Sunday, April 29, 2018

Best of the Bunch: April 2018

Today I'm sharing the best book I read in April.

Of the 11 books I read this month, I had one 5-star read. And it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that it was going to be my best of the bunch.

I don't understand how Becky Albertalli has hit it out of the park three times in a row, but she's done it again with Leah on the Offbeat. Once again she's brought me back to high school in a way that feels deeply true but not painful, and also manages to be true to my experience in high school then and what teen culture is like now. I laughed out loud many times, and I cried once or twice as well. Albertalli writes beautifully diverse casts of characters, and the book contains call-outs of white liberal racism and bi erasure that are needed but don't bog down the book in Issues. I related to Leah's perfectionism and her difficulty getting out of her own head, and I loved revisiting favorite characters from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (with a few references to the Upside of Unrequited characters as well). Don't read this without reading Simon first, but then enjoy coming back to Creekwood!

What is the best book you read this month? Let me know in comments, or write your own post and link up below!

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Looking back:
One year ago I was reading: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Husband's Secret, and The Church of Mercy
Five years ago I was reading: American Gods and Basic Black
Ten years ago I was reading: The Devil Wears Prada

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