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Mental Health Awareness Month: A Book List

Mental Health Awareness Month: A Book List

Emily Dexter

May 8, 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. To celebrate, here is a list of Young Adult books that touch on the themes of mental health and mental illness. ...

A Vacation In Your Brain [Café Libro]

A Vacation In Your Brain [Café Libro]

Carson TerBush and Emily Dexter

March 29, 2018

Stuck on a staycation? Escape Carmel with some exotic reads! Click to view an interactive graphic with Carson and Emily’s book recommendations for some good books to read over spring break.

Love, gelato and even more [Café Libro]

Love, gelato and even more [Café Libro]

Emily Dexter

March 3, 2018

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...

Memories and Monsters [Café Libro]

Memories and Monsters [Café Libro]

Emily Dexter

January 31, 2018

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

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...

Winter Reads [Café Libro]

Winter Reads [Café Libro]

Emily Dexter and Carson TerBush

December 24, 2017

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...

Music to My Ears [Café Libro]

Music to My Ears [Café Libro]

Carson TerBush

November 28, 2017

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

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

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...

A Welcome Turnaround [Café Libro]

A Welcome Turnaround [Café Libro]

Emily Dexter

October 26, 2017

Pivot Point by Kasie West starts out as your classic YA novel. Addie, a junior in high school, lives in a secret compound where everyone has mind powers—telekinesis, lie detection, controlling others’ moods, erasing parts of others’ memories, et cetera.

“There You’ll Find” an Encouraging Read [Café Libro]

“There You’ll Find” an Encouraging Read [Café Libro]

Carson TerBush

October 17, 2017

Last week, my co-blogger Emily Dexter challenged me to read There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones, a realistic novel which follows main character Finley Sinclair on a journey to Ireland. Finley, still struggling with the death of her older brother, hopes following in his footsteps by taking a trip...

The First Challenge [Café Libro]

The First Challenge [Café Libro]

Carson TerBush, Cover Story Editor

October 7, 2017

There are many ways to judge a book. Over my many years as a reader, I have judged books by their summaries, authors, and yes, (sometimes especially) by their covers. My system, however biased, has worked for me, though, and ever since I was little, my friends have asked me for book recommendations when...