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Be More Chill
Wow. I cannot believe how much I wanted to like this book and how disappointed I was by how misogynistic it is! Misogynistic, by the way, technically ...more
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Jan 07, 2011
Alice in Tumblr-land
How can you not love this book?!? The illustrations are great, the stories either make you laugh, cringe (in a hilarious way), become thoughtful or ev ...more
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Oct 16, 2013
This was a National Book Award finalist and I can see why. In many ways, it's a typical young adult novel with a girl struggling with her family, her ...more
Oct 24, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
The Arrival
I think the theme of this book is that, even if it's not something we expect, we may all experience being a "new arrival" in a foreign land at some po ...more
Jan 25, 2010
Jan 25, 2010
Death Note, Vol. 2: Confluence (Death Note, #2)
This book was only one in a series, so I feel like I just read part of a mystery novel. I can see how people get addicted to this!!! The theme of the ...more
Feb 07, 2010
Feb 08, 2010
I Am the Messenger
You know the line "practice random acts of kindness"? What if you were given missions kind of like this, with some that involve ice cream and others t ...more
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Sep 08, 2008
Pretty Little Devils
So I thought Pretty Little Liars was terrible. Then I read this. It seems like a very cheap, poorly written knock-off of the Pretty Little Liars serie ...more
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Apr 14, 2011
Un Lun Dun
So, first you think: this is one of those crazy, imaginative stories that follows the Hero's Journey archetypical plot line. Then you realize it has a ...more
Oct 31, 2010
Oct 13, 2010
Evermore (The Immortals, #1)
So I admit, I couldn't put this down, but I really don't think it was a worthwhile read. In so many ways, it seems like a Twilight copy, but I felt li ...more
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Jul 01, 2010
Stuck in Neutral
There are many themes in this book, but a simple one is to not make assumptions about people that you don't know or who are unfamiliar to you. The mai ...more
Jan 25, 2010
Dec 22, 2009
Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)
I know this is a popular series but...why? I really don't get it? Sure, it was compelling and I wanted to see what happens next but the characters are ...more
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Feb 04, 2011
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)
I LOOOOOVED her other novel (Going Bovine), but was pretty disappointed by this one. It wasn't terrible, it just didn't really grab me in any way. It ...more
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Aug 18, 2011
Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)
So I trash talked this booked to my students for being trite and cliche and nothing new...and yet, I also couldn't put it down. Maybe I should make a ...more
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Mar 24, 2011
The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)
I was gripped by the first in this series (Maze Runners) but was disappointed with its ending. I read the second hoping it might get better but, wow, ...more
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Jun 02, 2011
Yotsuba&!, Vol. 01 (Yotsuba&! #1)
It's fun, and because it's a graphic novel I find the slapstick stuff particularly funny. I'm intrigued to find out why Yotsuba is sooo....different.. ...more
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Oct 07, 2009
An Abundance of Katherines
Ok. I give in. I'm officially a John Green groupie. He's just too great not to be a huge fan. His books are funny, smart and compassionate--what more ...more
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Apr 17, 2011
Black Swan Green
I am officially a huge fan of David Mitchell now. This is an incredible book about a 12-13 yr old boy in the 1980s in England. It has a young protagon ...more
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Nov 30, 2010
Fever Pitch
I liked all the parts about him, but the details about a sports team (and a sport) that I'm not particularly connected to really dragged this book dow ...more
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May 17, 2011
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
I read this for a "World Religions" book club that my friends and I just created. It's was interesting but I think it will be better once I get to dis ...more
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Nov 07, 2010
Griffin and Sabine (Griffin & Sabine Trilogy #1)
This is a work of art AND one of the most romantic books I've ever read. It's part of a series, but I found the first book the strongest.
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Oct 19, 2009
Demon Thief (The Demonata, #2)
I'm just not a huge fan of the Demonata series (not into the gore, I guess) but this had some twists I didn't see coming.
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Nov 30, 2010
I'm not kidding when I say I literally spent the whole book waiting for something worthwhile to happen. Ugh.
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Sep 11, 2009
The Pact
Great, inspiring story, I just found the writing style simple and a bit stilted.
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Jul 30, 2011
Skippyjon Jones
Best. Book. EVER!!!!! Must be read aloud to enjoy the best parts...
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Sep 11, 2009
How I Live Now
Great book, disturbing and made me think. Bad ending though.
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Nov 11, 2010
So Hard to Say
This book seems very believable. It's a very sweet, and sad, story about a girl who has a crush on a sweet, cute new boy to her school. He likes her a ...more
Oct 21, 2009
Oct 19, 2009
The Tribes of Palos Verdes
I received this from a student. Female surfer--what's not to love!?!?!

Now that I've finished it, this is actually a much darker novel than I expected
Feb 12, 2010
Dec 22, 2009
A Prayer for Owen Meany
I'm a fan of John Irving and this is my favorite of his work. It tells the story of two boys who are best friends, one who is a little person and spea ...more
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Sep 05, 2008
Hard Love
I think my favorite part of this fun book about two teens who find each other through their love of writing self-published magazines (zines), is that ...more
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Sep 11, 2009
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
So far I've missed my subway stop TWICE because I was so hooked by this book. LOVING it!
Dec 12, 2008
Nov 23, 2008
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