PositiveNPRUltimately, Marissa Meyer\'s Instant Karma is a delightful book that will have you longing for the beach — or, at least, a giant bowl of popcorn and the animal rescue classic Dolphin Tale. Quint and Pru\'s relationship is a fun, quirky enemies-to-love story that definitely leaves the reader satisfied.
RaveNPRI was impressed by the way Lance Rubin introduced and explained improv in the book, a challenge when the scenes themselves are carefully written and edited more like sketch comedy. I look forward to playing some of Winnie\'s improv games with my own friends! ... How nice it was to experience a boy essentially hitting on a girl\'s mind. Much more of that in young adult literature, please! ... As afraid I was that this book would contain more Crying than Laughing, I was overjoyed to find that the opposite was true. Rubin tackles Winnie\'s father\'s debilitating disease and other sensitive subjects with marvelous amounts of humor and heart. You will need tissues by the end of this book, but I promise it will be okay. Because, just as the title promises, you will also be Laughing.
Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite
RaveNPRDear Haiti, Love Alaine is a dense and beautiful tapestry of heavy issues, with even more heavy issues woven in throughout ... The book becomes an immersive experience for the reader too, as we become just as wrapped up in the rhythm and magic of the country as Alaine ... I\'m not sure I was ready to dive into such a hard-hitting novel, but I\'m very glad I did. Alaine\'s adventures in Haiti were so intense and engaging, I could almost feel the dirt beneath my fingernails, could almost smell the peanuts and plantains. But I think my favorite part was ultimately the female empowerment that permeated every part of this tale, past and present ... Maika and Maritza Moulite have created quite the masterpiece here.
MixedNPRI really wanted to connect with Chemistry Lessons. It\'s an exceptionally clever idea at heart, and it would probably make a great film premise. Film audiences tend to be a lot more forgiving when certain processes in the formula aren\'t explained, but as a scientifically-minded supernerd, I had difficulty. If you are not of the scientifically-minded supernerd persuasion, this might very well be the book for you. There are definitely jumping-off points for discussions on women in STEM, ethics in science, and proper scientific procedures. The formula looked good—but I wish the book hadn\'t felt so formulaic in its execution. It just wasn\'t the sort of Chemistry I was looking for.