What We Left Behind book review!!

What We Left Behind by Robin Talley Book Review!!


From the critically acclaimed author of Lies We Tell Ourselves comes an emotional, empowering story of what happens when love isn’t enough to conquer all.

Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They’ve been together forever. They never fight. They’re deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college—Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU—they’re sure they’ll be fine. Where other long-distance relationships have fallen apart, their relationship will surely thrive.

The reality of being apart, however, is a lot different than they expected. As Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, falls in with a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship.

While Toni worries that Gretchen, who is not trans, just won’t understand what is going on, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in Toni’s life. As distance and Toni’s shifting gender identity begins to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide—have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?


This book was very unique and included a very different plot and relationship that hasn’t been seen before in a book. I feel that this book is a really important one for everyone to read as it raises the awareness of the LGBT community and especially since the laws in America have just been allowed (Australia soon to follow hopefully).

This book was a very deep and meaningful read, one that is unlike anything that I’ve ever read before. I loved its unique touch and especially love Robin’s courage to write a book with such a contra versional topic of the LGBT community.

This book is a must read for everyone I think, this book has changed a lot of my feelings towards the LGBT community and I think that in this day and age, that this is a very important read for everyone.

STAR RATING: 4 out of 5 stars

Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer review!!

Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan review!


Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .


Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer, was an exhilarating, humous and entertaining read. Rick Riodan never fails to create his funny lines with his also very serious story lines.

The main character Magnus was well portrayed, Rick’s writing of character standards was not let down and I was very much pleased with all the characters in this book.

Rick didn’t fail to please me with his writing. As I expected and went in with very high expectations of Rick’s previous books, I was not disappointed!!

Overall this book was very fast paced, funny and entertaining. It made you cry and laugh all in the one book and really made you appreciate the King of mythology Rick Riordan even more. Don’t even get me started on Rick’s chapter names because they were just so Rick like and just plain awesome. I would totally recommend this book to anyone and everyone! especially those that loved Rick’s other books and mythology!

Star Rating: 6/5 stars for sure!!!