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The Milk of Birds
4.17
Too often, in young adult novels the characters have it too easy: they are white most of the time. They rarely have to think about how their parents a...more
Aug 13, 2014
Aug 12, 2014
 
Two Boys Kissing
4.14
If I could give this book six stars, I would. So if you look hard at the five I've given the book, maybe your belief can create a sixth?

“Every time tw
...more
Oct 23, 2013
Jun 02, 2013
 
Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Graphic Novel: The Authorized Adaptation
3.92
It’s always thrilling to reread a favorite book, in this case, a graphic novel based on the novel, with the author’s consent. Instead of quoting the m...more
Jun 28, 2010
Jun 27, 2010
 
Love Letters to the Dead
3.88
I really liked this! I liked the shape of how Laurel told her story. And I really liked the method Laurel had for telling us her story.

Laurel, a fres...more
Apr 30, 2014
May 02, 2014
 
The Graveyard Book
4.09
My review from 8/3/13:

I want to hug this book! Listening to it, read by Neil Gaiman, was an especial pleasure and I got to listen to it with my family...more
Jan 10, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
 
Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories
4.17
Thirty-one new and selected short stories by one of my favorite writers. Do I hear B.D. Wong when I reread “Breaking and Entering” because he read the...more
Aug 30, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
 
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol I: The Pox Party
3.49
Like Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson this is a first-person slave narrative historical novel, both are set in Northern cities during the Revolution,...more
Jan 17, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
 
A Life Apart
3.83
At Pearl Harbor, when the Japanese attacked, white Morris Sullivan was rescued by a black sailor. The next time he gets leave, he visits the sailor’s...more
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 18, 2014
 
The Hour I First Believed
3.76
This is the fifth novel I’ve read about Columbine and it’s the best. It’s about what happened on April 20, 1999 but even more it’s about how one goes...more
Aug 06, 2009
Aug 07, 2009
 
Shadow Tag
3.32
A beautifully written but heartbreaking novel about a very bad marriage.

Gil is a native and successful painter who obsessively paints portraits of hi...more
Jun 10, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
 
The Telling (Hainish Cycle #8)
3.82
Sutty is an Indo-Canadian, raised partly in India, who is an Observer for the interstellar Ekumen. She has been sent to Aka, a world in a stranglehold...more
Feb 23, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
 
The Map of True Places
3.64
Zee is a successful Boston psychologist, engaged to an appropriate man, but who she does not love. Her father, Finch, a Hawthorne scholar in Salem, MA...more
Jun 26, 2010
Jun 24, 2010
 
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
3.96
I like the protagonist Cameron, but I wish the book had been edited. There’s entirely too much detail! Do we need to know the name of every song she d...more
Jan 12, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
 
Tender Morsels
3.55
I read this book because Bitch Media (yes, that’s its name..) put it on a list of 100 feminist YA novels, then they took it off. (This, Sisters Red by...more
Feb 21, 2011
Feb 18, 2011
 
Wash
3.57
This is not a historical novel that’s an escape, nor is it ‘beach reading.’ It’s a debut novel of ideas and not drama, of character and community. It’...more
Jan 09, 2014
Jan 05, 2014
 
One Was a Soldier (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #7)
4.16
This novel is a mystery and a romance, but neither of those genres are with capital letters, in my opinion. It’s also about returning Iraq war vets in...more
Dec 13, 2011
Dec 16, 2011
 
I am Forbidden
3.65
Four generations of a Satmar Hasidic family from 1939 in Transylvania to 2012 in Williamsburg, NY in each and in some there are multiple members who b...more
Mar 31, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
 
Swamplandia!
3.19
Kiwi and his sister Ava Bigtree have just lost their mother to cancer, their sister to mental illness (or is it fancy and fantasy?) and their father h...more
May 29, 2013
May 25, 2013
 
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish
3.95
This novel, or is it a novella, or is it linked short stories? is told in rhymed couplets. I almost repeated that, so surprising and unusual it is, bu...more
Nov 10, 2013
Nov 09, 2013
 
The Light Between Oceans
3.96
This book is all about loss, grief and love. It’s 1926 on a teeny island 100 miles from the Australian southwest coast, Janus Rock, where there’s a li...more
Aug 26, 2013
Aug 13, 2013
 
The Last Werewolf (The Last Werewolf, #1)
3.47
‘“It’s official,” Harley said. “They killed the Berliner two nights ago. You’re the last.” Then after a pause: “I’m sorry.”’ (3)

So begins this litera...more
Jul 03, 2013
Jun 29, 2013
 
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors
3.88
Pancho’s older mildly retarded sister has just died, been murdered he believes. His father died a few months before, which I believe was no accident,...more
Oct 14, 2010
Oct 13, 2010
 
The Tragedy Paper
3.77
When Duncan moves into his own room as a senior at the private Irving Academy on the Hudson River in Upstate New York, he receives from Tim Macbeth CD...more
Jan 22, 2013
Jan 05, 2013
 
Where Things Come Back
3.81
Seventeen year old Cullen Witter tells us about what happens in Lily, AR, a sleepy southern town where nothing happens, the summer when things do happ...more
Mar 27, 2012
Mar 26, 2012
 
Speaking Out: LGBTQ Youth Stand Up
4.08
“All Gender U” by Sandra McDonald is about Lin and the inclusive college she dreams of attending, since she was born a boy. “Only Lost Boys Are Found”...more
Mar 28, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
 
Wonderstruck
4.13
This is why I read and love graphic novels! This huge and also tiny story could only have been told as a graphic novel. Ben is an 11 year old in 1977...more
Mar 15, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
 
The Monsters Of Templeton
3.57
Willie Upton has returned to her fictionalized hometown of Templeton (read Cooperstown) to find out who she is. She knows she’s the last Temple, a dir...more
Mar 25, 2010
Mar 22, 2010
 
Half a Crown (Small Change, #3)
3.92
Carmichael was put in charge of the Watch, a sort of British FBI or Gestapo. Because he’s in charge, under his bosses’ noses, he finds Jews and others...more
Nov 2012
Nov 01, 2012
 
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
4.27
This is why I read so much: to discover books like this that are full of heart, love and wisdom and make me richer for having read them.

Aristotle and...more
Aug 21, 2013
Jul 13, 2013
 
Songs for the New Depression
4.34
Four stars, four and a half or five stars??? This very good and important novel shouldn't lose a star because it's main character is often unlikeable....more
Feb 14, 2014
Nov 03, 2011
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