1. The cover doesn't do this book justice. 2. The books structure is just a tad bit different (only 5 chapters then almost vignettes within the chapte1. The cover doesn't do this book justice. 2. The books structure is just a tad bit different (only 5 chapters then almost vignettes within the chapters), and the way it is structured adds urgency. 3. It is heartbreaking. 4. It is more than a sports book....more
*Told in a very matter-of-fact tone and style, Hanna's story does not hold back from the horrors of the Holocaust and shows how one piece of good luck*Told in a very matter-of-fact tone and style, Hanna's story does not hold back from the horrors of the Holocaust and shows how one piece of good luck can change your life. (I am glad the name was changed for the US release. Much more about playing than boys.)...more
What I found in this book was a book of truth. While I normally find a book that has so many topics in it to be cumbersome (just some of the topics hit were: pregnancy, abortion, meth, family, religion, ethnicity, school, homosexuality, sex, death, poetry, college, rape, and gender expectations), I felt that Gabi was just truthful. Her story was just a story full of real life which just happens to be messy. I enjoyed the unique format, the diversity (not just race/ethnicity, but lbgt, body size, class, ELL, etc.), and the amazing cast of characters. Gabi’s voice rang true throughout, and even got stronger as she became more independent within the story. Well done....more
Whoa! This book is just an explosion of thought-provoking commentary mixed with humor, feminism, romance, depression, and a touch of magic. Like all oWhoa! This book is just an explosion of thought-provoking commentary mixed with humor, feminism, romance, depression, and a touch of magic. Like all of King's novels, her protagonist is a bit different than the norm. This time Glory is drowning in her past and angry and full of hatred. It is because everything in her life is stagnate. Even her future is nonexistent in her mind. Then she begins to see the future. And although it makes her feel crazy, the future helps to shape her present and work through her past.
(view spoiler)[I found the whole story of the Second Civil War to be political, but not preachy. It really makes you truly examine the world and think about all the bad that could happen if we continue to not see all people as equals. Also, Glory's visions give us home for her life. From very early on you assume the book will end with her death. It does, but just not the way you think it is going to happen. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[I loved the transformation that Glory and her dad make just through the act of communicating and not holding everything in any more. 13 years is a long time to grieve, but everyone goes through the process at different speeds. It seems that Darla's family is finally reaching acceptance. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[I like Peter a lot (especially with what we know about the future), but I almost feel like it is against Glory for her to need a boy to help her heal. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[Crazy how much of a villain Rick is knowing the future! And Jasmine--man, her evil is so subtle, but the more you know about her the more you realize the sociopathic tendencies!! Poor Ellie! (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I loved how Andrew Smith sprinkles information into his stories that seem so unimportant then BAM is relevant. Brilliant plot craftsmanship. Great chaI loved how Andrew Smith sprinkles information into his stories that seem so unimportant then BAM is relevant. Brilliant plot craftsmanship. Great characterization in this one too. On a side note, I loved learning about the St. Francis Dam Disaster as well. An interesting part of American History. (The spoilers in the summary stink! So much of what is said happens in the last 25%.)...more
Sean Beaudoin's novels always have such a unique voice. His style of writing is like no others, and that is truly impressive. Although Infects is stilSean Beaudoin's novels always have such a unique voice. His style of writing is like no others, and that is truly impressive. Although Infects is still my favorite, this one was quite entertaining. ...more
Andrew Smith sure knows how to write a teenage boy’s voice. He gets inside of adolescent male’s mind, and puts it all on paper for us. (It probably has something to do with teaching high school.) Ryan Dean’s voice and his story are so authentic. This book will make you cringe, laugh out loud, shake your head, and cry. I am also so impressed with all of the themes that are dealt with in this book without ever feeling over done. These themes include bullying, absent parents, peer pressure, identity, sexuality, prejudice, and friendship. In addition, Smith builds his characters, setting, and plot seamlessly. You fall in love with all of the characters, main and secondary. Even the antagonist. The setting itself is a character. And finally the plot arc was perfectly done, and was so unpredictable all the way to the end....more
Told in fragments, Judith's story slowly comes together leaving you on the edge of your seat until the reveal. A mystery mixed with romance and findinTold in fragments, Judith's story slowly comes together leaving you on the edge of your seat until the reveal. A mystery mixed with romance and finding ones identity. A unique book....more
This book makes you feel. As Yaqui fills Piddy’s world with fear, Piddy begins to lose herself and get caught up in the terror. As a reader, you find yourself afraid with Piddy whenever she leaves her house, goes to school, or even thinks about doing either. A book that can do this is brilliant. Meg Medina has a way of sucking you into the world, and I think it is her use of imagery throughout. You can see the characters, hear the music Piddy listens to, feel the fear, etc. And Piddy’s voice is so crystal clear, that is something she never loses. When you finish reading, you can still hear Piddy’s voice in your head. I also feel that this is a wonderful diverse book in a time when the YA community is calling for diverse books (http://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com/). This one should be in high school classrooms, and should be discussed as it has such important themes and beautiful writing (no matter what anyone thinks about it! http://megmedina.com/2013/09/04/autho...)....more
Can't decide between 4 & 5 stars--such a great book!
This is a book that keeps you reading. I couldn’t put it down. I found myself reading whenever I could (including times when I was holding my sleeping son or when I should have been sleeping). When you find out how Marina and Em are connected, it just blew my mind! I then had to find out how everything was going to turn out. I was just so impressed with everything:
First, the plot. It is so complex and intricate. You have to pay attention to keep up with the timeline, but it isn’t so bad that you’ll get lost. It is so admirable that the author was able to craft such intense timelines and intertwine them seamlessly.
Second, the language. I loved how Cristin Terrill wrote. The imagery throughout transported you into the story.
Third, the suspense. I just HAD to know what was going to happen!
Fourth, the characters. In a way that I’ve never experience before, Cristin Terrill truly gets you into the minds and hearts of the characters. You understand their motives, who they used to be, who they’ll become, all because of the way that Terrill tells the story and crafts her characters. You feel their heartbreak with them (and one particular realization that you find out in the very end just broke my heart and blew my mind), and you are so invested in everything they do.
Finally, the themes. The discussions that would come from this novel would be so interesting. Just the idea of power and corruption that is dealt with would lead to quite a debate.
Ricki also pointed out in her review how fun it would be to have students imagine what they would change if time travel existed.
This text would be a wonderful mentor text to discuss plot and character development, theme, and style. And most importantly, it will be a text that students will be intrigued with, not want to put down, and share with everyone....more