April's Book Reviews

The No-Girlfriend Rule By Christen Randall Cover Image
Reviewed by: April
Posted: March 25, 2024

This book is a sparkling, giddy love letter to the tabletop roleplaying community. The gameplay is vibrant and engaging, beautifully capturing the magic (and chaos) of being at a table yourself. Filled with nerdy joy, friendships, and designated snack captains, Christen Randall's debut novel is undoubtedly a party.

On the Plus Side: A Novel By Jenny L. Howe Cover Image
Reviewed by: April
Posted: January 27, 2024

On the Plus Side is a stunning, joyous, and deeply felt rom-com about self-acceptance and knowing your own value. Any reader will be able to see how much fun Howe had writing this. For anyone who has ever been told that they are "too much", this book will rip your heart out of your chest, kiss it better, and give it back.

Aces Wild: A Heist By Amanda DeWitt Cover Image
Reviewed by: April
Posted: January 27, 2024

This debut novel stars a gang of teenagers heisting the biggest casino on the Vegas Strip, full of Rick Riordan-esque humor and hijinks. Dewitt deftly weaves in complicated family dynamics, enduring friendships, and quality asexual (ace) representation that never talks down to the audience. If you are curious how you'd use an Ipod Classic to infiltrate a casino, this book is for you. Oh, and the blackjack puns don't hurt either.

Big (Caldecott Medal Winner & Coretta Scott King Honor Title) By Vashti Harrison Cover Image

Big

Reviewed by: April
Posted: November 26, 2023

An incredible book about a young girl growing up and learning that she suddenly is “too much”. What makes this book different is that she decides for herself that she deserves the space she takes up. A perfect book to teach kids to love themselves and adults who still need to hear it.

Against Technoableism: Rethinking Who Needs Improvement (A Norton Short) By Ashley Shew Cover Image
Reviewed by: April
Posted: September 28, 2023

 I loved this quick-witted and straight-to-the-point book about the complicated history and present of disabled peoples' relationship to technology, and the ramifications of being left out of the development process. Great as a non-intimidating entry point into disability theory. 

Bi: The Hidden Culture, History, and Science of Bisexuality By Julia Shaw Cover Image
Reviewed by: April
Posted: September 28, 2023

I didn't want to let go of this book- Julia Shaw delivers a heartfelt and well-researched book that meticulously uncovers the history, culture, and lived experiences of bisexual people with wit, passion, and clarity. A must-read for anyone in the LGTBQIA+ community or their allies.