is definitely a new all-time-favorite of mine. I knew going into this book that I would love it, but I ended up loving it so much more. This book was everything I want in a light-fluffy contemporary, with the added bonus of being set at an arts school – relating to my own particular brand of nerd.

Noteworthy is incredibly diverse, which is something that I wasn’t expecting. Our main character is Asian-American, as well as bisexual. She also has a Sikh friend who wears a turban, and there are several other characters of color and varying sexualities. While I can’t truly speak for any of the representation, I personally felt that it was all handled very well, and respectfully.

As a person who went to an arts high school, this book was so incredibly relatable. Although I can’t necessarily relate to one of the character’s obsessions with classical and baroque composers (I much prefer Shostakovich), I can definitely relate to the obsession with nerdy classical music. I loved watching all the characters go through rehearsals together. It really made me miss all of my friends and the antics we used to get into during orchestra rehearsals (benefits of being in the brass section – you sit in the back out of earshot of the conductor). Plus, Riley Redgate made a playlist of the music the Sharpshooters sing throughout the book, and I still haven’t recovered. I really want this book to be a movie so I can listen to this music for the rest of my life. Seriously, go listen to it. It’s amazing.

Another thing I really appreciated about this book was that, even though it’s a pretty fluffy contemporary, it still tackles some pretty hard topics. Amongst sexuality and gender role discussions, there are conversations about class relations, disability, and money. None of these topics are treated flippantly, and I really liked that not every issue had a magical solution that could be solved overnight.

Bonus points for the beautiful writing. Redgate’s writing style is gorgeous, and this book has one of my new favorite quotes:

“His expression was written in uncertainty, and signed in curiosity.”

I’m so glad I ended up loving this book so much; we need more books about music nerds in the world.

-Sky

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Review: How to Be Happy

9781925240344-how-to-be-happy-by-david-burtonHow to Be Happy: A memoir of love, sex, and teenage confusion by David Burton

Release Date: August 25, 2015

Publisher: Text Publishing

Themes: memoir, coming-of-age, sex, sexuality, growing up, mental health

My Rating: ★★

Goodreads Summary: A funny, sad and serious memoir, ‘How to Be Happy’ is David Burton’s story of his turbulent life at high school and beyond. Feeling out of place and convinced that he is not normal, David has a rocky start. He longs to have a girlfriend, but his first ‘date’ is a disaster. There’s the catastrophe of the school swimming carnival – David is not sporty – and friendships that take devastating turns. Then he finds some solace in drama classes with the creation of ‘Crazy Dave’, and he builds a life where everything is fine. But everything is not fine. And, at the centre of it all, trying desperately to work it all out, is the real David. ‘How to Be Happy’ tackles depression, friendship, sexual identity, suicide, academic pressure, love and adolescent confusion. It’s a brave and honest account of one young man’s search for a happy, true and meaningful life that will resonate with readers young and old.

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My Review

I received this book as an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I’m going to have a really hard time reviewing this one. But first, I want to say that this book has some  MAJOR Trigger Warnings for – depression, suicide, attempted suicide, and self-harm. 

I don’t really feel like it’s my place to judge a person’s life, and I’m not going to review this as though it were fiction. I’m not going to talk about my opinions on how the author lived his life, and as this is a memoir, that means this review is going to be pretty short, and probably not like most of my other reviews.

I had a pretty hard time reading this book. It just wasn’t for me. I prefer my memoirs to be light, occasionally funny, and relatable. This is not that book. This is a relatively non-analytical re-telling of Burton’s life that relates some incredibly difficult and hard times in his life. While I don’t mind this in fiction, something about reading a really depressing memoir just made me ask, “Why am I doing this to myself?” Honestly, I have enough depression in my own life, and I felt myself re-hashing all of my own life choices as I was reading. Similar to More Happy Than Not, while this book discusses some very important things, it just wasn’t an enjoyable reading experience for me.

On top of that, I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing style. Much of the memoir felt pretty choppy and disjointed, even though it followed a (mostly) chronological timeline. Plus, while this book definitely doesn’t claim in any way to actually be advice on “how to be happy”, I felt that a lot of Burton’s commentary got lost. There was a bunch of commentary right in the beginning and right at the end, and I wish it had been mixed a little bit more into the middle.

Overall, I can see how some people would enjoy this, and get a lot out of it, but I think I’m just not the right person. His story wasn’t relatable, and due to that it made it really hard to empathize with him and his writing.

-Sky

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Review: The Love Interest

31145148The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Release Date: May 16, 2017

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Themes: LGBTQIA+, dystopian, parody/literary commentary

My Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Summary: There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets. Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad? Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die. What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

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My Review

First of all, I’ve been excited about this book’s release since October of last year. The premise of the subversion of YA tropes was fascinating, and I was really happy that someone was finally going to point out all of the things wrong with Young Adult books that have been published in the past, and the harmful tropes that are often interlaced into some of our favorite books. However, around the release date, when I picked up my own copy, I started noticing that there were a lot of mixed reviews. I didn’t read ANY of them in order to avoid spoilers, but seeing all of the ratings started making me a little bit nervous, but I was hopeful. This book had the potential to be everything I had ever wanted in a YA novel. After finishing it, I find that I’ve come away with pretty complicated feelings about this book, especially after reading several reviews (both positive and negative).

The Love Interest is clearly meant to be a parody on the typical “love triangle” trope, and I think it needs to be treated as such. The main characters, Caden and Dylan, fit the “nice” and “bad” boy molds that they’ve been trained to fill, yet that isn’t entirely who they are. They both have their own ideas about who they want to be in life, and they have their own interests and personalities outside of the job they’ve been given of winning over “the love interest”. Honestly, that wasn’t what I was expecting. I was expecting sort of robotic characters who just spit out the answers that were expected of them, rather than actual human beings who had been trained into a profession. While I feel like there could have been a bit more character development (especially in the side characters), Dylan and Caden were a lot less one-dimensional than I was expecting.

I think this worked for a couple of reasons. One, it made the characters more interesting, and made it easier to become invested in their stories. Two, Dietrich used it to bring in a lot of pop culture references that I really liked. I love it when characters actually have hobbies, or like music and reading, because it makes them more relatable. Three, it gave Dietrich more room to play with his commentary on their roles in the love triangle. It allowed him to add in a lot more commentary on the problematic aspects of the male stereotypes that often accompany love triangles. One of my favorite lines in the book is a comment that Dylan makes to Caden, wherein he states that he has to be rude and mean to everyone to make himself look stronger, because “strong nowadays means being a total dick”. A tragic backstory and a hard outer shell (put up to protect oneself) do not excuse attitude towards others, and general unkindness. You can be a nice person and have had a hard life. On the flip side, there is also the idea that being the nice guy doesn’t mean you can’t stand up for yourself. Early on, Caden is walking with Juliet (the love interest) and they are mugged. Caden knows that as the “nice” guy, he isn’t supposed to fight or be confrontational, but he does anyway because he knows he should be able to protect himself and Juliet. He knows he doesn’t have to let everyone walk all over him. You can be nice and still stand up for what is right, and protect yourself and others from harm. This subtle commentary wouldn’t have been possible if Dylan and Caden were truly their characters, and not just acting the part. My biggest complaint in regards to the actual love triangle is that we only see Caden’s perspective, so a lot of Dylan’s role as the “bad” boy is never shown. I would have loved to see more of Juliet’s interactions with Dylan, and how the LIC sets up those characters to succeed in winning over the intended love interest.

Yet, in a way, I’m glad that there weren’t multiple perspectives/POVs in this book. This book was attempting to do A LOT, so I think having more than one point of view would have just over-complicated things to the point where the book would either feel too short, or everything would just get muddled. I’ll go into detail with this more later, but while I appreciate what this book was trying to do, I felt that rather than commenting on EVERY issue in YA lit, it may have been better to focus on just a few and develop a stronger argument about them. Sort of an issue with quality over quantity with the commentary. The commentary that was there was good, but because there was so many different topics addressed, I felt like there wasn’t enough room to go in-depth on any of them. There were a lot of details and aspects that got a bit pushed to the side, and I think they could have (and should have) been more thoroughly developed.

One piece of commentary that this book did really well was the commentary on queer characters in YA lit. Dietrich is pretty open about his opinions on the treatment of queer characters in books and I’m really glad he used his platform as an author to explore these issues and showcase them in the novel. Many LGBTQIA+ characters in books that are being published are either minor side characters, token characters, or they get killed off. There was a big point made in this book that Caden, a queer boy, is the protagonist. He is the main character in this story, and there is no room for debate.

