REVIEW – A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler

A Good Neighborhood

Expected publication: March 10th, 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

 

A compelling and timely read!

This story involves two families whose lives will intertwine in ways they would never have imagined.

 “We begin our story here, in the minutes before the small event that will change everything.”

The Whitman’s have just built an upscale new house in the neighborhood of Oak Knoll.

Seventeen-year-old, Juniper Whitman seems to have it all. But appearances can be deceiving. Juniper’s mother, Julia met Brad Whitman when she was a single mother to nine-year-old, Juniper. Before Brad, life was hard and money was extremely tight. He made life much easier. At one time, Brad had been Juniper’s hero, but now everything has changed.

Juniper has secrets.

Juniper is relaxing by the pool when she first meets her new neighbor, Xavier Alston-Holt. Xavier (Zay for short) has an intense personality, but his mother taught him to use that intensity to his benefit. Xavier was set on getting into his first-choice college. His grades were excellent and his teachers and bosses loved him. His hard work paid off and he received a scholarship to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Xavier’s mother, Valerie Alston-Holt was NOT in a hurry to meet her new neighbors. She already thought Brad Whitman was a man child with money. She had cried when she watched their yard being cleared of all the beautiful trees.

When Valerie discovers something very upsetting, she makes a decision that will change all of their lives.

“A Good Neighborhood” is a truly distinctive and well-written story that asks many tough questions.

Emotionally powerful this was a very quick read at only 279 pages. However, the author fit quite a lot into those pages.

A heartbreaking, compelling, and thought-provoking story with many well-developed characters. This story deals with many important issues. Many of the conversations and situations in this novel will stay with me for a long time.

I think this book would be a great choice for book clubs and/or group reads.  This is a book that you’ll want to talk about.

 

 

I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

 

Music Monday – 1985 by Bowling For Soup

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

Today I am sharing:

I just love this song.  The video and lyrics are so much fun.

There are many days that I’m still preoccupied with 1985 😉

 

Have a great week everyone!

 

Bowling For Soup – 1985

 

1985
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Woohoo
Woohoo
Debbie just hit the wall
She never had it all
One Prozac a day
Husbands a CPA
Her dreams went out the door
When she turned twenty four
Only been with one man
What happened to her plan?
She was gonna be an actress
She was gonna be a star
She was gonna shake her ass
On the hood of White Snake’s car
Her yellow SUV, is now the enemy
Looks at her average life
And nothing has been alright
Since Bruce Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on M-T-V
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she’s uncool
‘Cause she’s still preoccupied
With 19, 19, 1985
Woohoo
(1985)
Woohoo
She’s seen all the classics
She knows every line
Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink
Even Saint Elmo’s Fire
She rocked out to Wham!
Not a big Limp Bizkit fan
Thought she’d get a hand
On a member of Duran Duran
Where’s the mini-skirt made of snake skin
And who’s the other guy singing in Van Halen
When did reality become T.V.
What ever happened to sitcoms, game shows
(On the radio was)
Bruce Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on M-T-V
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she’s uncool
‘Cause she’s still preoccupied
With 19, 19, 1985
Woohoo
She hates time make it stop
When did Motley Crue become classic rock?
And when did Ozzy become an actor?
Please make this
Stop! Stop! Stop!
And bring back
Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on M-T-V
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she’s uncool
‘Cause she’s still preoccupied
1985
Bruce Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on M-T-V
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she’s uncool
But she’s still preoccupied
With 19, 19, 1985
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Songwriters: John Allen / Mitchell Scherr / Mitchell Allan Scherr
1985 lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

My Most Anticipated Reads of 2020

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I’m a little late in posting this, but below are some of the books that I am looking forward to reading this year.

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Here are some of the books to be released in 2020 that I’m SUPER excited to read (in no particular order) :

(Click on the book image to read the description on Goodreads)

The Familiar Dark

Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Dutton Books

The Other People

Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Penguin
Our Little Cruelties
Expected publication: March 26th 2020 by Penguin
You Are Not Alone
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by St. Martin’s Press
Hideaway
Expected publication: May 26th 2020 by St. Martin’s Press
Always the Last to Know
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Berkley Books

Mr. Nobody

Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Ballantine Books
The Lies That Bind
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Doubleday Canada
Who Did You Tell?
Expected publication: January 9th 2020 by Bantam Press

The Night Swim

Expected publication: August 4th 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

The Dilemma

Expected publication: January 23rd 2020 by HQ
The Wife Stalker
Expected publication: May 19th 2020 by HarperCollins Publishers

My Dark Vanessa

Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by William Morrow
Darling Rose Gold
Expected publication: March 17th 2020 by Berkley
Master Class
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Berkley

Three Hours

Expected publication: January 9th 2020 by Viking
The Mother Code
Published May 5th 2020 by Berkley
The New Husband
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by St. Martin’s Press
Little Secrets
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Minotaur Books

 

Those are some of the books that I am REALLY looking forward to reading. However, I know there are going to be many more!

I think that 2020 is going to be a fantastic year filled with many AMAZING reads!

I’d love to hear what you are most looking forward to reading and if any of these books are on your list too.

Happy New Year and HAPPY READING!!

 

 

REVIEW – Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

Foul Is Fair

Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Wednesday Books

 

“Sweet Sixteen is when the claws come out”

 

Elizabeth Jade Khanjara (Elle) is turning sixteen. Elle and her ride or die friends (Mads, Jenny, and Summer) are about to crash a party. It isn’t just any party, it’s a St. Andrew’s Prep party.

Unfortunately, the night takes a horrible turn.

Now Elle is Jade.

Jade and her coven are out for REVENGE!

Names are written in lip liner.

Jenny says “Fair is foul and foul is fair”

Little Jenny Kim is the sweet one. Summer is supermodel blonde, tan, and gorgeous. Last but definitely not least is Mads. Jade and Mads have been best friends since age four. Mads knows what happened without Jade having to explain.

“They are mine and I am theirs”

St. Andrew’s is about to meet its new queen…

Duncan, Duffy, Connor, Banks, Malcolm, Porter and MACK!

They stalk proudly through the halls of St. Andrew’s.

“They’re power and boasts. Invincible. But everyone can break.”

What happened that night? What will Jade and her friends do for revenge?

Wow! What a wild and dark read!

This was a fast read. I really liked the short chapters. This book may not be for everyone. I went into it knowing I was going to have to suspend my disbelief.  It’s over the top, but this TWISTED story had me gripped.

I appreciate that the author included a trigger warning at the beginning. The book does deal with many sensitive issues.

A savage and unique story about friendship and revenge that makes no apologies.

 

 

I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.