Seventeen-year-old Michelle Devereux has been more like a mother to her thirteen-year-old sister, Cass, and six-year-old brother, Denny. She and CassSeventeen-year-old Michelle Devereux has been more like a mother to her thirteen-year-old sister, Cass, and six-year-old brother, Denny. She and Cass have the same father, but they haven't seen him in years. They also have a half-sister, Leah. They've never met her. Not until they find out their father is sick and they all, along with Leah's stepbrother, take a road trip from Baltimore to California.
Michelle and company were heading to a destination, but it seemed more like they were runaways, out there lying and stealing to survive. I can't remember how many times I shook my head. The situation could have been handled differently instead of making a spur of the moment decision. Young people out on the road without an adult. Not acceptable. But I was also concerned at times.
Michelle, Cass & Denny: The adults in their lives had issues that caused them to suffer emotionally and psychologically. That was sad.
I did not like reading profanity throughout the story, but despite that, this was a page-turner....more
On her way to a trivia championship she's anxious to participate in, Allie has an accident. What happens next turns out to be more than a matter of liOn her way to a trivia championship she's anxious to participate in, Allie has an accident. What happens next turns out to be more than a matter of life or death.
I don't know how many facial expressions I made while reading this engrossing novel. Wow. I've known people who were in comas, and I always wondered what they were experiencing as friends and family prayed for their recovery. I realize this is fiction, but I'd like to advise readers to take the story seriously. Angels are real. Demons are real. God is not dead. Jesus lives.
Jennifer Allee deals with serious issues, showing how dysfunctional some families can be, how holding on to past hurts can destroy lives, and how some who call themselves Christians have no light but are still in the darkness. According to the Bible, how can a Christian be recognized? Matthew 7:15-20 has the answer.
Vinnie's Diner is a must read for Christians and non-Christians, teens (there are important messages for young ladies, in particular) and parents. If this book isn't in every high school and public library and bookstore nationwide, it should be. Very well-written....more
I heard good things about Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall but I never got around to reading it, so when I saw Vanishing Girls (ARC) in my Vine queue I cI heard good things about Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall but I never got around to reading it, so when I saw Vanishing Girls (ARC) in my Vine queue I checked it out immediately. The chapters aren't numbered. Chapter titles show Dara or Nick's name, a date, and every now and then the time of day. This story alternates between the sisters points of view, but there are also diary entries, website posts and emails. Sometimes it was "before" the accident and sometimes "after" the accident. I had to pay close attention. The story didn't flow well, but the author didn't lose me. The profanity was a bit much. And it took the author so long to get to the point that if I wasn't obligated to write a review, I would have stopped reading. I must admit, the good part was worth the wait....more
Cassie Carter had a close relationship with her family until she made a choice they didn't like. Thirteen years later, she's trying to build a betterCassie Carter had a close relationship with her family until she made a choice they didn't like. Thirteen years later, she's trying to build a better life. Her father and mother have passed away, but is it too late to be a part of her sisters lives? Will they accept her?
I was expecting the story to focus mainly on Cassie restoring her relationship with her sisters. I wanted to know what it would take to bring them together or if that would happen. But quite a bit of the story was about the beginning of a new relationship I didn't find interesting.
The sisters were living in the past. I needed them to stop behaving like the young people they were all those years ago and be mature adults. To read about their separate lives was somewhat interesting, though.
The emotional and mental effects of domestic violence and the struggles once a woman escapes an abuser are well-told....more
Grace is the daughter of a major in the U.S. Army and her grandfather is the United States foremost Ambassador to Europe. She has moved around a lot aGrace is the daughter of a major in the U.S. Army and her grandfather is the United States foremost Ambassador to Europe. She has moved around a lot and now she's back at the embassy, the place she lived every summer until her mother died. People are saying it was an accident. Grace believes it was murder. Can she prove she knows what she's talking about?
Although I enjoyed the prose, I often felt like not much was being said. Because the synopsis mentions mystery and conspiracy, I thought the story would be more intriguing. It became interesting near the end. I was curious when I finished, though. I just might read Book Two of Embassy Row....more
There has been a murder in the town of Justice, Mississippi. A white teenage girl is dead. A black man is accused of the crime.
A white girl is dead, sThere has been a murder in the town of Justice, Mississippi. A white teenage girl is dead. A black man is accused of the crime.
A white girl is dead, so a black man must be guilty. Call the black man uppity because he's educated and has a mind of his own. If this wasn't a Christian novel, I probably wouldn't have been interested in reading. I expected the ignorant racist attitudes. I expected to be bothered or angered by some of the content. But I also expected something that would keep me from staying stuck in those bad feelings. I wasn't disappointed. Christian principles are mentioned amid injustice. Christian values fight bigotry and hatred.
There were times when characters didn't speak naturally, but I'd still say Ace Collins is a good storyteller. I liked the courtroom scenes and there was action that made me feel like I was watching a movie.
Two sections (1964 & 2014). I found the first part most interesting. Compelling story.
