*First Line Friday 1/10/20* We Used To Be Friends- Amy Spalding

43908961. sy475 Two best friends grow up—and grow apart—in this innovative contemporary YA novel 

Told in dual timelines—half of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backward—We Used to Be Friends explores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties. At the start of their senior year in high school, James (a girl with a boy’s name) and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, they’re no longer friends. James prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the dissolution of her friendship with Kat while, in alternating chapters, Kat thinks about being newly in love with her first girlfriend and having a future that feels wide open. Over the course of senior year, Kat wants nothing more than James to continue to be her steady rock, as James worries that everything she believes about love and her future is a lie when her high-school sweetheart parents announce they’re getting a divorce. Funny, honest, and full of heart, We Used to Be Friends tells of the pains of growing up and growing apart.

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“By the time you realize that you’re thirsty, it’s too late. You’re already dehydrated. Therefore, it stands to reason that if you feel the end coming, you’re already there.”

Top Ten Tuesday 8/13/19

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks topic is: Book Characters I’d Love to Be Besties With

  1. King Cardan- The Wicked King by Holly Black
  2. Cassidy Blake- City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
  3. Julian Santos- Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  4. Nomi Tessaro- Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
  5. Serge A. Storms- Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey
  6. Brooklyn Stevens- The Merciless by Danielle Vega
  7. Charlotte Davis- Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
  8. Evelyn Gray- Where Did You Sleep Last Night by Lynn Crosbie
  9. Elijah Roe- How to Hang a Witch- Adriana Mather
  10. Tyler Durden- Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Click on the title of each book to check out the synopsis on Goodreads.

Which characters made your list?

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The Infinity Year Of Avalon James- Dana Middleton

“We were eleven. We were all out of magic powers but we would be best friends forever and that was good enough for me.”

Never thought in a million years that a middle-grade book would have me feeling so many warm, fuzzy happy thoughts. What is happening to me? Is my black heart growing redder and three times its normal size like the Grinch? 

Pfft! Probably not. 

Avalon and Atticus have been friends for a very long time. They have done everything together. Being ten is a huge deal. That’s when they will receive their infinity powers. Either for the entire year or once when it will come in hand the most. They are patiently waiting and praying it happens soon…

At the beginning of school they believe that things will be the same. That is when they find out they will be seperated into different classes.

And oh no! Avalon is stuck with the three meanest bullies. 

Avalon can’t help herself and get those bullies back bigger and better. Which only makes her life worse. She seems to be the butt of all their jokes. 

Atticus tries to get her to cool it and no girl ever knows what that means. 

Being seperated, they start making different friends and Avalon tells her new friend a huge secret about Atticus that blows around the entire school.

Secrets can make or break friendships. And this seems to do the latter.

Will Infinity powers help repair a friendship? Can Atticus ever forgive his best friend? 

I tore through this book in a few hours. It caught my attention from the get go and I couldn’t put it down. 

The story of two bestfriends will always uplift your mood, no matter how old you get. 

Now go forth and fetch me my milk!!

4/5