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Guest Post: 5 Mini Reviews

Guest Post : Emily Meade

Last year I wrote a mini-review of every book I read.  I’m going to give you plenty of books to add to your TBR, Here are mini-reviews of books 16 -20.

Cover of tell me three things

16. Flying Lessons and Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh

This is a collection of middle grade stories that are chock-full of diversity, and it’s a really lovely collection. I’d definitely recommend it.

17. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

This book is very dark and there’s a fair bit of violence, so watch out for that. It’s a revenge story where Alex is trying to get back at whoever killed her sister, and it has some really great insights into rape culture. I didn’t necessarily love it, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

  1. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

With insights into Deaf culture and selective mutism, this is a really lovely book that I would definitely reread. Steffi is selectively mute and Rhys is deaf, so their friendship involves sign language, and the whole book reminds us how communication is important. Also great family and friendship rep!

  1. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Predictable and a little cheesy, but still quite cute. I loved the email/IM exchanges with SN (which stands for Somebody/Nobody), and all the ‘three things’ they shared. Guessing who SN is probably the most exciting part, but it’s not very memorable.

20. Roseblood by A. G. Howard

I wanted to love this, since it’s a retelling of Phantom of the Opera, but I just…didn’t. There are psychic vampires and a creepy romance and girls tearing each other down and just no.


I’m Emily Mead.a 21-year-old Aussie YA writer, PR student and amateur French learner. Bookstagram: @emilyjmead i