Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven | REVIEW

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: ARC

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Holding Up the Universe

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

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4 Stars

* Received an ARC from Penguin Random House via Indigo for a honest review *

First Line:

I’m not a shitty person, but I’m about to do a shitty thing.


Review

COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟    ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟        EMOTION 🌟🌟🌟🌟

It’s about the important things, like the way their face lights up when they laugh, or the way they move as they’re walking towards you, or the way their freckles create a map of the stars.

Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven is contemporary young adult novel that stirred up some controversy before release based off a touchy synopsis and a certain type of character. BUT I am hear to tell you that this book is wonderfully written and very real in the interpretation of an overweight character, as well as a one who is face blind. Here is why:

The Good

Firstly can we stop and appreciate this pretty cover for a moment? I love the simplicity of it all, and the colors used. It represents the story well in terms of Jack being face blind, hence all the blurred circles, but being able to see Libby perfectly, hence the one clear marble. Or was that just me thinking that?

Although the original synopsis stirred up quite a bit of pre-read controversy, I have to say it holds no stance on the overall end results of this book. Holding Up the Universe is about a girl who was once the most overweight teen in America, and one of the most popular boys at school who happens to suffer from Prosopognosia (face blindness).

Niven does a fantastic job at making the characters come to life with real life situations and topics like bullying, fat shaming, and the loss of a parent. You can tell she has done a lot of research on Prosopognosia and was able to explain it perfectly. I thought the characters especially Libby and Jack were well fleshed out and each had their own clear and distinct voice and narrative.

Although there was very little to do plot wise as I felt this was a very character driven story, I was never bored. I think this has to do with Niven’s writing style. She has a way of making you feel things you never thought you had inside you. This time around as it’s her second YA novel, she goes for a more lighter subject matter but is still able you make your insides turn to mush.

This is a beautiful story about being seen in more than one aspect. Libby wants people to look past her weight and see her for who she truly is, which Jack is able to do. And for Jack, he just wants to see and remember people, especially his family members. If there is one thing to take away from Holding Up the Universe, it’s the important message of self worth. Stop looking at your flaws, everyone has them, and start appreciating what you’re good at!

Dear friend, You are not a freak. You are wanted. You are necessary. You are the only you there is. Don’t be afraid to leave the castle. It’s a great big world out there. Love, a fellow reader

Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven

 

The Bad

Do I think Holding Up the Universe is as strong as her first novel, All the Bright Places? No, I don’t. I think her choice to touch on a more lighter subject matter was a good decision, but it just didn’t resonate with me as much as All the Bright Places did.

Plot wise, there really isn’t one. Did this affect the story in a negative way? No. But had there been more of an end goal here I think it might have made a bigger impact. It’s not to say that I didn’t take a lot away after reading it, I’m just saying there could have been more in my opinion.

Finally the romance. I found it rather dull. I don’t think Libby and Jack are endgame. I would much have preferred if they blossomed more with a strong friendship and appreciation for each other before jumping into a lack luster romance. I guess you can’t win them all.

It’s my experience that the people who are most afraid are the ones who hide behind mean and threatening words.

Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven

I do think there is a lot to take away from this book and I highly recommend everyone to read it. The message of self worth is one worth hearing.

Let me know what you guys thought of Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3

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Jennifer NivenHolding Up the Universe is Jennifer Niven’s second book for young adult readers, her first being All the Bright Places, but she has written four novels for adults —American Blonde, Becoming Clementine, Velva Jean Learns to Fly, and Velva Jean Learns to Drive — as well as three nonfiction books, The Ice Master, Ada Blackjack, and The Aqua Net Diaries, a memoir about her high school experiences. Although she grew up in Indiana, she now lives with her fiance and literary cats in Los Angeles, which remains her favorite place to wander.

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October 2016 Releases

ANTICIPATED RELEASES

Hey guys!

Every month I post the books that I’m most excited about that are going to be released. For October I’m bringing you five exciting releases. Let’s check them out:


Replica by Lauren Oliver

Release Date: October 4th, 2016

ReplicaGemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. ‘A sickly child’, her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father’s connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she’s always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father’s name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute’s walls, Lyra – or number 24 as she is known as at Haven – and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven’s purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever…

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Release Date: October 4th, 2016

Holding Up the UniverseEveryone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Release Date: October 11th, 2016

The Midnight StarThere was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

MiNRS 2 by Kevin Sylvester

Release Date: October 11th, 2016

MiNRS2They are coming to get you.
Hide.
Hide.

