Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I will admit that last week, I struggled with the topic that Shanah chose. However, this week is more my speed. I have a lot of books that I love that I rarely talk about. I don’t want to make this intro too wordy so let’s get into my picks. 🙂
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5. How It Feels To Fly
The first book to make my list is one that I always forget about. I read this book back in 2017 when I first started getting back into reading. I stumbled upon it by accident and I’m so happy that I picked it up. If you didn’t know, this book follows Samantha, a dancer who goes to a treatment summer camp. The twist is that it centers around all different athletes who are dealing with mental illness, eating disorders, drinking problems, and other issues.
What I really enjoyed about this book was the representation. Everything about it felt so authentic and some of the scenes even made me anxious. I know some people didn’t love the ending but I found it to super realistic and that it made the story more well-rounded.
4. Everything Leads To You
Another book that I rarely talk about anymore is Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour. When I first started my blog, I raved SO much about Nina LaCour and then I just fell off the bandwagon. However, I do plan on reading more of her backlist as long as my library has her books. I don’t even have a reason to give why I don’t talk about this book more which is sad.
This book is set in Hollywood if I’m remembering right and it follows a girl who finds a letter and delivers it to the recipient and the events that ensue because of it. Like almost every other Nina LaCour, this does feature an f/f romance and it’s more character-driven than plot-based. If I could describe this book, I’d definitely said it’s a quiet contemporary.
3. Words In Deep Blue
Honestly, how have I forgotten about all these great books? I feel like there was SO much hype around this book and then it just went away. Words in Deep Blue is a book that I heard a lot of bloggers talking about so I decided to pick it up. While it wasn’t a 5-star read, I did end up giving it 4-stars and consider it a severely underrated book.
This book follows multiple characters including Rachel, our MC and her ex-best friend Henry along with a few side plotlines featuring their siblings. Not to mention that this book features an independent bookstore possibly being sold so it’s basically a must-read if you’re a reader. Once again, this is another quiet contemporary with a larger focus on characters than plot.
2. Girl Against the Universe
These next two books are ones that I’m ashamed I haven’t talked about more. Before getting to my #1 pick though, let’s talk about Girl Against the Universe. I feel like this book had a lot of hype around it and then everyone just stopped talking about. Then again, I guess I did the same thing lmao.
This book follows Maguire, a girl who is dealing with the traumatic events of her past, coping with mental illness and juggling being a student-athlete. I loved this book so much when I read it. It’s so rare to see sports and mental illness discussed in the same realm so to see it done so well, I don’t even have words. This book is SO important and I wish more people were reading it!
1. The Nowhere Girls
The #1 book on my list is another one that I’m super embarrassed that I haven’t talked about as much. I read this book back in January 2018 and haven’t really talked about it since then. I’m not even sure why either because it’s an incredibly powerful read and one that I didn’t want to put down.
This book follows a group of girls who are sick of the bullshit at their high school and they decide to create a club called “The Nowhere Girls.” This book is all about empowering women, using your voice and making a difference where you can. It’s such a brutal yet lovely story including discussions of sexual assault, rape, and slut-shaming which I know everyone isn’t comfortable with. Honestly, I love this book so much and I NEED to talk about it more!