Review: Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson

Book cover for Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson. Illustration of a Black teenage boy, his eyes aren't visible. In his chest is a yellow and red circular portal that shows two boys holding hands in the centre.

Title: Yesterday is History
Author: Kosoko Jackson
Genre: YA Fiction | LGBTQ+
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication date: February 2, 2021
Format / source: eBook / ARC from publisher
Purchase: Sourcebooks
Own voices: African-American
Content warnings: cancer, medical content, car accident, death, grief, racism, homophobia
Rating: ★★★★☆

A fun time-travel romance that doesn’t shy away from more difficult conversations. Thanks to Raincoast Books for an e-ARC, one of my favourite reads of the year thus far!

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Review: Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

Book cover for Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead. Shows a red and white beaded buffalo in the center against a black felt-textured background

Title: Jonny Appleseed
Author: Joshua Whitehead
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
Publication date: May 15, 2018
Format / source: eBook / library
Purchase: Arsenal Pulp
Own Voices: Two-Spirit, Cree (Peguis First Nation)
Content warnings: death, alcohol use, child abuse, bullying, homophobia, explicit sex, sex work, poverty
Rating: ★★★★★

Another really incredible read to share with you today. It’s funny and honest and heartbreaking, and I can’t wait to own my own copy.

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Review: Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles

pureTitle: Not So Pure and Simple
Author: Lamar Giles
Genre: YA Fiction | Coming of Age
Publisher: Epic Reads
Publication Date: January 21, 2020
Format / Source: Paperback / ARC from publisher
Purchase: HarperCollins
Own Voices: African-American
Rating: ★★★★☆

Besides a beautiful cover, a book that tackles toxic masculinity and the age-old story of the guy getting the girl. Continue reading