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From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon (ARC REVIEW)

4 STARS!

I’m a total sucker for romances like this, so I was excited when I received this ARC. I was a little wary of the formatting (i.e. letters, social media platforms, etc.), just because a book of just letters sounded questionable. I needed not worry, this book was adorable and had me laughing out loud multiple times. Plus it was really cool that the letters were to famous female directors! There were fandom references, feminism, and a woman of color doing big things!
Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to quote this book at you yet, but that’s something to look forward to once this book comes out on May 22nd!!

Also, new book boyfriend?! Yes, I loved Sahil. Him and Twinkle both have some serious insecurity issues they are working out, but Sahil was just so sweet. It was refreshing that he wasn’t perfect, but for the most part he was a really caring guy.

When Twinkle went a little dark, I kind of fell out of love with her. Sandhya Menon really had me questioning how far Twinkle was going to take things. Luckily, the ending definitely made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

And let’s not forgot about Dadi! I can’t wait for you all to meet her. I’ll just leave it at that.

Counselor Considerations contain SPOILERS.

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Counselor Considerations:

Social/Emotional: Family: Cross-Generational Family, Indian Families, Low Income Family, Disconnect from Parents Social: Labels, Insecurity, Navigating Social Circles, Unhealthy Friendships, Mending Friendships, Empathy

College/Career: College Bound, Fulfilling College Requirements, Career Driven

Academic: Mentioned: Studying, Different Learning Styles

Happy Ever After (HEA)

The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy by B.T. Gottfred (ARC REVIEW)

5 STARS!!!

I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is for everyone that has felt they don’t fit into the socially constructed genders and has been completely confused by their desires.

This is a beautiful story of teenagers coming to understand that gender, sexuality, and attraction are on a spectrum, and not so binary as we’ve been taught to believe.

B.T. Gottfred always writes such realistic story lines, and this one blew my mind. He beautifully represented the confusion of exploring sexuality in your teenage years.

Don’t even get me started on Art, he is AMAZING!!! And his charts, just wait until you see his charts. He is unapologetically himself and greater for it. Not to mention he is hilarious!

This book is just pure magic, and I’m so excited for it to be out in the world on May 8th!

Synopsis:

Everyone assumes that Zee is a lesbian. Her classmates, her gym buddies, even her so-called best friend. So many people think that Zee likes girls, even Zee is starting to wonder. Could they be onto something?

Everyone assumes that Art is gay. They take one look at his nice clothes and his pretty face and think: well, obviously.

But there’s more to Zee and Art than anyone realizes. When Art first meets Zee, he knows he’s found someone special–someone magical. Zee may not be able to see that magic in herself, but Art is bound and determined to show it to her.

What develops is a powerful connection between two people who are beautiful in all the ways they’ve been told are strange. As they explore their own complexities in gender, sexuality, and identity, they fall for the complexities they find in each other. With his trademark frankness, B.T. Gottfred delves inside both characters’ heads in this story about love and living authentically.

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Author Website: https://www.gottfred.net

School Counselor Considerations: Sexual content, navigating sexual discovery, fitting in, fighting stereotypes, gender fluidity

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

4 STARS!

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I speed through Six of Crows and fell in love with all of the characters. When I got my hands on Crooked Kingdom I was SO ready to find out how they were getting out of the mess they were in. As I read, I found myself not clinging to my book and not entranced by every word. I actually set this book down multiple times and questioned if I would actually finished it. I finally listened to it on audiobook while driving across California.

Let’s just say, I feel the same way I did when I finished The Grisha Trilogy. I feel like I got built up, and then nothing. I’m definitely happy certain ships happened (unlike The Grisha Trilogy)! And don’t get me wrong, overall I loved the story. I love that we hear from all the different view points, and that we got way more depth into the character stories. Maybe the ending of this book was too long, and dragged out for me to really love it.

Synopsis:

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

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My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff

4 STARS!

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At first I hated the main character, but that’s because I wasn’t thinking about how she really embodies the teenager she is. She grew on me, and I loved the ending of this book. The gifts in this book are heartwarming, and it makes you really think about how much you really know about the people you care about. Just a feel good holiday book!

Synopsis:

Charlotte Charlie Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He’s the school’s star athlete, in the National Honor Society, invited to every party, contributes to the school paper (where Charlie is co-editor), and is about to be featured as One to Watch in a teen magazine basically, he’s exactly the type of guy Charlie s meant to be with. The only problem he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie is determined to be Teo’s date to the Christmas ball. And she has a plan: To rig the paper’s Secret Santa so that she can win his heart with five perfect gifts. But to do that she needs help. Enter J.D. Ortiz Teo s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy going, laid back, unorganized, spontaneous, and makes a joke out of everything the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he’s willing to provide insight into what Teo wants, so she s stuck with him.

Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

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The Nerdy and the Dirty by B.T. Gottfred

4.5 STARS!

The Nerdy and the Dirty is a favorite of mine. Benedict’s truthfulness reminds me of that movie, The Invention Of Lying, and that makes me utterly adore him. I wish everyone could be so truthful. But I also like that he has some seriously flawed thoughts that has come from things he’s heard/seen about how he’s supposed to be with women. I love Pen and her secret thoughts. In my opinion, she’s more normal than she realizes. I love the realness of Pen’s fear to be herself, because as a teen it’s scary to not be like everyone else—or at least what you think everyone else is like. Anyway, I love this book.

Synopsis:

Pen Lupo is sick and tired of hiding who she is. On the outside, Pen is popular, quiet, and deferential to her boyfriend. On the inside, however, Pen is honest, opinionated—and not quite sure that she’s like other girls. Do they have urges like she does?

His classmates may consider him a nerd, but Benedict Pendleton knows he’s destined for great things. All he has to do is find a worthy girlfriend, and his social station will be secured. Sure, Benedict is different–but that’s what he likes about himself.

When fate intervenes, both Pen and Benedict end up at the same vacation resort for winter break. Despite their differences, the two are drawn together. But is there such a thing as happily ever after for a nympho and a nerd?

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Counselor Considerations contain SPOILERS.

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School Counselor Considerations:

Social/Emotional: Sexual content, navigating sexual discovery, fitting in, fighting stereotypes

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Academic: