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That Night by Cyn Balog (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Monday, Aug 19, 2019 at 10:37am

Hailey is still not okay after losing her boyfriend Declan, she has lost most of her friends, her grades are going downhill and she will not eat in front of people. She eats under her blankets on her bed. Hailey is trying to let go and move on, but it’s not that easy. Kane, Declan’s brother, has moved on and so has everyone else, but Hailey is really struggling. It only gets worse when Declan’s mom gives her a box of his stuff. Hailey doesn’t understand how everyone else moves on so fast.

That Night was an amazing book, and I would read it over and over again. I would recommend this book to an older age just because of the course language and other mature things. The book had me laughing at times, and crying at times too.

Lexi, from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Every Moment After by Joseph Moldover (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Friday, Aug 16, 2019 at 5:26pm

Every Moment After is a little heart wrenching. It is about two elementary school shooting survivors - Matt Simpson and Cole Hewitt. They were the only two out of their first grade class of 20 kids to survive. The story begins on the day of high school graduation where they gather around 18 chairs draped in black. Each one representing a life lost on the day of the shooting.

Every Moment After was a little confusing, and be prepared for water works, because the book is full of tragedy. I think Joseph Moldover did a wonderful job writing the book, but it does bounce around quite a bit.

Kaydee, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Fear of Missing Out by Kate McGovern (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Thursday, Aug 01, 2019 at 11:40am

Everyone has a fear of missing out on something—a party, a basketball game, a hangout after school. But what if it’s life that you’ll be missing out on? When Astrid learns that her cancer has returned, she hears about a radical technology called cryopreservation that may allow her to have her body frozen until a future time when—and if—a cure is available. With her boyfriend, Mohit, and her best friend, Chloe, Astrid goes on a road trip in search of that possibility. To see if it’s real. To see if it’s worth it. For fear of missing out on everything.

I read the book Fear of Missing Out by Kate McGovern. It was a really good book, it had me laughing a lot and was a very hard book to put down. If you are not a strong reader I would not recommend this book, there are a lot big words. I would recommend it if you are a strong reader because it is a great book. The book does have some inappropriate parts as well.

-Lexi, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Saturday, Jun 29, 2019 at 1:45pm

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The Candle and The Flame has a fantasy world, so rich in colours and cultures and histories that after a while you’d think Noor is a real, breathing thing. Complex and empowering female friendship and familial bond. Oh, the romance you say? I only care about my girls being badass together and—. Okay I’m not here to rant, I swear. As you can properly tell, The Candle and the Flame isn’t a bad book. It’s just a good read that... came to me in the wrong moment. The lusty, gorgeous writing might have gotten me drooling on the floor several times (because of the language nerd that I am) but I cannot say I felt the same for the book’s plot and its characters while reading.

Trust me when I say it’s really a it’s me not the book situation. The Candle and The Flame also gives me a fairytale vibe not only because it is a standalone novel, but because of the way Azad manages to weave inspiration from Islamic mythology and Arabic folklore, giving us a dreamlike, lyrical narrative that is so unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and that is not to say the novel doesn’t pull its punches—far from the opposite. There’re issues with grief and trauma that I think it tackles quite well. While you’re at it, I think you should read this book and see it for yourself. I hope that you’ll be able to enjoy it fully, unlike me.

-Ella, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Girls of July by Alex Flinn (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Sunday, Jun 23, 2019 at 3:43pm

Girls of July is that fun and addictive summer read that will serve you ice cream, splash you at the beach and beat away the stubborn heat that you’ve been complaining about. As for me, it also gets bonus points for the equally sweet and heartfelt portrayal of female friendship between our four narrators.

Judging from the synopsis, I went into this book expecting in depth exploration of each girl’s struggle, but I feel what Flinn did was more dancing and occasionally poking the elephant(s) in the room rather than fully submerging in its presence. The writing style also paints a lighter, even childlike tone for the girls... which initially irked me because they feel like middle-graders instead of high school seniors. Like I said before though, this book is meant to be a fun summer read and should be treated a such, where it lacks in seriousness it makes up for in its addictive quality. The characters may be cardboard cutouts of their perspective archetype but that didn’t stop me from liking and cheering them on. As a girl (born in) July myself, I am all for the joy that is this book.

-Phuong, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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