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[08 Aug 2007|09:08pm]

Title: The Truth About Forever
Author: Sarah Dessen
Genre: fiction (teen?)
Rating (1-10): 9

Summary: Macy, 16, witnessed her father's death, but has never figured out how to mourn. Instead, she stays in control–good grades, perfect boyfriend, always neat and tidy–and tries to fake her way to normal. Then she gets a job at Wish Catering. It is run by pregnant, forgetful Delia and staffed by her nephews, Bert and Wes, and her neighbors Kristy and Monica. "Wish" was named for Delia's late sister, the boys' mother. Working and eventually hanging out with her new friends, Macy sees what it's like to live an unprescripted lifestyle, from dealing with kitchen fires to sneaking out at night, and slowly realizes it's not so bad to be human. Wes and Macy play an ongoing game of Truth and share everything from gross-outs to what it feels like to watch someone you love die. They fall in love by talking, and the author sculpts them to full dimension this way. All of Dessen's characters, from Macy, who narrates to the bone, to Kristy, whose every word has life and attitude, to Monica, who says almost nothing but oozes nuance, are fully and beautifully drawn. Their dialogue is natural and believable, and their care for one another is palpable. The prose is fueled with humor–the descriptions of Macy's dad's home-shopping addiction are priceless, as is the goofy bedlam of catering gigs gone bad–and as many good comedians do, Dessen uses it to throw light onto darker subjects. Grief, fear, and love set the novel's pace, and Macy's crescendo from time-bomb perfection to fallible, emotional humanity is, for the right readers, as gripping as any action adventure.

Recommend or Condemn?: Recommend. I absolutely loved this book, as I have with everything else she's written. (Everyone go read Sarah Dessen NOW!!!)
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[08 Aug 2007|09:06pm]

Title: I was a non blonde cheerleader
Author: Kieran Scott
Genre: teen fiction
Rating (1-10): 6
Summary:Sophomore Annisa has moved from New Jersey to Florida, where she gets off on the wrong foot almost immediately, especially with the cheerleading squad. She attracts one girl's boyfriend, moves into another's recently vacated home, and hits a third in the nose with a door. So when she makes the squad, the welcome mat is not exactly out. Her most visible difference is her dark, short hair; even the team's African American coach is a blonde. In generalities, the story is predictable. By the end of the book, Annisa, the narrator, is spouting lines such as, "It didn't even matter how we did at regionals on Saturday because at that moment we weren't just a squad. We were friends." Still, the specifics are fun and definitely au courant, as Annisa discovers love, friendship, and backflips as she deals with prank wars, unsupervised parties, and cheerleading crises. Since there's a lot about competitive cheerleading, the pom-pom inclined will especially like this.
Recommend or Condemn?: Recommend even though it was very typical of a story. Everyone suddenly embraces her due to a turning point, despite all of the differences between them, and all is made up for.
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[08 Aug 2007|09:04pm]

Title: Nymph
Author: Francesca Lia Block
Genre: adult fiction
Rating (1-10): 7

Summary:The author of the beloved Weetzie Bat books and other popular YA titles offers a slim collection of adult stories, erotica for grown-up goth maidens and sexpots who like their tales of passion infused with witchy magic. These nine interconnected tales celebrate carnal delights and the transformative power of love, with occasional lapses into syrupy repetition, but they also peek compassionately into romances laced with themes of grief, heartbreak and renewal. A bummed-out surfer gets a second chance at happiness when he meets a beautiful woman in a wheelchair, who may or may not be a mermaid. The spirits of these lovers mythically revitalize the relationship between Sylvie and Ben, a couple whose sex life is on the skids when Sylvie's antidepressants flatten her libido. Sylvie reappears elsewhere, as the sister of a cancer patient, David, who dies in spite of a loving nurse's attempt at sexual healing. Another recurring character is Plum, who has "the gift of love": those she sleeps with meet their true love soon after. Plum is therefore always being left: in "Milagro," she shares an idyllic night with the boy she loves, only to find out he's gay; in another story she sleeps with Sylvie, allowing Sylvie to meet Ben. Plum discovers that her gift can come full circle when she wins the love of aspiring actor Elvis Dean, who has been inconsolable since his girlfriend Coco left him to become a stripper and was mutilated by a plastic surgeon. All set in Los Angeles, Block's tales feature her distinctive simplicity and sweetly sleazy downtown dreamers; the sex scenes are heady though hazy with a mystical slant that blunts the erotic edge and makes the collection palatable for hardcore romantics.

