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The Carnival at Bray
This book is intensely romantic, not in the way that "The Fault in Our Stars" or any other popular YA novel is, but in a way that feels more genuine a ...more
Apr 05, 2015
Apr 05, 2015
El Deafo
I was talking to a teacher aide who was complaining about what it's like to listen to teachers gripe in the school break room, and so I started tellin ...more
Feb 14, 2015
Feb 15, 2015
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.: A Memoir
Surprisingly great autobiography. Lots of stories that make cartoony figures like Sid Vicious actually humanish, tons of embarrassing stuff (Vincent G ...more
Mar 29, 2015
Nov 20, 2014
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
**spoiler alert** This was cerebral/intense/rich and I loved it for that. It is unusual to see a YA novel in which parents are depicted with so much p ...more
Feb 26, 2015
Feb 18, 2015
The Fourteenth Goldfish
**spoiler alert** Jennifer Holm always writes the most enjoyable children's fiction. You can tell she is having a good time writing because the story ...more
Jul 26, 2014
Jul 17, 2014
Orange Is the New Black
I randomly picked this up and was surprised by its descriptiveness and pretty good storytelling. After awhile it starts to drag though. I just started ...more
Mar 11, 2015
Mar 11, 2015
The Swap
I keep thinking about this book after having read it a few days ago. A really intelligently written book. It seems just totally fun and rad on the sur ...more
Nov 09, 2014
Nov 12, 2014
Funny Girl
It was surprising at times, and always satisfying. Cool to see how these characters' lives played out amidst all the changes of the 1960s and beyond. ...more
Mar 31, 2015
Apr 03, 2015
Black Swan Green
<3 <3 <3 This is now my favorite book of all time, if I had to spend the rest of my life with only one book, this is the book.
Feb 04, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
My Brother's Shadow
I read this entirely in one sitting (at the DMV! where I could have easily finished Anna Karenina as well). It is a sad, quiet book about a girl griev ...more
Jan 05, 2015
Jan 05, 2015
The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats
I haven't seen the exhibit yet, but this seems like a great companion/introduction to it. The first essay by Claudio Nahson is especially strong and i ...more
Nov 17, 2012
Nov 17, 2012
Nobel Genes
A library patron complained to staff that this book contains adult content inappropriate for minors (despite it being classified as YA literature). Na ...more
Jun 05, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
How to Be Good
**spoiler alert** This wasn't my fave Hornby, through most of it I was kind've baffled and when the Goodnews character came on the scene I almost stop ...more
Apr 30, 2015
Apr 30, 2015
My Favorite Things
Maira Kalman got a call from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (NYC) to curate her favorite items from their collection. She spent a year visit ...more
Feb 22, 2015
Feb 22, 2015
As good as I remembered it.
Oct 07, 2014
Oct 07, 2014
2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America
A bleak (but at times, kinda funny) look at the future of the United States. Brooks writes from a variety of characters’ perspectives as they each fac ...more
May 30, 2011
May 17, 2011
Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek
I liked this book and even think it's remarkable. She's 15!

My only thing (and this is just a personal preference) is that I tend to like characters/p
Jan 14, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
The anthropological aspects were interesting, but not the memoir vibe. Hard to get into the first 2 chapters when you feel like you're being told witt ...more
May 08, 2012
May 11, 2012
This Thing Called the Future
Set in South Africa, told from a teen's perspective as she treads between childhood and maturity. There is a nice blend of traditional custom vs. mode ...more
Jul 18, 2011
Jul 21, 2011
The Night Bookmobile
A soft sci-fi story inspired by HG Wells. The protagonist wanders the streets of Chicago all night, every night, looking for this Bookmobile/door to a ...more
Oct 22, 2010
Oct 23, 2010
Brutal relentlessly escalating doom ... a bit surprised it's filed at the local library as younger kids book. Stoic and pretty prose.
Mar 28, 2014
Mar 22, 2014
Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University
Picked up the galley version at ALA and read it on the flight home. There is something mesmerizing about how he writes, it's straightforward yet emoti ...more
Feb 03, 2015
Feb 03, 2015
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
Perfect. Held my interest the entire time. All the storylines were wonderful. Well-crafted characters, everyone from Piddy to Lila to Joey. Seeing Pid ...more
May 14, 2014
May 14, 2014
Bonjour Tristesse
Yeah, this is obviously written by a teenager, and I liked it! It starts off having a really fresh, super carefree tone to it and depicts the joys of ...more
May 2015
Apr 30, 2015
Sure Signs Of Crazy
The main character is going through preteen years without a mother (mother has been in a mental institution her whole life) and an alcoholic dad. She ...more
Jul 03, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
Reading this was hard. The story gets sad, then sadder, then funny, but then really upsetting (over and over). There are some happy and great moments ...more
Dec 26, 2012
Dec 26, 2012
I Slept With Joey Ramone
First 200 pages are great, then it slows down and there is a lot of bellyaching (the author is his little brother, there's lots of sibling love/hate g ...more
Jan 08, 2011
Jan 10, 2011
Juliet, Naked
**spoiler alert** Maybe I will appreciate this book a bit more when I'm a lil older, but - what the hell - this novel about being middle-aged was stil ...more
Apr 10, 2015
Apr 10, 2015
The Bone Clocks
**spoiler alert** While Black Swan Green is still my fave of all time, this was super satisfying. It had the trippy traces of transmitigation from pre ...more
Sep 23, 2014
Jul 17, 2014
The Vinyl Princess
I was kinda interested in this at first because of the author's Amoeba Records affiliation. It is a very quick read and extremely predictable. Many of ...more
Mar 08, 2010
Mar 09, 2010
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