Friday, July 26th 2019


HeroineHeroine by Mindy McGinnis
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 12th 2019
Pages: 432

When a car crash sidelines Mickey just before softball season, she has to find a way to hold on to her spot as the catcher for a team expected to make a historic tournament run. Behind the plate is the only place she’s ever felt comfortable, and the painkillers she’s been prescribed can help her get there.

The pills do more than take away pain; they make her feel good.

With a new circle of friends—fellow injured athletes, others with just time to kill—Mickey finds peaceful acceptance, and people with whom words come easily, even if it is just the pills loosening her tongue.

But as the pressure to be Mickey Catalan heightens, her need increases, and it becomes less about pain and more about want, something that could send her spiraling out of control.

I had just finished reading Beautiful Boy when I picked this one up. So I went from a non-fiction/memoir written by a father of an addict to reading a fiction book about an addict. I was in a mood apparently. TW for addiction and drug use.

This book didn’t really surprise me with where the storyline went but it did surprise me with how much I ended up caring for the main character. I was yelling at some of her choices and trying to will her to do the right thing rather than continue the trend on a downward spiral.

What I really appreciated was that in the end, her relationships were messy or ruined. There is a friendship that is highlighted throughout the novel that starts to unravel as she becomes more and more addicted and some friendships cannot survive the stress and alienation. It felt real.


Monday, September 18th 2017

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and VirtueThe Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on June 27th 2017
Pages: 513


Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

This slow burn almost did me in. It was so good and so angsty. My only disappointment was that I didn’t get a raunchy scene in the end. But I will survive. This book reminded me of another one of my favorites, My Lady Jane but with more debauchery. I found this book to be quite hilarious and laughed out loud several times as well as groaned at the angst. I loved it. It is a wonderful historical romantic comedy.