This was my least favorite out of the three Hopkins books I've read, Glass, Burned, and Impulse. This was okay and probably any Hopkins fans would likThis was my least favorite out of the three Hopkins books I've read, Glass, Burned, and Impulse. This was okay and probably any Hopkins fans would like it as well but I wouldn't make it the first you read by her. I may not have chose to read another by her had this been my first. ...more
I'm trying so hard to understand the ratings and reviews here. So, so hard. But I just can't. This is an icky book. And, if you took all of the ickinesI'm trying so hard to understand the ratings and reviews here. So, so hard. But I just can't. This is an icky book. And, if you took all of the ickiness out the book would STILL suck. That's bad folks. Just bad. I'd pay anyone my entire life savings right now if they can find me one - ONE - boy or girl the ages of the girl and boy in this story that would act as these two characters act in this story. I defy everyone out there. And yes, believe you me, I do know, very well I might add, that everyone "acts" different, everyone "thinks" different, blah, blah. I know. But there is no one in this entire world who acts like these two characters. I don't believe and I won't believe it. Jesus himself could stand in front of me and tell me I'm wrong and I wouldn't agree. I don't know anything about this author, except that, IMO, he sucks pretty bad. But I have no doubt in my mind - NO DOUBT IN MY MIND PEOPLE - that if it hasn't already come out, if someone did some digging into this dudes past they'd find some pret-ty perv-y things happening in this mans closet. I'm sorry but no grown person, male or female, can write like this and be normal. Sorry. Okay, pervy-ness and icki-ness aside, this has to be one of the most unrealistic books I've ever had the displeasure of reading. The only thing that keeps me from hitting myself if the fact that the one dollar I paid for it went to my local library and not into this perv's pocket. Thank God for small miracles right? Right. The sentences were so simple they seemed like they belonged in a children's picture book for one. Two, I'm not a prude by a loooooonnng shot but every other paragraph is some weird thing about a vagina, breasts or a penis. Whatever. Let's just say I wouldn't want my daughter or son reading this. And not for the "special" area references, but because the only thought that ran through my mind while reading this is what this man has probably done to little kids. I think I got near page 50 before I decided to put myself out of misery and ended it. Since then whenever I glance at the cover I have bad memories of it. (It was only left out as a reminder to review - now it's leaving here. If I wasn't so in love with books I'd chuck it in my fireplace. I just might still.)...more
This was a very tedious read for me. It's not often that I feel so happy when I turn that last page in a book. I'm still asking myself why I felt theThis was a very tedious read for me. It's not often that I feel so happy when I turn that last page in a book. I'm still asking myself why I felt the need to finish. I passed the 'have to finish reading every book I start' bump a few years ago and haven't had a problem putting down a book in a long time now. I still give each book all I have but I can definitely put one down if need be. With this one I just kept pushing myself and pushing myself. I strongly considered stopping on this one even three quarters of the way through. It's not because I didn't like what the book was about. That was about the only thing I did like. It was the writing. I read Francine Prose's book After just before this and I read another slim book by a different author between the two Prose books. I did this intentionally because with After could tell I needed a break before starting another one. I think this is a little more "YA" than I like my YA. The writing is a little too childish for me. But the subject of the books is not. It doesn't match IMO. After was better than this for me but not by much. I doubt I'll read any others.
Just to mention this - the title of this book is Bullyville. I can't say I paid the utmost attention to this story but I don't remember Bart's school being called 'Bullyville' even one time. I remember it being called 'Baileywell' or, more often, 'Bullywell'. I guess it's not that big of a deal but it caught my eye after I was finished. If I'm correct why not have the title 'Bullywell'? That would make more sense IMO. ...more
3.5 ~ Personally, I'm surprised to see the hatred for what this girl did. I can see people close to her feeling duped but us strangers? Not getting it3.5 ~ Personally, I'm surprised to see the hatred for what this girl did. I can see people close to her feeling duped but us strangers? Not getting it. Quite frankly I'm ecstatic the girl is smart enough to value life. Let's face it, there are a lot of grown men and women not that smart. I wish every single young person in the world grew up thinking like this.. maybe then it would last. If you ask me, I say her Mom did a hell of a lot right, not wrong. Gaby mentions a YouTube video in her book, Children See, Children Do. She talked about it in a manner that told me I'd actually look it up. (I usually plan such things and never actually do them.) I did it. And it is indeed a powerful video. Not one semi-observant person in this world can honestly claim they haven't seen a kid reenacting their parent(s). I see it all the time and not only with my own daughter. Usually we see it as something cute. But what it we saw it and it was ugly? That's what the video shows. Link here ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHi2dx...
