Jane lived in Metro City when disaster striked. Her parents move her away to the suburbs to try and get her safer. She hates it, though, until she fin...moreJane lived in Metro City when disaster striked. Her parents move her away to the suburbs to try and get her safer. She hates it, though, until she finds a group of friends, also named Jane, to form the P.L.A.I.N. Janes. P.L.A.I.N. stands for People Loving Art In Neighborhoods. She finds a passion and friends she enjoys, but soon the town (and her parents) are freaking out, saying that P.L.A.I.N. is vandalizing the town.
Like I said before, I don't think I'm much of a graphic novel kind of person, but it was a fun read. Very fast, too. I like the encouragement of being different and that other people deal with grief in different ways.(less)
Rapunzel climbs over the wall of her mother- Gothel-'s fortress to find that outside of it is complete desert. She meets her real mother, never knowin...moreRapunzel climbs over the wall of her mother- Gothel-'s fortress to find that outside of it is complete desert. She meets her real mother, never knowing that she was stolen by Gothel as a small child. Gothel, who has growing magic, traps her in a tree as she tries to return to her mother and restore the desert to the lush garden it was before Gothel's intervention. After she escapes, she joins fellow outlaw Jack to try to defeat Gothel and give the kingdom back to the people.
Maybe I just don't like graphic novels. I liked this ok, but I wasn't really into it and I got pretty bored with it, pretty quickly. Fun, quick read, though, which is why it got three stars. Also, it had an interesting world, sort of the 1800s in the west, sort of it's own.(less)
This book is the second in a series. Emily of New Moon has adjusted to living with her Aunts Elizabeth and Laura and her Uncle Jimmy when she has to mo...moreThis book is the second in a series. Emily of New Moon has adjusted to living with her Aunts Elizabeth and Laura and her Uncle Jimmy when she has to move to Aunt Ruth (who thinks she's "sly and deep" and is constantly criticizing her) to go to high school. There she battles with Aunt Ruth day and night, has to deal with misunderstandings and false rumors, and gets strange looks from her old friends Dean and Teddy. But more than anything, she learns to deal with the ups and downs of writing and becoming a woman.
I LOVE THESE BOOKS. It's a bit darker than her better known series, Anne of Green Gables, but I love them even more, probably because of my own experiences and personality. It seems like she wrote them late in her life and that they were almost a what-if for her own life (I think Emily is a what-if I had had a daughter), but they are beautiful. (less)
Cass, Em, and Lyd (or as they were known previously, the Cassemlyds) are forced to write to students from Brookfield High, but as everyone knows, you...moreCass, Em, and Lyd (or as they were known previously, the Cassemlyds) are forced to write to students from Brookfield High, but as everyone knows, you can only be in Brookfield if you are a convicted murderer or drug dealer or something, so they have no choice but to fear for their lives. Em and Lyd start becoming friends with their pen pals, but Cass' curiously quiet about it. But then, she's been quiet ever since her beloved dad died. She seems to be in some weird funk, though, so Lydia revives their secret assignments from years before to keep them close together. A hilarious, fun, yet simultaneously deep read.
LOVE THIS BOOK! Will keep coming back to it. It's super funny (which is for me always appealing) and still deals with some big issues. I don't usually like high school books, but this one is fun. A favorite quote, when Em is teaching Charlie (her pen pal) to talk to girls: "... it's VERY VERY VERY important that you bring chocolate when you go on a date, especially as it is the start of the holidays... It doesn't have to be chocolate in the shape of a heart. That would be stupid actually if you did that. :) It just has to e a giant-sized Toblerone."(less)
Actually 3.5 stars, but I thought I would be generous today. Melinda is an outcast from the very first day of school. Just before school started, she...moreActually 3.5 stars, but I thought I would be generous today. Melinda is an outcast from the very first day of school. Just before school started, she called the cops at a huge party, but no one ever bothered to ask her why. So she goes through the school year, Slowly failing her classes and trying to avoid who she calls the Beast or IT- the boy who hurt her. But, as she tries to erase her memory, she finds she's erasing herself.
I'm guessing almost everyone knows what it's about, since it's such a famous book and movie now, but I won't say anything just in case. Half of me wishes that I hadn't known what it was about, but she only gets to it more than halfway through the book, so I think that would have been even more frustrating than it already was. I think it dealt pretty well with the issue, darkly funny but also respectful. I marked it down for two reasons: 1. We're in her mind, and I couldn't quite believe that this was a real girl dealing with it like this (I feel there were supposed outward indications but not the inward ones). Maybe that was intentional too make it less traumatic for readers. 2. She leaves you in the dark for half the book. Avoiding the thought is understanding, and seemed realistic, but it's annoying for the reader.(less)
Arnold Spirit, Junior has a choice: he can stay at the reservation school and probably end up like everyone else, or he can go to Reardan High, the al...moreArnold Spirit, Junior has a choice: he can stay at the reservation school and probably end up like everyone else, or he can go to Reardan High, the all white school 22 miles over. He decides to go to Reardan because he feels like it is the only way he can have a future. It makes all the Spokanes on the rez hate him, though, and suddenly he fits in nowhere. He has to find a way to be in both worlds, all the while dealing with being an outcast, losing friends, and death.
