Amazing! I love Morgan Matson's books and this has to be one of my favorites. Matson's writing is amazing and I can't wait to read what she writes nex...moreAmazing! I love Morgan Matson's books and this has to be one of my favorites. Matson's writing is amazing and I can't wait to read what she writes next. In many ways her books remind me of Sarah Dessen. You have a teen struggling with a problem and trying to figure it out with the help of friends and sometimes family. This was a fantastic summer read. (less)
This is a hard one to review because I know this book is nonfiction and the events depicted in this book are real. My rating and review of this book i...moreThis is a hard one to review because I know this book is nonfiction and the events depicted in this book are real. My rating and review of this book is not meant to diminish her experiences. My rating comes from the fact that I know Elizabeth Smart to be a talented speaker, but the book somehow fails to convey this. The writing style is flat and overly repetitive. Given her talent as a public speaker I was hoping for a book that was better written. (less)
After disappearing three years ago during a Girl Scout camping trip 16 year old Angie returns home to her family with no memory of the past three year...moreAfter disappearing three years ago during a Girl Scout camping trip 16 year old Angie returns home to her family with no memory of the past three years. She believes that she is still thirteen and that she had only gotten lost in the woods. Soon though, she begins to come to terms with the fact that during the last three years she had been held prisoner and protected by the multiple personalities with in her.
This was an intriguing story and definitely one that will appeal to teens. In one sense it is full the the sensationalism of a torn from the headlines story of an abductee returning to the world after being gone for years and on the other hand it deals with the a teen coping with multiple personalities. It will definitely have appeal.
I like that the author offers resources and help and the back of the book, but I felt that the story and the multiple personalities that Angie was dealing with was handled a little too easily. Everything fell into place and all Angie's problems after three years of abduction and abuse was tied up with a neat little bow--a little too neat. I think i would have preferred seeing a teen that was still healing with hope for the future rather than a teen with all her problems solved at the end. I know that is unlike me--usually I like a neat and tidy ending, but it just didn't ring true in this case.
I purchased the audiobook from Audible and was glad to experience this novel that way. The audiobook was produced by Harper Audio and read by Nicola Barber. The audiobook was unabridged with a length of eight hours and twenty minutes. The production was really well done and I loved Barber's narration.
Overall this is an interesting and intriguing novel. The audiobook production is excellent and I can see a lot of teens wanting to read this novel.
Cautions for sensitive readers:
Sex: Angie was molested and this knowledge is never far from the surface. The story itself isn't explicit, but the implications are there. Language: Mild but present. Violence: This is a novel about violence to a child.(less)
I loved Altebrando's Dreamland Social Club and couldn't wait to give this novel a chance. Mary and her friends have always been the losers of her scho...moreI loved Altebrando's Dreamland Social Club and couldn't wait to give this novel a chance. Mary and her friends have always been the losers of her school. She wants to finally prove her worth by winning the senior scavenger hunt with her group of misfits.
Mary was a hard character to like. In the beginning she is very self absorbed and more interested in what she believes she has lost and what she things she deserves. Although she started out as self absorbed, Mary does grow over the course of the novel. She begins to find more than the items on the list and discovers that perhaps she has gained more than she thought. The scavenger hunt becomes more than a game--it becomes a search for self.
I purchased the audiobook from Audible. The audiobook is produced by Recorded Books and read by Ali Ahn. Ahn does a wonderful job narrating this novel. At 6 hours and 48 minutes this isn't a long audiobook. The production is well done and free of flaws and very entertaining.
Overall this is an interesting book even if the narrator is a bit hard to like. I absolutely loved the scavenger hunt theme. The audio is wonderful and a great way to experience this novel.
Cautions for sensitive readers:
Sex: No although the topic is discussed, and there is some nudity. Language: Mild Violence: None (less)
Like Sheinkin's Bomb this novel presented the history of the plot to steal Lincoln's body in a factual, yet interesting account. Sheinkin familiarizes...moreLike Sheinkin's Bomb this novel presented the history of the plot to steal Lincoln's body in a factual, yet interesting account. Sheinkin familiarizes the reader with the terminology of the day, and the background of the crime. His information is clear yet rendered in a style of narrative nonfiction that will appeal to the reader. While there are some parts that seem a bit dry, overall this is an interesting view of historical events.
I purchased the audiobook from Audible and found it to be an interesting book to listen to. The audiobook is published by Scholastic Audio and read by Will Patton. I had listened to Patton's narration once before when I listened to Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Boys. While I had a little trouble with his narration of that book, I found his narration of this work to be near perfect. The unabridged audiobook is a short listen at only three hours and sixteen minutes, but it is a wonderful way to experience this book, although you may find yourselves wanting to pick up the actual text for some of the illustrations available there.
Overall, this is a wonderful addition to the nonfiction novels available to young readers. The audio is well done, and a nice way to experience this bit of history. (less)