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Commencement
3.31
After months of Facebook ads pushing this book on me (with the headline "Vassar Grad?" no less), I succumbed as part of my project to read more fictio...more
Aug 28, 2010
Aug 28, 2010
 
Peyton Place
3.70
I had to go down to four stars because I thought the ending fizzled, but this was darn close to a five-star read. I was expecting something lurid a la...more
Oct 04, 2009
Oct 05, 2009
 
Admission
3.33
**spoiler alert** I had to click "contains spoilers" because there is so little information one can get about this book before reading it (the cover b...more
Jun 28, 2010
Jun 28, 2010
 
Gossip Girl (Gossip Girl, #1)
3.47
I don't seem to much like actual teenage girls. Then again, the Gossip Girl characters don't act much like actual teenage girls. Or actual humans real...more
Jan 2007
Aug 16, 2008
 
Imperial Bedrooms
3.10
I would advise potential readers -- and if you're reading this now, that may mean you -- don't read any reviews of this book. Stop reading this right...more
Aug 06, 2010
Aug 06, 2010
 
Lunar Park
3.59
This monstrosity is about to make me take Less Than Zero off of my favorite books list. Could this book have been worse? I don't know. I really am not...more
Jul 2007
Aug 16, 2008
 
Killer (Pretty Little Liars, #6)
4.13
To get ready for reading this book, I looked back on my reviews of the earlier books and flipped through my copy of Wicked. Just doing that was enough...more
Jan 24, 2010
Jan 22, 2010
 
Sweet Little Lies (L.A. Candy, #2)
3.55
People, don't let the whole "This was written by a reality TV star" thing get you down on this series. I mean let's be real -- this was written by her...more
Oct 10, 2010
Oct 14, 2010
 
Only in Your Dreams (Gossip Girl, #9)
3.60
I'm importing a lot of these reviews from my blog, so these are from the point at which I read these books. This was the first Gossip Girl book I read...more
Jan 2007
Aug 15, 2008
 
Private (Private, #1)
3.84
I avoided this series for a long time, and upon actually reading it, I don't know why. I read the fifth book, loved it, and immediately went to the li...more
Aug 07, 2008
Aug 15, 2008
 
Privilege (Privilege, #1)
4.00
In spite of my rather tepid review of "Last Christmas," I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the first in the Private spin-off series featuring Ariana Osgo...more
Jun 18, 2009
May 16, 2009
 
Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)
4.01
I had avoided this series because the title is stupid and the cover art is heinous. Then I read the second one, Flawless, and I LOVED it! My only regr...more
Apr 2008
Aug 16, 2008
 
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
3.70
**spoiler alert** Remember how the last work of adult fiction I read was recommended by the New York Times book review, and I hated it? Well, I read t...more
Jul 04, 2010
Jul 05, 2010
 
Perfect Mistake (Privilege, #3)
4.11
Once again, this really promising series is running aground a bit for me. Every time I get my hands on one of these, I want it to be great, and it win...more
Dec 31, 2009
Dec 31, 2009
 
Twisted (Pretty Little Liars, #9)
4.11
OMG you guys PLL is back!!! I will never watch it (I learned my lesson with the horrible TV version of Gossip Girl), but thank heaven for whatever ABC...more
Aug 27, 2011
Sep 11, 2011
 
Heartless (Pretty Little Liars, #7)
4.16
Though I bought this book on pre-order, I delayed reading it till now -- I have this whole thing where when I really, really like something (books, mo...more
Apr 20, 2010
Jan 27, 2010
 
High Lonesome: Selected Stories, 1966-2006
4.16
Unsurprisingly, the city of San Diego gives meager funding to its libraries, and thus the collections range from tolerable to horrible depending what...more
Feb 2007
Aug 16, 2008
 
Prize Stories 1999: The O. Henry Awards
3.83
I've always wondered when this would happen, and it finally has. One, I've finally struck upon an anthology I had already read (borrowed from the libr...more
Jul 11, 2012
Jun 26, 2012
 
Love the One You're With (Gossip Girl: The Carlyles, #4)
3.88
Has Alloy pulled the plug on this series already? I can't find anything online to say so, but let's just say this book feels like it could be the last...more
Oct 25, 2009
Oct 16, 2009
 
Shopaholic and Sister (Shopaholic, #4)
3.61
This was another one of my ill-advised, just-grab-something library books. Seriously, this woman is the worst writer. I think the worst thing about it...more
Jan 2007
Aug 16, 2008
 
Hey Nostradamus!
3.72
After reading JPod, I swore to myself I would still read this book in spite of how unbelievably horrible JPod was. Hey Nostradamus! was pretty good, e...more
Aug 2007
Aug 16, 2008
 
The Reef
3.65
I usually loooove Edith Wharton, but for some reason this one was really slow-going. I'm not sure why. My theories are a) it takes place overseas inst...more
Sep 2006
Aug 16, 2008
 
The Ten-Year Nap
2.89
I'm both surprised and not surprised the average rating on this book is so low (two-point-something). I'm surprised because I, for one, really liked i...more
May 12, 2010
May 15, 2010
 
A Gate at the Stairs
3.12
Yes, my force-fed diet of old-adult literature continues. Or should I be saying "adult-adult"? Here's the thing, if I say "adult literature" it makes...more
Aug 2010
Aug 01, 2010
 
Prize Stories 2001: The O. Henry Awards
3.78
I think I must have read a library copy of this when it was more contemporary and forgotten I had, because while I know a few of the stories in here w...more
Apr 2012
Apr 01, 2012
 
Imperfect Birds
3.23
I was on the fence between three and four stars, but decided in the end that in the scheme of things, especially compared to almost everything else I'...more
Aug 11, 2010
Aug 11, 2010
 
Prize Stories 1983: The O. Henry Awards
3.00
I wish Goodreads had the cover for this, because the 80s style of O.Henry covers is the best style (with the short-lived early '00s iteration a close...more
Apr 16, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
 
Skippy Dies
3.71
This book had caught my eye when it came out, but I had forgotten about it until I spotted a humidity-swollen, mold-spotted copy at Funkytown in Hondu...more
May 25, 2012
May 27, 2012
 
The Lying Game (The Lying Game, #1)
4.01
Really this one was like a 3.5 for me. You know I'm always a critic, so here's what I didn't like first...

I DID like that for once the series is set n...more
Sep 11, 2011
Sep 11, 2011
 
Vanished (Private, #12)
3.98
It's official: If the whole Survivor thing with Reed stuck on an island put this series on life support, this book absolutely pulls the plug. This one...more
Oct 14, 2010
Oct 14, 2010
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