Hide.

The children of Perses have been receiving this message on repeat, from Earth, for weeks. Christopher, Elena, and the other survivors of the attack on their space colony know two things: their victory over the Landers will be short-lived and a new wave of attacks is imminent.

New Landers arrive sooner than expected. Led by the ruthless Kirk Thatcher, and armed with a new lethal kind of digger, they vow to hunt down and destroy everyone.

The kids have nowhere to go but underground. Again. But resources and patience are running low and the struggle to keep everyone safe is complicated by all the infighting amongst the kids.

As Christopher navigates the burden of leadership, he also has to decide whom he can trust. There are no easy answers. And with deadly consequences on the line, there is no room for mistakes.

Will Christopher be able to successfully lead the group back to Earth? Or will Thatcher make sure no one survives?

Beast by Brie Spangler

Release Date: October 11th, 2016

BeastTall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers.

Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy—until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart, and so stunning, even his womanizing best friend, JP, would be jealous. She’s also the first person to ever call Dylan out on his self-pitying and superficiality. As Jamie’s humanity and wisdom begin to rub off on Dylan, they become more than just friends. But there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something she shared with the group the day he wasn’t listening. Something that shouldn’t change a thing. She is who she’s always been—an amazing photographer and devoted friend, who also happens to be transgender. But will Dylan see it that way?

Tattoo Atlas by Tim Floreen

Release Date: October 18th, 2016

Tattoo AtlasA teenage sociopath is “fixed” after he gets an implant that’s supposed to cure him in this thrilling coming of age tale from the author of Willful Machines.

A year ago, Rem Braithwaite watched his classmate Franklin Kettle commit a horrific crime.

Now, apart from the nightmares, life has gone back to normal for Rem. Franklin was caught, convicted, and put away in juvenile detention for what he did. The ordeal seems to be over.

Until Rem’s mother selects Franklin as a test subject for an experimental brain procedure intended to “cure” him of his cruel and violent impulses. Suddenly Rem’s memories of that day start coming back to the surface. His nightmares become worse than ever. Plus he has serious doubts about whether his mother’s procedure will even work. Can evil really just be turned off?

Then, as part of Franklin’s follow-up testing, he and Rem are brought face to face, and Rem discovers…Franklin does seem different. Despite everything, Rem finds himself becoming friends with Franklin. Maybe even something more than friends.

But when another of their classmates turns up dead, Rem’s world turns upside-down yet again. Franklin insists that he’s innocent, that he’s cured, but Rem doesn’t know what to believe. Is someone else responsible for this new murder, or is Franklin fated to stay a monster forever? And can Rem find out the answer to this question before the killer, whoever it is, comes after him too?

Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Release Date: October 18th, 2016

GeminaHanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis

Release Date: October 25th, 2016

Boy RobotSeventeen-year-old Isaak discovers the truth about his origin and the underground forces that must come together to fight against a secret government organization formed to eradicate those like him in this high-octane science fiction debut.

There once was a boy who was made, not created.

In a single night, Isaak’s life changed forever.

His adoptive parents were killed, a mysterious girl saved him from a team of soldiers, and he learned of his own dark and destructive origin.

An origin he doesn’t want to believe, but one he cannot deny.

Isaak is a Robot: a government-made synthetic human, produced as a weapon and now hunted, marked for termination.

He and the Robots can only find asylum with the Underground—a secret network of Robots and humans working together to ensure a coexistent future.

To be protected by the Underground, Isaak will have to make it there first. But with a deadly military force tasked to find him at any cost, his odds are less than favorable.

Now Isaak must decide whether to hold on to his humanity and face possible death…or to embrace his true nature in order to survive, at the risk of becoming the weapon he was made to be.


Let me know if you guys are looking forward to any of these books this month! I really can’t wait to get my hands on them.

Until next time,

Sig New

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Holding Up the Universe | Waiting on Wednesday [#23]

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Hey guys!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

So here’s what I’m waiting on this week!


Holding Up the Universe

Author: Jennifer Niven
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 4th 2016

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Holding Up the UniverseEveryone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Why I’m Waiting

Ever since this book started getting some heat for it’s controversial synopsis, I knew I had to read it. I always give books a chance when people start hating on it for stupid reasons. Grow up y’all. I also really loved All the Bright Places two years ago!

P.S. Jennifer Niven is the author of All the Bright Places and a couple adult novels as well.


What has you guys waiting this week? Let me know down below!

Until next time,

Sig New

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August 2016 Book Haul

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Hey guys!

