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Popular CoHo Titles Recommended

Alexis Kokosa ’26
EE Staff Writer


Written from the point of view of Lily Bloom, a 23 year old, who moved to Boston after the death of her father, It Ends With Us, is a highly sought-after title from best-selling author Colleen Hoover who has a number of books that appeal to a crossover young adult audience.

All was well with Lily until she met the neurosurgeon, Ryle Kincaid, who she eventually falls in love with. Their relationship gets difficult over time when Bloom crosses paths with her first love, Atlas Corrigan.

The way Colleen Hoover addresses each character makes you love them just that much more. I wasn’t sure what to expect as an outcome of this book, but lets just say it was rather shocking. It is a story about domestic abuse and violence with a heartbreaking yet needed ending.

I still am unable to wrap my head around how while It Ends With Us is not considered a romance story–it is 100% a love story first and foremost. It puts you in a spot that forces you to choose yourself over someone you strongly love. Lily Bloom needed to put an end to the continuous violence she was experiencing to help herself in the long-run. I would give this read a 5/5 due to how it pulled at my heart and by how much enjoyment I received from this novel.

Thorne’s Hating Game Not Loved…or Hated

Alexis Kokosa ’26
EE Staff Writer

The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally Thorne

Lucy Hutton works in an office with her so-called ‘enemy’ Joshua Templeman. Everything that transpires there becomes an excuse to show him just how much she hates him–but she isn’t doing too well with that. Lucy doesn’t exactly understand why Joshua hates her so much, but she happily returns the favor. But when an opportunity to gain a promotion comes onto the table, their relationship completely changes. Lucy eventually realizes that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua after all, and Joshua doesn’t hate her. Or is that just another one of their games? 

The book’s best character is Helene Pascal, Lucy’s boss. Although her role is small, she’s a funny character who is genuinely likeable from the start all the way through to the finish. The scenes come to life throughout this book, and, overall, it was a pretty good read. One particularly great quote from the text is: “I was always covering for you”. It gave the book just a touch of romance that made it just that much better

Thorne’s writing is not exceptional. The reader can often predict what’s coming, and it got pretty repetitive. Also, the nickname that Joshua gave Lucy made me visibly cringe every time I read it on the paper. Lastly, the amount of times Lucy explained how short she was in different ways just within the first 18 pages was absurd.

Overall, this book would be good for someone who wants a quick read, or is interested in an enemies-to-lovers trope. It would also be good for somebody who is just getting into this style of writing. As someone who has been reading these types of books for quite a while, it definitely wasn’t my favorite, but it was okay. 

Allen’s Other Birds Delights

Caleb Carley ’24
EE Staff Writer

Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen

Image of book coverWhat does it mean when a story’s setting acts as an additional character? It must be more than just a well-defined place where players act out their roles. Instead, it must feel like an extra layer where secrets might be kept—and possibly revealed. An apartment building on Mallow Island, South Carolina, beautifully illustrates this principle in Sarah Addison Allen’s sixth novel, Other Birds.

Zoey never felt at home with her father and stepmother in Tulsa, Oklahoma, so after turning 18, she moved to the island to live in the apartment left by her late mother. Zoey finds herself at the Dellawisp, a quirky old building that hosts a flock of nosy, noisy birds for which it is named. So, too, it has become a home for several exciting people. From Zoey’s artist neighbor, Charlotte, to the property manager, Frasier, each tenant of the Dellawisp is haunted by ghosts—of who they were, whom they love, and pasts they either don’t understand or want to flee from. In time, each resident seeks to be understood, build connections with one another, and understand how their lives are intertwined.

Magical elements are hewn into the marrow of Other Birds. Ghosts and birds—imagined or real, but all mysterious—guide the meandering cast, allowing opportunities for joyful circumstances. The fictional dellawisps—curious, loud, and loitering—shape the setting and how the characters interact within it. Zoey even has a bird named Pigeon that only she can see. Pigeon prods and cajoles Zoey, helping her grow.

If you’re looking for a bit of mystery, whimsical characters, and a keen sense of place, Other Birds offers all these delights and more. Allen immerses readers in this island world and the process of self-discovery, the experiences of being haunted, and the gift of surrendering to what we can and cannot control.

Raving For Radio Silence

Rebecca Horton ’21
EE Contributor

What if everything you’re supposed to be isn’t what you want to be? This is the question Radio Silence by Alice Oseman aims to answer. With the release of her third book, I Was Born for This, on the horizon (set to be released in May of 2018) all are scrambling to reread this testament to Osemans writing ability.

