Book Review|Half Brother

Hey everyone! Welcome to Monday. I know most people dread Mondays. If I wasn’t on summer break, I would be dreading it too. Hang in there! Today I am going to be doing a book review. I will be reviewing Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel. I finished this book a while ago but am just know doing a review. Without further ado, here we go!

Title: Half Brother

Author: Kenneth Oppel

# of pages: 375
Genre: Fiction, Animals
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars
Amazon Rating: 4.7/5 stars

Amazon Summary:

For thirteen years, Ben Tomlin was an only child. But all that changes when his mother brings home Zan–an eight-day-old chimpanzee. Ben’s father, a renowned behavioral scientist, has uprooted the family to pursue his latest research project: a high-profile experiment to determine whether chimps can acquire advanced language skills. Ben’s parents tell him to treat Zan like a little brother. Ben reluctantly agrees. At least now he’s not the only one his father’s going to scrutinize.
It isn’t long before Ben is Zan’s favorite, and Ben starts to see Zan as more than just an experiment. His father disagrees. Soon Ben is forced to make a critical choice between what he is told to believe and what he knows to be true–between obeying his father or protecting his brother from an unimaginable fate.”

Critic Reviews (Credit Given):

“Set in the simpler time of the early ’70s, this well-plotted novel weaves together themes of animal rights, family issues and the cost of animal research….There are no easy answers, just a thoughtful portrayal of real people grappling with tough questions.” – Kirkus

“Half Brother is highly recommended for all YA collections….a funny and exceptional story” – VOYA.

* “Deftly integrating family dynamics, animal-rights issues, and the painful lessons of growing up, Half Brother draws readers in from the beginning and doesn’t let go. The carefully crafted characters will be an easy connection for teens and the interpretation of the animal-testing controversies of the 1970s will provide an alternate viewpoint for animal-book lovers.” – SLJ, starred review

My Thoughts:

This was a great book. I took half a star off because it’s very similar to another book. Half Brother is about a boy named Ben Tomlin. When his mom brings home a chimpanzee from a zoo, Ben doesn’t like him at all. As Ben gets to know the chimp later named Zan, he falls in love. Unfortunately, Zan is part of animal testing. He is to be treated like a human and to learn sign language. Zan feels like more than a test subject to Ben. His dad feels otherwise. Ben’s dad feels that he is getting to close with Zan and tries to separate them and ruin their close relationship. Ben is outraged. His dad is rough and mean to Zan. To him he’s a chimp. To Ben, he’s family. I wouldn’t recommend this book if you can’t handle some harsh moments. This was a great read and really opened my eyes to how terrible animal testing really is.

That’s a wrap! Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t, did this review make you want to? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Book Review|The Sky is Everywhere

Hey everyone! It’s Monday and that means it’s back to work. I hope everyone is out of school by now! Today I am doing another book review. Since school’s been out, I’ve been doing lots of reading. That means more book reviews for you! Today I am reviewing The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. You can check out my review of her second book here. Without further ado, here we go!

Title: The Sky is Everywhere (Jandy Nelson’s debut novel)

Author: Jandy Nelson

# of pages: 320

Genre: Contemporary

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating:

Amazon Rating: 4.6/5 stars

Amazon Summary:

“Adrift after her sister Bailey’s sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey’s boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs… though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode.

Join Lennie on this heartbreaking and hilarious journey of profound sorrow and mad love, as she makes colossal mistakes and colossal discoveries, as she traipses through band rooms and forest bedrooms and ultimately right into your heart.

As much a celebration of love as a poignant portrait of loss, Lennie’s struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often uproarious, and absolutely unforgettable.”

