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Love, gelato and even more [Café Libro]

Love, gelato and even more [Café Libro]

Emily Dexter

March 3, 2018


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According to Jenna Evans Welch’s novel Love and Gelato, people come to Italy for just that: love and gelato. For Lina, however, things are a bit more complicated. Before her mother lost her battle with cancer, she made her last wish clear: that Lina travel to Tuscany to finally meet the father figure she nev...

Simon Says [Café Libro]

Simon Says [Café Libro]

Carson TerBush

February 23, 2018


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Simon Spier is many things: drama kid, Oreo-lover, friend, son of a child psychologist. But he is also gay, and he doesn’t know how to integrate the current Simon everyone knows him as with the one he’s kept secret. He confines his feelings about his sexuality to emails with Blue, an anonymous st...

The Monsters in Your Head [Café Libro]

The Monsters in Your Head [Café Libro]

Carson TerBush

February 20, 2018


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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia tells the story of Eliza Mirk, a high school senior who struggles to relate with her life offline. Online, however, she is LadyConstellation, creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea, and she can do anything. Though her comic has amassed millions of followers, Eliza remains anonymous in her real life, avoiding contact with anyone except her online friends and spending most of her time on her computer, working on weekly installments of Monstrous Sea. However, when Wallace Warland moves to her school and Eliza beg...

Memories and Monsters [Café Libro]

Memories and Monsters [Café Libro]

Emily Dexter

January 31, 2018


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In a sense, every book begins in the same way, with the reader knowing nothing at first and then gleaning information as the story progresses. In Jennifer Armentrout’s novel Don’t Look Back, the protagonist, for once, starts out in the same position as the reader. Suffering from amnesia after a mysterious accident, Samantha struggles to understand the person s...

Everything, Everything [Café Libro]

Everything, Everything [Café Libro]

Carson TerBush

January 25, 2018


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I have to admit, I definitely judged Everything, Everything by its cover: the colorful explosion of art that composes the title left me optimistic about the book’s contents. And I wasn’t wrong. (P.S. I’m not going to say I told you so, but I told you so, judging books by their covers often works!) Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything (also a movie as of May 2017) follows Maddy, an 18-year-old with an immune disease that prevents her from ever leaving her house. Having never been able to go to school or interact with people other than her mother and nurse, Carla, Maddy’s main companions consist of the characters from her many boo...

Coffin varnish… and actual coffins [Café Libro]

Coffin varnish… and actual coffins [Café Libro]

Emily Dexter

January 17, 2018


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In Libba Bray’s novel The Diviners, protagonist Evie O’Neill travels from Ohio to the bustling atmosphere of New York City in the 1920s. Evie movies in with her uncle Will, the owner of the failing Museum of American Folklore, Superstition and the Occult, with high hopes of living it up amid the exc...

Winter Reads [Café Libro]

Winter Reads [Café Libro]

Emily Dexter and Carson TerBush

December 24, 2017


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Click to view an interactive graphic with Carson and Emily's book recommendations for some good reads over winter break. Hover your cursor on each book to learn about Carson and Emily's ratings as well as a brief introduction to the plot. Happy reading! On this blog, Emily Dexter and Carson TerBush will put their book recommendations to the test. Each week, one will challenge the other to read a...

Waterfall-ing into a Good Book [Café Libro]

Waterfall-ing into a Good Book [Café Libro]

Carson TerBush

December 14, 2017


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Picture this: Your Mom is an archaeologist. You’ve been moving around Europe for years, following her search for valuable Etruscan artifacts. Maybe this was exciting for a while, but it’s getting a bit old, and you decide to take a risk: entering the cave your Mom is excavating to take a look aroun...

Blood Red Read [Café Libro]

Blood Red Read [Café Libro]

Emily Dexter

December 9, 2017


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Saba lives in a dead land by a dried-up lake. Then strangers come fer her brother Lugh. Her pa gits shot, and they take Lugh away, leavin Saba with her sister Emmi. Alone. Afeared. She sets out after him, down a long an dusty track an on her first true adventure. Travels through a desert and to a spraw...

Music to My Ears [Café Libro]

Music to My Ears [Café Libro]

Carson TerBush

November 28, 2017


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As a violinist, it always interests me to hear about the lives of young musical prodigies. Having had experience playing music and understanding how much effort it takes to master an instrument, those who accomplish this at such a young age impress and fascinate me. In The Lucy Variations by Sara Z...

One for the Artists [Café Libro]

One for the Artists [Café Libro]

Emily Dexter

November 14, 2017


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Let me be clear; Jandy Nelson’s award-winning novel I’ll Give You the Sun is a work of art. The book is split between two timelines: the first narrated by 13-year-old Noah, and the second by his twin sister Jude, three years later. In the space between those two narratives, Noah goes from being ...

A Victorian Vacation [Café Libro]

A Victorian Vacation [Café Libro]

Carson TerBush

November 9, 2017


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Last time, Emily Dexter challenged me to read A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor. This novel followed the stories of two pairs of sisters, one from the past and one from the present, in Victorian London. When Tilly Harper moves to London to assume her new position as housemother in the Violet House, a sanctuary where disabled orphans make a living by m...