Book Review: The Dog Walker’s Diary by Kathryn Donahue (9781635839029)

cover116146-mediumI recently started a book challenge list that asked me to read a book with the word “dog” in the title and to my delight when searching the NetGalley list The Dog Walker’s Diary came up first.

Daniel Ashe is a literary agent who has never fell in love and is looking for an awesome story to get his career moving.  Oh, and unbeknownst to him, he is looking for a dog walker for his dog’s Sparks and Eddie.

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Book review: Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen (9781441775320) Audiobook

This YA book leaves you feeling emotionally raw. It’s a story about Danny, an up-and-coming gymnast, who has a unfulfilling relationship with his dad especially since his mom died. It’s about Kurt, an up-and-coming full back with a speech impediment, who is starting at a new school and living with his new foster mother. Danny and Curt feel they don’t have anything in common until tragedy strikes and Danny’s teammate commits suicide. Only Danny and Kurt truly know what really happened to Danny’s teammate and their lives are in jeopardy unless they come forward with the truth.

This is a very good audiobook narrated by Kirby Heyborne and Paul Michael Garcia about friendship, obligations, bullying, justice and courage. You will not be able to put this book down. It’s a hard hitting, gut wrenching look at bullying and the perseverance to overcome the odds.

Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (0060530928)

df6004262c98252593043535367434d414f4541This is one of the most unusual books I have ever read. Though the first chapter was disturbing for a YA book, when you read further it is about a boy named Nobody Jones who learns about friendship, family, revenge and surviving. He just happens to learn these things from ghosts and witches while living in a graveyard.

Book Review: Whale Talk by Chris Cutcher (0440229383)

0440229383.01._SX140_SY225_SCLZZZZZZZ_The Tao Jones (T.J.) is half Japanese, half Black, is adopted, and he lives in a town with bigots and ne’r do wells. However, he tries to make the best of it by finding friends where he least expects it and he has wonderful parents who support his political and moral beliefs. This YA fiction novel explores a young man’s experience with racism, mental illness and child abuse in a way you will never forget. A truly inspirational book!