Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry
EXCUSE ME WHILE I UGLY CRY
By J. Goffney
This is an emotional YA read about a list-obsessed teen who's private journal falls into the wrong hands leading to blackmail via social media.
She teams up with the last person to see the journal, cute and practical Carter, in an attempt to try and get it back before her reputation is completely ruined. Along the way, she learns a lot about herself, her family, her friend group, and the type of person she wants to become. Not to mention, the type of boy she wants by her side.
Topics explored include race, identity, authenticity, friendship, bravery, and living honestly. Highly recommend.
Follow Your Arrow
FOLLOW YOUR ARROW
By Jessica Verdi
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
This young-adult novel by Jessica Verdi is a fun, fast-paced read brimming with important conversations surrounding the power of social media (positive and negative), sexuality and identity, and the challenges of being a teen growing up in today’s complex world.
Cece is a likable, anxious main character with good intentions. She is a bisexual social media influencer who begins losing followers after parting ways with her social influencer gay-identifying girlfriend and beginning a relationship with a heterosexual boy who is social media clueless. The plot is relatively straight-forward, allowing the reader to focus on the profound impact Cece’s online world has on her off-line world and vice versa and how her experiences in these two different spheres have shaped her character and ultimately move her in a direction of growth and change.
Emails and tweets Cece sends and receives are a fun stylistic addition.
This is a great book to help frame discussions around social media as well as LGBTQ+ issues. Grab a donut and enjoy!
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