I think Gaby's idea was great. I've had teenage friends who had children and became wonderful parents. The stereotypes and assumptions help no one. If Gaby showed that to one person a real difference was most likely made. I'd wager she showed that to a hell of a lot more than one person. I don't think it's right to judge Gaby for what you see a poor choice by her Mother or siblings. That makes no sense to me. It looks to me like Gaby took her surroundings and learned from them. That's more than what a lot of us do, myself included. I'd have liked some pictures included, her before, during, after. Maybe the school or her with family or good friends. The writing isn't remarkable but I don't think it's meant to be. It's the story that's remarkable. And I'll be the first to say that this teen wrote a more intelligent book than many, may adults have. I say good for her. I hope she made some money, had some fun and changed some lives in the process. I hope she goes on to do more great things....more
This shouldn't be on my YA list, it should instead be on a 'children's' list but I don't have one. The closest I have is my daughters list which won'tThis shouldn't be on my YA list, it should instead be on a 'children's' list but I don't have one. The closest I have is my daughters list which won't work because I read this for myself because it's a Blue Hen Nominee. I feel almost unfair rating it because it is a good book and if I was 10 I'd probably give it 5 stars. But I'm not 10, I'm 33. Couloumbis' writing is there and I'd hand this to a ten year old boy in a heartbeat if he asks me for a good book to read. It's definitely, IMHO, geared more for the boy reader. I don't know many young girls who'd be real thrilled with it anyway. I think one thing that was hard for me was Jake's young attitude. I read One Crazy Summer just before this and in that the young main character, Delphine, is only slightly older than Jake here, yet she's worlds apart in terms of maturity. I can relate more to Delphine than to Jake and this affected me. The best part of the book for me was the supporting characters. Mrs. Buttermark, Jake's Grandfather and the Mother's friends to a lesser degree. I was very much expecting Jake's neighbor and Grandfather to make a match which surprisingly was left open for the reader to assume. I wouldn't mind reading something by Couloumbis that's for the older crowd. (By older I mean the teens out there.) Her writing has a special something there. Hopefully I'll get to read something else by her one of these days. I liked this enough that I'm going to take a look through her other titles to see if I find anything that interests me....more
I happened to see this at the library last week and my resolve to only read what I have here flew out the window quickly. I don't know how to explainI happened to see this at the library last week and my resolve to only read what I have here flew out the window quickly. I don't know how to explain it properly but for whatever reason the cover drew me in. I was pleasantly surprised at Caitlin's voice in the story. And I was over the moon with Caitlin's father. As the story got going I expected the father to be the over-the-top, nearly perfect father figure we often find in a story like this and that was not the case. In actuality he was very much average and that will go along way with not just me I'm sure. This was an eye-opener for me. I've read a lot of books, fiction and non-fiction and even some dealing with characters or people with Asperger's and other conditions like it, but this affected more than most, if not all of them. I've never known anyone personally dealing with this and this really does get you thinking about 'what is' and what suck and such 'seems like'. Hopefully this will really get through to the younger people who read it. As much as I hate to admit it I was one of the kids in high school who took to making fun of the less fortunate kids. While I wasn't anywhere near the coolest kid in school I wasn't on the other side of the spectrum either. When I think back to some of the harsh things I said and did back then it really hearts deep inside. Kids can be so cruel and if this book stops one kid from making fun of another, if this helps one kid be more understanding, then I think it's done more than we could ever hope. Hopefully that will be magnified thousands and millions of times. ...more
I found this at Goodwill for a dollar the other day. Loving non-fiction and personal stories and seeing this kid's cute, smiling face I had to get it.I found this at Goodwill for a dollar the other day. Loving non-fiction and personal stories and seeing this kid's cute, smiling face I had to get it. And I'm glad I did because I'm going to hang onto it for when Julia's older. I think all kids should read this, black, white, every race. I do have to say that I think Roth did a disservice to this story. I'm not big into art but I can appreciate certain forms. But her collage art in this text makes the book seem tacky. And the story and author are anything but. If pictures were available they would have gone a long way with me and I'm sure many others. If they weren't then leave it up to