This book was funny, funny, funny. Not in the cerebral kind of humor that draws me to John Green and the like but total bathroom humor . . . and sometThis book was funny, funny, funny. Not in the cerebral kind of humor that draws me to John Green and the like but total bathroom humor . . . and sometimes that is just what the doctor ordered.
Matt and his 2 best friends choose a goal every summer to meet: biking 15 miles to the lake and then skinny dipping, collecting 1000 golf balls from the local golf course, obtaining an illegal password to a porn site. You get the picture. This year, the stakes are set even higher: they will do everything in their power to see a real, live naked girl. As they work towards their goal, they find themselves in some unthinkable situations (cross-dressing, pooping their pants in front of the girl of their dreams, getting caught hiding in a closet at a party while spying on a couple making out) with hilarious consequences. But seeing a girl naked is really the least of Matt’s problems right now. He has volunteered to “swim the fly” (butterfly) at his swim teams final competition in order to impress a girl. Too bad he can barely swim a lap of the stroke. As Matt and his friends’ crazy summer unfolds, Matt learns a little about himself and even falls in love along the way.
I laughed out loud many, many times while reading this book. Loads of potty humor and sexual innuendos in here but, remember, our fearless narrator is a 15-year-old boy and Calame’s writing seems pretty spot on (although I am not and was not a 15-year-old boy I am pretty sure he has hit the mark here). Between the crazy circumstances that the boys find themselves in and the rapid back-and-forth of the witty dialogue (imagine if you will the conversations during national “that’s what she said” day) this book is just plain old funny. Great read for boys, particularly reluctant readers (I can only imagine that saying the words “naked girl” will result in the book being ripped out of my hands). Fun stuff. ...more
This was a really fun read. One of the teens who frequents my library kept recommending it to me so I gave in and read it. I am honestly a bit tired oThis was a really fun read. One of the teens who frequents my library kept recommending it to me so I gave in and read it. I am honestly a bit tired of the vampire/paranormal theme but this book was a fun read. Sophia is a witch who hasn't quite developed her powers yet to the level they should be and has used her powers in the presence of humans which lands her in Hex Hall, a ghostly "juvie." While at Hex, Sophia struggles to fit in amongst the more seasoned witches, warlocks, shape-shifters and fairies and the lone vampire who is her roommate. As her first year at Hex unfolds, Sophia discovers some secrets about her past that leave her feeling defeated and even more of an outcast.
This sounds like a downer but, really, Sophia is a very likable character. She is very flawed, self-deprecating and funny which makes her feel more real. The pace of this book is very good. There aren't too many dead moments where you feel like you have to skim to get to the good parts. I think this would make an excellent middle school read and plan on booktalking it in the fall to some of the 7th and 8th grade classes of reluctant readers that I visit. The girls in particular would gobble this up.
I will say that Hawkins does an excellent job of ending the book with a cliffhanger. There is very little resolution so this is not the best stand-alone book. Can't wait to read Demonglass!...more
I listened to the audio for this and loved it. Julia Whelan captured Carly's southern twang and teenage angst perfectly. I laughed out loud while drivI listened to the audio for this and loved it. Julia Whelan captured Carly's southern twang and teenage angst perfectly. I laughed out loud while driving several times.
This was my first experience with Lauren Myracle and I think she does a superb job of capturing teenage drama without being too over-the-top/stereotypical as some authors have a tendancy to do. She has harnessed the teenage voice perfectly and I look forward to reading more from her.
A very funny, yet tender look at being a teenaged girl . . ....more
I am a teen librarian and one of my patrons recommended this book to me. She told me if I like The Hunger Games I would like this book as well. The stI am a teen librarian and one of my patrons recommended this book to me. She told me if I like The Hunger Games I would like this book as well. The story is darker than the Hunger Games and left me feeling uncomfortable at times, especially during scenes involving the "Grievers," robotic blubbery, slug like creatures the size of cows that pursue Thomas and the other characters sent to a mysterious maze that appears to have no end. I know there is a sequel to this book and I was on the fence about reading it but now feel I have to. The Maze Runner does not have closure even though conflict was solved and the main characters appear to be out of harm's way for the moment. The epilogue completely ruined the end for me. Dashner should have made it the prologue for The Scorch Trials, the second book in the series. I feel like it was just a ploy to get readers sucked in to reading the next book, which, of course I feel like I have to do now.
I will recommend this book as I do feel it is has some good elements and would be an especially good dystopian fiction choice for a boy. I wouldn't say it is one of my favorites though - just OK....more
Sixteen-year-old Gemma is on her way to Thailand with her parents when she is kidnapped by a handsome Australian twenty-something man and taken to hisSixteen-year-old Gemma is on her way to Thailand with her parents when she is kidnapped by a handsome Australian twenty-something man and taken to his secluded compound in the Australian desert. Through a letter to him, Gemma's struggle to escape while simultaneously developing feelings for her captor unfold.
This book was riveting. I listened to the audio and was hanging on to the narrator's every last word. Her delivery was spot on.
Aside from the delivery of the book, I loved the way it is written. Gemma's conflicting emotions are portrayed very well in her "dialogue" with her captor relayed through a letter she writes to him. Ty, her captor, is a complex character. I wanted to hate him for what he did to her but ended up falling in love with his gentleness towards Gemma and his simplistic ways. Christopher's talents as a writer make the reader conflicted in their feelings towards the antagonist . . . much the way Gemma must feel towards him. I secretly wanted them to end up together which is kind of sick and twisted seeing as though Ty kidnaps Gemma. But that is the beauty of this book . . .
Meh. Not as funny as I had hoped it would be. This book had tremendous potential. There were a few very funny laugh-out-loud moments, mostly from theMeh. Not as funny as I had hoped it would be. This book had tremendous potential. There were a few very funny laugh-out-loud moments, mostly from the main character's inner dialogue.
This is the story of Will Halpin, IM name Hamburger Halpin, a deaf teen who has decided to leave his school for the hearing impaired to attend a traditional high school. As he tries to fit in amongst the bullying and ostracism, he and a friend uncover the truth surrounding the mysterious death of one of their classmates in an abandoned coalmine.
I never felt myself getting really into this book. I liked Will well enough but was not enamored by the supporting characters at all. Will's friend Devon was really unappealing to me. I would have liked to have seen more back story on Will and his parents and their relationship with one another. There were definitely glimmers of something there but it never got fully developed. Like, for instance, Will's dad definitely has some issues with Will's deafness but it is never really explored or resolved. And, what was the point of the dog? Don't get me wrong, I love doggies, but why was the dog even mentioned or a part of the book if he is never really mentioned again? I didn't see the point.
I did like the take on things from a hearing-impaired narrator. That was interesting and I found some of the observations about what it is like to be deaf very enlightening . . I just thought the plot was kind of thin and it could have been more than what it was. ...more