Once Upon a Book Club (Young Adult) – April 2017


As a team member for Once Upon a Book Club, I was always eager to receive the boxes and see what Michelle had selected; the kinds of stories she felt her readers needed to hear, the items that felt as though she’d pulled them straight from the pages of the books, all the little pieces of herself she stuck between the pages as she sent these titles to strangers to enjoy.

With the announcement of the Once Upon a Young Adult Book Club, my turn to create a box had arrived, and with it a sea of challenges and opportunities to learn and grow.  Pictured above is the wrapped contents of the April YA box, my very first one.  I’m so excited to share the contents with all of you as well as a special coupon code at the end of this post!

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The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe (Review)

The Gilded Years

5 / 5 Stars

Goodreads Description
Since childhood, Anita Hemmings has longed to attend the country’s most exclusive school for women, Vassar College. Now, a bright, beautiful senior in the class of 1897, she is hiding a secret that would have banned her from admission: Anita is the only African-American student ever to attend Vassar. With her olive complexion and dark hair, this daughter of a janitor and descendant of slaves has successfully passed as white, but now finds herself rooming with Louise “Lottie” Taylor, the scion of one of New York’s most prominent families.

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