Trying Youth

Book Review of "Campari for Breakfast" by Sara Crowe. Sue Bowl has been through a lot more in life than most 17-year-olds have. Her mother, Buddleia, committed suicide, and not long after that, her father took up with another woman. Buddleia's sister, Aunt Coral, was still mourning the loss of their father when Buddleia took … Continue reading Trying Youth

A Fictional Dismantling of the British Royal Family

Book Review of "The Queen and I" by Sue Townsend. In a fictional 1992, the Republican Party sweeps the general election and their first act is to dismantle the monarchy and put the entire royal family into a Midlands' welfare housing project in a place the locals call "Hell Close." Throughout almost all of the … Continue reading A Fictional Dismantling of the British Royal Family

A 21st Century Holden Caulfield?

Book Review of "The Universe versus Alex Woods" by Gavin Extence Alex Woods is probably one of the most remarkably famous people in the world. That's because he's only the second person in recorded history (after Ann Hodges) who survived being hit by a meteorite. Alex was only 10 at the time, and his meteorite … Continue reading A 21st Century Holden Caulfield?

Finding Buoyancy

Book Review for "My So-Called Ruined Life" by Melanie Bishop. Tate McCoy is sweet 16, and her life is just beginning. Unfortunately, she's got far too much to deal with, even for the child of divorced parents. That's because her estranged mother - who was an alcoholic - was murdered and her father is on … Continue reading Finding Buoyancy

A Life in the Day…

Book Review of "Ostrich" by Matt Greene. Alex is the only one in his primary school allowed to wear non-religious headgear. That's because he's been bald since he had his brain surgery. But that doesn't matter much to Alex, even though it could make him feel - as he calls it - "ostrichsized (which is … Continue reading A Life in the Day…