2018: #23 – One of Us is Lying (Karen M. McManus)

I thought this was really great, which should be evident by how quickly I read it (3 days). It starts out with five students serving detention one evening, but then one of them dies in a way that can’t quite be accidental. The characters start out rooted in their stereotypes — the smart one, the pretty one, the bad boy, the jock, and the outcast.

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2018: #18 – All the Crooked Saints (Maggie Stiefvater)

Magical realism usually isn’t my thing, but I enjoyed this more than I expected to. This is mostly the story of the Soria family, who invite travelers to their Colorado desert compound and then perform miracles. These aren’t the traditional sort of miracles, because before one can be healed, they must work through their darkness, which often manifests itself in some strange physical abnormality. For

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2018: #5 – The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)

This book is everything it promises. It’s touching and horrifying and hopeful and devastating and has important things to say, even to a middle-aged white woman like myself. Or maybe especially to a middle-aged white woman like myself. The characters feel real without being stereotypical. The situation is one that could unfold tomorrow, almost anywhere in the country. If you’ve been avoiding this book because

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