Annie’s week of book reviews | day 1: backlist books

This week, I’m going to break from my regular schedule to bring y’all an entire week of book reviews.

I’m super pumped for this unique format because it’s going to give us an opportunity to talk about some different and underhyped books that I really enjoyed! It’s also going to help me get my s#$& in order and catch up on all the books I haven’t reviewed haha.

Here’s what we’re talking today…

the female of the species by mindy mcginnis

The Female of the Species is a raw and moving social commentary about sexual assault and how American society perpetuates it and its stereotypes. The three narrators read as authentic and purposeful; McGinnis definitely has a talent for character development. The plot and imagery also tie a lot of significance to animals, which paired nicely with the overall discussion of morality and vigilante justice. MAJOR content warning for sexual assault and violence, so definitely keep that in mind.

rating: 4/5 stars

the hate u give by angie thomas

I’ll be the millionth person to say this: The Hate U Give is a monumental book and is so important for everyone to read. The exploration of police brutality and how it influences Black kids is groundbreaking and painfully raw. I chose to give this book a less than five star rating purely because there were aspects of the writing style that I didn’t enjoy, but the content is impeccable and important.

rating: 4/5 stars

landscape with invisible hand by m. t. anderson

I’d never heard of Landscape with Invisible Hand before I read it for one of my classes last semester, and I’m honestly surprised it isn’t more popular among YA circles. This short but powerful novel about what would happen if an alien race invaded our planet balances heavy discussion with humor and levity. I loved how the book devolved into a bracing exploration of how humans aren’t as considerate as we believe ourselves to be, and highly recommend this compelling little book.

rating: 5/5 stars

That’s all for day 1! Check back tomorrow for three more reviews and lots of good discussion.

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