5M4B disclosure

subway love

Jonas is struggling through a summer in NYC. It’s kind of hot, he’s kind of bored, and he’s ticked off at his dad who left his mom for another woman.

Laura is struggling a bit too. Her older brother is a total hippie, rebelling against authority, using mind-altering drugs. Her mother has shacked up with a guy closer to her brother’s age than her own. Her parents are divorced too, so she spends time commuting between her mom’s home in Woodstock and her Dad’s apartment in NYC.

Jonas and Laura meet on the subway one day, but they are truly star-crossed lovers. They have to hurdle time and space and schedules and brothers and friends to be together, not to mention the pleas of a subway “writer” (a tag artist), Max, who needs Jonas’ help to document his big project.

Subway Love had a slightly slow start. I felt lost at the beginning, because the scene seemed out of context, but once I got into Jonas and Laura’s stories, I was hooked. All the 70′s references were fun to see, and it caused me to ponder how very much things have changed in 40 years.


I have been thinking a lot about how my gut draws me to a book or how I override my gut in regards to a bad cover or title. So I might try sharing some of my thoughts in reviews.  Author Nora Raleigh Baskin is somewhat of a legend, so of course I was drawn to it for that reason. After reading the book, the cover, with Jonas and Laura and even the tagged subway perfectly represents this novel.


At first this seems like your run-of-the-mill YA book (and there is nothing derisive in that comment at all), but there is some moderate use of heavy swearing. There are also quite a few mentions of recreational drug use. For that reason, I’d recommend this only for older high schoolers (or you know, grownups like me).


Kate Rudd is a reader I enjoy. It was through her that I first enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars. Her reading here is just as good. Her voice is expressive and pleasing to the ear. Todd Haberkorn read the chapters that are in Jonas’ POV, and he did a great job as well.


Email Author    |    Website About Jennifer

Jennifer lives in Houston with her 2 kids, husband, and dog. In addition to reading, she enjoys travel, Bible study, food, and fun. She blogs about some of these things -- when her nose isn't in a book -- at Snapshot.

View all articles by


This post may contain affiliate links. When you use them, you support this site. Thank you!
See our Disclosure Policy for details.

Silver Bay by JoJo Moyes

JoJo Moyes has become a big breakout success in the last year or so here in the states. Because of that her backlist titles are being released here as new audio releases, ebooks and more. Please check the related posts below for reviews of her other titles that I’ve enjoyed. Silver Bay first published in 2007 abroad and was published as an ebook in April and will be available in paperback on August 26. It definitely feels like the writings of less experienced writer. In the end, I enjoyed the characters and the story, but it did take a little bit of time to get into. Kathleen is a senior adult, known for having caught a record-breaking shark when she was a teenager. She’s run
Read the full article →


The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla #Giveaway

The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla sounds like a campy fiction novel. It is, however, the 12th book by Lauren Willig in the Pink Carnation series (with the next to be the last as it finally tells the story of the actual Pink Carnation). While the book doesn’t take itself too seriously, it is a highly entertaining read that moves along quickly. I have read (and reviewed) only the previous book, The Passion of the Purple Plumeria, which follows the same format and includes many of the same characters. Much like when I picked up the last book, you don’t have to have read the entire series to follow the story. Willig does an excellent job of catching you up without making you feel like you reread
Read the full article →


Deep Blue

I frequently enjoy YA books, as they may be meant for teenagers but still appeal to the kid in me, too. Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly felt more like a book that needs a teenage girl to truly appreciate it. This first book in the Waterfire series is set under the ocean and features the world of mermaids. Serafina is the princess of Miromara, and she is getting ready to celebrate her Dokimi, which is a series of tests that prove that she is ready to take on the mantle of ruler one day once her mother dies – as this is a matrilineal society and the men don’t rule. It is also when her betrothal to a prince from another kingdom will become official. In
Read the full article →


Margarita Wednesdays: Making a New Life by the Mexican Sea

I love a good travel adventure story (true or imagined) about experiencing a new culture. When it also includes personal growth, as Deborah Rodriguez’s new memoir does, that makes it even better. I enjoyed her first memoir Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil and her subsequent novel (still inspired by her true experiences) The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul, so giving this book a try was a no-brainer. I actually thought the book got off to a slow start, and I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to finish it. She wrote a lot about the difficult and dangerous personal situations that caused her to leave her friends and family in Kabul, but it seemed sort of disjointed and narrative, which
Read the full article →