Critic Reviews (Credit Given):

“The author brilliantly navigates Lennie’s course between despair and hope, sorrow and humor… a gripping love triangle.”—Shelf Awareness”

“Nelson’s first novel is tender, romantic, and loaded with passion.”—The Horn Book

“A story about love and loss… both heartfelt and literary.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Jandy Nelson’s story of grief somehow manages to be an enchantment, a celebration, a romance—without forsaking the rock-hard truths of loss.”—Sara Zarr, National Book Award Finalist and author of Story of a Girl and Sweethearts

My Thoughts:

This book was a whirl wind of action and grief. Lennie’s sister Bailey passes away at only 19 years old during a rehearsal for a play. The Sky is Everywhere is set after she dies. The story is told through normal writing and writing on various places by Lennie. The grief intensifies throughout the story as Lennie learns more about what could’ve been for her sister. My only problem with this book was the love triangle. Lennie is torn between Bailey’s boyfriend and a new boy who just moved into town. This book has lots of romance, a bit of suspense, grief and adventure. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good reckless contemporary mixed in with loss and happiness.

That’s a wrap! Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t, did this review make you want to read it? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀


Book Review|Openly Straight

Hey everyone! It’s Thursday and that means it’s so close to the weekend! If you are still in school, I sure hope you’re getting a vacation soon! It’s time for another book review 🙂 Today I am reviewing Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg.

Title: Openly Straight

Author: Bill Konigsberg

# of pages: 320

Genre: LGBTQ

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Amazon Summary:

Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He’s won skiing prizes. He likes to write.
And, oh yeah, he’s gay. He’s been out since 8th grade, and he isn’t teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that’s important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.
So when he transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret — not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate break down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn’t even know that love is possible.
This witty, smart, coming-out-again story will appeal to gay and straight kids alike as they watch Rafe navigate feeling different, fitting in, and what it means to be himself.”

Critic Reviews (Credit Given):

“Konigsberg’s lovely novel invites us to walk with Rafe through his season of assumed identity and his costly emergence into honesty. It’s beautiful. It’s a story of salvation.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW”

“Lambda Literary Award-winner Konigsberg has written an exceptionally intelligent, thought-provoking, coming-of-age novel about the labels people apply to us and that we, perversely, apply to ourselves. . . . Openly Straight is altogether one of the best gay-themed novels of the last ten years.” — BOOKLIST, starred review

“For a thought-provoking, creative, twenty-first-century take on the coming-out story, look no further.” — THE HORN BOOK MAGAZINE

My Thoughts:

This was such a great book! This book definitely showed me the struggles of coming out and being “the gay kid” (no offense at all to anyone that is gay). At first I thought Rafe was a bit weird for “going back into the closet” as the story progressed, I realized he had made a smart choice. He was making friends, accepted, and he plays football with the jocks. All is well until he falls in love with his best friend Ben. Ben is straight supposeably. Let’s just say that quite a bit happens surrounding Rafe and Ben. Rafe’s friend Toby is gay so that and other things make Rafe want to confess to his peers. He stays in the closet for quite sometime. He confesses to his teacher who makes him write stories about being gay. Does Rafe come out again? Does Rafe and Ben’s relationship rise or fall? Read Openly Straight to find out! All I’m going to say is that I’m glad it’s the first book. That means there will probably be a sequel!!

(excited/freaking out face)

That’s a wrap! Kudos to those of you who stayed till the end. Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t read this book, did this review get you interested? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀


Book Review| I’ll Give You The Sun

Hey everyone! It’s Monday and that means the first day of my summer vacation. If you’re on vacation, welcome to paradise! If you’re not, hang in there! Today I am going to be doing another book review. As you can guess by the title, I am going to be reviewing I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. I finished this a while ago but was too busy to do a review. At least I’m doing it now!  Without further a do, let’s get going!

Title: I’ll Give You The Sun

Author: Jandy Nelson

# of pages: 371

Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQ

My Rating: 4.3/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.16/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.7/5 stars

Summary From Amazon:


“A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell

Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways…until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant, fully alive novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing―often all at once.”

