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Mockingjay | Suzzane Collins

“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”

𝘚𝘶𝘻𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘴, 𝘔𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘫𝘢𝘺

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Mockingjay | Suzzane Collins
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★★★★½

The final book in The Hunger Games series. I have to say I was not completely satisfied with it. After reading The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, my expectations were very high for Mockingjay. It just wasn‘t the strong ending to the series that I was anticipating. The first half of the book focused primarily on the politics of it all. Which wasn‘t a bad thing, but it lacked the action and intensity that was present in the other books.

beenbee I agree, catching fire was the best book in the series and this book was disappointing. 4mo
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Reminders of Him | Colleen Hoover

“There was before you and there was during you. For some reason, I never thought there would be an after you.”

𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘏𝘰𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳, 𝘙𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘏𝘪𝘮

Colleen Hoover never fails to impress me with her sage words.

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Reminders of Him | Colleen Hoover

“People say you fall in love, but fall is such a sad word when you think about it. Falls are never good. You fall on the ground, you fall behind, you fall to your death. Whoever was the first person to say they fell in love must have already fallen out of it. Otherwise, they‘d have called it something much better.”

𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘏𝘰𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳, 𝘙𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘏𝘪𝘮

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Reminders of Him | Colleen Hoover
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★★★★★

This book tore me apart and then put me back together again. Did I sob uncontrollably? Absolutely, but it wouldn‘t be a CoHo book if I hadn‘t.
The characters are so human. So real. Which is what makes this book all the more painful to read. Immersing these characters into such a devastating and impossible situation is just heartbreaking.

P.S. Don‘t bring CoHo books to school/work. You are setting yourself up for disaster.

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Catching Fire | Suzanne Collins

“My nightmares are usually about losing you. I'm okay once I realize you're here.”

𝘚𝘶𝘻𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘴, 𝘊𝘢𝘵𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘍𝘪𝘳𝘦

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Catching Fire | Suzanne Collins

“You know, you could live a thousand lifetimes and not deserve him.”

𝘚𝘶𝘻𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘴, 𝘊𝘢𝘵𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘍𝘪𝘳𝘦

Wow. Reading this felt like a slap in the face.

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Catching Fire | Suzanne Collins
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★★★★★

Catching Fire was an excellent follow-up to
The Hunger Games. The romance, the plot twists, and all the newly introduced characters added up to make an exceptionally intense and keep-you-up-all-night novel. I really don't think I could have asked for a better sequel.

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The Hunger Games: Volume 1 | Suzanne Collins

“You don‘t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”

𝘚𝘶𝘻𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘴 - 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘶𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘎𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘴

I‘m not gonna cry… I‘m not gonna cry… I cried.

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The Hunger Games: Volume 1 | Suzanne Collins

“I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun.”

𝘚𝘶𝘻𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘴 - 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘶𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘎𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘴

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas

“That's the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?”

𝘈𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘦 𝘛𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘴 - 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘜 𝘎𝘪𝘷𝘦

Thomas has a brilliant way of putting things into words. The quote above is so powerful, and it really delivers a punch when you read it.

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Dumplin' (Dumplin' #1) | Julie Murphy

“All my life I've had a body worth commenting on and if living in my skin has taught me anything it's that if it's not your body, it's not yours to comment on.”

𝘑𝘶𝘭𝘪𝘦 𝘔𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘩𝘺 - 𝘋𝘶𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘯‘

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Among the Hidden | Margaret Peterson Haddix

“Hope doesn‘t mean anything… action is the only things that counts.”

𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘵 𝘗𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘏𝘢𝘥𝘥𝘪𝘹 - 𝘈𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘪𝘥𝘥𝘦𝘯

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Among the Hidden | Margaret Peterson Haddix
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★★★★☆

I loved the concept of this book. The storyline was creative and the characters were charming. It was also a really quick read, but I thought that it might be better suited for a younger audience since the vocabulary wasn‘t especially challenging. Great idea, just wasn‘t really for me.

MrsBabki Yes! We use to do it as a novel study in grade 6. I sure appreciate that you read it! 6mo
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The Hunger Games: Volume 1 | Suzanne Collins
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★★★★★

People aren‘t kidding when they say this is a book that you literally CANNOT put down. The Hunger Games pulled me into its world and I was captivated from beginning to end. I can‘t believe I hadn‘t read it sooner and I urge you to do so if you haven‘t already.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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★★★★★

There are books that are important because of the social and/or political message they send. There are also books that are investing, emotionally charged, and incredibly well written. But every once in a while you find a book that has both an important message AND spectacular writing.

𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘜 𝘎𝘪𝘷𝘦 is one of those books.

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Panpan

★★☆☆☆

I didn‘t like this book. The blurb on the hardcover copy promises a book that is “hilarious”, but it has an immature sense of humour (like calling the protagonist “Spewart” instead of Stewart) that I doubt anyone will find funny. It wasn‘t a very memorable read and it just did not stick out to me.

MrsBabki Love the honesty! 6mo
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All the Bright Places | Jennifer Niven
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TW: SUICIDE MENTION

I didn‘t adore this book, and here‘s why:

One of the characters, Theodore Finch, commits suicide. Before he does so, he leaves a bunch of clues for his girlfriend (Violet Markey) to find. From the moment she began to search for them, Finch began to fade from a well-developed character to a concept. Instead of a person with his own struggles, he merely became a vague idea there to heal Violet.

Not a huge favourite of mine.

tessabordalejo ★★★★☆ (edited) 8mo
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Dumplin' (Dumplin' #1) | Julie Murphy
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★★★★★

How can I do justice to the profound, brilliant, heart-wrenching book that is Dumplin‘? This book was soul-stirring, with a humorous dialog. Watching Willowdean fight her own demons without her Aunt Lucy in her corner was difficult, but it makes the book all the more real and powerful.

If you want a book that radiates body-positivity and that makes you want to laugh (and cry). This book is for you. This book is for everyone.

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The Martian | Weir, Andy
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★★★★★

“If the oxygenator breaks down, I‘ll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks down, I‘ll die of thirst. If the Habitat breaches, I‘ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I‘ll eventually run out of food and starve to death.
I‘m screwed.”

A book I just couldn‘t put down. It has the very rare combination of a good, original story, interestingly real characters and a fascinating technical accuracy.

beenbee the person in the background is so cool omg 10mo
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The Secrets We Keep | Trisha Leaver
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★★★★½

“With her I‘d buried myself, every memory of who I was now, six feet under with the sister I‘d put there.”

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A gripping, twisted, yet moving book about self-discovery and acceptance of oneself. This novel is very fast-paced and once you start it you cannot put it down until you‘ve finished it.

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Five Feet Apart (Media Tie-In) | Rachael Lippincott
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★★★★☆

Five Feet Apart was a romantic and truly poignant young adult novel. I did find that the plot moved somewhat slowly at times throughout the book and that it speaks up on some rather sensitive topics, but aside from that I think that it would appeal to those interested in reading Realistic Fiction or just genuinely heartwarming novels.

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Flipped | Wendelin Van Draanen
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★★★★½

“‘Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss....‘ He turned to me. ‘But every once in a while, you find someone who's iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare.‘”

In this book, the author managed to engage and charm me with their whimsical setting work and wit and I even found myself empathizing with their characters. This novel is most definitely a great deal larger than the sum of its parts.

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Insurgent | Veronica Roth
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★★★★★

“Veronica Roth‘s #1 New York Times bestseller continues the dystopian thrill ride that began in Divergent.”

This book is a must read for those who love Futuristic and/or Dystopian fiction. It has an intricate plot and fantastic setting work while delivering a novel that leaves readers wanting more.