1980s

B+
Like a Love Story

As a child of the eighties and nineties, I recognize the fear buried in the lives of the three main characters of Abdi Nazemian’s beautiful and emotional Like a Love Story.  To have come of age in the late eighties through the mid-nineties was to experience a sexual awakening fraught with a singl ...

B+
The Gossip

The Gossip is the second novella in Jenny Holiday’s ‘80s themed New Adult series, the New Wave Newsroom. It focuses on the staff working at a college newspaper and with a modern historical setting of the 1980s, will bring a wave of nostalgia to readers of a certain age (like myself) with its ref ...

A
Eleanor and Park

If any book proves the adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” it’s the amazing YA novel, Eleanor and Park. Going by the cutesy, cartoon drawing on the dust jacket, one would expect a light, quirky, first-love story geared toward the teen set. Instead, this book will crush you, showing how ...

B+
Spy Dust

I'm pretty biased as a fiction person, myself. I occasionally read other things, but only rarely. So it's pure coincidence that, upon finding Spy Dust on the list of review options, I recognized one of the authors' names as someone I'd read before, in his first book The Master Of Disguise (which, by ...