5 Hidden Gems

I’ll admit it. I love a book that’s surrounded in hype. I enjoy seeing what other people say and then adding my own thoughts. Sometimes, though, I like to find myself off the beaten path of reading and explore what else is out there. These are 5 books that I wandered up and that turned out to be worth it.

Jack & Louisa: Act 1 

I came across this book because of Instagram. I follow a lot of Broadway stars and show pages and someone mentioned this book series. Come to find out, it’s written by people with actual Broadway experiences and it follows 2 middle school students as they navigate their love of musical theatre. They audition for shows, go to musical theatre camp, talk and sing about shows, and more. It’s a really fun read and is great for both MTN (musical theatre nerds) and parents alike.


I came across this book in our school library and just gravitated towards it. This is a graphic novel, but it’s unlike any other I’ve seen. The art style and the color palette is really unique and cool to read. Each panel is interesting and has something going on. There are a lot of moving parts to this story about a young girl (pretending to be a boy, so “he” can deliver newspapers) named Blue who makes new friends and gets in trouble. The ending is really moving; we see the power of friendship and sticking up for others. It was way better than I was expecting!

It Started With Goodbye

I mentioned this book in my recent post about Cinderella retellings, but I think it’s worth bringing up again. This Cinderella adaption focuses on family and friendship moreso than lovey dovey stuff. I haven’t heard much about this story on the book blogosphere, but I’d recommend it. This book is full of very real characters and I enjoyed it!

The Loose Ends List

When I saw this book at my local bookstore last year, I was in a major reading slump. Nothing sounded good, nothing motivated me…it was just a bleh time. This book’s cover is what drew me in. I mean…right?! So attractive. I read the inside cover, then the first 2 pages and headed for the checkout line. I read it as soon as I got home, then started lending it out to my reader friends, bragging about how great it was. I haven’t heard much about this book on the book blogosphere, so I wanted to share it with you all…again!

Listen, Slowly

Not only did I really enjoy this story, I love the audiobook. Anytime I read a book where there are bits of another language within it, I struggle with how to pronounce words in my head. I value authenticity, so that’s where I tend to lean on audiobooks. This story is so fun and full of grit, definitely worth a read.

What hidden gems have you come across? Let me now in the comments below!

Happy reading! – Caitlyn


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