This month was a Teen Fiction month by far. I had just finished my stint as a judge for middle grade fiction for the Cybils, so I was ready to take a break from books for that age group--and even read a couple of books for adults, which is rare for me.

The stand-out titles from this month's reads are The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas for a serious title and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon for a light-hearted romantic comedy.

Children's Fiction

Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry is a novel in verse about a girl who is new to town and struggling to make friends.

Mindy's Thoughts: The fact that this is an #ownvoices portrayal of Tourette Syndrome is what makes this book worth remembering.

Teen Fiction

Mindy's Thoughts: These books ranged from "pretty good" to "possibly going on the best of the year list." As mentioned at the outset of the report, The Hate U Give is well worth reading. This Black Lives Matter themed novel makes the headlines real in a way that really makes a difference. If you read one YA novel this year, it should probably be this one.

The Passion of Dolssa and When We Collided were catch-up reads from the 2017 awards. I was surprised at how much I liked Dolssa. I wasn't sure what to expect from it, but the unreliable narrator and strong characters drew me in and kept me reading. When We Collided is an #ownvoices portrayal of bipolar disorder.

As for the rest, When Dimple Met Rishi wins as best romantic comedy. Since You've Been Gone is a solid runner up in that category. Crazy Messy Beautiful is an unconventional romance with an art theme and a guy's perspective, which I liked. The Other F-Word sounds like an edgy title, but actually it is nice story about family and not what I would call edgy. You're Welcome Universe features a Deaf graffiti artist as the protagonist and tells familiar story of complicated friendships and expressing yourself.

Adult Fiction

Mindy's Thoughts: Ron Currie Jr tells weird stories and Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles is no exception. If You're interested in examining the nature of truth, this might be the book for you. The Hundred-Year House is a slow moving novel that starts in the present and moves back through time to reveal how the past has affected where the story started. I found it fascinating.

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