Start the new year off right with a new reading list. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to read more, then you should really consider subscribing to a crate from BookCase.Club. Each month you will receive two hand-picked books from a genre of your choice, and for the age group of your choice. If you want to order a crate for yourself and one for your kids, there are plenty of options to choose from for the whole family.
Each month, I review the “Teenage Dream” Case, which is the book crate by BookCase Club that sends young adult books to my door each month. This month, I was sent North of Beautiful and First There Was Forever.
‘North of Beautiful’ by Justina Chen
Terra is beautiful. She has a body that others wish they had. She keeps on top of her health and fitness through rigorous workout routines and healthy eating. Terra’s mother seems like her polar opposite. She is overweight and spends her time baking treats that only she eats. However, both women have something in common. Terra’s father is cruel to them. He is cruel to Terra for the port-wine birthmark on half of her face, and he is terrible to his wife for her body. He calls them both “ugly” and leaves them feeling horrible about themselves. Terra is also in a bad relationship of her own because her self-esteem is low and crippling. Then something happens that changes everything.
This book seems to tackle some heavy issues. When Terra meets Jacob, she and her mom grow closer to each other and things really take a turn in both of their lives. This story is about family, abuse, body issues, and self-esteem, and so much more. With booming reviews and well written prose, this book is sure to be a page-turner.
‘First There Was Forever’ by Juliana Romano
Lima and Hailey have been friends for as long as they can remember. However, the two start to drift apart when Hailey starts hanging around the popular crowd and going out with Lima’s unrequited crush. Hailey tells one lie after another until the thread keeping the two friends bonded is about to break. As she gets deeper into things, life gets even messier. This story is about friendship, love, loss, and growing up.
Both books in this month’s crate carry heavy subject matter about growing up, the pains of life, and the relationships that we make and lose as we travel through the years.
Thanks again to BookCase Club for sending January’s Teenage Dreams case. If you are interested in getting the Teenage Dream case by BookCase Club, or any of their other fabulous subscription boxes of various genres, head over to their website and happy reading!