Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Pierce knows what it's like to die,
because she has done it before.
It starts off as a normal day, like any other. When Pierce sees a little bird in danger, drowning in her pool, she wants to help it. So, she walks over to her pool but her scarf gets tangled in her feet. She hits her head and drowns. The last thing she remembers seeing? The bird flying away.
After this scary experience, Pierce finds herself somewhere completely knew. She doesn't have a clear memory of what happened, or how she got there. There are two lines facing a long, ominous river, and there are mostly elderly people there, not many people Pierce's age. Where is she? She goes to ask someone for help, and sees a familiar face. He takes her away and informs her that her boat has left and she will need to stay with him, forever.
After she gets out of this situation, how will she ever be normal again? She has died, and come back. That's different that most teens problems...
I loved this book, it was gripping, dark, scary and left you on edge. I can't wait for the next book in this series, Underworld, to come out!
Rating: 9 out of 10
The Lovely Shoes was a sweet coming of age story. Frankie is born with a severe birth defect that makes her right foot curl up un-flatteringly, and she is really embarrassed by this. After an unfortunate incident at a school dance in front of her crush, she shuts herself in her room and refuses to come out.
When her mom reads about an Italian shoemaker who makes shoes for crippled people, she is very excited to tell Frankie about it. Even though Frankie is hesitant, they end up going to Italy where Frankie learns about another side of herself. But will Italy and a new pair of 'lovely shoes' be enough for Frankie to accept herself for who she is?
I loved this book even though it was a little slow at times. It was fun and heartfelt. My favorite part of this book was Frankie and her mom's relationship because they had a great dynamic. Even though they fought sometimes, they loved each other a lot.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Thursday, November 10, 2011
This book was a gripping story of dealing with pain, loss, and first love.
When Payton Gritas learns that her dad has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, her parents sign her up to meet with the schools guidance counselor. Her guidance counselor assigns her to find herself a focus object, and she finds something very strange to 'focus' on... Scott Griswold's head. She sees it throughout all her classes (he sits in front of her). The focus object is supposed to help her through her dad's disease, and it is working. With all the 'focus' she puts in to Scott Griswold's head, Peyton and Scott become friends because of their unlikely similarities including a Seinfeld obsession, and maybe Scott has some mysteries of his own...
Linday Leavitt pulled me into this book at the very first line and didn't let me go until her last. Her humor took the edge off the sadness in the book, and I had such a great time reading it!
Monday, August 8, 2011
What makes this installment different from its predecessor is that it is more action-oriented and more futuristic. Where The Adoration of Jenna Fox was an introspective, contemplative story, The Fox Inheritance is mostly running and hiding in the world of future.
The parts about robotics and bioengineering are much better. Chapters describing Locke and Kara's minds' imprisonment in the digital vacuum are horrifying. A consciousness kept alive and running in an environment void of any stimulus is so freaky, it kept me awake at night...
Rating: 8 out of 10
Not Kelleigh. Kelleigh steals cars.
In How to Steal a Car, National Book Award winner Pete Hautman takes teen readers on a thrilling, scary ride through one suburban girl's turbulent life - one car theft at a time." Amazon.com
This book captivated me from the beginning with it's quirky humor and abnormal concepts. I love how at the beginning of the book Kelleigh really has no reason to steal cars, but she just does it anyway and you can't hate her for it, she is so like-able.
I really liked the start of the book but as I got further it started to disappoint me. I got tired of her voice, she was a bit whiny, and it also really lost all the other aspects of the book besides the 'stealing car' aspect.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Neily has always been haunted by Carly's murder, him being the discoverer of her corpse(don't worry, this isn't gory), but he has no obvious reason to be. A man has already been convicted for her murder. That man happens to be Audrey's father, Carly's uncle. Audrey, like everyone else in the city, believed that her father committed this heinous crime until just recently, when she was forced to admit that some of the facts just didn't add up.She enlists the help of at-first-unwilling Neily in order to prove her father's innocence, but more than that, to find the truth about Carly, about her life and death.
Rating: 8.5 of 10
Thursday, July 28, 2011
When the school drama department opens auditions for the upcoming production of the musical the Man of La Mancha, Stewart convinces Frenchy to audition with him. Against all odds, they get the two lead roles: Stocky, short Frenchy is cast as Sancho, and Stewart, tall and thin, gets the lead of Don Quixote/Cervantes. For Frenchy, the play is a fun thing to do, that he ends up enjoying more than he thought he would. But for Stewart, the play becomes more... his reality.
Monday, July 25, 2011
This book has a tired concept, the girl who shuts herself off in order not to be hurt, but this book accomplishes it beautifully. Sugar Magnolia Dempsey, Maggie for short, has been moved around her entire life by her hippie go-where-the-wind-takes-us parents. When they end up to Austin, Texas, she knows better than to get involved with anyone before she moves again. After all, she's just had her heart broken by her now ex-boyfriend. But as she attempts to humiliate herself and avoid romance, she, of course, sets trends and is getting hit on constantly.
However, what sets this book apart is the well-developed characters with intense personalities. There are characters that are added in for no real purpose, but even those throw-away characters have personalities, habits, and quirks. This book had a very predictable plot, but it was the sheer obscenity of the things Maggie does to separate herself from the rest of her high school that kept me reading, as well as laughing, all the way to the end. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a light summer read.
Rating: 8 of 10
Friday, July 22, 2011
I enjoy this book because it has characters that are both entertaining and original, a rare combination. However, Lily's "voice" becomes annoying, and at some points you will want nothing more than to throw the book on the floor and walk away. Stick through it, and you'll find a great big somewhat love story, filled with mishaps, wax museums, Washington Square Mommies, jail, transvestites, and so much more. I, personally, liked this book. It was witty and charming, and I fell in love with this set of authors.
Rating: 8 of 10
Well, despite those problems, the book was pretty good. Some backround: June's family moves around constantly. Her dad has a job of helping companies that are failing/going bankrupt/whatever. As you can tell from that, they go around to all different places to find companies that are having a hard time, and help them through that. This makes it so that June's family is constantly moving, and she can't really get committed or make friends that are to keep.
Rating: 6 out of 10
1941. She has a great family and life, and is very content with
everything. One night Soviet soldiers burst into her house, forcing
Lina and her family (except her dad) into the back of a truck, and
they are with several other neighbors. She is confused about what she
has done wrong and where her dad is. Her family ends up being deported
to Siberia, forced to suffer through bad conditions like starvation,
lack of clothing and proper shelter, hard labor and other things.
They along with hundreds of families and people are slaves and they no
longer have any control of their own lives. Despite the life that Lina
lives in Siberia, she still shows the personality of her old self. She
continues her art to leave in trails for her father to find her, she
takes risks, and she falls in love with a mysterious boy. Her spirit
has not been completely lost.
She finds her self hopeful for a way out of the 25 year contract they
were forced to sign (even though they didn't sign it, they knew that
they would still keep them there for 25 years.) Ruta Septys wrote Lina
as a girl who must work through a terrible time, not as much as a
historical event featuring a girl.
I also learned a ton about what happened in Eastern Europe during the
40's. In school I learned a lot about Hitler and Germany, but not as
much about Stalin and the Siberian labor camps. I hadn't even heard
about it before reading this books. Maybe this book can inspire people
to get more connected with current events and learning from the past.
The writing was simple, but emotional. It's an intense book, filled
with pain and happiness, but is a great read. Even though the issues
are big and painful, the book is uplifting because she never loses her
wish to survive.
Rating: 9 of 10