Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell

Four stars, read December 2013. As teen romances go, this is one of the best. Since it is a teen romance, you know there were things about it that annoyed me, but they weren’t overwhelming—I just nearly lost my eyeballs in the back of my skull every time Eleanor said Park was the sun, or…

Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins

Two and a half stars, maybe, read in 2010. I did not like this as much as I did the first two books. I still enjoyed reading it and was reluctant to put it down for things like work, food, and sleep. But I was supremely disappointed in the ending. Massive spoiler alert for everything…

Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Three stars, read in 2010. I won’t say much about this book besides telling you that it’s incredibly hard to read, but worthwhile. If you’ve ever even thought about envying anorexic girls because you thought “at least they’re not fat”—and I know people do this, because I know I have done it, as sad as that…

Crank, by Ellen Hopkins

Three stars, read in 2010 for Banned Books Week. I keep having to give this book a numerical rating, and I don’t really know how to. I was fascinated, but I didn’t like it; I read it in probably two or three hours, partially because it’s written in verse with only a few sentences per page, and…