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An Update and Some News…

thinkingHello lovely readers of The Book Scoop,

Things around here haven’t been as hoppin’ as it has been in the past and there are a couple of reasons for that.

Book Binge (my other book blog) is moving from Blogger to WordPress in the next few weeks and with all of that going on, it’s given me a lot of time to think about what I’m going to do with this place.

Do I want to keep maintaining two different book blogs?

The answer to that is….no.

I’m starting to get tired of maintaining both blogs so I’ve decided to shut The Book Scoop down.  I’ll still be blogging about my thoughts on the books that I’m reading but I’m going to be doing that on Book Binge.

I started this blog to have a place to talk about the YA books that I’m reading.  Book Binge isn’t a YA blog but it’s still a book blog and I can talk about YA books over there.  We didn’t want Book Binge to be a Young Adult book blog back when I started The Book Scoop but those feelings have gone out the window since we know what we are and what we want to accomplish there and me posting my YA reviews won’t change that.

Holly and I are pretty stoked about the move to WordPress because on top of the move, we got a new template and we’re really liking the way that it’s coming together.  We couldn’t wait to share all of that with our readers so I’m hoping that you guys will follow me over to Book Binge and continue to read my thoughts on the books that I’ll be reading.

I think I’ve completed reviewing obligations for books on The Book Scoop so from here on out, my reviews will be posted over at Book Binge.  You’ll be able to find all of my reviews for this blog over at Book Binge as well so my reviews will still be around.


Review: Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis.

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Main Character: Justin and Ysabel
Series: None
Author: Facebook|Twitter|Goodreads

Teenage twins Ysabel and Justin Nicholas are lucky. Ysabel’s jewelry designs have already caught the eyes of the art world and Justin’s intelligence and drive are sure to gain him entrance into the most prestigious of colleges. They even like their parents. But their father has a secret—one that threatens to destroy the twins’ happy family and life as they know it.

Over the course of spring break, Ysabel and Justin will be forced to come to terms with their dad’s new life, but can they overcome their fears to piece together their happy family again?

I requested this book for review so long ago that by the time I picked it to read, I had forgotten what it was about. I’m so glad that I read this book. It was an eye opening story about a pair of twins who’s lives are turned inside out after their father comes out about being a cross dresser. Their father, Christopher Nicholas likes to dress up as a woman and when he’s dressed up as a woman prefers to be called Christine. Reading about Ysabel and Justin coming to terms with what this means for their family, their confusion over what happens from here on out felt totally real and I couldn’t put this book down.

I thought Davis did a fabulous job of telling this story. We get the story from both Ys and Justin’s POV and I thought it was great to get both of their takes on what’s going on since all of this affected the both of them. They’re both dealing with this differently so it was good to get in the both of their heads.

Both Justin and Ysabel are mad, embarrassed and confused as to where to go from here. They know the truth about their father and they’re forced to deal with it over Spring Break. They’re mad because they’re not ready to talk about it. They’re not ready to deal with it and I thought Davis did a great job of making the reader see that, understand that and my heart broke a bit while I was reading this book because it’s a tough situation to be in and I couldn’t imagine having to deal with learning something like that with my own parents.

The confusion going on between Justin and Ys was interesting because even though their Dad was still their Dad, they didn’t know if he was gay or if they had a Dad anymore since their Dad wanted to be a woman. My eyes ate up every word in this book because I’ve never been through this and it isn’t an easy thing for a teenager to deal with so I’m glad that this book was written, I’m glad that this book was published and I’m glad that even though I don’t know anyone who’s been through this or been through it myself, that I got a little peek into character’s who have gone through this because as they were being educated about all of this, I was too.

My heart went out to both Justin and Ysabel. They were characters that were real with real problems and dealt with their issues regarding their Dad and his new lifestyle realistically and I appreciated this book more than I thought I would since this isn’t usually the kind of book that I’m interested in reading.

It’s a good book and a great story. I’m glad that I requested this book for review.

..and that’s your scoop!