Here are all the books I got in August! There is quite a few to get through. I’m super excited about this month’s haul.

So let’s get started shall we?


INDIGO

Nevernight

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


BMV Used Books

Harley’s Greatest Hits by Paul Dini

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa


#IndigoFallPreview

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Run by Kody Keplinger

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


Book Depository

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (GERMAN)

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes (GERMAN)

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes (GERMAN)


Giveaways Won

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking (SIGNED)

Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking (SIGNED)

Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking (SIGNED)


ARCs

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast (St. Martin’s Griffin)

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte Press)

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (Simon & Schuster Canada)

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley (Simon & Schuster Canada)

Wrecked by Maria Padian (Algonquin Young Readers)

Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black (Ace)

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis (Simon & Schuster Canada)

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (Soho Teen)


That was definitely a big month for me! Did you guys pick up any of these books too? See you next month!

Until next time,

Sig New

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Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | May 2 – May 8

Weekly-Cover-Reveals

Hey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of May 2 – May 8. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

FANTASY

Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard

Published by TorTeen

January 3rd 2017

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

Windwitch continues the tale begun in Truthwitch, with a focus on Merik–cunning privateer, prince, windwitch, and reader favorite.

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco

Published by Sourcebooks Fire

March 1st 2017

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

Sci-Fi

Carve the Mark

Carve the Mark (Untitled Duology #1) by Veronica Roth

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

January 17th 2017

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not — their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Contemporary

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers

October 4th 2016

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

The Deviants by C.J. Skuse

Published by MIRA Ink

September 22nd 2016

When underdog Corey is bullied, five former best friends are brought back together, teaming up to wreak havoc and revenge on those who have wronged them. But when the secrets they are keeping can no longer be kept quiet, will their fearlessness be enough to save them from themselves?


Well that’s it for this week! Are you looking forward to any of these books? Let me know in the comments below! Stay tuned for next weeks cover reveals!

Until next time,

Sig New

The Alphabet Book Tag | Books at Dawn

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Hey guys!

I was tagged by Sara from Freadom Library to do The Alphabet Book Tag! Thanks for the tag Sara. And if you haven’t checked out her blog, please do me a favor and do that now! One of my favorite book bloggers!

The Rules:

Pick a book that is on your shelf or one that you have read in the past and fill out each letter of the Alphabet. The idea is to use books that you have either read or that are on your TBR list.

The books that are underlined are books that I have read and the rest are books that are on my TBR. I tried to pick books that I love and enjoyed that I haven’t talked about much on my blog or TBR books that I am dying to pick up soon.

SO let’s get started!


A is for…

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

B is for…

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Breaking Dawn

C is for…

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On

D is for…

Demon King, The by Cinda Williams Chima

The Demon King

E is for…

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

F is for…

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

Frozen Tides

G is for…

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword

H is for…

Hunger Games, The by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games

I is for…

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the Sun

J is for…

Joyride by Anna Banks

Joyride

K is for…

Kiss of Deception, The by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception

L is for…

Lark Rising by Sandra Waugh

Lark Rising

M is for…

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Morning Star

N is for…

Night Circus, The by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus

O is for…

Orphan Queen, The by Jodi Meadows

The Orphan Queen

P is for…

Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy

Q is for…

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows

R is for…

Raven Boys, The by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys

S is for…

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows

T is for…

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch

U is for…

Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Unhinged

V is for…

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy

W is for…

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

We Are the Ants

X is for…

I have no clue….

Y is for…

Young Elites, The by Marie Lu

The Young Elites

Z is for…

Zeroes by Scott Westerfield

Zeroes


I TAG YOU

Joey | Jenna Laashan & Trang | Deanna | Lois | Nick | JM | Becca | Amanda

Until next time,

Sig 6

10 Books I Enjoyed Out of my Comfort Zone | Top 10 Tuesday [#28]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 Books I Enjoyed Out of my Comfort Zone.

I am a huge fantasy/sci-fi reader so the most out of my comfort zone would have to be contemporary young adult. Last year, I decided to try my hand more in that genre and now I can say I have a good amount of books that I enjoyed!


10. Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

Seven Ways We Lie


 

9. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars


8. The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

The Last Time We Say Goodbye


7. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not

 


6. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King


5. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On


4. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black Holes


3. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places


2. The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley


1. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda


Well there you have it! Top 10 Books I Enjoyed Out of my Comfort Zone. Do you agree with my choices? What books are out of your comfort zone?

Until next time,

Sig New