Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Bri knows one thing: She wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all-time. Following in her now-dead father's footsteps, Bri starts attending rap battles. Just as she begins to win the battles, and things look like they might start looking up, her mom loses her job and they're on the verge of being evicted. Bri knows that the one thing that would get her and her family out of this situation and out of her neighborhood is making it big. The only problem is, is that the one person who can help her do it expects her to rap about things that aren't an actual part of her personal life- guns, drugs and gangs. She battles an inner-turmoil of doing what she knows will get her top, or staying true to herself.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Lauren just gave birth to twin boys, and is exhausted. But, when she hears a woman in the next room over, seemingly singing to her twins, she's excited to find someone who can relate to her current status. The next morning, she asks the nurse about the woman from the other room, and is met with a puzzled look, the room has been empty since Lauren arrived. The next night, Lauren hears the same noises, and lets herself into the room. She finds a strange woman singing to herself, and when she meets her eyes, she instantly knows something is not right. The woman begins talking about exchanging the twins, which results in Lauren locking herself in the hospital bathroom, taking refuge with her twins. When the police arrive, the hospital is searched and no one is found, resulting in Lauren being placed on a psychiatric hold. She knows what she saw, but no one will listen to her. Everyone around her keeps talking about how tired she is. A few weeks later, Lauren is home with the boys, and the paranoia hasn't wavered. Leaving the house to get some fresh air, Lauren's worst nightmares come true, and the boys are kidnapped. Thankfully, they're found shortly after, and everyone is elated except Lauren, who knows that the twins look like her boys, but they are anything but.
Saturday, February 9, 2019
I love this author. A few of her books have been turned into Hallmark movies. I have to admit I hesitated on reading this book. Beauty pageants aren't my thing. The main character is an elementary school librarian so my interest in this book didn't quite go away. I figured I'd wait for the library to get their copy in and then give it a try and then if it really wasn't my cup of tea I'd just turn the book back in unfinished...no harm, no foul. Then a book subscription box that I'm a fan of posted a one time box they were doing for Valentine's Day. It was a rom com box. Turns out this was the book. So yet another sign I should read this book. I started reading the book on a Friday night and didn't get out of my chair until I had finished it. Obviously I could not put this book down. There are a lot of Harry Potter and Jane Austen references. Two literary loves of my life. I had to stop and take a picture close to the beginning of the book because the main character was wearing a Harry Potter shirt and so I was.