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!