Critic Reviews (Credit is Given):

“Dazzling.” “The New York Times Book Review” 

“Have you ever wanted to put a book in all of your friends’ hands? This is that kind of book . . . Heartbreakingly honest.” “San Francisco Chronicle”

“This book is about many things: grief, sexuality, creativity, bravery, identity, guilt. But mostly it’s about love. Be prepared with more tissues than you needed for “The Fault in Our Stars,” a chunky notebook to scribble down all the quotes and a handful of witty responses when people ask why you’re chuckling to yourself in the corner. Because this book will make you realise how beautiful words can be.” “The Guardian” 

“This book is many things at once, all of them engrossing. It’s a book where teenagers think in almost indulgently poetic language while still sounding genuinely adolescent. It’s two separate but equally intoxicating love stories. . . . Most of all, it’s the mystery of what happened to tear Noah and Jude apart, and what if anything can bring them back together again.” NPR’s Guide to 2014’s Great Reads.

My Thoughts:

This book was amazing!! It kept me turning the pages once I got into it. There were parts of the book that were confusing or not very exciting. As the book progressed though, it really sucked me in. Noah is so amazing. He’s so creative and artistic. Noah is gay and follows in love with the boy next door. Jude is amazing as well. She’s not as artistic as Noah and doesn’t feel as loved by their mom. Jude falls in love as well.  When something major happens, Noah and Jude are torn apart. They go their separate ways and don’t talk anymore. You have to read the book to find out if they become close again. Overall, I loved this book. The writing just flowed and the characters were so well described, it felt like I knew them. I felt what they felt. Saw what they saw. It may not be for everyone but I enjoyed it for the most part.

Credit to the creator on the fan art/Pinterest

That’s a wrap! Have you read this book? If you have, what did you think about it? No spoilers of course 🙂 If you haven’t read it, do you want to now? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews 🙂

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀




Book Review: Everything, Everything

Hey everyone! It’s Monday and that means back to school and work. Sigh. It’s also time for another book review! This is a YA book review. As you can probably guess by the title, I am reviewing Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. This is Yoon’s debut novel and boy is it a smashing hit.

Name: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

What a wonderful lady!

# of pages: 320 pages

Genres: YA/Contempory/Romance

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads/Amazon Summary:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. “


My Thoughts:

Oh my gosh! This was such an amazing book. I felt so bad for Maddy because she was bored most of the time. All she saw was white walls, fake plants, her mom and her nurse Carla. Maddy and Carla have such an amazing relationship. Everything was pretty normal until the neighbors moved in. Right away, Maddy’s eyes were drawn to Olly. I couldn’t blame her. He sounded so hot!

The best part of the book (one of them) was the plot twist at the end. When it happened I saw like:

I had a hard time believing it. Overall this book was absolutely amazing. I loved from page one and held on tight until the last page. I recommend this 100%. Contemporary lovers especially need to give this a read. I have to warn you there is some parts that get a little inappropriate. Otherwise it’s fine. I honestly hope they make a film adaption of this book.

That’s a wrap! I hope I didn’t drown you in my love for this book. Have you read Everything, Everything? If you have, what did you think about it? If you haven’t did this review make you want to read it? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂


Book Review: Eleanor and Park

Hey everyone! It’s time for a book review! Before we jump into that, I just wanted to apologize. I want to apologize for not doing the Top Ten Tuesday this week. I will definitely do it next week so stay tuned for that! This week I am reviewing Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. This is a popular YA book so I’m sure you guys will enjoy it 😀 Without further ado, let us jump to it.

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

Eleanor and Park is a YA book by Rainbow Rowell. The book is 329 pages. I rate it a 4.5/5 stars. Goodreads rates this book a 4.1/5 stars and Amazon rates it a  4.5/5 stars. A couple of reasons I rated Eleanor and Park 4.5/5 was:

  1. Several times, I questioned their love for each other
  2. Eleanor and Park were pretty harsh with each other at times.
  3. They are so darn cute!


Amazon Summary:

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under.

Real Reviews:

Sarah Parks- “One of my favorite books! For younger readers, there’s a bunch of language and some sexual stuff and abuse. But for teens and above, it is a great book about dealing with self image issues, dealing with abuse, and finding yourself.” 5 star review

Karen Wright- “This is the 3rd Rowell novel I’ve read and I’m starting to fall in love with her writing. I get why she has a huge fan base now.

