Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki, Illus. by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Review by Juhyun Tony Bae

When I first read the title, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, and saw its cover art—the romantic pose, pink tones, and the cute stuffed animals along the bottom—I expected a gushy romance comic. Oh boy, was I wrong. This graphic novel somehow managed to surpass that incredible cover with a story that is honest, shocking and undoubtedly modern. … More Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki, Illus. by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Review by Lauren Hathaway

Fifteen-year-old Janna Yusuf can sort every person in her life into one of three simple categories: saints, misfits, and monsters. There are those who are holier-than-thou, like her brother’s fiancé, Sarah. There are the people who don’t quite fit in, like Janna. And then there are the monsters masquerading as saints, like Farooq: the boy who is revered by his community for his piousness but has also sexually assaulted Janna. … More Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Review by Juhyun Tony Bae

If you like reading sci-fi/fantasy you’re probably familiar with stories that grapple with immortality—you might even find the line, “death gives life meaning,” a tad cliché. With Neal Shusterman’s Scythe traveling that heavily-trodden dystopian road, for me, the question of the novel’s success came down to the story’s handling of the ideas and its ability to pave its own path. … More Scythe by Neal Shusterman