Recommend or Condemn?: Err. I was actually really put off by this book, not quite knowing what it was about before I picked it up. (But now completely understanding why I couldn't get it at the library!) It definately made my boyfriend laugh when he realized I was "reading porn", with some of the rather typical phrases. If you like hearing about erect nipples and hard throbbing cocks, read this. She's still got amazing writing style as in all her books, but the terminology is just so... typical pornish.
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[08 Aug 2007|09:01pm]

Going to try to get into the habit of reviewing again instead of just posting huge lists of weeks worth of reading. :p

Title: One of those hideous books where the mother dies
Author: Sonya Sones
Genre: teen fiction
Rating (1-10): 6.5

Summary:The sassy title tells readers right away that this book is NOT like one of those hideous books where the mother dies, even if fifteen-year-old Ruby's mom has recently succumbed to cancer. Sonya Sones has made a reputation for engrossing and emotionally valid verse novels with her two previous books, Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy and What My Mother Doesn't Know, and here she has the good sense to avoid the platitudes of the tearjerker, focusing not on the melodrama of death but on the grieving process of a feisty teen--sometimes even with humor.
Ruby has turned her grief into anger at her father: because he divorced her mother before she was born, because she has had to leave her best friend Lizzie and her boyfriend Ray to come to Los Angeles to live with him, and because he is Whip Logan, a very famous and rich movie star. She turns a cold shoulder to all his gentle and persistent attempts to relate to her, sneers at the glamour of his Beverly Hills mansion and famous friends, and spends most of her time writing desperate emails to Lizzie and Ray, and her dead mother, from her Dream Bedroom. The friendship of Max, Whip's live-in assistant/personal trainer, is some comfort, and Ruby has a harder and harder time keeping her sneer as Whip ups the ante, from rides in his classic vintage cars, to shopping trips for anything she wants, to weekends in Las Vegas and Catalina and a party where Eminem is the guest of honor. But an earthquake leads to a surprising revelation that changes everything for Ruby, in an enormously satisfying ending

Recommend or Condemn?: Recommend I guess. It was quick, easy reading, but I was put off by the fact that it's written in poetry style without the rhyming. You know, one sentence (or even half!) per line, with little to no dialogue. Good basic story though.
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[02 Jul 2007|05:47pm]

Read since my last update. Again, ask if you want a review of something!

01. Princess on the Brink - Meg Cabot
02. Teen Idol - Meg Cabot
03. Good Moon Rising - Nancy Gardner
04. Fourth Summer of the Travelling Pants - Anne Brasheres
05. Legal Drug 2 (manga) - CLAMP
06. Someone Like You - Sarah Dessen
07. The True Meaning of Cleavage - Miranda Fredericks
08. a bunch of sweet valley books

Slow week. :( Going to start "Size 12 is not fat" by Meg Cabot in about half an hour.
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xx Twilight xx [29 Jun 2007|06:10am]

Title: Twilight
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Genre: Vampiric Fiction
Rating (1-10): 9

As Shakespeare knew, love burns high when thwarted by obstacles. In Twilight, an exquisite fantasy by Stephenie Meyer, readers discover a pair of lovers who are supremely star-crossed. Bella adores beautiful Edward, and he returns her love. But Edward is having a hard time controlling the blood lust she arouses in him, because--he's a vampire. At any moment, the intensity of their passion could drive him to kill her, and he agonizes over the danger. But, Bella would rather be dead than part from Edward, so she risks her life to stay near him, and the novel burns with the erotic tension of their dangerous and necessarily chaste relationship.

Recommend or Condemn?: Recommend. I simply love this book & series. Don't let the "erotic tension" described in the summary fool you - this is a really safe read [there's no erotic/sex scenes/dirtyness - I think "erotic" in an inaccurate adjective there]. But anyway, when I first read this I wasn't sure I would enjoy it - the writing style seemed a bit elementary for my taste but it developed as the story went on & when it was lacking in writing style was made up in storyline. I devoured this book in 2 days [500+ pages] & honestly, it just keeps you turning the page because it never bores you. I highly recommend this book for more an almost-innocent vampire romance with a twist of suspense as well as the sequal New Moon. I'm a huge vampire book buff & this book was just divine =)
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[17 Jun 2007|04:22pm]

These are all the books I've read since I last updated way back in October! (And this is Michelletenoh by the way, I changed my journal name a few months ago). If you're interested in a review or anything leave a comment and I'll make an entry for it. There's just too many to review at the moment!! This may not be all, I'm just going by what's on my paperbackswap and bookmooch lists/histories/etc. I've also read a crapload of Sweet Valley books but I'm not listing those in this list.