The story of Eleanor and Park is about two sixteen year old kids who both start off needing to be rescued in different ways. The narrative flips between the two perspectives but each view is so short there is no time lost going back and forth so the novel flows freely in real time.
I loved and hated the characters appropriately, I liked that although a whole host of secondary characters were introduced, they had poignant but minor roles so they added to instead of detracted from the story.
Intriguing, well-written book. Written for YA crowd but enjoyable to older readers too. I give it 4.5 stars.”  4.5 star review

Sandi K- “I am so conflicted about this book. It is very well written. The characters are well drawn and feel real. The story was just so hard to read. By that I mean, the cruelty that is the base of this book was so troubling. I did not want to finish it because I was so afraid of what was going to happen next. I don’t want to read a book where I fall in love with characters but their life sucks so bad that you ache for them. While the language was probably appropriate for the characters and situation, I got tired of the profanity and the crudeness. I know this type of situation is real but it is not want I want to read about for entertainment. So overall, I commend the writing (this is my fourth Rainbow Rowell book) but the story was just too much for me.” 3 star review

My Thoughts:

This was such a good book! It was an emotional roller coaster and definitely kept me reading. There was some sexual content and definitely some language. Abuse and a bit of violence is also included. I don’t recommend it if you can’t handle any of these. What confused me a bit was how throughout the story, Eleanor and Park seemed to hate then dislike each other a bit throughout the story. I loved seeing other minor characters show up. I felt so bad for Eleanor though. She was treated badly by her step dad, bullied by those at school and even Park’s mom doesn’t accept her at first. I go back and forth with this book but loved it overall. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who loves a good teenage love story.

That’s a wrap! How did you like this slightly different format? Let me know!

Have you read Eleanor and Park? If you have, I’d love to hear what you thought. No spoilers of course!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews.

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Book Review: Hour of the Bees

Hey everyone! It’s Monday 😦 Back to school and back to work. At least you guys get a book review! This book is for ages 4-6 but can really be read by anyone. This is such a touching story. I hope you’ll give it a read!

Name: Hour of The Bees

Author: Lindsey Eagar

# of pages: 360

My Rating: 6/5 stars (I loved this book a lot!)

Goodreads Rating:4.3/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.9/5 stars

Amazon Summary:

While her friends are spending their summers having pool parties and sleepovers, twelve-year-old Carolina — Carol — is spending hers in the middle of the New Mexico desert, helping her parents move the grandfather she’s never met into a home for people with dementia. At first, Carol avoids prickly Grandpa Serge. But as the summer wears on and the heat bears down, Carol finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by the crazy stories he tells her about a healing tree, a green-glass lake, and the bees that will bring back the rain and end a hundred years of drought. As the thin line between magic and reality starts to blur, Carol must decide for herself what is possible — and what it means to be true to her roots. Readers who dream that there’s something more out there will be enchanted by this captivating novel of family, renewal, and discovering the wonder of the world.

In my last book review I started including real reviews by real people. The reviews were from Amazon and Goodreads. All the people featured got 1000% copyright for their review/comment. I didn’t get any feedback about it good or bad so I will continue including it. I will of course stop if people start not liking it.

Amazon and Goodreads Real Reader Reviews!

Nicole M. Otting- “This book is one of those stories that reaches out and grabs your attention right from the beginning. This book covers so many potential connections to its readers. Dementia, grandparents, family dynamics, distance, love, and story telling.” 5 star review

Annette Lamb- “While her friends are enjoying the summer, Carolina is visiting her grandfather’s ranch in the desert. In this desolate setting, Carolina gains a new perspective on her family heritage and connections with the land through her grandfather’s stories.

Aimed at middle school youth, librarians will find an audience among children who enjoy realistic fiction along with a touch of magical realism. Fans of Pam Muñoz Ryan and Laura Resau are likely to enjoy the connections to Mexican cultural heritage. Multi-generational themes have been popular this year and this title is an outstanding example.” 5 star review.

