IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YOU NEED TO DO SO IMMEDIATELY! This book is just all kinds of awesomeness. It was so well written and witty that I foun...moreIF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YOU NEED TO DO SO IMMEDIATELY! This book is just all kinds of awesomeness. It was so well written and witty that I found myself frequently laughing out loud. The writing is spot on and takes readers on a roller coaster ride of emotions . . . one minute your are laughing and the next minute you are almost moved to tears.
Arnold, a Spokane Indian living on the "res," finds himself frustrated by the lack of opportunities for his people who are consumed by poverty and the ensuing alcoholism that frequently follows. In an act of desperation, Arnold decides he wants to attend the "white" high school 22 miles off the res, a move that is not popular with his Indian friends. What follows is Alexie's semi-autobiographical account of Arnold's journey to overcome prejudice and spread his wings despite his peoples' oppression and traditionalism.
Arnold is your typical teenage boy . . . and he talks about teenage boy things. But he is also very self-deprecating which adds to the books humor. Alexie's first-hand experience with "life on the res" provides a tender but eye-opening look at the struggles that Native Americans still face - all executed in a tender but humorous way.
I cannot wait to recommend this book to teens, albeit older ones. Some of the language and topics are raw and perhaps not appropriate for younger teens. The messages in this book are tremendous and would provide a wonderful springboard for discussion: racism, poverty, opportunity, self awareness, destiny, and on and on.
Please read this book. You will be so happy you did. I didn't want it to end. The BEST book I have read in a very long time!(less)
Meh - this was just OK for me. I liked the concept of the whole book and Vlad is sorta likable but the writing was kind of simplistic and the characte...moreMeh - this was just OK for me. I liked the concept of the whole book and Vlad is sorta likable but the writing was kind of simplistic and the characters were not very well developed. I can see why this series is popular, though, and it is nice to see a guy's take on being a vampire. I am just a little intrigued to read the next four but only if I have time to kill.(less)
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 driv...moreI 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 . . .(less)
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 the...moreMeh. 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. (less)
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 somet...moreThis 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. (less)
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 repre...moreThere 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.
I loved this goofy take on superheros and villains. Scott Hutchinson, aka "Bright Boy," is growing up fast and is not so sure about his continued role...moreI loved this goofy take on superheros and villains. Scott Hutchinson, aka "Bright Boy," is growing up fast and is not so sure about his continued role as Phantom Justice's sidekick. To make matters worse, he has a horrible costume that seems to draw attention to certain, ahem, body parts, causing him to be a laughingstock amongst the media and everyone else watching his attempts to save the world. To make matters worse, Scott soon realizes that Phantom Menace's arch nemesis, Dr. Chaotic's sidekick Monkeywrench happens to be Allison, a very hot girl from Scott's school whom he has been crushing on for the last several years. As the two get to know one another they begin to question their place in the whole superhero/villain world and realize things are not really how they appear to be.
This book had me laughing out loud in some parts. Scott's character is very self-deprecating and the book makes fun of itself in a lot of parts. This is a great read for upper middle school/high school boys looking for something action packed and funny. Loved it!(less)