Even through February was objectively a pretty weird month for me overall, I managed to read 5 books!
1. You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
This book gives readers bite-sized chapters of inspiration and tips on how to live their best lives. The author, Jen Sincero, lays out tips on how to identify self-sabotaging beliefs we’ve all held and break those out of our lives. By overcoming your fears of failure, you will be able to grow and become the person you’ve wanted to be all along. I’m a little more well-versed in the self-help genre, so this wasn’t the book for me– but if you’re new to the genre, I recommend this book!
2. The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins
As an avid Ellen Hopkins fan, I was absolutely thrilled to get my hands on her newest release! This book follows seventeen-year-old Ariel and seventeen-year-old Maya– for as long as it can remember, it’s just been her and her dad living a vagabond life, never staying in one place for long. All she wants is to put down some roots, stay in one school for more than a year, and make some actual friends. Maya, on the other hand, is running from her home. She leaves her abusive mother into the arms of an older man and soon has a baby on the way.
3. Prison Baby by Deborah Jiang Stein
Deborah Jiang Stein was born within the walls of a prison and spent the first year of her life there with her heroin-addicted mother before being adopted by a Jewish family. Stein didn’t know about the circumstances of her birth and the year she spent with her mother behind bars until she found a letter hidden in her mother’s dresser when she was 12. Her life from that point turned to drugs, violence, and crime– this memoir chronicles her downfall and redemption.
4. Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
In an interesting plot choice, Seven Ways We Lie follows seven different narrators representing the seven deadly sins. Each student has something to hide, and when a scandal rocks Paloma high school, each of their secrets threatens to be revealed. It’s kind of difficult to summarize the plot of a book with seven different narrators– and it’s also kind of difficult to read a book with different narrators.
5. Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
Sophia has exactly seven more days in Tokyo with the life she’s grown to know and love– the electric city, her best friend, the boy she’s been crushing on for years. She plans to have the most magical last seven days in Tokyo until Jamie moves back to the city. His return ruins everything, as their previous friendship was filled with pain and heartbreak. With his arrival comes the breakdown of the relationships she thought were stable and the realization that Jamie might not be the horrible person she initially thought he was.