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When We Were Lost by Kevin Wignall (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Sunday, Mar 08, 2020 at 2:45pm

When We Were Lost is about 19 teenagers who somehow survive a plane crash on a Costa Rica bound plane. Joel takes on the role of being the leader. His only goal is for everyone to be organized for when a rescue party arrives. No one knows where they are, and no one is coming to rescue them. To add to the disaster, Joel’s decisions are causing more and more people to die. He is just determined to wait until they get rescued. Then there’s Tom who never wanted to go on the trip in the first place. But now him and the other kids are left to figure out a way to survive, and hopefully before they begin turning on one another. Tom begins to see that he might have to face Joel and pull off a miracle because he needs to get all the survivors to safety.

For anyone who enjoyed The Lord of the Flies or enjoy a good book about survival, When We Were Lost is definitely for you. It’s very hard to put down, and it’s always taking a turn, but not always for the better.

- Kaydee , a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Sorry for Your Loss by Jessie Ann Foley (from a Two Thumb Up reviewer)

Sunday, Mar 01, 2020 at 1:20pm

As the youngest of eight, painfully average Pup Flanagan is used to flying under the radar. He’s barely passing his classes. He lets his longtime crush walk all over him. And he’s in no hurry to decide on a college path. The only person who ever made him think he could be more was his older brother Patrick. But that was before Patrick died suddenly, leaving Pup with a family who won’t talk about it and acquaintances who just keep saying, “sorry for your loss.” When Pup excels at a photography assignment he thought he’d bomb, things start to come into focus. His dream girl shows her true colors. An unexpected friend exposes Pup to a whole new world, right under his nose. And the photograph that was supposed to show Pup a way out of his grief ultimately reveals someone else who is still stuck in their own. Someone with a secret regret Pup never could have imagined.

Sorry for your Loss is a good book, but there is some info missing. Jessie Ann Foley is not clear on certain details, for example: characters. I had to keep looking back at the family tree at the start of the book because I had no idea who some of the Flanagan family members were. I would rate this book 6/10. I would recommend this book to anyone 12+ (swears, intenseness) who loves dramas.

- Marlee, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Fugly by Claire Waller (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Thursday, Feb 27, 2020 at 7:03pm

Fugly is an eye opening book about identity, appearance, choices, friendship, trust, and the dangers of the internet. Beth, a nineteen year old college student, hates the real world where she is judged for being overweight and shy, but lives for the online trolling empire that she's created. She destroys the social media profiles of the Beautiful People, strangers who have everything she doesn't and loves the anonymity that comes with it. Then she meets Tori, another troller wo may even be more skilled that Beth. Tori becomes her best friend, her partner in crime, and her girlfriend? But she also meets Amy, a kind and extroverted Beautiful Person who befriends her at the university library for reasons that Beth can't quite understand. For a while, things are as close to perfect as they'll ever be. However things get messy fast when Beth's online world crashes into her real one. Beth discovers the cost of her secret identity and has to decide who she wants to be in the real world.

I really enjoyed this book and the messages it portrayed. I also absolutely loved the fact that Beth clearly isn't straight but the author made 0 mention of that, didn't use it as some sub-plot/conflict, and wrote about it in a way you would with a hetero relationship. This book is paving the way in many positive ways

- Rowan, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Monday, Feb 24, 2020 at 8:44pm

I picked up Now Entering Addamsville for its own-voice asexual rep, and  because I’d established the fact that Zappia can do no wrong from the other two books of hers that I’d read. Needless to say, this one definitely delivers. You have a heroine that is unlikeable in a way that you can’t help but like her. Zora bites, alright, but she’s also an incredibly complex character that doesn’t throw punches for the sake of violence. Peel back the layers and you’ll just see a girl who is too afraid to be left alone in the dark, who lets the monsters in her head creep in too close. We have all been there once.Zora is also a brat and takes an aesthetic liking to “old-world vampire” and “Outsider-style greaser” and I think she is so valid. You also have a group of well-rounded side characters that may or may not be just as dysfunctional as Zora herself. But don’t worry, you’ll warm up to them just as quickly.

One thing that I was not initially fond of is that the murder mystery itself is pretty much overpowered by the fantastic elements in this book. As in, you won’t be able to go along and solve your way ahead of the characters and look smug about it. You do, however, get to enjoy the pleasure of being smack in the face, alongside the characters, when the plot twist comes along. This fact is made known very early though, and the writing and characters are endearing enough to convince me that the ride’s worth it. Hint: It was.

Definitely pick this one up if anything I mentioned tickles your interest. Or because it is fall, and nothing is better than a mountain of blankets and the company of ghosts and an angry girl who can see them.

-Ella, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefehldt (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Sunday, Feb 23, 2020 at 3:47pm

What Makes Us is a very interesting and insightful book about Eran Sharon, an Israeli and Jewish teen who learns the dark truth about his father. Eran is leading a peaceful protest about his town's new traffic laws, when suddenly it gets out of hand. The protest goes viral and a reporter connects his family to an act of terrorism committed by his father 15 years ago, something that his mother had been trying to keep from him. Now that this information is out in the open, everyone is treating him differently and asking him if he is anything like his father.

This book shows what it's like to be in the negative spotlight you never asked for. I really enjoyed this book, however when it changed from Eran's point of view to Jade's, I didn't quite understand the relevance of it. But I would still recommend this book to others.

- Rowan, a Two Thumbs Up review

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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