Luna- “Carol (or Carolina) and her family are spending the summer cleaning and clearing up her grandfather’s sheep farm (ranch?) so he can be moved into a care home. Her grandfather and father did not part on good terms and there are many things in her family’s past that Carol does not know.

Hour of the Bees is worth sticking with. I personally didn’t really connect with the story until quite a bit into the book. I think it was around the time Carol’s grandfather began telling the first part of his story, the ‘once upon a time, there was a tree’. It’s then that the magic and reality begin to mix and you begin to wonder, just like Carol, if her grandfather is telling you real history or his lost in his dementia.

I particularly liked Carol’s relationship with her grandfather, but also how the dynamics within her family changed as the summer ended and how Carol grew as a character.“

Charlene- “If you like fantasy fiction or have students/kids who do I’d reccomed this book. I am not a big fantasy fiction reader. I was unable to read the complete the book. This is Eagar’s first novel. She tells the story of a young girl, who spends the summer on a hot ranch with her family. The goal is to pack up Grandpa Serge and move him into a home. The ranch is going through a drought and Serge is waiting for the bees to bring the water back and some how Carolena knows that it is true. I had a hard time following chapters written in the present and chapters flashing back to Serge’s life with hs love Rosa in a village where people don’t grow old and they don’t die.”

My Thoughts:

This was such a great book! I admit there were parts where I wasn’t too connected but Grandpa Serge’s amazing story telling made up for it! It was interesting to see what happened to Serge when he slipped away from reality for a bit because of dementia. The book really helped me see how hard it is for the person with dementia and their family. It was definitely unrealistic at times but that just made the story even better. I was honestly crying a bit at the end. So much happens at once that I couldn’t handle the emotion around it. This is an amazing book. What makes it even better is that this is Lindsay Eagar’s first book! She is such an amazing author. I definitely recommend this book!

Phew, that was a long review! Kudos to you if you stuck around till the end. I hope this review made you want to read Hour of the Bees. It will definitely keep you reading till the end.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀



Book Review: Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

Hey everyone! It’s time for another book review! This book is for ages 8-12 so definitely closer to teen. Return to Sender has some pretty varied reviews on Goodreads. To change things up a bit, I will paste some reviews onto here. I will of course give the authors of the comment 1000% credit. Let’s jump right in!

Name: Return to Sender.

Author: Julia Alvarez

# of pages: 318

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 3.7/5 stars

Amazon: 4/5 stars

Amazon Summary:

After Tyler’s father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. Tyler isn’t sure what to make of these workers. Are they undocumented? And what about the three daughters, particularly Mari, the oldest, who is proud of her Mexican heritage but also increasingly connected to her American life. Her family lives in constant fear of being discovered by the authorities and sent back to the poverty they left behind in Mexico. Can Tyler and Mari find a way to be friends despite their differences?

Amazon Reviews:

Heather Darby- “I hated this book it spoke in third persons the base stunk and in all this book was not setup well.” 1 star review

Arizona Mom- “This was a pretty good book. I read it with my son. I would have given it 5 stars but I didn’t like how the author told a lot of the story through letters. In other words, a young girl is writing to her mother and you learn about what has been happening through her letters. There are several chapters of that type of writing style in the book.”    4 star review

Sandra Scavazzon- “Return to Sender places a human face on the immigrants who make their way to the United States and to the families who benefit from their labor. Children are children, families are families no matter from what country. This is an important lesson that I wish to teach my grandchildren, since we are an international family. Too often the hardships that immigrant families endure are marginalize and even discarded because we, as Americans, do not pay attention to the human factors.” 5 star review

Goodreads Reviews:

Anne- “This book disappointed me–I would give it 2.5 if I could. Julia Alvarez is a brilliant novelist who should probably stick to writing for adults, because her young adult “tone” comes off as forced, oversimplified, and too young. This is a compelling and timely story bogged down by an awkward format, too many exclamation points, and a style that isn’t true to Alvarez’s lyrical talents.” 3 star review

