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Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this, although i did think it was a bit long in the middle (I will admit there may have been some skimming)

But Dan? He get...more
Oct 05, 2013
Oct 05, 2013
Love Life
truly funny and touching. Maybe not quite as WOW as his first book, but he can definitely spin a story.

I love his "rogues gallery"--and that he mocks...more
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 07, 2014
This was amazing. I have read it in less than 4 hours. So completely compelling telling the story of Lia, who is an anorexic on the brink.

One review...more
Mar 28, 2009
Feb 12, 2009
Everybody Sees the Ants
This is a 280 page gut-punch.
This is amazing.

Lucky is a freshman who has been bullied by the same boy since they were 7 year old first graders. No one...more
Apr 08, 2013
Apr 06, 2013
Full Dark, No Stars
I love Stephen King, and he is at his best in his novellas. So far I am hooked.

Nov 17.

This was amazing. Like many of "Uncle Stevie's" books, it is ver...more
Nov 17, 2010
Nov 06, 2010
**spoiler alert** This is good. Not "Grounded" good, but good.

Klise has way of writing that can make you feel like you are there in the story. Her dep...more
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 20, 2012
Counting by 7s
**spoiler alert** SPOILERS

I hate books where the parents die. And they die early in the book, leaving Willow an orphan, with no friends, no family--a...more
Nov 21, 2013
Nov 20, 2013
My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece
**spoiler alert** This one is a weeper. . .

Quite good, and the emotional punch came when I wasn't expecting it.

This is another book that I am not sure...more
Apr 26, 2013
Apr 26, 2013
The Graveyard Book
**spoiler alert** I am only writing a spoiler to help if you are trying to recommend this book to kids--there are some things to be aware of. This boo...more
Mar 14, 2009
Mar 02, 2009
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
I really wanted to love this book, but I just didn't. It's beautiful, the story is nice, but I was never engrossed. I think it's a great book for ages...more
not set
May 13, 2008
Gem X
I thought this was a pale variation on the Uglies/Pretties trilogy from Westerfeld, and many others. the book takes a great premise and doesn't DO any...more
May 14, 2008
May 14, 2008
So Punk Rock: And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother
I really liked this book. Ari, is a nice Jewish boy who wants to be the next Lou Reed. Not a bad aspiration, but since he is starting a band by readin...more
Dec 05, 2009
Dec 05, 2009
The Last Straw (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #3)
More middle school hijinks. Greg is a self-involved hero, but we root for him anyway.

Looks like I should get on the wait list for #4 ASAP
Feb 09, 2009
Feb 09, 2009
Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind
Oh River, what could you have been?
Instead of being remembered as a junkie, you should be followed by TMZ while you rally for your cause. A product o...more
Jul 23, 2014
Jul 26, 2014
Instant Mom
Loved this. Nia Vardalos has a definite skill with words. I am not an adoptive mom, or Greek, but Italian is close enough that I relate. A must read.
Sep 21, 2013
Sep 21, 2013
House of Dolls
Then one day, as things always do—even for dolls—everything changes.

I love this book. I love FLB. Her books are always so vividly written, and House o...more
Nov 04, 2010
Nov 04, 2010
Cookie Craft: From Baking to Luster Dust, Designs and Techniques for Creative Cookie Occasions
this was really nicely done-very inspiring to the novice baker-like me.
Oct 17, 2011
Oct 17, 2011
Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist
I read this hearing MJF's voice the whole way. I feel like he is such an iconic part of my generation, the Alex P Keaton/Marty McFly every man. Yet, i...more
Jul 10, 2012
Jul 12, 2012
Gone Girl
Holy cow, this is a gripping page turner. Genius.
Aug 02, 2012
May 29, 2012
Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue: An Origami Yoda Book (Origami Yoda #5)
So good, the commentary on testing should be read by teachers and parents. Sadly, I think a lot of kids miss the biting nature of EduFun, because it i...more
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 07, 2014
The Season
ok, never mind, vicki gave this a 1.
not set
Aug 13, 2011
The 100-Year-Old Secret (The Sherlock Files #1)
Good for what it is. Nice mystery, no violence and no inappropriate behavior by the kids. They even have parents. LIVING PARENTS! Who know what's goin...more
May 26, 2009
May 23, 2009
Dare Me
EDIT 6-1-13

One sentence summary, stolen from Booklist: Bring it On meets Fight Club.

I like the term "noir cheerleaders" coined by other reviewers. Thi...more
Jan 14, 2013
Jan 14, 2013
In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran
I thoroughly enjoyed this.

As an original Duranie in the 80s, with many pictures stolen from Tiger Beat all over my Chandlers, I loved this band. I did...more
Nov 02, 2012
Sep 06, 2012
The Dead and the Gone (Last Survivors, #2)
Just as amazing as the first. I thought it would be anti-climactic since it takes place in the same time frame as the first -thus "ruining" some of th...more
Jun 10, 2008
May 12, 2008
Viola in Reel Life (Viola #1)
I didn't expect to like this book. I read it in one sitting last night and loved it. It's a nice book, good story, and i really loved the author's wri...more
Nov 18, 2009
Nov 18, 2009
The Selection (The Selection, #1)
I put this one off for a long time.

Hunger Games meets the Bachelor. Ok
AWESOME cover. Definite plus.

But really, could it be that good?

I tore throug...more
Aug 04, 2013
Aug 04, 2013
The Girl Who Owned a City
I just found this book in anticipation of the graphic novel. Now, I liked this, and would probably give this as a too young for Hunger Games read alik...more
Mar 17, 2012
Mar 17, 2012
Just Too Cute!: And Other Tales of Adorable Animals for Horrible Children
Electric eels can shock.
Bats have rabies.
Rats have babies.
The perfect pet's a rock.

This is just a sampling of the stories and poems in this book....more
Jan 06, 2012
Jan 06, 2012
Jeneration X: One Reluctant Adult's Attempt to Unarrest Her Arrested Development; Or, Why It's Never Too Late for Her Dumb Ass to Learn Why Froot Loops Are Not for Dinner
Another great Jen Lancaster entry. She is in her potty mouthed, Alice Kravitz glory here, with a few insights to her softer, more personal side. I hav...more
May 19, 2012
May 21, 2012
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