A Diamond in the Rough

I've had my eye on Phillipe Diederich's Diamond Park for a while, ever since it came into The Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop, and man it did not disappoint! Flaco is our narrator, a senior in a Texas high school who's dream is to become an artist, but that's not what people from his neighborhood go on [...]


Constant Breaks from California

This review was written for the Left Hand Valley Courier, in partnership with Inkberry Books and will appear in the Nov. 22 edition of the paper. You all are getting a sneak peek! I don't read memoirs very often, which is a shame because they are so unique and interesting. That's certainly the case with [...]

The Incredibly Entertaining History of a High School Girl

I don't think I've read a book from the aughts for a while now, but when my good friend told me that I "simply must read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks," I took her word for it. She has great taste. Let me start by saying that I greatly enjoyed E. Lockhart's coming of [...]

Heart of the Matter

Inkberry Books came through with yet another fascinating story. Justin Courter’s The Heart of it All is a little bit mid-life-crisis, a little rebellious and extremely engaging. This review originally appeared in the May 25th edition of the Left Hand Valley Courier. (and here's the vlog!) We first meet narrator John Ritter shortly after he’s [...]

Beautiful Newness

I honestly wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up Jane Kuo's upcoming middle-grade novel In the Beautiful Country (IBC). While I totally trust my recommenders at The Wandering Jellyfish, this book--it's a novel in verse and I just haven't read a lot of middle-grade as of late--was so far out of my comfort [...]

Foolin’ Around

Very rarely do I come across books that are simultaneously a long read and a quick one as well. But it would seem that Philippa Gregory has a talent to write such novels. This time, I read her novel The Queen's Fool, which takes place after her other novel The Boleyn Inheritance (but was written before). It follows the [...]

Sweet Readings

Do you ever feel like you see or hear something for a reason? I couldn't help but feel that way while reading Sandra Cisneros' novel Caramelo. I first read Cisneros as a freshman in high school and have been eager to read more of her work ever since. Caramelo--like all of the books I've read thusfar since [...]