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Private Lessons | Cynthia Salaysay

Jan. 5, 2021

— Thank you to Cynthia Salaysay and NetGalley for providing me a copy to review! —

TW: Sexual assault, rape

In order to stand out on college applications, you have to set yourself apart from the rest, and trust me, I can totally relate. Cynthia Salaysay paints the unwinding story of Claire Alalay in her novel, Private Lessons. Claire decides she wants to take things to the next level and she looks into ...

Rent a Boyfriend | Gloria Chao

Nov. 12, 2020

What would you do if you met your supposed boyfriend the same moment your parents do?

That's the situation Chloe Wang is in when she meets Drew Chan for the first time. Gloria Chao brings the concept of renting a boyfriend, a practice common amongst Asian countries, over to the US in her novel, Rent a Boyfriend. While Drew is under the guise of Andrew at the Wangs' residence over Thanksgiving, Chloe or Jing-Jing, ...

Rent a Boyfriend Author Gloria Chao Blog Interview

Nov. 12, 2020

I have had the privilege of interviewing Gloria Chao, the author of the now-published book Rent a Boyfriend! We discussed her current book, her upcoming plans, and whether or not she'd like to see Rent a Boyfriend on the big screen. Thank you to Hear Our Voices for providing me this opportunity to interview Ms. Chao! Onto the interview!

Lara Pena: How is Rent a Boyfriend different from your other books? What were your ...

You Say It First | Katie Cotugno

Oct. 9, 2020

Long distance has never looked so...realistic.

When Meg from the suburbs of Philadelphia rings up Colby, a boy from small-town Ohio, she was actually looking to speak to his dad to see if he needed help with his voting registration through the nonprofit she works at. One problem, his dad has been dead for a while now.

Of course, Meg apologizes, even if she needed to memorize the number from the system ...

Finding Balance | Kati Gardner

Sept. 2, 2020

—Thank you to Flux Books and Kati Gardner for the ARC!—

“You said something one time: that you were in control of your story. It stuck. This way, I’m in control of mine.”

If there’s one thing this story is about, it’s about adapting and being able to be in control of how life treats you. Neither Mari Manos or Jase Ellison have had easy lives by any definition. Throughout the book, we ...