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Knife Creek
A Mike Bowditch Mystery
By Paul Doiron
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Oct 16th 2018.
Knife Creek by Paul DoironKnife Creek is a well-constructed detective story set in rural western Maine. It is narrated by Mike Bowditch, who is a Park Warden with responsibility for the local area. He and his girlfriend are in the woods getting chased by wild pigs when they stumble upon the corpse of a baby. Bowditch starts investigating by asking questions in the local area, and he makes another discovery, two women living in a remote rented house in seclusion, both wearing red wigs. The one who talks to him is hostile, and he is suspicious. But when he goes back to the house again to follow up, it explodes and h
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Always Forever Maybe
By Anica Mrose Rissi
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Oct 2nd 2018.
This YA novel is about a girl being physically abused by her boyfriend, and how she gets sucked into believing it is her fault. Not only that, but Betts also blows off her best friend Jo because she wants to be with Aiden. There's a real challenge in getting the right balance in narration, since Betts, who tells her own story, has to be a sympathetic character, but also in some ways has to be seen to lack judgment or lose control of her own actions. She is a high school senior and Aiden is older than her, so she is soon on her way to college. Indeed, she is going to a highly rated school, so s
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Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi

Family and Other Catastrophes
By Alexandra Borowitz
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Aug 21st 2018.
Family and Other Catastrophes by Alexandra BorowitzEmily and David are getting married. They are in their late twenties, they live in San Francisco, and they love each other. But Emily is very anxious and insecure, as we see in the opening scenes, when they are flying to New York. Emily is convinced that there is a terrorist boarding the plane and she questions the flight attendant about why she called her ma'am and asks her what age she thinks she looks. So she makes interactions awkward.  We see how this makes sense when we see her mother, a therapist, who endlessly criticizes Emily and respects no boundaries. Although Emily and David h
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Release
By Patrick Ness
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Aug 14th 2018.
Adam is 17 and gay. He lives in small town Washington State. His parents are evangelical Christians. He has a best friend, Angela, who he tells everything to, and who covers for him when he needs to lie to his parents. He has a boyfriend but he is still very preoccupied by his ex. Release tells the story of one day of crisis, where he is planning to go to a farewell party for his ex. His boss at a big-box store is sexually harassing him. His brother, a committed Christian in the tradition of their parents, tells Adam that gay love is not real love. And the difficulties keep on coming
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Release by Patrick Ness

Not a Crime to Be Poor
The Criminalization of Poverty in America
By Peter Edelman
Review by Brian Morreale on Tue, Aug 7th 2018.
Not a Crime to Be Poor by Peter EdelmanAlthough America is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, the endless cycle of poverty is raising concern among other nations. Many scholars, politicians, social workers, and teachers work to reduce poverty and provide greater opportunities for people less fortunate. Peter Edelman’s recent book, Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America, calls for reform within our social programs and judicial system.           Edelman discusses the flaws in the American court system to which low income families fall victi
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The Dangerous Art of Blending In
By Angelo Surmelis
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 31st 2018.
Evan Panos is a high school senior at the start of the school year. He has several secrets. One is that he is gay. He has not come out to his family or his friends, but his mother suspects. She is so worried that she sent him to Christian camp during the summer, to put him back on the straight and narrow. But he met another boy there who he liked, and they kissed. He hasn't told his best friend Henry about this, and the two of them don't face up to the attraction between them. Evan also lies to his friends about the source of the many bruises and injuries he has. He says that he is just clumsy
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The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

Things You Didnt See
By Ruth Dugdall
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 10th 2018.
Things You Didnt See by Ruth DugdallThere are two narrators of this story, Cass and Holly. There's a big cast of characters, but they are both central. The book takes place in Suffolk, England, in a small town. Cass's mother is found shot, and the emergency services take her to hospital. The police follow the cue of Cass's father who said it was a suicide attempt, but it turns out that there are plenty of people with a motive to kill her mother, because she was planning to sell her farm, while others had plans to make other uses of the property. It turns out Cass is emotionally troubled and has been hospitalized for possibly sel
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Don't Wake Up
By Liz Lawler
Review by on Tue, Jul 3rd 2018.
Dr. Alex Taylor works in a hospital in Bath, in southwest Britain. This mystery novel starts off with her in a hospital bed, waking up to find herself restrained. The doctor with her makes a threat to do a horrific procedure on her, unless she says what the doctor wants her to say. Then she wakes up again, again in a hospital bed, but this time with familiar people around her. She tells them what happened to her but they don't really believe her. Alex has had a difficult time in the last year or so, and her emotional stability was already under threat with the demands of her high pressure job.
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Don't Wake Up by Liz Lawler

 
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