And no, these aren't in order or anything.

01. Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot
02. Princess in the Spotlight - Meg Cabot
03. Princess in Love - Meg Cabot
04. Princess in Waiting - Meg Cabot
05. Shopoholic ties the Knot - Sophie Kinsella
06. Shopoholic takes Manhattan - Sophie Kinsella
07. The Nanny Diaries - Emma McLaughlin
08. Bridget Jones Diary - Helen Fielding
09. Bridget Jones The Edge of Reason - Helen Fielding
10. The Pretties - Scott Westerfeld
11. Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants - Anne Brasheres
12. Second Summer of the Travelling Pants - Anne Brasheres
13. Girls in Pants - Anne Brasheres
14. Turnabout - Margaret Haddix
15. The Necessary Hunger - Nina Revyor
16. The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion
17. Camp Confidential: Natalies Secret - Melissa Morgan
18. The Clique 7: It's not Easy being Mean - Lisi Harrison
19. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
20. Making Out #1: Zoey fools Around - Katherine Applegate
21. The Undomestic Goddess - Sophie Kinsella
22. Doing It - Melvin Burgess
23. Peach Girl: Sae's Story #1 - Miwa Ueda
24. Wasteland - Francesca Lia Block
25. Ruby - Francesca Lia Block
26. Necklace of Kisses - Francesca Lia Block
27. Psyche in a Dress - Francesca Lia Block
28. The Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
29. So Yesterday - Scott Westerfeld
30. The Ruling Class - Francine Pascal
31. Confidential Confessions DEAI #1 - Reiko Momochi
32. The It Girl #1 - Cecily von Zeigeser
33. The It Girl #2: Notorious - Cecily von Zeigeser
34. The It Girl #3: Reckless - Cecily von Zeigeser
35. Prime - Poppy Z Brite
36. The Clique #6: Dial L for Loser - Lisi Harrison
37. Like the Red Panda - Andrea Siegel
38. Liquor - Poppy Z Brite
39. Crosses - Shelley Stoher
40. Girls Night In - Meg Cabot, etc.
41. Lily Dale - Christine Wicker
42. Fake Liar Cheat - Tod Goldberg
43. The Skin I'm in - Sharon Flake
44. Second Helpings - Megan McCafferty
45. The Insiders - J. Minter
46. Running with Scissors - Augusten Burroughs
47. Dare, Truth, or Promise - Paula Boock
48. Shutterbox: Orientation - Rikki Simmons
49. All American Girl - Meg Cabot
50. Rainbow Road - Alex Sanchez
51. Into this world we're thrown - Mark Kendrik
52. Desert Sons - Mark Kendrik
53. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keys
54. Letters from a Nut - Jerry Seinfeld
55. Boy Meets Girl - Meg Cabot
56. Every Boy's Got One - Meg Cabot
57. Mommie Dearest - Christina Crawford
58. Project Princess - Meg Cabot
59. Flipped - Iforgettheauthor:(
60. Party Princess - Meg Cabot

And I'm sure there's more but meh, not that I can find at the moment.

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[09 Oct 2006|08:08am]

title Checkers
author John Marsden
genre fiction
rating 3
summaryCheckers, following this tradition, is the riveting story of a teenage girl who loses not only her family but her sanity when her father is suspected of participating in a financial scam--one that the media has traced to the highest levels of the Australian government. Telling the story in first-person flashbacks as the girl recuperates in a mental institution, Marsden symbolizes his protagonist's powerlessness by never revealing her name. The result is an eerie sense that she could be any teenager trying to understand her parent's cryptic behavior and motives. The only completely honest relationship the girl has is with her beloved dog Checkers, a gift from her father upon closing his most important deal. Checkers "wasn't the kind of dog you hug really tight, like a Labrador.... He had too much independence, too much pride," but he becomes the only source of comfort for the girl once the story breaks about her father's shady business practices. She never dreamed that the connection the reporters are searching for could be running around in her own backyard. Fraught with tension and political intrigue, Checkers is an intelligent page-turner for teens.
recommend or condemn? Condemn. This book was almost unfollowable. She never really explained why she was in the institution in the first place, or what happened to her. She just kept talking about the dog. It skipped all over the place as well, making it almost impossible to know what she was going on about and when.
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[08 Oct 2006|10:10am]