the reader. Even one or two current pics of the author if that's all he could include would have been better than what Roth did. I'm not going to rate the book on that though. I'm rating it for what it is - a short story, for the younger crowd, meant to show them what it was like way back when. Tillage wasn't a slave. Tillage's parents weren't slaves. Tillage's grandparents weren't slaves. But his great-grandparent's were. Walter was born in 1936 in North Carolina. And while he was a "free" man he may as well been a slave. Some of the things he tells of in this book alternately make my blood boil and run cold. The story of his Father's death makes me want to try to find if the people involved are still alive to find them and torture them. Then the one boys Father. The fact that there was ever a time in this country where what happened to Tillage's Father happened is out of this world. I literally cannot imagine. What's interesting is that even in that time, there were normal people sprinkled in here and there. (And I stand by the use of the word 'normal' because IMO racists are not.) Tillage even mentions a few times when whites and blacks came together. I'll never understand it but I do know this - I would have never survived. Everyone being equal isn't something I learned, it's something ingrained in who I am and I honestly believe it would be that way whether I was born in 1920 or 2020. I don't often get to say this but it's a shame more people can't be like me. ;-) Leon's Story is very fast. So fast I read it while eating breakfast yesterday and I finished the book before my breakfast. Apparently Tillage lives and works (lived and worked?) in Baltimore, MD. and speaks yearly at a local school(s). Tillage is the kind of person you wish you were able to shake hands with. He seems like a real upbeat and positive person even after all he's seen, all he's suffered. It's a shame more people can't be like him. :( ...more
3.5 ~ I should have reviewed this when I finished which was just over a month ago but I'm so behind I have even earlier books to still see to. I won't3.5 ~ I should have reviewed this when I finished which was just over a month ago but I'm so behind I have even earlier books to still see to. I won't say much about the story, it's been done and my memory is about as bad as it gets, so I'll keep it simple. I was looking forward to this from the first time I heard about it after reading Th1rteen R3asons Why. I really liked that book and I didn't see how this couldn't be a winner. I wasn't aware another author was attached until I actually got the book though and that threw me a bit. I wanted just Asher, who I knew I liked. In the end I found I like Carolyn Mackler a lot also though so it was a win. I loved the 90's nods, much like most everyone else, it was very naturally done and really brought back memories. (Those AOL disks!) Being a Facebook user I was able to imagine what it would have been like having this happen to me. And from what I imagine it would have been a lot like this story. I'm looking forward to Asher's next work and I'm excited to read something else by Mackler also. I'm a one author kind of girl though so I do have to say that I'd prefer a lone book by each of them. ...more
4.5 - I actually finished this awhile ago and haven't had time to review it. I was really needing a book like this when it came along so I'm thrilled4.5 - I actually finished this awhile ago and haven't had time to review it. I was really needing a book like this when it came along so I'm thrilled to have read it when I did. I won't give a description in the truest sense because it's been done enough. I'll stick to my feelings. I loved all of the characters and while they were relatable they weren't predictable. That means a whole lot with a story like this. The whole 'beach life' thing does nothing for me. It's not a fantasy of mine and besides hitting the beach a few times each summer with my daughter I'd just as well stay away. But here, in Moonglass it's almost magical. In an everyday type of way if that makes sense to anyone but me. The suspense is there but not like in the average mystery book where the author tries - and hopefully succeeds - in that sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat thrill. This is much more muted and with a story like this it's just awesome. There's no other word for it - just awesome. I love the idea of 'moonglass' and how it's something between Anna and her Mother. Anna's Father is portrayed perfectly. Anna's love interest is the same. This is another YA book that isn't only for young adults. This is the kind of YA book that made me fall in love with the genre - and has kept me here. I think, for me, the absolute best part was near the end when Anna realizes something that she hadn't known before. (I hate spoilers, can you tell?) Kirby perfected writing with that/those parts IMO. I'm looking forward to reading more from the author - if it's anything like this I'm sure I'll love it and I'm sure it'll be a hit. ...more
