Think you had it rough as a teenager? Try living Lemon's life:
I mean, first, your NAME is LEMON. (Strike one, yes?) Then you fool around with this tat...more
Think you had it rough as a teenager? Try living Lemon's life:
I mean, first, your NAME is LEMON. (Strike one, yes?) Then you fool around with this tattoo artist that your mom has the hots for - a lil' bowchickabowwow - and lo and behold baby coming soon. Which opens a whole lot of daddy issues since yours has been MIA since birth.
Oh and it of course it doesn't help that your mom has her very own commitment issues and stability is a word you only know via the dictionary.
Yup. That's Lemons' world at the tumultuous age of seventeen. So what's the solution? Of course a road trip clear across the country to Cali with your bestie to seek out your pops and get ANSWERS to life's most difficult questions.
This was a coming of age story like none other. And seriously, can you look at the cover again? Le gorgeous. My buddy Fizzy Jilly gabbed about this book and I was all - ooooooh shiny and also that story line sounds fascinating.
And about halfway through it I finally figured out what vague film atmosphere it reminded me of. How many of you remember the flick Mermaids with Cher? Winona Ryder? It totally had that vibe going for it: Mother working through her own issues that cause daughter to have issues similar to deal with which eventually leads to aha moments as all grow up and become a closer family.
Well done Madonia because here the characters are pretty quirky. And who can resist a main character who is a book nerd? I mean, holla, can't we all relate? PLUS I love the descriptions of San Fran. Duuuude, I want to go there like yesterday. The food! The stores! The scenery! Loved all of the details.
Final thoughts: While typing this up I realized that the book was published by S&S for Young Readers which is interesting because while reading the book itself and EVEN THOUGH the protagonist is a teenager, I never ASSOCIATED it as a Young Adult book. I know there are some serious thoughts in that statement because first I was all well, it didn't read like fluff in the way that most coming of age young adult fic does but as soon as I THOUGHT that I felt guilty, like, YA contemporary is all teddy bears and text messages. Which I know it's not. But still. I can't deny that thought. So I should ponder this a bit more. Why I disassociated this as a YA book even though our girl is obvs a teenager. If you've read it, any thoughts to help me figure that one out?(less)
This book! Man. I had no idea what to think. S'okay; Bruiser is this tough melancholic loner that has caught Bronte's eye. Bronte being the sister to...more
This book! Man. I had no idea what to think. S'okay; Bruiser is this tough melancholic loner that has caught Bronte's eye. Bronte being the sister to the very alpha-male jock, Tennyson. This is definitely not acceptable. I mean, Bruiser's name is Bruiser. Duh. But still, Bronte's a fixer and she sees something deep within and wants to bring it out.
On a completely personal side note. I TOTALLY get Bronte. I so would have done the same in high school.
The thing is, Brew (a more human name once the two realize that he's well, human) has a deep secret which forces him not to let his guard down. He takes on the from the people he cares about.
How clever of a plotline is that?
The book is told in multiple characters, which I'm usually not a fan of because MOST OF THE TIME each character sounds the same. And here, maybe they do. I don't know. I wasn't paying much attention because the whole premise was wicked cool. I mean, it throws in the question of codependency and what one person feels and who is actually feeling it and MAN!
I loved me some Brew.
Although sometimes I wanted to punch him because really there's only so much someone should take.
The book kinda reminded me of Powder. Did anyone see that? I couldn't even tell you if it was a great movie or not seeing as I saw it as a kiddo. But it did leave an impression on me.
Another totally awesome and wonderful thing? I got to MEET Neil Shusterman about the same time I was reading this book. I stumbled upon his tour at the local B&N, which NEVER HAPPENS. Seriously. Authors are afraid of Florida, I think. He's such a cool guy and read from his newest book UnWholly. (less)
And I totally picked it up because it was a short audio, which happens to be ALL that my fuzzy brain was capable of listening to after...more
LOVED THIS BOOK.
And I totally picked it up because it was a short audio, which happens to be ALL that my fuzzy brain was capable of listening to after the #italong debacle.
Also, I trust Coben as a mystery/suspense writer because I've liked both of the adult books that I've read. Plus, he's pretty darn prolific, so that has to mean something, right? Of course, part of me was a bit weary because it's like singers/musicians who go into acting....sometimes they just shouldn't. And maybe this would be the case for Coben's transition into middle grades.
Ummm, I had NOTHING to worry about. This book is hardcore. Hardcore enough that part of me actually wished I had a kid of my own to tell him to read it.
So what's it about? Well, here's the thing...I don't want to give up too many of the deets because after the initial disc there were plenty of times I just had to take a "whoa" moment. But, briefly. Mickey is living with his uncle because his dad died in a car accident and his mom's kinda went off the deep end after his death. Mickey has this hottie of a girlfriend named Ashley and things don't suck as bad as they did. But then, Ashley disappears. Like, her parents don't even acknowledge her. So Mickey is all hell bent on finding her which leads him to a new friend, Emie (who knows how it's spelled because I was listening, but she is a rock star!) and Spoon (who is much more like the Robin side kick to Mickey's Batman superness). The enter the underworld of this town and there are moments when I feel like Stabler (SVU peeps) is going to show up.
And the ending. Oh the ending. My mouth dropped and I wanted to hit my head on the steering wheel because THIS ENDING is the reason why I hate finding series because I want to know what happens next NOW and count.
How about that audio? Once again I'm winning in the narration department. Nick Podehl did an amazing job changing his voice in believable ways. There's even a thug with a lisp and it works! Also kudos for a male doing a decent female voice.
I have these graphic and horrible and gnarly images seared to my brain's eye. Seriously. There were parts of this book that made me so squeamish I had...moreI have these graphic and horrible and gnarly images seared to my brain's eye. Seriously. There were parts of this book that made me so squeamish I had to set it down - a feat that has NEVER occurred and I've read Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door.
Because of the visceral reaction that I had, this book hands down earns a moment in literary brilliance. I cannot look anyone in the face and say that Ellis cannot write or that this book isn't gripping. BUT in the same sentence, I would repeatedly encourage the person to run far away from this novel and forewarn them that after reading this you will feel uber dirty.
American Psycho is a candid walk in the mind of psychotic Patrick Bateman. If he's not comparing business cards and discussing the morning talk shows with his yuppie friends from Wall Street, he's working out, commenting on hard bodies, or offing bums and prostitutes.
It's a downward spiral. I mean, you actually see Bateman fall further into psychosis with each horrid sexual fantasy, killing fantasy, or sociopathic act. Ellis creates images that shows like Criminal Minds imply.
Ellis is a mastermind at exposing society at its worst. Anyone remember Less Than Zero or Rules of Attraction? I mean, it's his THING. And he does it magnificently. He is not someone I would want to go out drinking with, but am happy that he is using his pen for his obvious need to release something wicked in his brain. (less)