Anne Marie- “The topic of the book and the way the story is related – through narrative prose and letters, and also through insightful points of view – were really interesting, but ultimately completely overshadowed by how heavy-handed, preachy, and condescending the book is. There is also very little description of any characters or settings – all emphasis is on dialogue and “lesson-teaching.” 1 star review

Sergio Lopez- “It was a really nice story because it’s based on true facts . Many mexicans do come to the U.S. in search of a better life and many times they are treated unfairly” 3 star review.

Let me know what you think of adding reviews written by real people.

My Thoughts:

This was such a great book! It’s most likely aimed at younger audiences since the characters are  11-12. There were so many suspenseful moments. I fell in love with the characters. Many had issues with the letter style of Mari’s POV but I loved it. I definitely recommend reading it. Return to Sender shows the real issues of Mexican immigrants and how just one wrong move can get you deported. This is definitely a must read!

Let me know what you think of adding real reviews to the book reviews!  Are you going to read Return to Sender? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂





Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Book Review)

Hey everyone! Today it’s time for another book review. Many of you will be excited to hear that this book is for teenagers and not for tweens/children. The book is Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. It’s quite a unique book for me because it’s the first LGBTQ book.

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Name: Simon v.s. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

A little fun fact is that this is Becky’s first ever book. It’s also available in French! This amazing book was published last year (2015)

# of pages: 303

My Rating: 6/5 stars (It was honestly that good)

Goodreads Rating: 4.3/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.7/5 stars


Amazon Summary:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


My Thoughts:

This book is amazing! It’s hard to believe this is Becky Albertalli’s debut novel! Like I mentioned above, this was my first LGBTQ novel and I’m very impressed! Simon Spier is so darn adorable. His email relationship with Blue is absolutely adorable. Everything about this book is just adorable. I’m not going to spoil who Blue is, but when you do find out it’s like… POW!

Following Simon through his journey in this book is absolutely amazing. I really want to say more but I don’t want to spoil anything.

If you enjoy adventurous, suspenseful and/or romantic books, this is for you!

For those who have read the book, I have some good news that you may or may not know. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is going to be made into a movie!!!

They started working on it October of last year. There is no release date. Fox 2000 is going to produce it. Fox 2000 also produced book to film adaptions like Paper Towns and the Maze Runner.

That’s a wrap! Do you think you’ll read this book? If you’ve already read it, what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews to come!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀





Book Review: Bloomability by Sharon Cheech

Hey everyone! It’s time for another Book Review! This is a Young Teen book. This one is for Grades 3-7 or ages 7-13. I am over 13 though so the age ranges don’t really matter. Let’s jump right in 😀

Name: Bloomability

Author: Sharon Chreech

# of pages: 273

My Rating: 5.5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.1/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.6/5 stars

Amazon Summary:


The kidnappers are actually her Aunt Sandy and Uncle Max, but that doesn’t matter to Domenica Santolina Doone, better known as Dinnie. She feels as if she’s being taken out of the country against her will. Certainly no one asked her opinion. Dinnie is used to change-with her family constantly moving from state to state while her father searches for one new “opportunity” after another. But when her aunt and uncle whisk her away to an international school in Lugano, Switzerland, Dinnie feels that this might be one “opportunity”that isn’t right for her.

Suddenly Dinnie’s surrounded by kids from many different cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs. Home, and her first life, seem so far away. Can she adapt to a new country, a new home, and new friends? Or will it just be easier to close herself off-just survive-and never realize all the “bloomabilities” that are possible?

My Thoughts:

This is such an amazing book! Once again, Sharon Chreech has wowed me again. Her characters like Dinny and Aunt Sandy are so lovable and seemingly real! I recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure, friendship, family. I really fell in love with Dinny and how much she cared for her friends.

That’s a wrap!

Stay tuned for more book reviews and Thanks for reading 🙂

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