Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino: I wrote a very long reason for why I didn’t like Sweet Thing, but my computer ate it. Basically, it’s hipster bullshit and…ugh. The MC has a degree she doesn’t use because she wants to pursue her art, but a man doing the same thing can’t provide for her so they’re beneath her. I just learned there will be a follow up novella from Will’s POV and WHYYYY??
The Troop by Nick Cutter: I was really interested in this, even though it was disgusting. It was kind of Nil (review to come) meets Parasite. I had to stop reading when one of the teens described getting an erection from torturing a kitten. Looking back, I also feel like The Troop is way too long and could have been edited down – though it might all play out in the second half, I won’t be finding out.
Never Have I Ever by Katie Heaney: 3.5 stars – I thought this was really funny! Katie Heaney writes like she’s talking to her best friend and makes great hilarious comments about everything. I feel like the title is misleading, as she does actually go on at least one date and even kind of a has a (terrible) boyfriend at one point.
Roomies by Tara Altebrando and Sara Zarr: really enjoyed! I never had the college roommate experience, but I did have some terrible roommate experiences that makes this look even tamer than it seems in the book.
Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian: WOW. Would have been 5 stars if not for the multiple there/they’re/their and your/you’re mixups. Send it back the editor.
The F-It List by Julie Halpern: 2.75 stars. It was okaaaaaay. The main character, Alex, just didn’t click with me. Her “too tough 4 U” attitude was annoying. I’m all for sex in YA, but be warned there are several scenes with pretty lengthy descriptions. I kept picturing Leo as Adam from Girls. Didn’t focus on the friendship or the the list as much as I had hoped. Surprisingly unsad for a cancer book.