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Andrea's Reviews

Andrea's favorite reads are tragic love stories, gruesome murder mysteries, and clever fantasies. She judges books by their covers more frequently than she should. She spends her Bookshop days shelving new hardcover releases, science fiction/fantasy, and IndieBound picks and bestsellers. Her favorite kinds of book questions are the ones that begin, "I don't remember the title and I don't remember the author, but it's got a blue cover..." When she's not at Bookshop, Andrea can be found participating in competitive trivia downtown, completing logic puzzles in the sunshine, or forcibly cuddling cats. She is a firm believer in the Oxford comma.

Willodeen by Katherine Applegate

Willodeen knows all creatures deserve love despite what the rest of her town thinks, especially the screechers, a “beast”-like animal both stinky and loud. To protect the screechers, she must speak up for them when no one else will. Newberry Award–winning author Katherine Applegate returns with a wonderful and environmentally conscious story driven by love for all. Perfect for returning fans, as well as lovers of animals and nature. —Andrea

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ISBN: 9781250147400
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 7th, 2021

Jazz for Lunch Written by Jarrett Dapier

After an exciting and bit overwhelming visit to a jazz club, Auntie Nina comforts her nephew through cooking up a music-inspired lunch. In this funky and rhyme-filled debut, Jarret Dapier combines sounds, jazz icons, and colorful dishes to serve us a wonderfully jazzy feast. I loved how the words seem to roll together in a beat, making this book such an exciting read. For fans of Our Little Kitchen, music, and good picture books—look no further for a sure hit! —Andrea

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By Jarrett Dapier, Eugenia Mello (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534454088
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - September 7th, 2021

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Maite is a secretary too busy reading romantic comics rather than living a life on her own. Elvis spends each day memorizing a new word and works for a man called El Mago. The two are bonded together by what feels like fate: the disappearance of Maite’s neighbor. Told in alternating points of view, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Mexican Gothic) returns with an enticing noir mystery set in 1970’s Mexico City perfect for new and returning readers. —Andrea

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ISBN: 9780593356821
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Published: Del Rey - August 17th, 2021

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova

Upon receiving a letter in the mail, all descendants of Orquídea Montoya return to the magic-infused home in the illusive town of Four Rivers for what feels like the last time. With a diverse cast of characters, alternating perspectives, and vivid imagery, it’s easy to get lost between the pages. Zoraida Cordova artfully ties together family, legacy and the human desire to make a lasting mark on the world. —Andrea

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ISBN: 9781982102548
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Published: Atria Books - September 7th, 2021

Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan

After suing her conservative private school, Morgan is forced to transfer to another school at the end of the year. Ruby, beauty pageant contestant and lover of muscle cars, is anything but proud of herself. With Morgan’s arrival at her school, Ruby’s world starts to slip out of control. Some Girls Do portrays diverse struggles with identity and gives us a queer story I wish I had had as a teen, full of cheesy romantic goodness and sincere tender moments. — Andrea

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ISBN: 9780593112533
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 18th, 2021

The Boy and the Sea Written by Camille Andros Illustrated by Amy Bates

The Boy and the Sea is a beautiful story of growth, depicted through stunning watercolor imagery. As someone who grew up by the sea, this story feels so close to home. It’s carefully orchestrated to use the ocean as both a setting and a metaphor. The spreads alternate in style but maintain repetition through words. This is a great read-aloud for younger children, a place for them to be able to talk about growing up. — Andrea

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By Camille Andros, Amy June Bates (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419749407
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - May 11th, 2021

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Michelle Zauner, best known as the musician behind Japanese Breakfast, creates an intimate portrayal of loss spun together with vivid food imagery in her memoir. Although the narrative focuses on the loss of her mother to cancer, Zauner also delves into her identity struggles of being half-Korean. Told in the same kind of careful, lyrical voice she uses in her music, Crying in H Mart is a lovely homage to her mother, Korean food, and the desire of belonging that one can only know as a person of color. — Andrea

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ISBN: 9780525657743
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Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Set in 1950s San Francisco, this is a beautiful coming-of-age story of a young Chinese lesbian girl. Lily enters her senior year with newfound curiosity about herself and why she was interested in a club that features Tommy Andrews: Male Impersonator. Upon befriending Kathleen, she has an in at the club and, in turn, discovers a place where she belongs. This book was nothing like I’d read before, and I thoroughly enjoyed it to the very end. —Andrea

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ISBN: 9780525555254
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

The Soul of a Woman / Mujeres del alma mía by Isabel Allende

Best-selling Chilean author Isabel Allende passionately delivers a memoir on what it means to be a feminist woman. Allende carries us through her rebellious childhood and her quick antagonism with the machista culture prevalent in many Latinx households, to her riding the second wave of feminism, to current reflections of love at her now older age. In The Soul of a Woman, Allende illustrates her life through her feminist ideology and proves to us that there are things to continue to fight for. — Andrea
Also available in Spanish as Mujeres del alma mía. Disponible en español titulado Mujeres del alma mía.

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ISBN: 9780593355626
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 2nd, 2021

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

In her debut novel, Morgan Rogers melts us away with this modern queer love story. We are proposed with an almost anti-uhaul lesbian premise: married after one drunken night together in Vegas and live on opposite ends of the country. Our protagonist Grace Porter must face the consequences while battling her own post-grad identity crisis. Honey Girl tenderly shows us queer love through its romance, found families, and the act to love oneself. —Andrea

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ISBN: 9780778311027
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Published: Park Row - February 23rd, 2021


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