Book Review Tuesday – Just Like a Pill – #BRT


Am I too old to read a Young Adult novel? Nah, not when it means I support a fellow Rhode Island author. Look, if you’ve been following these Tuesday book reviews, you’ll know that I’ve been reading way out of my comfort zone (horror, paranormal, children’s…!), so what the heck.

In this debut novel (2016) from Angelina Singer, the protagonist is Scarlett, a young woman in high school with all the teenage angst that goes with it. Remember? Of course you do. Scarlett, with dyed red hair to match her name, pines for hunky rocker Maxx, who is in a relationship with mean girl Ashley. Her best friend is health nut Izzy and there is nerdy Greg to round out the group.

As Homecoming approaches, Scarlett dreads the thought of attending the dance without a partner, but a sinus infection and the resulting ‘prescription’ she’s given by a questionable ‘pharmacist’ result in a mixed-up set of circumstances that will shake up everything in Scarlett’s world.

Unrequited love and yearning is a tried and true theme, especially for YA books, but Singer brings Scarlett to life with her spot-on characterization and inner turmoil. Add in some funky ‘antibiotics’ that are anything but and you’ve got a fun, easy read.

I would recommend this author rework the manuscript to clean up errors, which abound but don’t take away from the story. (As an editor, I can’t not see typos and grammatical slip-ups, but many readers can glide by them – so it’s just my opinion).

You can pick up a copy of Just Like a Pill (Who Knew the Boy of her Dreams Would Fall Under Her Spell?) (yeah, it’s a long title) online at Amazon (https://tinyurl.com/4rdejk88) or locally from Stillwater Books in Pawtucket (https://www.stillwaterbooksri.com/just-pill). Please patronize your local bookstore! If they don’t carry a title you want, ask them to order it for you.

RI Authors Showcase – Meet Angelina Singer


Welcome to the Rhode Island Authors Showcase! Each day in November, this blog will feature a different Rhode Island author. Read the post and leave a comment and you are eligible to win this day’s giveaway!

Leave a comment every day this month for over 30 chances to win either our Grand Prize (a $250 Amazon gift card), our Bonus Prize (a $100 Amazon gift card), or a Cheer-Up Prize (amount to be determined), just in time for holiday shopping!

A winner will be randomly selected one week after the publication of the blog post, and the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize winners will be randomly selected on December 7, 2021. For the daily giveaways, the author will contact you directly to coordinate delivery. Print books for delivery within the US only, please.

Angelina Singer

Angelina Singer is a young adult/new adult author with a romantic comedy, Just Like a Pill, books 1-3 of a dystopian science fiction trilogy The Upperworld Series, and both books of The Rewind Duology available for purchase on Amazon now – go grab ’em here! https://tinyurl.com/3ndpfr9s In addition to her writing career, Singer graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stonehill College in 2019, where she studied English, Music, and of course, Creative Writing. Angelina is a board member of the Association of Rhode Island Authors, managing their Young Adult initiative. She’s also a freelance editor and ghostwriter, often helping clients bring their literary visions to life.

In her spare time she enjoys crocheting (with a portfolio of work available for purchase on Instagram @asinger320 https://www.instagram.com/asinger320/), as well as mentoring younger music students at a local music store, where she has been studying guitar for over a decade. She views her writing as a way to simultaneously escape from and embrace reality.

Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angelinasingerauthor

Instagram/TikTok https://www.instagram.com/angelinasingerauthor/ for exciting updates, exclusive content, and giveaways. Visit her website at https://www.angelinasinger.com/

And follow Angelina’s blog here! https://angelinasingerauthor.wordpress.com/

Angelina is giving away a signed set of The Rewind Duology (pictured above) to one lucky winner. All you have to do to be entered is comment on this post and answer this question: What one piece of advice would you give to your younger self?

Join us on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the CROWNE PLAZA in Warwick for the 9th Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo!