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Hooked on Books: 12.16.20

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sadly, I was late in picking up this young adult novel because once read, it stays with you. It is the story of Starr who balances her life between being one of the few Black students in an elite prep school on the good side of town while living in a poor neighborhood. She witnesses the shooting of her friend Khalil by a police officer, which leads to neighborhood rioting. Starr is the narrator and takes us along as the shooting affects everyone she loves. It is a must-read.

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
What did I just read? This was a very buzzed about book, so I had to read it. The beginning makes you believe you are reading about a man with three wives. They all know about each other but not their names. One of the wives decides she wants to meet the others. Warning: train wreck ahead. If you like thrillers, pick it up.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle
This is Doyle’s third memoir, and she is only 43! I feel like a bit of a loser. This former Christian blogger finds herself in a unique situation when, as a married mother of three, she falls in love with soccer star Abby Wambach. The story of turning her life upside down is both honest and inspiring.

Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit and Obsession by Sarah Weinman
Sometimes I am embarrassed by my love of true crime—you know, my curiosity being satisfied by someone else’s horrific experiences. This book is a collection of true crime writing but also tries to explain what makes shows like 48 Hours, Dateline and anything on the Investigation Discovery network so popular. Apparently crime and justice has been fascinating to society for a very long time, so I am not a freak. An interesting, quick read.

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