Book Review: City of Girls

This was one of my favorite reads in a long time.  Based on author Elizabeth Gilbert’s other novel Eat, Pray, Love and her creative living guide Big Magic, I wasn’t sure what to expect from a youthful period piece. But man, did she deliver. I tend to find myself drawn to any piece featuring New […]

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Book Review: Love at First Like

We’re all living life in the digital age—and many of us are loving in it, too.  As I’ve mentioned several times before, I’m no stranger (pun intended) to online dating.  Neither is Eliza, the twenty-something protagonist of Hannah Orenstein’s novel, Love at First Like. Busy running a flourishing jewelry business in fast-paced New York City, […]

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Book Review: The Immortalists

If you could find out the exact date of your death, would you? How would that knowledge change the course of your life? These are the questions at the center of Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists. The novel follows four wildly different siblings from New York City after they each find out the day and year […]

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Book Review: Where the Missing Go

If you don’t like murder mysteries, this is not the novel for you. If you’re a psychological thriller junkie like I am, you should add it to your cart. Full disclosure, I received this book for free as part of my InfluenceHer Essentials Summer Box, which you might’ve seen me mention on my Instagram. I […]

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Book Review: The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give may be in the Young Adult genre, but it should be read by everyone living in this country, regardless of age. My soon-to-be sister-in-law gave me this one after hearing glowing reviews from her students.  The novel by Angie Thomas is narrated by Starr, a 16-year-old black girl straddling the line […]

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Book Review: Small Admissions

I read Amy Poeppel’s novel Small Admissions in less than two days. It felt like I was reading about my friend group. Well, more like I was hearing about the drama surrounding a friend of a friend over cocktails, in the sense that you can’t help but be interested because it’s juicy but doesn’t affect your own […]

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Book Review: Everything You Want Me to Be

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Think Netflix show 13 Reasons Why meets book-turned-movie Gone Girl. That’s how I’d describe Mindy Mejia’s novel, Everything You Want Me to Be.  While the novel focuses on a high-schooler, it’s anything but light. We learn right off the bat that the protagonist, Hattie, has been brutally murdered. What we don’t know is who did it—or why. The story is […]

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Book Review: The Futures

Do you ever feel like everything you’ve planned out for yourself is just falling apart? Maybe the feeling isn’t so dramatic—maybe something just doesn’t feel quite right. Whether consciously or not, we all start to plan our lives from the time we’re kids. College graduation tends to feel like the culmination of all of that […]

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Book Review: Between Shades of Gray

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“Whether love of friend, love of country, love of God, or even love of enemy—love reveals to us the truly miraculous nature of the human spirit.” – Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray Let me tell you about one of the most powerful novels I’ve ever read. Chances are, you haven’t even heard of it. I […]

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