Providence by Caroline Kepnes

Providence by Caroline Kepnes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This has been sitting on my to-read list for 3 years. Glad I didn’t read this in the depths of pandemic quarantine. The story is centered around isolation, identity, and pretending to adult but failing at all the parts that matter. Not quite balanced enough by the “just let weirdos be weirdos and stop bothering them” message. Didn’t hit me the way I expected because there are too many themes and ideas that don’t quite come together for high impact. That being said, it’s a solid book, especially if you like strange crime and detectives who are determined to the point of obsession.

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Mr. Impossible (Dreamer Trilogy, #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

Mister Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stiefvater delivers, as always. I love the ways these characters are growing, growing apart, changing, getting in their own ways, lying to themselves, trying on identities, and trying their best to look out for each other, as misguided as their efforts are. You can have more than one coming of age in your life, and I’m excited to see Stiefvater explore that idea through these characters and this story.

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