Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: A Few Books that I Read Recently that were Amazing!


Sofia is a 12-year-old brilliant reader who aspires to be a book reviewer. Since she was 8 years old, on select Saturdays, Sofia shares her favorite books with other kids! She is one of the most well-read middle schoolers that we know, so she is highly qualified for this role!

Dear readers,

Hi, my name is Sofia and today I am bringing to you a list of a couple of books that I have read recently that were amazing! The reason why I am not doing individual book reviews for all of these is because I have read a lot of good books recently and just wanted to cover all of them in one review. Also, fun fact, all of the books on this list other than Thieves Gambit are told from two different perspectives! These are all young adult books!

Thieves Gambit by Kayvion Lewis

This is a spectacular book about 17 year old Ross Quest who is a thief. She lives in the Bahamas with her family that is the biggest thieving bloodline in North America. She eventually makes a plan to run away because she is unhappy but when that falls through, she finds herself entering the Thieves Gambit, a big competition with a couple other young thieves like herself including her arch-enemy. I highly enjoyed this book full of twists and turns, with nobody she feels she can trust, and a little bit of romance. I liked this book because of the thriller aspect of it and I just felt like the story flowed nicely. One of my book loving friends even saw me reading this and commented on how good it was! I loved this and definitely can’t wait for the second book, coming out in November of 2024. 

Happily Ever Island by Crystal Cestari

Oh, my gosh! I just finished reading this book and let me tell you, it was enchanting (while still being realistic fiction)! Happily Ever Island is one of those feel good books which just makes you feel so happy while reading it. It has lovable and relatable characters and the storyline is oh so fun!  This book is about Madison and Lanie, two friends with completely different personalities. It alternates perspectives by the way which I find pretty fun! Madison is the playful extrovert and Lanie is the academic introvert. Unlikely friends, am I right! Anyway, Madison is a hardcore Disney adult/teen and when the opportunity arises to visit Disney’s newest attraction (Happily Ever Island), she jumps at the chance to enter the lottery (to win the tickets) with her current girlfriend. But, soon afterwards, her girlfriend dumps her and right afterwards she gets the call, she is going to Happily Ever Island! She chooses Lanie to go with her, who has not seen very many Disney movies but is her best friend. They are both excited for the trip of a lifetime and will share many things along the way. 

The Statistical Probability of Falling in Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Holy guacamole, this is a heart twisting story! The Statistical Probability of Falling in Love at First Sight first caught my attention because I was looking for a relatively quick read and the title is really intriguing! There is also a Netflix movie (called Love at First Sight) interpretation which I have definitely added to my “To Watch” list! Anyway, this remarkable tale starts at JFK airport, with 17 year old Hadley having missed the flight that she didn’t really want to go on anyway. Why, you might ask and that is because she is flying to her dad’s wedding to a lady she hasn’t even met! So she rebooks her flight, unwillingly, and waits for the next plane, leaving in a couple of hours. While in the squished waiting area, she meets a boy named Oliver who happens to be in her row on the plane! They talk in the waiting area and on the plane and promise to see each other after going through immigrations but they lose track of each other. Hadley is distraught and spends the next day finding him and loses hope but when they meet again, she will realize her life isn’t that bad. 

My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth

Wow, was this interesting! I first picked this book up from my local library’s bookshelf because of the cover, the colors are so cute! Then, when I learned one of the main characters was a young woman in STEM, I knew I had to read it! This is also a double perspective book so that was pretty cool, to see what was going on in both of their lives. Bel is a girl who doesn’t like thinking about her future. Teo seemingly has it all planned out. He is an overachiever, taking all AP classes while Bel is just “normal” until a teacher sees her creativity in engineering and VERY strongly encourages her to join the robotics club. This is where she meets Teo and they start off well with her making the team but they soon start to butt heads. With them staying after school together and building a robot, they realize they are not as incompatible as they thought. 

This Day Changes Everything by Edward Underhill

I’m speechless, the way that Edward Underhill wrote this book will never cease to amaze me! This Day Changes Everything is a rom-com about two young people who are finding their queer place in this world. They are both part of different marching bands that are going to compete at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade that come from like the middle of nowhere. A little bit of backstory for each of them: Amy is a gay girl who is in love with her best friend Kat. Kat doesn’t know yet but Amy is planning to tell her in New York, where their favorite book is set. Leo is a transgender boy who has already come out to his parents and sister but they won’t let him come out to their extended family. Back to the plot, Leo and Amy both miss their train to the tour they are on for their marching band and decide to spend the day together, finding souvenirs to help Amy confess her love to Kat but along the way Amy realizes that she is slowly falling in love with the random boy she just met. 

**Thanks so much, Sofia! We loved these books, too!**

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