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Maribeth Klein is having a heart attack, she just doesn't realize it. With allThis book was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Maribeth Klein is having a heart attack, she just doesn't realize it. With all that she as going on in her packed schedule, the thought of a heart attack is the last thing she is expecting. She goes about her day: get the twins ready for school, plan dinner for the family, run errands for her job, plan out the week for her job...it's a never ending cycle of to-do for Maribeth.
Lucky for her, she happens to have a doctor's appointment. It is at this appointment that she mentions the heart pain she's having. Testing is done. She has emergency bypass surgery. Time doesn't stop for Maribeth though after she gets out of the hospital. The saying "being a mom is a full time job" is no joke for Maribeth. After trying to heal at home, the unending stress causes Maribeth to make a drastic choice: leave.
She packs up her things. She leaves a note. She just goes. Maribeth knows that the only way to heal is to get away and escape the unending requests and work at home. It's not an easy choice; leaving her kids and her husband, but there doesn't seem to be any other way. Once in Pittsburg, Maribeth finds herself for the first time in a long time being anonymous. No deadlines, no meals to plan, no children to look after...just taking care of herself.
Forman captures the struggles of a working mom. The first part of the story had me grabbing my own chest, the stress that Maribeth is feeling completely overwhelms her and it is directly felt by the reader. I found Maribeth's voice to be authentic and real. Her problems, while I may not have the same ones, still struck a chord with me. The thought of up and leaving ones family is hard to imagine. Even though it was horrifying to me, I was able to see how Maribeth's situation was quickly getting out of control. The need to hit the "restart" button was a must for Maribeth, the only way to start getting herself healthy again. I am such a fan of Gayle Forman, and this title did not disappoint either. I definitely recommend for adult fiction collections. Teen fans will be okay reading this title was well. there isn't anything graphic that isn't already in YA fiction, the subject matter just might not appeal to teens....more
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Nanette O'Hare is gliding through life; she's a star athlete on her soccer team, shBook given to me through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Nanette O'Hare is gliding through life; she's a star athlete on her soccer team, she is a good student, she has a good daughter. There is a lot though doesn't fit for her. For one, she hate soccer. She resents her friends who only seem to want to drink and have sex with boys. Then one day, her English teacher gives her a book to read, "The Bubblegum Reaper" and it changes everything for her.
With two middle fingers in the air Nanette decides to take matters in her own hands. So beings an adventure in learning about herself. I fully enjoyed this novel, it delves into the hard questions that a lot of teens are dealing with. Quick doesn't shy away from tough situations, ones that really challenge the norms.
This title is definitely for older teens, there is some profanity and sexual scenes that might be a little too intense and detailed for some readers. Quick asks the tough questions and often the answers are easy to swallow. A solid and complex read....more
Frannie and Louis have both suffered great tragedies and losses in their lives. Frannie was stabbed by her father, and eventually goes to live with heFrannie and Louis have both suffered great tragedies and losses in their lives. Frannie was stabbed by her father, and eventually goes to live with her grandparents. Louis was part of a horrific accident that severely disabled his twin sister. Both teens were in therapy after their incidents, and eventually they both joined an online support group. A friendship quickly blossomed, and while the pair never even knew each other’s real names, and live on opposite ends of the country, their communication lasted for years.
It is now the summer before their senior year of high school, and Frannie and Louis have both found something new in their lives. For Frannie it is a letter about her mother, whom she thought was living in Florida. And for Louis, it is a once in a lifetime college opportunity. The pair find themselves on a road trip of a lifetime, learning about their past, future, and present selves.
Leno has crafted a solid story with The Lost & Found. Both Louis and Frannie are sympathetic and likeable characters, both dealing with his and her own healing. Readers get to know each teen’s story a chapter at a time, with each chapter alternating between Frannie and Louis. Both teens have a very authentic feel to them causing them to be relatable despite having a very serious and dark backstory. Leno has tackled tough situations with humor, romance, and a little taste of magic sprinkled throughout. This is a great title for any and all library collections, especially where romance is popular. The Lost & Found will appeal to both boy and girl readers; highly recommended. ...more
Colt and Bastian Jensen are new to the neighborhood. Their father, Rex, showers them with gifts, and in Colt's eyes it doesn't do much to make up forColt and Bastian Jensen are new to the neighborhood. Their father, Rex, showers them with gifts, and in Colt's eyes it doesn't do much to make up for what he's done.
The Kiley's are a large family with six kids, an alcoholic father, and a mother that is doing her best to get by each day. 13-year-old Freya is instantly enamored with the Jensen family and the seemingly easy life they lead. She is most especially drawn to Rex.
Told from various points of view from both the Jensen and Kiley kids, this novel deals with some very dark and deep topics. Definitely a title for older teens, it may be a hard sell to most teens despite it being very well written and taking tough topics head on. Hartnett does a great job of taking some very serious situations, and bringing them to light in a way that is authentic and raw. I will again caution that there is adult language, adult situations, and tough family issues all discussed in this novel....more
Carol cannot believe she has to spend her whole summer on her grandfather's sheep ranch in the middle of New Mexico. Her father is completely on edge;Carol cannot believe she has to spend her whole summer on her grandfather's sheep ranch in the middle of New Mexico. Her father is completely on edge; he hasn't had much of a relationship with his father since his mother died 12 years ago, her baby brother is almost attacked by a snake within no time of arriving, and her older half-sister really doesn't seem like she wants to be along for this new adventure with her family.
The only good thing about this whole set up is the fact that Carol, or Caro-leen-a as her grandfather calls her, is getting to know her grandfather for the first time in her life. Even though he is starting to drastically lose his memory, he is full of grit and stories, and quickly captivates Carol's imagination and attention.
It's hard though to not remember why Carol and her family are at the ranch this summer: they need to move Serge out of his ranch and into the Seville; a hospital/home that will help to keep track of Serge as he continues to lose his touch with reality.
Is Carol's father making the right decision? What happens with the drought that has caused Serge's farm to go under is broken? This is a story of love, and loss, and tales larger than life. It really gives a sense of New Mexico and a young girl that is having to live between two cultures. I found Carol's voice to be authentic and engaging, and I was completely wrapped up with Serge's tall tales of the magic tree and the lost bees. Highly recommended for middle grade teens....more