title Wasted
author Myra Hornbacker
genre nonfiction/memoir
rating 8
summaryI fell for the great American dream, female version, hook, line, and sinker," Marya Hornbacher writes. "I, as many young women do, honest-to-God believed that once I Just Lost a Few Pounds, suddenly I would be a New You, I would have Ken-doll men chasing my thin legs down with bouquets of flowers on the street, I would become rich and famous and glamorous and lose my freckles and become blond and five foot ten." Hornbacher describes in shocking detail her lifelong quest to starve herself to death, to force her short, athletic body to fade away. She remembers telling a friend, at age 4, that she was on a diet. Her bizarre tale includes not only the usual puking and starving, but also being confined to mental hospitals and growing fur (a phenomenon called lanugo, which nature imposes to keep a body from freezing to death during periods of famine).
recommend or condemn? Recommend. This was unfortunately another eating disorder book where in the end it's like "Well I'm better now the end" for the most part, and it was also annoying how she just kept saying how there was no reason for what she was doing but she couldn't stop, it was still okay.
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[08 Oct 2006|10:08am]

title Brave New Girl
author Louisa Luna
genre fiction
rating 9
summaryAngry and alienated teens seem to be growing ever younger. Doreen, the protagonist of this disturbing coming-of-age novel, is only 14. But in her anomie and hatred of her family, she puts Holden Caulfield in the shade. Like Holden, she tells the story in sarcastic first-person, which is often scalding in its use of expletives (at one point the f word appears 63 times in one and on-half pages), but still manages to be oddly artful in its consistency and voice. Despite her tough talk and her tendency to self-pity, Doreen gradually grows into a complex, intriguing character. Her affection for another young outsider, her only friend, Ted, is touching; her longing for her older brother, whom her father kicked out of the house when she was a girl, is haunting; and her confused feelings for her older sister's boyfriend are absolutely credible. When he sexually abuses her, readers share her pain, confusion, and despair. The ending to this difficult story is surprisingly hopeful and emotionally satisfying, if not entirely believable. This was published for adults, but it's clearly for teens--though it will best suit those readers mature enough to embrace its attitudes and edginess.
recommend or condemn? Recommend. It was a little over dramatic, but still really good.
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[08 Oct 2006|02:04pm]

title confessions of a not it girl
author melissa kantor
genre fiction
rating 7
summary Jan Miller is a fresh, funny, and real teen seeking her first romance during her senior year in high school. Her parents are New York intellectuals who seem only vaguely aware of what is going on with their children. Jan obsesses about the college applications she has not yet begun; the size of her butt; and Josh, who has returned after many years in Seattle with his father to live with his mother. Most of this melodrama is shared with her friend Rebecca, who is gorgeous, rich, and sophisticated; has recently been named an "It Girl" in a teen magazine; and has considerably more sexual experience than Jan, who has absolutely none. The teen's daydreams about her romantic life are theatrical scenarios with dialogue, stage directions, and curtain closings, an entertaining gimmick that harks back to the first real interaction she and Josh have, during a Romeo and Juliet reading in English class. Clumsy and self-deprecating, witty and smart, Jan struggles with her feelings and her nerves, and comes through a winner on the very last page. Lots of fun, lots of truth, very satisfying.
recommend or condemn? Recommend I suppose. It wasn't necessarily horrible but it definately wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be.
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[14 Aug 2006|03:37pm]

title saying it outloud
author joan abelove
genre fiction
rating 5
summary Like most 16-year-olds, Mindy judges and rejects her mother, fighting with her constantly--but always with a fond underlying remembrance of a time when they held hands and were close and comfortable. When her mother develops excruciating neck pain, Mindy is annoyed, convinced that her mom is just faking it for sympathy. With a cool detachment that hides her anxiety, Mindy goes about writing essays for her college applications while her mother undergoes tests in the hospital. Her oily and controlled father ("the man who had excused himself from my adolescence") tells her very little, so when surgery leaves her mother an empty shell, Mindy is taken unawares and left with all the unfinished business of mother/daughter conflict and love, her need to blame, and her anger at being left on her own. With penetrating insight, Abelove shows us a young woman working her way through a complex grief, in a book that will have all daughters (and their mothers) reaching for the Kleenex and resolving to express their love out loud. (Ages 12 and older)
recommend or condemn? both. Unlike what the above summary from amazon.com said, this book did not leave me crying nor did it make me want to go tell my mother that i love her. I actually found it to be somewhat annoying and couldn't believe it was supposed to be in the 90's. on the plus side it was very short.
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[14 Aug 2006|03:32pm]

