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California by Edan Lepucki

March 26
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California by Edan Lepuki is a post-apocalyptic novel with a bit of a twist. It was readable and had some interesting concepts, but the characters could not be believed and the plot itself was full of holes.

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For One More Day by Mitch Albom

March 20
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You never know what you’re going to get with Mitch Albom, and I was interested to see what For One More Day would bring. Even though it was a ghost story, it was more down-to-earth than I had expected. I needed more from Charley though, in order to be pulled into the plot.

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

March 12
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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry was a good little find. A.J.’s life is in shambles when an unexpected arrival allows him to rethink things and gives him a second chance at happiness.

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Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

February 26
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Despite Colleen Hoover being an incredibly popular and successful author, Point of Retreat, as with all of her other books I’ve read thus far, just didn’t do it for me. It’s a rather dull read that failed to elicit any type of emotional response other than annoyance.

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The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

February 23
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Jandy Nelson’s debut young adult novel The Sky Is Everywhere was published in 2010. The characters are great and the writing is intelligent and inspired, and this book was the necessary first step in creating the masterpiece of her second novel, I’ll Give You The Sun.

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

February 13
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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson was a great surprise after a bit of a rocky start. The writing was fantastic – there were twists and turns that I never saw coming – and nothing felt forced or contrived. I fell in love with the twins, their souls, and their eccentricities, which gave them so much personality. This is a 5-star book you don’t want to miss!

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The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise by Matthew Crow

February 9
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The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise is about, at least in part, the unlikely relationships that can form given the right circumstances. After reading it I realized that, regardless of whether or not it’s trying to capitalize on the success of The Fault in Our Stars, The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise is original enough to stand on its own.

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

February 6
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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng is a fairly typical whodunit with a racial component as well. The Lees’ are the only mixed-race Chinese-Caucasian family in town, and they struggle to keep from looking and feeling different. When their daughter turns up dead, leads are followed, doubts are introduced, and the past is scoured for clues that could help find the killer and ease the family’s pain.

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Remember by Eileen Cook

February 4
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Remember is a relatively wholesome book that, ironically, you’re likely to read and forget.

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Favorite Books of 2014

February 2
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Donna and Jenny list their picks for favorite books of 2014.

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