This is more YA than Children's IMO. I think you also have to take into consideration what kind of kid is going to be reading/hearing this. The only rThis is more YA than Children's IMO. I think you also have to take into consideration what kind of kid is going to be reading/hearing this. The only reasons I deemed it okay to read with my daughter, who is 6, is because the topic isn't new to her, she knows a lot about what dogs go through and because she's pretty mature for her age. We actually borrowed two similar books and I decided we're going to wait awhile with the other one. If you're an animal lover this will take it's toll on you. It's not too harsh for the younger crowd and actually most of the dogs written about died naturally and of old age. But in between those you have the ones who died giving their life for their human(s). You have the ones who received horrendous wounds - to save their human(s). That's hard to read about no matter what for people like us. Mattern really did manage to convey how loved these dogs were - by their humans. Which leads me to their government. Unfortunately, the dogs weren't cherished nearly as much by everyone. They still aren't. As far as I know, ever since Vietnam, our military dogs have been considered "equipment" and nothing more by our government. (This is where "orders" would fly out the window for myself.) A lot of people have heard how our dogs were left, abandoned, in Vietnam when we left. I won't go into how I feel about that in particular... I could write for days. I will recommend two adult books however - fiction - Finding Jack: A Novel by Gareth Crocker and non - Always Faithful: A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WWII by William W. Putney. Both are fantastic, fantastic, fantastic books. Gareth's reads like non-fiction. Both are highly emotional books written by talented men who truly, 100% love dogs. Mattern even mentions the Guam memorial to war dogs with the inscription 'Always Faithful' at the base of the Dobermans statue. She mentions how the War Dog Memorial Fund is trying to get a stamp to honor these heroes. Why would that ever happen though? You can't honor "equipment". Which is, as far as I know, still how our dogs are classified ever since Vietnam. (Something else Mattern touches on.) I've never seen equipment knowingly and selflessly save a man's life. It boggles my mind how horribly messed up this country was, is and will continue to be on so many different levels. That's a topic for another time though. Mattern also includes a number of websites to visit, ranging from memorials for those who died to the Beagle Brigade to the dogs of 9/11 to SAR dog stories. http://www.qmfound.com/War_Dogs_Bibli... is supposed to give a "thorough list of books and articles" about dogs from all branches of the military. I'll be checking that out shortly. I'd recommend but I'd recommend feeling your way through it and knowing beforehand what your child - and you - can handle.
**I should note that a good number of the links included in the book are broken. Many are no longer there or suspicious. Luckily Google comes in quite handy at times like these and very luckily the bibliography is still there.**...more
I think I'd really give this 4 1/2 stars if I could. I really like Ellen Hopkins and all of her books so far. This was left open for a possible sequelI think I'd really give this 4 1/2 stars if I could. I really like Ellen Hopkins and all of her books so far. This was left open for a possible sequel from what I could tell. I absolutely LOVED what happened at Ty's house when Ian came over near the end. I sat and thought for awhile because I really should have seen this "twist" coming and it totally blind-sided me. Maybe it's better that way sometimes. Definitely recommended! ...more
4.5 - I picked this up on a whim while strolling in the library the other day. I was looking through the "new" YA books and this caught my eye. I had4.5 - I picked this up on a whim while strolling in the library the other day. I was looking through the "new" YA books and this caught my eye. I had no idea what the title was about because other than a few non-descriptive blurbs (which I hardly ever take at face value anyway) there was nothing to tell me anything about the story. But I took it out anyway. I guess I liked the cover. I ended up being surprised by the book. It's a very fast read. Very fast. Like, a one sitting type deal. The main topic is breast cancer and how a new neighbor, Johanna, comes in and changes the lives of the main character, Finn, his friend Matthew, as well as numerous others. Johanna has breast cancer and is undergoing chemo during the story. On the surface this wouldn't sound like something the average young person would want to read right? Well, I'm almost positive that most of the young people who start to read this will finish it. They'll get pulled in. Gary Paulsen has a very talented voice and it speaks to you. I think this may be geared towards boys maybe in the 12-16 age range but I wouldn't limit it. I'm a 32 year old female and I loved it. Reluctant readers may just find a love of reading through this story. I'd recommend immediately to any teacher, librarian, parent of a pre-teen, etc. along with people like myself who just love a good story. I'm definitely going to check out more by the author. ...more