title ordinary people
author judith guest
genre fiction
rating 7
summaryThe Jarretts are the perfect family leading a perfect life in a perfect world: wealthy, respectable, an expensive house in an exclusive neighborhood, European vacations, Texas golf trips. But perfection comes at a price, and when older son Buck dies in a boating accident and surviving son Conrad attempts suicide the difference between the American dream and American reality becomes painfully apparent. The mask of perfection cracks, and those who hide behind it find themselves emotionally unable to rebuild their lives.
recommend or condemn? Recommend. I've been forced to watch this movie 3 times now and through reading the book, it's the first time I ever got to the end of it. The book is quite a bit better than the movie-- though in some places it seems to go word for word, there's much more emotion involved than the flatness of the characters in the movie.
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[14 Aug 2006|03:31pm]

title lucky
author alice sebold
genre memoir/nonfiction
rating 9
summary When journalist Sebold was a college freshman at Syracuse University, she was attacked and raped on the last night of school, forced onto the ground in a tunnel "among the dead leaves and broken beer bottles." In a ham-handed attempt to mollify her, a policeman later told her that a young woman had been murdered there and, by comparison, Sebold should consider herself lucky. That dubious "luck" is the focus of this fiercely observed memoir about how an incident of such profound violence can change the course of one's life. Sebold launches her memoir headlong into the rape itself, laying out its visceral physical as well as mental violence, and from there spins a narrative of her life before and after the incident, weaving memories of parental alcoholism together with her post-rape addiction to heroin. In the midst of each wrenching episode, from the initial attack to the ensuing courtroom drama, Sebold's wit is as powerful as her searing candor, as she describes her emotional denial, her addiction and even the rape (her first "real" sexual experience). She skillfully captures evocative moments, such as, during her girlhood, luring one of her family's basset hounds onto a blue silk sofa (strictly off-limits to both kids and pets) to nettle her father. Addressing rape as a larger social issue, Sebold's account reveals that there are clear emotional boundaries between those who have been victims of violence and those who have not, though the author attempts to blur these lines as much as possible to show that violence touches many more lives than solely the victim's
recommend or condemn? Recommend. It was a good book but it did tend to drag on in places, and then abruptly end. I think my only huge fault with this is it made me feel like I was about to get raped for days after reading it because of how realistic it was.
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[14 Aug 2006|03:28pm]

title like water for chocolate
author laura esquivel
genre fiction
rating 2
summaryEach chapter of screenwriter Esquivel's utterly charming interpretation of life in turn-of-the-century Mexico begins with a recipe--not surprisingly, since so much of the action of this exquisite first novel (a bestseller in Mexico) centers around the kitchen, the heart and soul of a traditional Mexican family. The youngest daughter of a well-born rancher, Tita has always known her destiny: to remain single and care for her aging mother. When she falls in love, her mother quickly scotches the liaison and tyrannically dictates that Tita's sister Rosaura must marry the luckless suitor, Pedro, in her place. But Tita has one weapon left--her cooking. Esquivel mischievously appropriates the techniques of magical realism to make Tita's contact with food sensual, instinctual and often explosive. Forced to make the cake for her sister's wedding, Tita pours her emotions into the task; each guest who samples a piece bursts into tears. Esquivel does a splendid job of describing the frustration, love and hope expressed through the most domestic and feminine of arts, family cooking, suggesting by implication the limited options available to Mexican women of this period. Tita's unrequited love for Pedro survives the Mexican Revolution the births of Rosaura and Pedro's children, even a proposal of marriage from an eligible doctor. In a poignant conclusion, Tita manages to break the bonds of tradition, if not for herself, then for future generations.

