Somehow, I felt like I read a lot this month but actually only finished three books! How in the world did that happen? Luckily, two of those books happened to be some of my very favorites of the year.
1. The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo
I breezed through this book in just a few hours which means that it's clearly quite gripping. The story follows a middle school girl who witnesses a kidnapping during a deli robbery and the aftermath of the event, namely the strange feelings of jealousy that the kidnapper picked the other girl to take instead of her. I liked that the main character had complex feelings not often covered in novels, but the book ultimately fell flat for me personally.
2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This was one of those books that I thought about during the day because I couldn't wait to get home and read it at night. You've probably heard the hype surrounding this novel, as it follows a teenage girl who is in the car when her friend is killed by a police officer. It's really an incredible book, so well-written and especially timely. This one is highly recommended and will likely be one of my very favorite books of the year.
3. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco
I absolutely adored this book. Alyssa Mastromonaco tells the story of her career as the deputy chief of staff during the Obama administration and does it with such a funny tone that I think of her as the Tina Fey of politics. Not only does she have a lot of great stories, but she gives some great career advice especially for those who, like me, work primarily in planning and logistics. Even if you don't, this book is awesome.