Cost: $9.99/mo + $5 shipping
Coupon: CRATEJOY for 10% off your first box
What to Expect: “A selection of handpicked books based on your preferences. Boxes are shipped on the 1st of each month.”
BookCase.Club stops taking orders each month on the 26th, they ship on the 1st of the month, and bill starting on the 10th.
While poking around the BookCase.Club website, the first thing that struck me as cool was the fact that they donate books to charity for every subscriber they get. I like partnerships like that where the companies give back.
We have partnered with Books for Keeps and every month BookCase.Club will donate one children’s book for every active subscription. So not only are you receiving your own great books, you are helping send one to a child that might not otherwise have a book to read.
Books for Keeps has a simple goal: to place books in the hands of children who are least likely to have access. This program gives 12 books to every child served just in time for summer. The goal: to keep up their reading achievement outside of school.
When you sign up there are eight different options to choose from, but the Cookbooks and Military History boxes are quarterly. I get YA, though I think Strange Worlds, Thrill Seekers, and Blind Date all sound good!
Box: Teenage Dreams Case
After an improved card for December, there was nothing for this month. I hope they do the bookmarks again though–it was a nice touch!
First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano
Juliana Romano’s expressive debut is an absorbing and bittersweet story about first love, first loss, and the friends that carry us through it all.
Lima and Hailey have always been best friends: Lima shy and sensitive, Hailey funny and free-spirited. But Hailey abandons Lima to party with the popular kids and pursue Nate, her disinterested crush. As their friendship falters, Lima and Nate begin spending more time together. And before Lima knows what she’s feeling, she and Nate do something irreversible. Something that would hurt Hailey….if she knew it happened.
Lima thinks she’s saving her friendship by lying, but she’s only buying time. As the secrets stack up, Lima is forced to make a choice: between her best friend forever, and the boy who wasn’t meant to be hers.
This isn’t really my cup of teen.
I need more artistic dorks and snarky sarcasm! Though, the cover is lovely and the book was published in 2015.
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen
It’s hard not to notice Terra Cooper.
She’s tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably “flawed” face. Terra secretly plans to leave her stifling small town in the Northwest and escape to an East Coast college, but gets pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob’s path, the handsome but quirky Goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her life, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path?
Written in lively, artful prose, award-winning author Justina Chen Headley has woven together a powerful novel about a fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the meaning of true beauty.
This one sounds interesting, has won some awards, and was published in 2009. It sounds like your typical hot-blonde-girl-with-a-flaw-meets-moody-goth-boy romance set near Seattle. Also, the author is Asian American and has some other diverse books that have also won awards [though I think a facial scar counts as a bit of diversity].
As you might be able to tell, I went back and forth on this one, but I think I’ll actually read it. Perhaps the goth is snarky.
Verdict: This box is good for discovering new-to-you books. It seems to be the trend that I’m looking forward to reading one book, but will stick the other in the little free library next to my house. I’m reaaally getting bummed out by the hot-blonde person with a “flaw” trend that these YA picks seem to have… which was something I think a lot of other boxes try to eschew. Have you read either books, and do they sound like something you’d curl up with?
Do you read diverse books? Do you read books? Do you read cereal boxes? Do you read closed captioning? Let us know!
ps: I read all of those =D
Disclosure: I was sent this box in exchange for my honest review, there are no referral links.