Another thing that was done really well is the plot. The book moves quickly, but not too fast so that it gets confusing. There is never a dull moment, and the fight for Juliet always feels high-stakes. A life is at stake, and that aspect of Caden and Dylan’s story doesn’t get pushed under the rug. It’s always there, lingering at the back of their minds, fueling their desperation as they each try to get closer to Juliet. On top of that, Dietrich also managed to throw in plenty of twists and turns that I wasn’t at all expecting. This made the plot even more engaging, and I never wanted to put the book down. The only point where the plot got a bit confusing was toward the end, which felt a bit rushed,  but it wasn’t ever bad enough that I felt like I needed to reread a section.

The biggest complaint that I have was that the writing wasn’t particularly great. It definitely wasn’t terrible, but much of the dialogue felt a bit unrealistic and at times incredibly awkward. I can sort of see where this could have been intentional, as Caden and Dylan were raised without a lot of normal human interactions, so it makes sense that they wouldn’t be absolutely perfect conversationalists when they’re not following the scripts that have been written for them, but it felt a little bit overboard at times. Dialogue between teenagers can be awkward at times, but it isn’t always that way, and in order for readers to be able to relate to a book like this the dialogue has to be realistic, and at times it just wasn’t. 

One complaint that I saw pop up in many of the reviews I read was that the world building is lacking. My response to this is similar to the response that many people have towards Kiera Cass’s The Selection series, which is largely based around the drama and “Bachelor”-style of the royal hierarchy. The Love Interest is a parody/commentary on tropes. This book isn’t meant to be the greatest dystopian novel ever written, and I think it’s wrong to expect Hunger Games or Game of Thrones-level world-building going into it. There are some plot holes and issues with the world-building, but this book just wasn’t trying to accomplish anything miraculous on that front. I think it’s important to suspend disbelief where the book requires or asks us to, not where we want to.

Well. This review ended up being ridiculously long, and I’m really proud of you if you stuck with me all the way to this point. Congratulations! You get a gold star. I do actually have some more thoughts on two problematic aspects of this book, but they are SUPER spoilery, so I’m actually going to add a section down below all this containing those thoughts if you’re feeling brave and want to check that out. Overall, I can see where a lot of the negative reviews are coming from. This book definitely isn’t perfect, but that didn’t stop me from really enjoying it anyway.

-Sky

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SPOILER SECTION OF MY REVIEW

Ok, so I’ll start off with my less-aggravating issue that I had with this book. The relationship between Natalie and Trevor. I wasn’t super thrilled with the normalization of cheating in their relationship. I don’t approve of cheating (defined by me as engaging in a relationship with more than one person when one or more people did not consent to a polygamous/polyamorous relationship), in absolutely ANY circumstance. It just isn’t ok in my book, and I don’t approve of treating it as something that is normal and something that can be easily brushed aside. The only reason that I gave this particular situation a bit of a past is because Natalie and Trevor’s relationship was based in a lie to begin with (since Natalie is a love interest). However, both of them agreed that their love had moved beyond that “lie” stage, and Natalie’s original indifference toward him had indeed moved into love. I don’t really think it’s that easy to get over the love of your life cheating on you.

My larger issue with this book is Dylan’s queer-baiting. I despise it even more because it could have been fixed with just a bit more dialogue added for clarification. We do get some hint from Juliet that he is indeed gay, despite his rejection of the notion, but it would have been so easy for some dialogue to be added explaining exactly WHY Dylan wanted to lie about his sexuality after all that time. He isn’t gay up until the final battle, and then miraculously in the epilogue he’s come out completely and is in a full-on relationship with Caden. That’s a pretty big plot point in my opinion, and I definitely think it deserved more attention than it got. I also don’t really like that Dylan’s sudden retreat back into the closet is used as a “plot twist”, especially without the explanation as to why he made that choice.

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Book Review: The Pants Project

30095473The Pants Project by Cat Clarke

Release Date: March 7, 2017

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Themes: middle grade, LGBTQIA+, contemporary

My Rating: ★★★★

Summary: “My name is Liv (Not Olivia)… I’m not technically a girl. I’m Transgender. Which is a bit like being a transformer. Only not quite as cool as cool because I probably won’t get to save the world one day.” A Transformer is a robot in disguise. Liv is a boy in disguise. It’s that simple. Liv knows he was always meant to be a boy, but with his new school’s terrible dress code, he can’t even wear pants. Only skirts. Operation: Pants Project begins! The only way for Live to get what he wants is to go after it himself. But to Liv, this isn’t just a mission to change the policy- it’s a mission to change his life. And that’s a pretty big deal.

