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Book Review: Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson


Be Frank With Me

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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This is one of the rare books that affected me in ways that I never expected.

I finished this book and it had me reflecting for days. It was different than anything that I’ve ever read.

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Mimi Banning is a reclusive author living in Bel Air as a single mom with her ‘on the spectrum’ 9 year old son, Frank. Mimi is writing another book and to ensure timely completion her publisher sends an assistant, Alice Whitley, to monitor her progress. Alice becomes a full-time companion to Frank, a very intelligent, special boy with an eccentric personality and a 1930s wardrobe. This is the story of Frank, Alice, Mimi, and their time in Bel Air while Mimi is writing her book. Continue reading “Book Review: Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson”

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Book Review: Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia

Everything You Want Me To Be

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

Release Date: January 3, 2017


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This book gave me a book hangover.

If you don’t know what that means – it means that it’s GOOD!

I finished this book, and it lingered in my mind for days afterwards as I processed the plot, the themes, the character observations and motivations. I thought about “what ifs” and what twists and turns could have occurred. It takes me a few days to move on from a book like this. That’s a book hangover for me.

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This is the murder mystery of Hattie Hoffman, a high school senior soon-to-be graduate in a small Midwestern town. Her passion is acting, and she has big dreams of pursuing acting in a big city. She is alive for most of the book and the plot centers around the events leading up to her murder and after. Continue reading “Book Review: Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia”

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Book Review: The Store by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Publish Date:  August 14, 2017

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The Store knows you better than you know yourself.

The Store can deliver anything to your door via drone, even anticipating needs and desires you didn’t even know you had. New York City writers Jacob and Megan Brandeis go undercover by relocating their family to the The Store’s distribution center in the New Berg, Nebraska. They plan to dig up The Store’s secrets and expose them to the world in a tell-all book. At first, it appears to be an idyllic town and workplace. But slowly they realize that The Store knows what they are doing and will do anything to keep them quiet- including murder. Continue reading “Book Review: The Store by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo”

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Book Review: The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian


My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Expected Publication Date: March 13, 2018

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Fiction

A walk of shame was all that she planned, but waking up with a dead body next to her was the last thing that she expected.

Meet Cassie Bowden.

An attractive flight attendant. A handsome, rich hedge fund manager. Flirting at 30,000 feet followed by a boozy date night and a one-night stand.

The morning after, Cassie Bowden wakes up in a ritzy Dubai hotel bed with a monster hangover, blood in her hair, and a very dead Alex Sokolov with his throat slashed. What the hell happened?! Cassie struggles to remember the events of the night, but can’t. She recalls a romantic dinner, lots of booze, a female visitor named Miranda– and then nothing.

This is not the first time Cassie has blacked out after a night of binge drinking and cannot remember events from the previous night. Did she kill her one-night stand after she blacked out? She’s not sure. Continue reading “Book Review: The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian”

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Now I Know Why It’s Buzzy – Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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I love both covers of this book!

Genre: Fiction

My rating: 5 of 5 bright stars  5 Stars

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This is one of these books that knocks you over unexpectedly.

You’ll want to clear your calendar for reading this one, because the story grabs you at the beginning and doesn’t remove its strong grasp until the very end. It’s all-engrossing.

Plan for this book to be a time sucker, for a good reason. Chores will be ignored, family members will go hungry, meetings will be missed – all because of this book.

And it’s worth it. Continue reading “Now I Know Why It’s Buzzy – Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng”

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Book Review: I Found You by Lisa Jewell

I Found You

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

A game of psychological hide and seek.

I really enjoyed this book. This mystery/thriller has three plot lines that converge at the end and tie everything together. Two stories occur in the present, and one in 1993. The writing is very engaging, descriptive, and fast paced.


A single mom, Alice, finds a man sitting in the rain on the beach in Cornwall. He looks lost and numb, and she decides to help him find shelter. He is suffering from amnesia and can’t recall his name, background, or why he got there. A young newlywed wife, Lily, realizes that her husband has vanished without a trace. And a story about a brother and sister, Gray and Kristy, idyllic family beach trip takes an unexpected turn when they meet a new friend named Mark. Are these stories related somehow? Continue reading “Book Review: I Found You by Lisa Jewell”

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Book Review: Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

Mrs. Fletcher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars 3 Stars

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

This book is the literary version of a Woody Allen movie.


The people: a porn addicted MILF, a partying college freshman and his roommate, a transgender community college instructor, a tattooed senior center worker, an adult skateboarder, a cheerleader, an ex husband, an autistic boy, a girl in a wheelchair, a gifted Indian college student, and a feminist. This is the colorful cast of characters in Mrs. Fletcher, the latest novel by Tom Perrotta.

The places and things: Sex videos, pizza, parties, college dorms, profanity and crude language, erotic thoughts, beer, shots, weed, porn, sexting, lust, Bikram yoga, Crossfit, overflowing toilets, social media, vomiting, a Gender & Society community college class, duct-tape and a Port-A-Potty.

You have to read this book to figure out how this all fits together. This book tackles many contemporary issues and taboo topics, but the major theme that covers it all is identity. All characters are struggling with their identity and trying to find their place in the world and the society that they live in. Continue reading “Book Review: Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta”