Book Review

Series Review: Gallagher Girls 

If you’re looking for some fun escapism this winter, I highly recommend the Gallagher Girls series of YA fiction books by Ally Carter, which begins with the first book I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You.


This series follows the main character Cammie Morgan and her friends as they navigate their private high school, which is actually secretly a school for spies! They get up to all sorts of adventures, and I had such a fun time reading this entire series. Fans of the Pretty Little Liars series will definitely like this one because there’s plenty of mystery as well as relationship drama.


Book Review

Book Review: A Monster Calls

I don’t read a ton of teen fiction, but the book A Monster Calls was recommended to me, and I’m so glad that I gave it a try. This book was written by Patrick Ness, but the original idea came from Siobhan Dowd, who unfortunately died before she could write the novel.


This book is about a young boy named Conor who is struggling with understanding and coming to terms with his mother’s illness. He is visited by a tree-like monster who demands that Conor tell him the truth. The writing style is hauntingly beautiful and feels almost like a parable or fairy tale. There is a timeless quality as it deals with universal emotion.

A Monster Calls is such a quick read, and I think it would be great for a high school English class. It deals with heavy themes like illness, divorce, death, and bullying. However, it is written in a very accessible and respectful way. There were no vulgar moments that I think might give parents pause. It is definitely age appropriate in my opinion.

I don’t often enjoy movies that are based on books, especially if I loved the book, but I do think that I’d like to see this movie. I think that there could have been more description in the book, and I’d be excited to see how it plays out visually on screen. Overall, I think this was a great book that both teens and adults will be able to relate to. Definitely, give this one a try if you don’t mind crying a bit.