Oseman released her first book in July of 2014, when she was only nineteen years old. Since then, she has released Radio Silence, her most critically acclaimed book to date. The book follows the life of teenager Frances Janvier as she struggles to balance her promising academic career with her “social” life. Frances, who has always been a top student and is basically guaranteed a spot in the most prestigious universities, has her world turned upside-down when she befriends the unusual Aled Last, who also happens to be the mastermind behind her favorite podcast, Universe City.

Radio Silence contains everything that makes a YA novel great. It has relatability, love, diversity, and emotion- and not to mention puns, lots of puns. The characters carry a certain depth that makes you care about their struggles. And unlike most contemporary YA books, it has an incredible plot. It’s not just about high school drama and romance. It contains thought-provoking plot-points about creating art, being a fangirl, and being yourself- even if you have to discover who “yourself” is first.

Not a single person who reads this book will be disappointed, Goodreads critics agree. “This book was like, the spiritual equivalent of eating a perfectly toasted bagel… [It] was a show of unity to the millennial experience,” said user softlykaz.

Everything About the Book I’ll Tell You

everything i've never told youLia Horyczun ’16
EE Managing Editor

Everything I Never Told You
By Celeste Ng
Rating: 9 out of 10 stars

Can you imagine the calm before the storm?
The stable feelings before it comes crashing?
The clarity in life before it all changes?

Lydia Lee’s family can. Marilyn and James Lee’s perfect child is dead. And they do not know it yet. As a family, you think you know everyone better than anyone else ever could. You think you know the dreams and desires. Wrong. Very much wrong in the case of the Lees. The timeline skips from the past to the present revealing small subtle histories of each family member. The Lees gradually realize they do not know anything about each other. Set in the 70s, a Chinese-American family battle their secrets unraveling as the investigation of Lydia’s death progresses. Lydia is not who the Lees thought she was, happy, popular, and succeeding in life.

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Since You've Been GoneSarah Dawson ’19
EE Staff Writer

Looking for a fun, entertaining book as a segue into spring and summer? Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson tells the story of the incredible journey of a girl named Emily, on a mission to piece together her life.

Her best friend left without a trace – except for a single note, a list actually, with thirteen items. Emily is determined to find her best friend, yet she has no one to help her. With her parents too preoccupied and no friends left, Emily is determined to crack the mystery surrounding the cryptic letter.

Along the way she meets new friends and has the summer of a lifetime. Yet, this is no stereotypical happily ever after kind of book. The ending is bittersweet, but it in no way measures up to the rest of the book. If you like authors like Sarah Dessen, then this book is for you.

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss

annaLia Horyczun ‘16
EE Managing Editor

Rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars

Paris is always a good idea…right? Not for Anna Oliphant who is currently entering her senior year with everything finally landing in place only to be ripped from her when her father sends her to boarding school. How can Anna leave her boyfriend-to-be, her best friend Bridgette, and her brother behind in America? How does Anna cope with the adjustment to Paris when she does not want to be there?

Beyond the Turtleneck Sweater

Matt Kapell ‘15
EE Contributor

Since the 1970s, one lone company has been setting standards in the personal technology age by defying the impossible and revolutionizing the world with its stunning innovations. Apple, now regarded as one of the most valuable companies in the world, is responsible for the numerous products such as iphones and ipads which now consume the lives of millions worldwide. The real question however, is how did this tech-giant come up from nothing, and shock the world in surpassing market bullies: IBM, Microsoft, and HP. The answer to all this is one man, Steve Jobs, the genius who nurtured the company from his Cupertino garage into the global giant it is today.

Strong Praise for Room

Jacob Robbins ‘15
EE Contributor

How would it feel to live in a eleven-by-eleven square foot space your whole life and never know what lies on the outside? This question is answered in the heartbreaking, yet inspirational novel, Room. The novel, by Emma Donoghue, tells a terrifying story of a five-year-old boy and his mother who have been imprisoned in a garden shed. Hard to categorize under a certain genre, Room is a young-adult fiction novel, topping charts immediately with its release in 2010. Room is a winner of the 2010 New York Times bestseller for a fiction novel. Additionally, it was nominated for the Man Brooker Prize in 2010.

Boys of Summer Head to Cape Cod

Eddie McElroy ‘15
EE Contributor

The Last Best League, by Jim Collins, provides a detailed look into the Cape Cod baseball league: one of the best amateur baseball leagues in the country. For the course of one summer author Jim Collins follows players and coaches from one team, the Chatham A’s, as they compete against other top talent. Collins also spent a summer as a part of the Chatham A’s team before an injury ended his career, so there is no one better to write about the highs and lows the players experience during the long summer on the Cape. The book is a great read for any baseball fan or young player with dreams of playing professionally. It is also recommended for Trumbull athletes as one of the star players on the team was from Trumbull.

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