My Review: I was sent this book as an eARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I don’t have too much to say about this book honestly, other than the fact that I really liked it. It was cute, sweet, and simple, and it made me really happy the entire time I was reading it. Tragic queer books are all too common these days, and this is not that kind of book. It’s happy, fluffy, and adorable, and everything we need in the middle grade genre.

What I loved about this book is that there is a transgender main character, but there’s also a lot of other diversity as well. One of the most important aspects in this book is that not everyone reacts the same way to this diversity. It shows accurately that not everyone has the same values and opinions, and not everyone is accepting. I believe this kind of exposure for younger kids is important because they can see how the characters react to these opinions, and teach them how to respond in their own lives to hatred and bigotry and closed-mindedness.

There wasn’t anything particularly special about the writing, but Liv’s narration was a lot of fun to read. He was, at least to me, a realistic kid who’s growing up in a typical middle school environment, not quite sure how to navigate the social hierarchy of hormonal teenagers. I liked seeing him develop his relationships with both friends and family, and watching him fight for the Pants Project throughout the school year.

Middle grade books can definitely learn something from this one, and I’m really excited to see more diverse books coming out all the time. We really need them.

-Sky

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Review: Insomniac City

9781620404959Insomniac City by Bill Hayes

Release Date: February 14, 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Themes: LGBT, memoir, nonfiction

My Rating: ★★★★★

Summary: Bill Hayes came to New York City in 2009 with a one-way ticket and only the vaguest idea of how he would get by. But, at forty-eight years old, having spent decades in San Francisco, he craved change. Grieving over the death of his partner, he quickly discovered the profound consolations of the city’s incessant rhythms, the sight of the Empire State Building against the night sky, and New Yorkers themselves, kindred souls that Hayes, a lifelong insomniac, encountered on late-night strolls with his camera. And he unexpectedly fell in love again, with his friend and neighbor, the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks, whose exuberance–“I don’t so much fear death as I do wasting life,” he tells Hayes early on–is captured in funny and touching vignettes throughout. What emerges is a portrait of Sacks at his most personal and endearing, from falling in love for the first time at age seventy-five to facing illness and death (Sacks died of cancer in August 2015). Insomniac City is both a meditation on grief and a celebration of life. Filled with Hayes’s distinctive street photos of everyday New Yorkers, the book is a love song to the city and to all who have felt the particular magic and solace it offers.

My Review: I was sent this book as an eARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This is the first time I’ve ever reviewed a nonfiction book, let a lone a memoir. So bear with me as I figure out exactly what I want to say about this book. This book is beautiful in a lot of different ways. First of all, Bill Hayes’s life isn’t anything particularly extraordinary, but it’s precisely this that makes this book so incredible. Bill Hayes writes like he has the most extraordinary life, and he makes the reader believe it, too. Every word he writes exalts his simple, humble life in the most breathtaking way. As stated in the summary, this book truly is a “love song to the city” of New York, where he lived alongside his partner, Oliver Sacks, and the millions of other people moving through life in New York City.

Told mostly in short journal entries mixed with small anecdotes and commentaries, this book is a kind of stream-of-consciousness  window into not only Hayes’s everyday life, but also into the great mind of Oliver Sacks, an incredibly intelligent man and author. The way Hayes writes about Sacks is so incredibly endearing, and Sacks’s child-like curiosity and enthusiasm for the world around him is so sweet and infectious. Seeing this through the eyes of Hayes, someone who loved him dearly, was absolutely beautiful.

Hayes’s other true love that we get to see is the city of New York. As a person who has only been to NYC once, and didn’t find it to be particularly pleasant, I can now officially say that I am in love with New York City. All of Hayes’s interactions with the people he would meet and photograph around the city were so fascinating and surprising. I almost never talk to strangers on the street beyond the typical “nod and smile”, but this book made me want to stop and talk to every single person. It absolutely amazes me that Hayes could have had so many positive experiences with so many random strangers.

One of the most miraculous things about this book is how easily both Hayes and Sacks make what is honestly a pretty horrible situation into something simple, and completely normal. Neither of them have any trouble going about their lives, no matter what life throws their way. They’re just so happy in the simplest, sweetest way, and it was an absolute joy to read. Their uninhibited love for life and the world around them was so refreshing in this cynical, divisive world, and I’m so glad I got to read and review this book.

-Sky