Lorrie is forced to move return to her crumbling family estate, Edgewater, after her trust seems to run dry and her posh boarding school sends her pacLorrie is forced to move return to her crumbling family estate, Edgewater, after her trust seems to run dry and her posh boarding school sends her packing. Back home, she sets about continuing to pretend her family fortune exists, even when she meets Charlie Copeland, whose family is full of famous politicians. It seems Charlie has a few family secrets of his own.
I was expecting more of a horror novel, that would also involve horses. This was more along the lines of a V.C. Andrews family secrets kind of horror (minus the incest and abuse) and wasn't really horror at all. Horses weren't really a huge part of the story either, despite Lorrie's love for her horse Orion and her drive to find the money to keep him. The mystery wasn't hugely mysterious, but the romance was sweet and the family dynamics of both families were interesting enough to keep me reading....more
While this book is quite short, it's awfully long for a book whose only instructions are to breathe and meditate. I found that I couldn't really relatWhile this book is quite short, it's awfully long for a book whose only instructions are to breathe and meditate. I found that I couldn't really relate to most of the examples, which were of times when a person (author included) had a more explosive emotion. She mentions overwhelming loneliness or depression but there are not really any examples of how to pull out of them - there weren't that many examples included at all. I might not be in the best mindspace to take in this book, or maybe this is just not the right book for me at this time, but I did not personally find it helpful....more
Charlie doesn't speak after she wakes up in a treatment center covered in bandages. But here she finally feels safe. The safety doesn't last, however,Charlie doesn't speak after she wakes up in a treatment center covered in bandages. But here she finally feels safe. The safety doesn't last, however, because when she finally reveals a bit of her past she ends up hurting others. She struggles not to end up back on the streets, and slowly pieces together a life for herself. But when she finds a boy who is as messed up as she is, he might cause her to fall apart again.
I've read books about cutters before, but this one was unique because it was mostly about life after cutting, how to be a girl with scars in the world. I was rooting for Charlie and hoping she would make the right decisions, but even when she didn't I understood why - mostly I just wanted to give her a hug and yell at everyone to treat her better. Even though Charlie was dealing with some romantic feelings for both Mikey and Riley, romance wasn't at the center of the story. Rather this was about the long process of healing. The language, especially in the beginning, was quite beautiful and mirror Charlie's fragmented thoughts.
One thing: I felt like the staff at the treatment center were portrayed a bit harshly - not that I haven't myself worked with staff like this, but it seemed like ALL the staff were like that. Charlie did have a connected with Casper so there did seem to be some positives about it, but also most of the story was set after the treatment center - and it seemed the treatment center was for adults as well so that might have made a huge difference in the staff's attitudes.
Parental advisory: This book deals with the aftermath of homelessness, abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse, and sexual abuse - there is language and sexual situations and very little parental supervision, although most of the events happen "off-stage." I would recommend for grades 10 & up....more
Delaney should have died when she fell through the ice - but she didn't. Now she feels a strange pull when she's near someone else who will die soon.Delaney should have died when she fell through the ice - but she didn't. Now she feels a strange pull when she's near someone else who will die soon. While she's dealing with her friends acting strangely, since she was in a coma for so long, she also meets Troy, a strange guy who seems to have the same ability she has.
There was enough paranormal weirdness to keep me reading, even when I thought Delaney was overreacting and wished she'd wake up and stop going along with whatever Troy wanted. Decker and Delaney's relationship was also frustrating, although it felt pretty realistic. I also wished the secondary characters were a bit more fleshed out, because their drama was more interesting to me than Delaney's relationship with her parents....more
Cody has felt unmoored since her best friend Meg committed suicide. When Meg's parents ask Cody to go clear out Meg's college dorm room, she starts loCody has felt unmoored since her best friend Meg committed suicide. When Meg's parents ask Cody to go clear out Meg's college dorm room, she starts looking for clues as to why a bright, vibrant girl like Meg could have been so depressed she wanted to die. On Meg's laptop she discovers that Meg was active in a suicide support forum and that one user in particular seemed to push her towards the final act. As Cody tries to find the anonymous user, she discovers a lot more about her friend.
This was an interesting way to look at suicide and depression and how it affects people while also reading like a thriller. It explores how each of us has sides that are shown only to certain people, and what each of us hides away, as well as how one person can affect many others in small ways - a ripple effect. At first Cody seemed a bit prickly and closed off, but given that she was dealing with the loss of her best friend, she didn't seem unlikable, and through her journey she learned to open up.
Parental advisory: Some swearing, heavy topics, drug and alcohol use, and a brief, non-graphic sex scene. I would recommend for grades 10 & up. ...more
I checked this out after it came through the circulation desk at the library. Something about the weird cover and the description on the back (HoldenI checked this out after it came through the circulation desk at the library. Something about the weird cover and the description on the back (Holden Caulfield meets Lolita) intrigued me, and also it's really short.
In a very Holden-esque manner, the narrator describes how, as an alcoholic, he made a game out of hurting girls' feelings and getting off on it. Since then he's sobered up and gotten a career. Then he meets Aisling, and finds himself on the other side of the game.
While there were some humorous moments, and the narrator's voice was very conversational and easy to read, it left me feeling a little "meh." I did basically think the guy got what he deserved, although it was all very strange, both his game and Aisling's game. Sometimes it's interesting to watch fucked-up people interact with each other, but that was about all I got out of this one....more
Sam might seem like one of the most popular girls at school, but she's hiding a big secret: she has OCD. But when she meets Caroline, who introduces hSam might seem like one of the most popular girls at school, but she's hiding a big secret: she has OCD. But when she meets Caroline, who introduces her to a secret poetry club at school, Sam begins to realize that the reason she hasn't told her popular friends about her diagnosis is because they aren't such great friends. Now Sam has a bunch of new friends, including a boy named A.J. who she really likes... and who she and her popular friends teased mercilessly in middle school. Sam can't tell her old friends about her OCD or her new friends, but she just might be able to tell her new friends through poetry.
