In A Phở Love Story Loan Le has managed to illustrate the immigrant experience – as well as that of second generation Asian American teenagers – sincerely and respectfully while still keeping the overall tone of the book lighthearted and profoundly hopeful. If that doesn’t deserve five stars then I honestly don’t know what does.
Author Archives: Sarah
Book Review: Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam
If you are into the kind of film where you don’t see the monster until 2/3 of the way through, then have I got the thriller for you!
Book Review: Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield
Hurricane Summer was such an experience. I am overwhelmed by how much nuance and imagery this single story holds. This book is proof that we can sometimes learn just as much from fiction as nonfiction. The mentions of colorism and colonialism in particular were so poignantly and elegantly done that I could have spent a whole novel on the ins and outs of that alone. That plot though… I could feel it developing from page one – like a storm building on the horizon.
Book Review: Folklorn by Angela Mi Young Hur
Stationed at a research center on Antarctica, Elsa Park is confident that she’s finally put as much distance as she can between her and the generational trauma of her Korean-American family. When a “ghost” from her past reappears unexpectedly, Elsa must come to terms with her history – both myth and fact – whether she’s ready to or not.
Book Review: A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
It is impossible to remove a book from its context so my review of this book is going to consist mostly of what I realized and experienced while read this book in April of 2021. Buckle Up!
March Reading Wrap-Up
Fashionably late really is the name of the monthly wrap-up game… 💁♀️
Book Review: Band Sinister by K.J. Charles
It is a truth universally acknowledged that K.J. Charles absolutely slays at writing quality relationships and sex. The key to this all being that she nails the concept of consent. Every. Single. Time. Asking permission is sexy AF and don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise. Everything Charles’ characters do to one another is done with trust and explicit assurances of pleasure. It’s honestly incredible. It also completely tramples the notion that such things did not exist in the past. Because, believe it or not, there was consensual sex happening during the Regency Period. 🤯
Book Review: You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao
Whoa… This book is a treasure from SO many different angles. Loss is a messy process. Watching Julie sabotage herself with a deep and desperate sadness that bordered on frustrating for me as a reader, was honestly a brilliant move by Thao. You’ve Reached Sam will speak to anyone that has had to say goodbye to a loved one or, honestly, anyone that has watched someone else have to do the same.
Sarah’s Very First Book Tag: 20 Questions
Buckle up, folks because I’m participating in my very first Book Tag post for which I was tagged by my book BFF Amanda of Bookish Brews! Check her check this post and check all the collages I made for this because ya girl is extra af.
Book Review: The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey
Sarah Gailey, you absolute genius. Thinking of starting my own film studio over here because there is zero chance of this book not being optioned for a screen adaptation. It is that gosh darn original. 💍💍💍💍 Four stars as rated in wedding rings worn until death do us part, do us part, do us part, do us part…