Foreword Reviews

Aimee Jodoin, Book Reviewer

A former editor at Foreword Reviews, Aimee Jodoin now lives the library life in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She prefers to be surrounded by books of the contemporary literary and science fiction variety; her favorite authors are Haruki Murakami, Zadie Smith, Karen Russell, and Kazuo Ishiguro, though progressive debut novels are what truly give her joy. Her interests both in and out of books include feminism, healthy living, environmental sustainability, and cats. She is currently—perpetually—writing a novel, of course.

Book Review

Chateau Laux

by Aimee Jodoin

"Chateau Laux" is an engrossing novel set during colonial times. Based in truth, David Loux’s historical novel "Chateau Laux" is a bittersweet story of tragedy, found family, and reconciliation in colonial America. In 1710 in... Read More

Book Review

Summer Brother

by Aimee Jodoin

A boy becomes an unwitting caregiver as he navigates puberty in Jaap Robben’s coming-of-age novel "Summer Brother". When Brian is thirteen, his disabled older brother, Lucien, comes to live with him and their uncaring, impoverished... Read More

Book Review

Love Is a Revolution

by Aimee Jodoin

Renée Watson’s "Love Is a Revolution" is a story of summer love, family bonds, Black girl empowerment, and loving who you are. Nala wants the summer before her senior year to be special. She wants to find a gorgeous new hairstyle. She... Read More

Book Review

American Dreaming

by Aimee Jodoin

Skewering capitalism ably, "American Dreaming" is a political satire that’s defined by euphemistic humor and a stream-of-consciousness style. In William Wall’s cerebral satirical novel "American Dreaming", a working-class hero is... Read More

Book Review

Toxic Fr.O.G.

by Aimee Jodoin

"Toxic Fr.O.G." is an inspiring coming-of-age novel whose heroine immerses herself in science, diverse cultures, and a deep friendship. In Richard Roach’s heartwarming coming-of-age novel "Toxic Fr.O.G.", a once awkward young woman... Read More

Book Review

My Storied Year

by Aimee Jodoin

A seventh grader grows from an angry, insecure boy with dyslexia into a confident, hopeful young man in Katie Proctor’s middle grade novel, "My Storied Year". Dragon Stewart hates school. He’s a year older than his seventh-grade... Read More

Book Review

As If Death Summoned

by Aimee Jodoin

Alan Rose’s literary novel "As If Death Summoned" is about grief and community in the time of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The book’s unnamed narrator has returned to the US from Australia, where he spent a decade with his partner, Gray,... Read More

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