recommend or condemn? Condemn. The basic story was okay I suppose, but the whole each chapter being a seperate month thing was just very confusing. Whole periods of time would be missing from the story and completely different things would be happening from one chapter to another. It felt a lot like trying to listen to someone's conversation on the phone and only hearing one side, not knowing what else was going on.
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[14 Aug 2006|03:26pm]

title divine secrets of the yaya sisterhood
author rebecca wells
genre fiction
rating 8
summary Wells is a Louisiana-born Seattle actress and playwright; her loopy saga of a 40-year-old player in Seattle's hot theater scene who must come to terms with her mama's past in steamy Thornton City, Louisiana, reads like a lengthy episode of Designing Women written under the influence of mint juleps and Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!. The Ya-Yas are the wild circle of girls who swirl around the narrator Siddalee's mama, Vivi, whose vivid voice is "part Scarlett, part Katharine Hepburn, part Tallulah." The Ya-Yas broke the no-booze rule at the cotillion, skinny-dipped their way to jail in the town water tower, disrupted the Shirley Temple look-alike contest, and bonded for life because, as one says, "It's so much fun being a bad girl!"
Siddalee must repair her busted relationship with Vivi by reading a half-century's worth of letters and clippings contained in the Ya-Ya Sisterhood's packet of "Divine Secrets.

recommend or condemn? Recommend. It's been over three years since I saw the movie so I dont really have any basis of comparion there, but I did enjoy reading Vivi's past.
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[14 Aug 2006|03:25pm]

title Crime Brulee
author Nancy Fairbanks
genre fiction/mystery
rating 8
summaryForty-something food writer Carolyn Blue gets a taste of New Orleans cookery and crime. When her friend goes missing, Carolyn turns sleuth to search for answers-a trail that leads right into an alligator swamp.
recommend or condemn? Recommend. It's supposed to be a mystery with recipies, though I just skipped over the recipe part. I think the plot was a bit predictable after the first few chapters but still okay.
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[21 Jul 2006|12:48pm]

title weekend
author christopher pike
genre fiction
summary from amazon: This book was amazing. The suspense was great. 5 girls and 4 boys go to their friends house for a trip and everything goes wrong? who poisoned robin and ruined her life?
recommend or condemn? recommend. I definately did stay in the dark about everything until nearly the end, and it was a really quick read.
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[21 Jul 2006|12:44pm]

title sloppy firsts
author megan mccafferty
genre fiction/ya
rating 9
summary When her best friend, Hope, moves away from Pineville, New Jersey, 16-year-old Jessica Darling is devastated. Jessica is a fish out of water at school, a stranger at home, and now -- with the only person with whom she could really communicate gone -- more lost than ever. How is she supposed to deal with the boy-and-shopping-crazy girls at school, her dad's obsession with her track meets, and her nonexistent love life? Sloppy Firsts is an insightful, true-to-life look at Jessica's predicament, from the dark days following Hope's departure to her hopelessly mixed-up feelings about the intelligent and mysterious bad-boy who works his way into her life. Sloppy Firsts is right in line with some of the great teen crossover works of popular culture, like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and is sure to appeal to readers of all ages who appreciate the inherent humor of high school angst.
recommend or condemn? recommend. I must say it was quite refreshing to read a high school based book that was actually something that I could relate to, not about using mommy and daddy's credit cards to buy designer clothing. I definately look forward to reading the next book in the series, Second Helpings.
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[21 Jul 2006|12:42pm]

title catch as cat can
author rita mae brown and sneaky pie brown
genre fiction/mystery
rating 7
summary Springtime, romance and murder all visit the peaceful little town of Crozet, Va. home of Mary Minor Hairsteen ("Harry"), her trio of feline and canine sleuths, a cast of familiar supporting characters and, of course, a few new ones. Brown's cozy formula, honed over nine previous books in the series (Claws and Effect, etc.), includes Southern traditions, romantic rivalries and gentle humor typified by the talking animals, whose commentary on human foibles provides much amusement. While the Crozet social whirl revolves around the upcoming Dogwood Festival, the theft of some unusual hubcaps sets in motion an escalating series of crimes that, inevitably, catches the interest of Harry. And Harry's old rival, BoomBoom Craycroft, does Harry the peculiar favor of fixing her up with a very handsome diplomat from Uruguay. While Harry juggles her duties as postmistress of Crozet, her farm chores and the romantic attentions of ex-husband "Fair" Hairsteen and the suave Diego Aybar, her pets the comfort-seeking, fat cat Pewter; the brave little Welsh corgi, Tee Tucker; and the wise and cunning Mrs. Murphy, a gray tiger cat apply their various talents to protect "Mom," as they call Harry. Brown's proven brand of murder and mayhem played out against a background of Virginia gentility and idealized animals is once again up to scratch.
recommend or condemn? recommend. This was just basically a time waster that I picked up from a box of donated books at work. I wouldn't go out and buy it on my own because it's not as good as her regular fiction, but it's alright.
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