Mia has a great life. She has the hip parents every teenager yearns for, an adorable little brother she actually gets along with, her boyfriend’s rock...moreMia has a great life. She has the hip parents every teenager yearns for, an adorable little brother she actually gets along with, her boyfriend’s rock band is finally taking off and she’s sure she just aced her cello audition for Juilliard. But that was before. Before slushy weather leads to an unexpected snow day from school. Before her family decides to pile in the car and visit friends. Before a truck swerves across the yellow line and destroys everything Mia has every known, completely changing the course of her life. Mia’s heart wrenching story is told through flashbacks and her out-of-body experience as she follows her unconscious body to the ICU. They say bad times force you to appreciate the good and Forman uses this with dexterity. Mia’s happy memories become more poignant when placed on the page next to the tragic present; making this book infinitely more moving. My favorite facet of If I Stay was the relationship between Mia and her rocker boyfriend Adam. Their courtship, from first conversations to the first date to making hard decisions about what happens after high school up to his utter determination to get to her in the hospital, is infused with humor, charm, and a whole lot of heart. Adam won me over completely and I was rooting for Mia to stay so their love story can continue. This book is not for the faint of heart. The car crash is described in fairly graphic detail for a young adult book and Foreman confronts the issues of death and sudden loss without flinching. Make sure you have plenty of Kleenex on hand as Mia struggles to decide if she should join her family on the other side or if she should stay.(less)
I listened to this audio book in one day. I could not make myself turn the ipod off. The story is set in Wisconson and Natalie Moore's excellent North...moreI listened to this audio book in one day. I could not make myself turn the ipod off. The story is set in Wisconson and Natalie Moore's excellent Northern accents and voices absolutely drew me into DJ's life and every "you betcha" made me smile. I loved this book. What a great story. On a dairy farm where the cows are all named after football players we meet DJ Schwenk. A tomboy dealing with chores, cute rival high school quarterbacks, family rifts, a best friend with a secret, a dog named Smut, failing sophomore English, first love, cow patties, and of course football. I had some concerns, particularly DJ's self-esteem issues and some of the discussion surrounding homosexuality. DJ is constantly putting herself down about her intelligence and appearance; but as the story progresses she becomes more accepting of herself and in truth those thoughts are a part of what makes her such a believable character. I was pretty irritated by DJ's thoughts that "there are no gay people in Wisconsin" and her subsequent mental conversations she has when a friend comes out to her. Really? Surely no teenager in this day and age could be so naive. I will say that by the end of the book I was ok with how Murdock resolved the matter. There were also some really great themes including the importance of hard work, accountability, and communication that I think were handled exceptionally well. All of that being said I will definitely be putting this book(or audio book) in the hands of any girl that walks into the Teen department with even the slightest interest in sports and even some that just like a good story. And now I'm off to get my hands on the audio book of the sequel The Off Season!(less)
**spoiler alert** This book is a perfect example of why I need to wait until a series is finished before reading. I so desperately want the next book...more**spoiler alert** This book is a perfect example of why I need to wait until a series is finished before reading. I so desperately want the next book in the series but will have to wait until Red Glove is published in April 2011. Holly Black has crafted an intricate and terrifying world that I wouldn't want to live in but I sure love reading about. The character of Cassel is clever, and self-deprecating; you can't help but root for him (even when you think he is a killer). The plot was truly suspenseful and surprising. I was on the edge of my seat as Cassel discovers the truth about his life and the people around him. Incredibly well written!
I listened to this book on audio and loved the reader. Jesse Eisenberg did a great job. (less)
I enjoyed Flinn's contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast. If you enjoy this genre I would add it to you list. It wasn't anything amazing but i...moreI enjoyed Flinn's contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast. If you enjoy this genre I would add it to you list. It wasn't anything amazing but it was a cute read and I wanted to finish it before the movie came out. I really could have done without the online interludes with other fantasy characters (the Little Mermaid, The Frog Prince, etc) it added nothing to the story.(less)
What a wonderful/heartbreaking/uplifting story. Craig doesn't pull any punches as he looks back at his struggle with alcoholism and his long journey t...moreWhat a wonderful/heartbreaking/uplifting story. Craig doesn't pull any punches as he looks back at his struggle with alcoholism and his long journey to becoming an American citizen. How interesting for some of the most patriotic thoughts and observations of what the spirit of American truly is to come from an immigrant. I listened to the audio book read by Ferguson himself which made me feel much more connected to the memoir and the man. Also I could probably listen to Craig read a phone book and be happy.(less)