5 Things Nobody Told You about Turning Forty #Giveaway {Friday’s Five}

We are pleased to be hosting guest contributor humor author Jenna McCarthy who is sharing her valuable– and USEFUL — advice for women approaching the big 4-0 Put down your coffee, lest you spit it all over laptop. Remember when the words “middle age” conjured images of pot bellies and sensible shoes and floral-print blouses? Not anymore! Forty is the new thirty! Or is fifty the new forty? I’m pretty sure chard is the new kale. Anyway, whatever the saying is, ours is definitely not our mother’s midlife. (Imagine never having to envy your friends’ frozen foreheads or wonder if you’re too old to wear skinny jeans. We could just chain-smoke unfiltered Camels all day and watch soaps in our big old polyester Mrs. Roper dresses! How
Read the full article →


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty {Books on Screen}

Last winter, I was intrigued by the ads for the upcoming film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, not only for my love of most things Ben Stiller touches, but also because I had a vague memory of the short story penned by James Thurber that I knew I had read way back in my school days. I recently watched the film, now out on DVD, with my husband and our 13-year-old son, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much all three of us enjoyed it. Thurber’s 1939 short story (only $0.99 on Kindle, at the time of this writing!) just so happened to be included in one of my son’s 8th-grade language arts books, so I read it again all these years later, and was
Read the full article →


All I Love and Know

Rife with emotions like grief and sorrow, All I Love and Know by Judith Frank (William Morrow, July 2014) takes readers to dark places in the telling of an evocative story of loss, identity, and love. No doubt about it, this novel starts right in the middle of a terrible tragedy, and the aftermath of the cafe bombing that killed Daniel Rosen’s twin brother and his wife seems capable of upturning the lives of everyone in the family. Daniel and his partner Matthew live together in Northhampton, Massachussetts, a town with a supportive gay community. Matthew left behind the NYC scene to settle down with Daniel in this small town, and their days have a comfortable routine. When Matthew receives the call informing him of the bombing in
Read the full article →


You Knew Me When

Katherine Hill is happy with her life in New York City as an executive for a cosmetics company when she receives a letter, addressed to Kitty Hill, informing her that her old friend and neighbor has passed away, and she has been named in the will.  Katherine has long left Kitty behind and while sad to hear of Luella’s passing, she’s not thrilled to return to her small home town in Vermont. Laney Martin’s life didn’t turn out as planned — she was the one with dreams of New York — but she loves her husband and daughter, and would love her job at the local spa if it wasn’t for her unreasonably demanding boss.  She too is saddened when she learns of Luella’s death
Read the full article →


The Revealed

Read the full article →


What’s on Your Nightstand, July 22

It’s one of those early 4th Tuesdays again, so here we are. It’s hard to believe July is winding down to a close. I wouldn’t say I’m surprised, but I hadn’t felt as if summer was flying by, but here we are. How has your reading been? Have you had long relaxing vacations or days by the pool to read? Or maybe you are busy with activities and out of town guests. We’d love to hear about your reading plans and/or accomplishments for this month. Just write a post on your blog and link it up below. Be sure to visit the others to get some great recommendations as well. Check out our current giveaways. Subscribe to our feed. Follow us @5M4B on Twitter or
Read the full article →


The Queen of the Tearling #Giveaway

Given the chance to start over, would humanity actually change or would our societies still be plagued by the same problems we face now–corruption, exploitation, violence, poverty and disease? Author Erika Johansen imagines a world in which humanity attempted to begin anew in a sort of utopia, only to find themselves within a few hundred years living in a sort of medieval world, with horses as transportation and swords and arrows for weapons, and feudalism and sex-trafficking and slavery all functioning as well. But the story opens with a bookish and isolated girl hiding in a tree, watching the horsemen come and knowing this is the day her life irrevocably changes. The Queen of the Tearling is a great read–just a really enjoyable story that’s
Read the full article →