Hi! I'm Izzy, a junior at Falmouth High School. I've been working at Eight Cousins for a year, and have been a patron of the store for 17 years. I love all kinds of books, for all ages. I mainly read YA and adult realistic fiction, but there will be an occasional nonfiction or picture book mixed in on my stories. Books that I enjoy often deal with human rights and politics, but I also like a light, fluffy book now and then. This page is where I post all the books that I talk about on my instagram story. You can usually find them in the store or order them from us. Happy reading!
Currently Reading: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Summary: It's the 1700s. Monty, raised to be a "gentleman," struggles to manage his father's high expectations. In a last-ditch effort to turn him into a gentleman, his father sends Monty and his best friend, Percy, on a tour of Europe. Tagging along with them is his younger sister, Felicity, whose resourcefulness comes in handy when the trio run into alchemists, pirates, and corrupt Dukes. This YA fiction will sweep readers off their feet with its dangerous journeys and surprising, sweet romances.
Review: This book was given to me by Lizzy, another employee at Eight Cousins. It took me one night to read it--I started at 10 pm and ended at 4 am. Why would I do such a foolish thing on a school night? Because I couldn't put the book down! It was incredibly exciting, full of twists and turns. I came for the romance and stayed for the pirates! I refused to pick up another book for two weeks, because I didn't want this beautiful story to ever leave my head. I'd recommend this book for any young adult--or older adult--looking for a thrilling book which centers around an lgbt+ character but does not only focus on the romantic aspect. It was refreshing to find a novel that was so lgbt+ inclusive but also had other plot points.
Summary: The 2016 election has passed, and the Obama/Biden administration is out of office. Joe, our protagonist, is worried that his friendship with Obama is coming to an end. All of a sudden, one of Joe's friends, an Amtrak conductor, dies in a terrible accident. It is up to Obama and Biden to solve the mystery of his death.
Review: I first picked up this book because I was feeling nostalgic for the Obama/Biden era, and was looking for a light read. However, I was quickly drawn in by the mystery. At first glance, this novel appears to be silly, but it is actually very well-written. While it does contain humor, it is a great mystery that centers around the bromance of President Obama and his VP Biden. I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a fun, intriguing mystery. Also, the fun doesn't end after one book! The sequel, Hope Rides Again, came out in July 2019.
Summary: It's 1989. Reza has just moved countries for the second time; first from Iran to Canada, and now to New York city. As he starts his senior year of high school, Reza meets cruel bullies, but he also becomes friends with Judy and Art. Judy and Reza begin dating, but as Reza grows closer to Art, he finds himself falling for the boy. As the three navigate their senior year of high school, they face homophobia and complicated romance, while also living in the midst of the AIDs crisis.
Review: I do not believe that I can explain how monumental this book was to me. We do not often learn about this part of gay history, because it happened so recently and was so traumatic. It is time, however, to begin learning about the AIDs crisis. This book is so beautiful because, while it does focus on AIDs, it is also a story of love and friendship. I cried about 50% of the time I was reading this book, but not for sadness. I cried because I felt something that I find difficult to explain here. I could feel the importance of every word. I'll admit, I do not often read author's notes, but I loved this book so much that I wanted to soak up every bit of it that I could. In that author's note, I read something that was, to me, a revolutionary idea. Nazemian wrote, "we can repeat the best of history instead of the worst of it". Written by the right person and published at the perfect time, I found this book to be incredibly monumental and so important. Everyone should read this as soon as possible.
Summary: Living in a small town in Texas, 16-year-old Raya struggles with feelings for her best friend Sarah. The two girls fall in love, and when they are caught together, they are sent away to a conversion camp. Raya decides that she will rescue Sarah and the two of them will escape together, drawing inspiration from the myth of Orpheus.
Review: I thoroughly enjoyed Rebele-Henry's debut novel. While the book is short, it has themes which require deep thought, and therefore takes long enough to read that I felt satisfied when I had finished. The best part of reading this book was neither the sweet romance nor the clever twist on a myth; Rebele-Henry's writing is absolutely wonderful. She perfectly encapsulates the mind of a teenage girl while also weaving in important topics. I believe that this book should be read by anyone 16 or older, and that especially includes adults and parents of lgbt+ teens.