This book was achingly beautiful. I haven't read anything that has moved me this much in a long time. I actually cried when I was done not because anyThis book was achingly beautiful. I haven't read anything that has moved me this much in a long time. I actually cried when I was done not because anything sad happened but because the feels were so strong. Beautiful writing, beautiful characters. Good stuff and well deserving of the Printz....more
On a dreaded trip to London to attend her father's wedding, a missed flight leads 17-year-old Hadley to Oliver, the boy of her dreams. After a fairy tOn a dreaded trip to London to attend her father's wedding, a missed flight leads 17-year-old Hadley to Oliver, the boy of her dreams. After a fairy tale kiss in Heathrow airport, the two lose track of one another, only to reconnect hours later following a very eventful day. In just a short 24-hour period, Hadley learns about the power of fate, family ties and that love can show up in the most unexpected place.
I really enjoyed this story although it is not at all what I expected. I was expecting more Oliver! But that is not to say I didn't like the story. I was pleasantly surprised that this was more a general story about all sorts of love (family, romantic, etc) - Hadley's relationship with her dad and her inability to come to terms with his new life take center stage here.
I receive a lot of requests for "clean" teen romances and I really think this one fits the bill! This is a very sweet tale and the writing is very solid. ...more
Seventeen-year-old Althea tries desperately to find a wealthy suitor to alleviate her family's financial woes and to secure her young brother's futureSeventeen-year-old Althea tries desperately to find a wealthy suitor to alleviate her family's financial woes and to secure her young brother's future as heir to their ancient, crumbling castle. Jane Austen fans will love Althea's outspoken attitude in this lighthearted look at nineteenth century British customs and courtship.
This was Jane Austen "light" and I loved every minute of it. Althea has spunk and made reading her story very fun. I was not overly impressed with Mr. Fredericks - I actually despised his character and so the ending was not very believable to me. But still a very fun read. I hear there will be a series of books taking place in Lesser Hoo. I am really looking forward to the next one!...more
The new girl at Preston County High School, 14-year-old Ricki Jo Winstead is determined to shed her Kentucky tomboy image, find a spot in the popularThe new girl at Preston County High School, 14-year-old Ricki Jo Winstead is determined to shed her Kentucky tomboy image, find a spot in the popular clique and land the perfect boy. Along the way, she learns that popularity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and that perfect boy has been right next door all along. Ricki Jo’s witty voice and small-but-mighty attitude make her the perfect narrator for this sweet teen romance.
I was afraid this book was going to be the typical one-dimensional teen but I did find some depth in Ricki Jo's character. You could see her struggling with her decisions and I found myself relating to a lot of the things she did (even though my high school experience was some 20 years ago!). Starting high school is hard and even more difficult when you are the new kid. Whitaker does a great job of showcasing the struggles teens go through when trying to balance fitting in with staying true to themselves....more
It is 1996 and Emma logs into AOL on her new computer only to find a strange link to something called Facebook. After clicking on the link, she is facIt is 1996 and Emma logs into AOL on her new computer only to find a strange link to something called Facebook. After clicking on the link, she is faced with her future Facebook profile and status updates taking place 15 years in the future. She and her friend Josh explore their fates through the site, realizing that small changes to their current life have adramatic impact on their future selves.
I liked this book. I didn't love it or REALLY like it but it was a good, fast read. I thought the references to the 90s were fun, at least for me, having lived through that era as a young adult. However I think the authors did try a bit too hard with the references, especially at the beginning. There was a lot of pop culture name dropping and other references that seemed overdone. I don't know how much teens will love this - most of them won't "get" the references and the Facebook theme will likely be outdated sooner than later.
However, the concept of this book was neat and did provide a bit of food for thought. I think the themes could have been better developed, along with the characters. Of course the flatter character development did make this a quicker read than something that might be a bit more developed....more
There is so much to say about this book but I don't want to give out any spoilers to I will just comment on general terms.
The Fault in Our Stars repreThere is so much to say about this book but I don't want to give out any spoilers to I will just comment on general terms.
The Fault in Our Stars represents everything I love about John Green, who, in my opinion is the gold standard for YA lit. Witty, smart and brutally honest, The Fault In Our Stars is the most realistic portrayal of childhood illness that I have read in a long time. I found myself sobbing and laughing at the same time - how many authors can take something so painful and twist your emotions in such a way that you go from one extreme to the next in a matter of seconds?
I love Hazel. I love Augustus. Their banter was undeniably John Green material and their philosophical debates are an example of what make Green's books so rich.
Green has taken a difficult subject and made it honest and even funny. Books about cancer and dying are often dripping with sentimentality but not this one. The layers in this book are stunning . . . dealing with your own mortality while at the same time watching a friend cling to life, the concerns of a terminally ill child who worries about what will happen to her parents after she is gone, or the desperation of parents who know that their child's days are numbered.
As an adult and parent, my heart not only went out to Hazel but to her parents as well. Books like this put my life in perspective. I hugged my girls just a little harder last night when I was putting them to bed.