Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert

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Braden is the star on his baseball team, his dad is a famous radio DJ, and he seems to have everything going for him. That changes when Braden and his dad are in a car accident that leads to the death of a police officer. Now, Braden’s dad is on trial for murder, and Braden will have to testify in the case. Braden’s older brother, Trey, comes home after being gone for ten years, but their reunion is awkward and Trey wants nothing to do with the trial. Somehow, Braden must find a way to get his life back and decide what to say at the trial. Will he be brave enough to tell the truth?

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, but it was really good! I’m not a baseball person, but the sports terminology wasn’t hard to follow. The family drama was engaging and meaningful, and I liked how the author drew out the suspense surrounding the trial. I was never sure what happened until the very end. This author is also an incredible writer, so I can’t wait to see what she puts out next. If you like books with feels, this is a solid pick.

Rating: 4/5 

 

 

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Swim the Fly by Don Calame

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Matt and his friends set a goal each summer. This summer, the goal is to see a naked girl in real life — no pictures, no internet. Aside from his misadventures encountered while searching for an elusive naked girl, Matt is also struggling to impress his swim-team crush, Kelly. In an attempt to get the girl, Matt volunteers to swim the fly at his team’s meet. The only problem is that the fly is the hardest swimming stroke, and Matt has never competed in the event before. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Matt’s summer is filled with hilarity, near-misses, and some serious consequences.

If you’re looking for a hilarious read, this is it. The plot is a bit (ok, a lot) predictable, but the characters are incredibly funny. I laughed out loud more than once when reading the book (and I don’t do that often). Pick this up if you’re in the mood for a light, not challenging read that will keep you entertained.

Rating: 4/5 

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