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Bookends About One for the Money

Title: One for the Money
Author: Janet Evanovich
Source: library
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Review Summary: This book is like junk food for your mind. It’s fun and enjoyable, but it sucks you in with humor and sex appeal rather than good writing.

One for the Money is a surprisingly plausible story about Stephanie Plum,  a pretty average woman who loses her job and ends up becoming a bounty hunter. Sounds crazy, right? What makes it work is that she’s not instantly good at it. Her bumbling mishaps and witty commentary throughout are both hilarious and believable. Her strong personality and sheer stubbornness – enhanced by the fact that one of her targets, Joe Morelli, is a guy who slept with her once and never looked back – gives her the perseverance she needs to make the job work. Continue reading

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Bookends About No Boyz Allowed

Title: No Boyz Allowed
Author: Ni-Ni Simone
Source: Goodreads giveaway
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Review Summary: Typical teenage drama with well-written but unfortunately boy-crazy characters and some PG-13 elements.

Would you pick up a book with a misspelling in the title? Even an intentional one? Usually I wouldn’t, but the cover blurb was written in the main character’s voice and it pulled me in at once. It sounded like a real girl talking and a strong-willed, witty girl at that. No Boyz Allowed is a pretty typical high school drama, focused on fitting in, making friends, and dating boys. It’s clearly intended for young women of color, starting with a really beautiful poem called “Brown Beauty”, but race isn’t a big part of the book and I think any teenage girl could relate.
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