Monthly Reads | March 2015

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Out of It by Michelle Kadarusman

Young Adult | Social Issues

Suri and Lacey have been best friends most of their lives. Now in High School, the girls are being led into separate directions by their differing personalities. Kadarusman writes two well-rounded characters in this short novel. Suri is shy, guarded, and inexperienced while Lacey is outgoing, experimental, and strong.

Out of It is an easy read and moves along at a satisfying pace as it covers relevant issues such as drugs, sexuality, assault, and peer pressure. Kadarusman illustrates the importance of looking beyond a person's actions and asks readers to evaluate the meaning of true friendship.

Canary by Duane Swierczynski

Thriller | Suspense | Crime Fiction

This is the first Duane Swierczynski book I have read and I must say I'm glad I did.

19-year-old Sarie Holland gets busted by a narcotics cop when taking a friend unknowingly on a drug run.  She is then turned into a Confidential Informant and must learn about the drug trade and give up some names.  Naive and innocent at first, Sarie quickly learns the rules of the game and does what she must to stay alive and out of jail.

Canary is a gripping crime novel full of suspense and action. Told from multiple perspectives, readers get to see events unfold through the eyes of different characters. This unique way of storytelling shows how people interpret their surroundings in individual ways. Although the content is strong and could be gruesome, Swierczynski writes in a way that spares readers of gory details and leaves images to the reader's imagination.

This novel is a must read. It is suspenseful, faced-paced, and intriguing. Once I got started, I couldn't put Canary down.


The Book of Memory Gaps by Cecilia Ruiz

Humor | Psychological

Melancholy. Memory Disorders. Beautiful illustrations. Darkly humorous.

This short book will have you re-reading sentences and empathizing with the characters. This book introduces characters with memory disorders and offers a sentence or two describing each. It may be short in textual content, however it is large in emotional punch. The illustrations, also created by Ruiz, emphasize the tone with a palette of cool colors and soft ink drawings.

Ruiz keeps with a theme of sadness and loneliness that many readers can relate to, which is what makes this 60 page book worth reading.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. I received digital versions of these books for free through Netgalley in exchange for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.