Page 159: "They'll stay in the shadows. They are afraid of the light." - Loved that....more
Nineteen-year-old Gage and his eleven-year-old sister, Ari, don't have parents and they're moving out of their guardian's home. They want to honor theNineteen-year-old Gage and his eleven-year-old sister, Ari, don't have parents and they're moving out of their guardian's home. They want to honor their late mother's wish by staying together even if they have no permanent address. Their mother also wanted Ari to attend a middle school for gifted students. Will homelessness keep Ari from applying?
Young people struggling to survive is a sad thing. I was concerned for Ari (especially as I read Chapter 19) and Gage. I wanted to know how life would turn out for them. And there was also a question that came to mind concerning their guardian. I looked forward to having that little mystery solved.
The grade school scenes seemed necessary in order to understand Ari and what she was going through, but I was more interested in everything that happened outside of school. I'm sure I would have enjoyed the story more, though, if it had been told from Gage's point of view - a teen aspect - instead of hers.
The fact that Ari was eleven was mentioned a few times as if that age meant she was grown. Eleven is still a child. Only one year older than ten and not yet a teenager. Some circumstances were beyond her control, but there were times when the older people in her life were not responsible. She needed guidance and protection.
Ari and Gage were happy for things that probably seem small to some people. This book could help readers appreciate everyday conveniences instead of taking it all for granted....more
With her husband's support, Audrey Whitman has fulfilled her dream of owning a bed and breakfast. She and Grant have spent their life's savings transfWith her husband's support, Audrey Whitman has fulfilled her dream of owning a bed and breakfast. She and Grant have spent their life's savings transforming their empty nest into Chicory Inn. Their daughter, Landyn, pays an unexpected visit. After only six months of marriage, she has left her husband, Chase.
I liked everything that had to do with the inn, but I was most interested in Landyn and Chase's situation. They were facing challenges in their new marriage. Making mistakes and assumptions, bitter moments, misunderstandings, working through their problems - I was eager to see how it would all work out. I wasn't happy with Chase in the beginning. Maybe that was because I read Landyn's side first. Maybe it was because I wanted to take the woman's side. But after a while I began to feel for Landyn's husband and became more understanding of his position.
This was a nice, inspirational read. What I liked most was how characters always kept God in mind, bringing Him up in conversation and praying about big and small things....more
Summer of 1963: The Green family has three unbreakable rules and one is that they all will be lawyers. Sixteen-year-old Justice Jeanette Green (aka JJSummer of 1963: The Green family has three unbreakable rules and one is that they all will be lawyers. Sixteen-year-old Justice Jeanette Green (aka JJ) has different aspirations. She wants to be a songwriter. Without her parents permission, she applies for a summer job in the music business. She's allowed to take the position, but if a song of hers isn't recorded before school begins she'll have to give up on her dream.
Predictable at times, but engrossing. I went from enjoying JJ's journey and waiting to see if everything would work out for her to guessing whodunit. I'm Glad I Did would make a good television movie. I'd love to see the characters come to life, especially Janny, Dulcie and Rosetta.
I love to listen to good music, but I know nothing about what goes on behind the scenes. This story taught me a few things about the music industry. I liked the legal discussions where the murder mystery was concerned. And it's always nice to read Teen Fiction that doesn't have way too much profanity....more
Alexis Riggs is an honor student, a math girl, a geek. She is also a suicide survivor. Her brother, Tyler, took his own life.
I didn't realize until IAlexis Riggs is an honor student, a math girl, a geek. She is also a suicide survivor. Her brother, Tyler, took his own life.
I didn't realize until I was about to write this review that there are Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Death & Dying Fiction. Wow. Sounds so sad and morbid. But death is a reality. This book does not make light of suicide - it shows the complex emotions family members experience, how their relationships with others can change, and touches on the stigma that exists concerning this serious issue. There is something in the pages that can help survivors cope and, I believe, it could be used as a teaching tool to help prevent suicide.
Honest, thought-provoking, heartbreaking. Less profanity would have made it better for me, but still, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a must read. It should be in libraries, schools and bookstores everywhere. I became engaged immediately. Every now and then I had to say, "Lord, have mercy." Surprisingly, I laughed at times. And the last chapter just about had me in tears....more
Sixteen-year-old Vivian Apple does not believe in God, which is why her parents couldn't talk her into joining the Church of America. Now her parentsSixteen-year-old Vivian Apple does not believe in God, which is why her parents couldn't talk her into joining the Church of America. Now her parents are missing. Have they been raptured? Or are they alive? Vivian goes on a cross-country trip with Peter, a guy she just met, and her best friend, Harp, in search of answers.
The only thing I liked was Vivian and Harp's close friendship. There were interesting moments here and there but, for the most part, the story irritated me: A new religious movement distorting Christian beliefs, changing God's Word to line up with twisted thinking. Teen characters with no respect for the heavenly Father. And if the profanity was supposed to make this young adult novel edgy, it didn't. Too many vulgar words is an unpleasant distraction....more