Lean Reviews

A review site for conservative, libertarian, center-right readers. We'll tell you what's good, what's bad, what's so-so, and what you'll like even if you have to stumble past liberal tropes to get to a good story

Movie: Food, Inc.

By Allie Duzett Eric Schlosser’s documentary Food, Inc. (2008) presents an intriguing, disturbing, compelling look at America’s food industries and how they both affect and are affected by consumers. However, … Continue reading

August 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Movie: 2016: Obama’s America

By Allie Duzett If you do nothing else this weekend, go see Dinesh D’Souza’s 2016: Obama’s America (2012) while it’s still in theaters. Liberal or conservative, an open-minded person will … Continue reading

August 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Nonfiction: In Defense of Food

By Allie Duzett Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food (2008) is a quick and fascinating read. Though the book is just over 200 pages, the fast-paced book is highly informative. … Continue reading

August 31, 2012 · 1 Comment

Nonfiction: The Talent Code

By Allie Duzett Have you ever wondered what makes some people great, and leaves others merely mediocre? Have you ever wished you could do something, but abandoned it because you … Continue reading

August 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Nonfiction: Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

By Allie Duzett When my baby boy was diagnosed with peanut, dairy, egg and soy allergies, I knew my days of carefree eating was over. As I tried to figure … Continue reading

August 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Young Adult Fiction: Divergent

By Allie Duzett Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent (2012) is yet another YA dystopian novel set in a future USA. In the novel, a war left America destroyed, and the survivors … Continue reading

July 31, 2012 · 1 Comment

Young Adult Fiction: The Amaranth Enchantment

By Allie Duzett Make no mistake: Julie Berry’s The Amaranth Enchantment (2010) is unique. Think Cinderella, but with aliens and a goat that thinks it’s a dog. Orphan Lucinda Chapdelaine … Continue reading

July 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Movie: The Dark Knight Rises

First off, for those of you who have not yet seen what is perhaps the biggest movie of the year The Dark Knight Rises , stop here. SPOILERS AHEAD. Now … Continue reading

July 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Young Adult Fiction: Wither

By Allie Duzett Lauren DeStefano’s debut novel, Wither (2011), takes place in a future United States that has seen almost unimaginable catastrophe: a third world war appears to have destroyed … Continue reading

July 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

Young Adult Fiction: Matched

By Allie Duzett Matched by Ally Condie (2010) is a New York Times bestselling young adult dystopian novel Entertainment Weekly called “the hottest YA title to hit bookstores since The … Continue reading

July 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

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