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What is there to say about Elsewhere? Give me a second and I'll come up with it. Oh, it has a promising premise. It is at times heartbreaking and funn ...more
Jul 10, 2008
Jul 14, 2008
So I'm a white middle class liberal. I'm supposed to like Tyrell, right? You know, because it gives me perspective and awarness of what it's like to b ...more
Dec 09, 2008
Dec 03, 2008
Sh*t My Dad Says
Part One: Where I am surprised by the emotions caused by a book titled Sh*t My Dad Says

I'll admit it: I'm a crier. I cry when something is emotionally
Jul 08, 2010
Jul 08, 2010
Just Kids
Patti Smith is a great writer, that isn't in question. It's what I have always liked about her. It is what made her popular, or semi-popular, or, at t ...more
Mar 11, 2010
Mar 11, 2010
Teller, J. (2010). Nothing. New York, NY: Atheneum

Janne Teller's thought-provoking Printz honor book explores life and if it has meaning. When 7th gra
Jan 30, 2011
Jan 10, 2011
Impulse (Impulse, #1)
For 500 pages this book was close to fantastic. The author and her verse format painted searing imagery and allowed a heartfelt look into the minds an ...more
Jul 02, 2008
Jun 25, 2008
One Bloody Thing After Another
This is a very weird book. But it isn't weird just to be weird. It's characters are all psychologically damaged, each dealing with that damage manifes ...more
Nov 10, 2010
Nov 07, 2010
Truancy (Truancy, #1)
Ugg. I kind of feel bad. This guy is just a kid, and if any of my library kids did this, I would be super-supportive. But . . . it isn't going to bene ...more
Jun 23, 2009
Jun 17, 2009
The Great Perhaps
I imagine those people who don't like this book, or maybe don't like Joe Meno, aren't fans of Wes Anderson either. I suppose that isn't exactly fair t ...more
Jul 08, 2009
Jun 23, 2009
Runaways, Vol. 10: Rock Zombies (Runaways, #10)
First, I LOVE RUNAWAYS. Don't NOT read Runaways because a long way down the line there is this volume. I think stuff like this happens with long runni ...more
Oct 28, 2009
Oct 28, 2009
Hurricane Song
I can say this was a bad book. It had me quite intrigued. But Volponi's writing is bad. Really bad. He's out of touch 15 years ago. Kids just don't th ...more
Dec 11, 2008
Dec 10, 2008
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
E. Lockhart is amazing. She took the gender-role of teenage girls and flipped it on it's ear. She gave us a smart character (mentally) who is still a ...more
Oct 20, 2008
Oct 31, 2008
This is Not a Test (This is Not a Test #1)
One of my favorite books ever. I have problem with suicide books. Generally I don't think the authors are ever honest about their characters feelings, ...more
Sep 2012
Jul 14, 2013
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)
Dear Hype Train,
I am glad you occasionally pick up a passenger that belongs there.

Scott Rader (and probably other Beautiful Creatures fans.)
Feb 04, 2010
Jan 05, 2010
In Search of Mockingbird
It's a nice book. I'm really annoyed by books that rely so heavily on great works of fiction. It seems like they are just using it for a crutch. Or to ...more
Nov 20, 2008
Nov 20, 2008
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
2nd review:
1. I recommend this one on audio.

2. Think about the insufferable Will Grayson in context. He is depressed. Hiding his sexuality. His "best
Apr 12, 2010
Jan 27, 2010
Pretty Monsters: Stories
In a series of 9 stories, I liked 7 a whole bunch, 1 a little bit, and 1 not at all. But as the song goes, 7 1/2 outta 9 ain't bad. Even when I didn't ...more
Dec 02, 2008
Nov 12, 2008
The Espressologist
This could be a toss-up between a 3 or 4 star book. It's not really my venti cup of chai-tea latte. But it's also not "not really my venti cup of chai ...more
Jan 11, 2010
Jan 05, 2010
Living Dead Girl
This book is beyond hard to read. It's terrifying, frustrating, heartbreaking, stomach-churning, and . . . as bad as it may sound . . . entrancing. No ...more
Dec 02, 2008
Dec 01, 2008
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 4: Safeword (Y: The Last Man, #4)
Yeah. This one goes off the rails. In an awesome way! No Russian space stations. Plus the Sons of Arizona storyline is horrifying and thought provokin ...more
not set
Dec 08, 2008
My Antonia
I read this book for a program in our town called The Big Read. I wasn't too excited. I'd read and liked other Willa Cather, but it just didn't appeal ...more
Aug 17, 2010
Aug 04, 2010
The Push Man and Other Stories
Yoshihiro Tatsumi is a little known artist in the states. Well, he may be better known since this came out 4 years ago. But his slice-of-life stories ...more
Nov 30, 2009
Nov 30, 2009
Swim the Fly (Swim the Fly, #1)
**spoiler alert** Swim the Fly is, in a word, desperate. It's trying to capitalize on teenage boys penchant for gross-out humor and the success of rec ...more
Sep 25, 2009
Sep 25, 2009
I Love You, I Hate You, I'm Hungry: A Collection of Cartoons
I Love You, I Hate You, I’m Hungry is a collection of cartoons from New Yorker cartoonist Bruce Eric Kaplan. Most of the cartoons involve relationship ...more
Mar 08, 2010
Mar 08, 2010
I just pecked a few thoughts out on my iPod. And then fleshed them out a little.
Gossamer may have one of the most apt titles of any book ever written
May 27, 2009
May 27, 2009
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Vol. 12 (Stardust Crusaders, #12)
Having "bizarre" in the title shouldn't give a book free reign to do whatever it wants, but it helps. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure certainly does whatever ...more
Dec 24, 2009
Dec 24, 2009
The Eternal Smile: Three Stories
I love Gene Luen Yang's art more than his writing. I thought the end of American Born Chinese was a cop-out. So I was disappointed to hear he would on ...more
May 11, 2009
May 11, 2009
Sedgwick, M. (2010). Revolver. New York, NY: Roaring Brook Press.

A day after the death of his father a stranger comes to visit Sig Andersson. The man,
Mar 06, 2011
Mar 06, 2011
DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 1
Ok. I'll admit it. I am not a fan of DC, especially not The Justice League and Superman and The Martian Manhunter and Green Latern and The Flash, etc. ...more
Jun 07, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
Of Mice and Men
So this is a classic and I am sure most people know the ending, but SPOILER ALERT.

This is a short novel, yet John Steinbeck gives us plenty of charac
Jun 08, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
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