While the narrator for this audiobook kind of annoyed me, I thought Sam's struggles were very realistic... up until the strange twist near the end. I felt like this could have been a strong novel without the twist. Sam's journey through therapy and navigating her old and new friendships could have been solved realistically and with the use of writing as a type of therapy and that would have been just fine. Part of me also wishes that the Eights (Sam's popular friends) were a little more fleshed out, because it did seem like she had a strong relationship with at least one of them. I am glad that it wasn't entirely Sam's relationship with A.J. that helps her deal with her problems, and that her OCD wasn't "cured" despite what she hopes. This would appeal to fans of Say What You Will and All the Bright Places....more
Merricat Blackwood lives in the big house with her sister Constance and uncle Julian, the three of them alone ever since the rest of their family wasMerricat Blackwood lives in the big house with her sister Constance and uncle Julian, the three of them alone ever since the rest of their family was poisoned. Constance was acquitted of the crime, and Merricat is the only one who ventures into the village for supplies and endures the torment of the townspeople. They each have little rituals to keep them safe, until their long-lost cousin Charles arrives. Merricat thinks he has his eye on the family fortune, and decides she must be the one to protect them... again.
I put this book on my horror shelf because there is something chilling about the whole story. It's very strange - you read the stories of the scary house on the hill and who might live there, and this turns out to be the story of what's actually going on in that house. It was a bit sad, that way. I need to read more by Shirley Jackson because she has this way of making a story that never exactly comes out and says what is wrong. On the surface this reads almost like a children's book, but between the lines is fairly terrifying....more
I love the Netflix series, so I snagged this from a box of library donations and really enjoyed it. There are a lot of differences between this book aI love the Netflix series, so I snagged this from a box of library donations and really enjoyed it. There are a lot of differences between this book and the spirit of the TV show which made it an odd read at times. Most notably, Piper and Larry remain together (and eventually get married), there is very little emphasis on lesbian relationships in prison (she talks about them and touches on the relationship that landed her in trouble, but throughout her stay, Piper did not engage), and Piper's ex-girlfriend does not end up in prison with her until she is transported to Chicago to be a witness. While Martha Stewart's incarceration is mentioned, she does not end up in the same prison as Piper (as the similar character on the show does).
There were a lot of scenes that did make it into the show. I really enjoy the show's focus on relationships between inmates and groups of inmates and learning the backstories of the various characters. This seems to be an extension of Piper's observation in the book that many women are stuck in prison serving long sentences for very minor, non-violent crimes, simply because they are poor and are unable to hire a lawyer. Overall the book illustrates many problems with the prison system in America. While it doesn't have the humor and empathy of the show, it is an interesting depiction of these issues....more
I really liked the idea of this book, being a single person who only needs enough for one. Only most of these recipes are for more than one. Still, II really liked the idea of this book, being a single person who only needs enough for one. Only most of these recipes are for more than one. Still, I have been looking for more healthy, vegetable-based meals. I'm not much of a cook, so most of these had far too many ingredients and steps for me to even contemplate. I think there were only a handful that I would consider making. For those who are a little more ambitious in the kitchen than I am, especially if you are vegan/vegetarian, you might find a lot more that interests you. The photos do look very tempting!...more
Beauty is an STD everyone wants - aside from running a low fever, all it does is make the victim beautiful. Oh yeah, and apparently causes the victimBeauty is an STD everyone wants - aside from running a low fever, all it does is make the victim beautiful. Oh yeah, and apparently causes the victim to spontaneously combust, although the government has been keeping this knowledge under wraps. Now a pair of detectives, both of whom have contracted the Beauty virus, must work with the icy head of the CDC to find a cure before more people die. And there's also a few groups who are out to kill off those who have contracted the beauty...
I bought this comic randomly because the premise sounded really interesting. While I'm still not clear on how some of the killers are involved, I think this is a solid comic with lots of potential. The art style really worked for me (I didn't especially like the cover art - there were tons of cover variations for the individual issues and I actually liked all of them better than this one). And I imagine it's really difficult to have a character design that has to change from a normal-looking person to a "beauty" without making the character unrecognizable, so kudos for that!...more
Rick is faced with a tough decision - his people want revenge for the deaths caused by the whisperers, but he doesn't want a return to violence. StranRick is faced with a tough decision - his people want revenge for the deaths caused by the whisperers, but he doesn't want a return to violence. Strangely enough, he decides to seek help from Negan.
I'm really enjoying this story arc. The relationship between Rick and Negan is really interesting, and it's even more interesting to try to figure out if Negan is being manipulative or not. ...more
Kate and Clint's relationship has been strained ever since they handed the kids from Project Communion over to SHIELD. Now the kids have been kidnappeKate and Clint's relationship has been strained ever since they handed the kids from Project Communion over to SHIELD. Now the kids have been kidnapped, and across several different timelines (Kate's past, 30 years in the future, and the present), they must repair the Hawkeye team in order to rescue the kids from both SHIELD and Hydra.
While the 30 years in the future thing was kind of fun, it didn't make much sense to me in the long run. I liked the parallels of Kate's childhood mirrored with the current mission, it also paralleled the Clint & Barny childhood storyline of previous volumes. ...more