I chose to read this book because I found out not long ago something that I had always suspected: I am part Native American, either 1/8 or 1/16. I wanted to see what it was like to grow up in a reservation, to see how different my life might have been. I found this book to be heartbreaking, genuine, and sweet. I wasn't sucked into it like I sometimes am in books, but I actually liked that. I still wanted to get through the book and it was leisurely. Definitely one I would reread.
Warnings: very mild sexuality, death, alcohol(less)
Following the scandalous and controversial fairy tale of Donkeyskin by Charles Perrault, Lissla Lissar is a princess who is in awe of and overshadowed...moreFollowing the scandalous and controversial fairy tale of Donkeyskin by Charles Perrault, Lissla Lissar is a princess who is in awe of and overshadowed by her glamorous parents, who never seem to have a moment for her. When her mother dies, people seem to wake up to the fact that there is a princess and Lissar doesn't know what to do with it. Instead, she becomes best friends with her dog, Ash, and finds a few unusual friends, who like her despite her differences. The day after her seventeenth birthday, however, her father announces he's going to marry her, since he made a promise to her mother that he would only marry someone as beautiful as she, and Lissar is the only one who comes close. She runs away from his madness and finds herself in a foreign land. It's a story about overcoming rape and learning to trust and love again.
The only reason it didn't get five stars is because it can be a little slow at times. It really shows how a rape victim might react and it delves very deeply into her character. I think it's beautiful because the idea of a foreign land and some slight magic makes it a little easier to bear but you still feel so close to Lissla Lissar.(less)
Leo Borlock watches the new girl at school, who calls herself Stargirl. She plays her ukelele at lunch and wears costumes instead of clothes and write...moreLeo Borlock watches the new girl at school, who calls herself Stargirl. She plays her ukelele at lunch and wears costumes instead of clothes and writes cards to people she has never met. Soon the entire student body is watching her and trying to be like her. They ask her to be a cheerleader, but she doesn't just cheer for her own team, she cheers for everyone. It isn't long, though, before they turn on her. Leo loves being with her, but can't choose between her love and everyone else. He convinces her to try to be more like everyone else.
I'd give it 3.5 stars. It would be higher, but does anyone else think she's a classic manic pixie dreamgirl? She is. There are times when she almost looks like a three dimensional character, but then she fades back into a stereotype and I did not like that. Otherwise, well written, cute story, and a fun read.(less)
Kim Ha is a ten year old Vietnamese girl in Saigon just before the unification of North and South Vietnam. She and her family, excluding her MIA fathe...moreKim Ha is a ten year old Vietnamese girl in Saigon just before the unification of North and South Vietnam. She and her family, excluding her MIA father, make the journey from Vietnam to the refugee camps in Guam. They decide to go to the US, although they considered Canada and France, and get a sponsor, who helps them adjust. Kim Ha has to deal with a new country, language, and racism. Written in poetry, it offers a unique and sweet outlook on the time around the Vietnam war.
I really liked this book. It was a VERY quick read, but it still had plenty of depth. It's based on the authors own experiences, and it's very enlightening to see our culture from an outsider's point of view. The poetry actually made it easier to understand, as if the irregular form and not technically grammatically correct writing showed her feelings even better.(less)
Clary Fray is a 15 year old girl who can see things others can't. At a club, she see three other teenagers, that no one else can see, murder someone w...moreClary Fray is a 15 year old girl who can see things others can't. At a club, she see three other teenagers, that no one else can see, murder someone who looked like a boy. These were the Shadowhunters, the demon killers. Soon afterwards her mother disappears, and she is left fighting a creature in her apartment and almost dies. She wakes up to find herself in the Institute, a place where those invisible people find sanctuary. She has to discover who she is, why she can see and do things others can't, and where her kidnapped mother is.
Somewhat enjoyable, but rather slow and poorly written. I was just reading it to get it finished by the end. The "surprises" were altogether unsurprising, and I only vaguely want to read the next book because of one of the side characters, who I think will become a main character later. Might make a fun movie, though, if they have a better writer and director.(less)
Closer to 3.5 stars due to historical inaccuracies.
Liesel is a small girl, growing up in a foster family during Nazi Germany. As her brother dies on t...moreCloser to 3.5 stars due to historical inaccuracies.
Liesel is a small girl, growing up in a foster family during Nazi Germany. As her brother dies on the way, she steals a book from the two men who bury him. Unable to read, however, her foster father coaches her every night, after she wakes up from the nightmares. She begins to steal more books as the need arises, an emotional need. A haunting coming of age story, Liesel fights alongside her foster with the German notions of purity and virtue.
I just have a few complaints first. It rather feels like he's never actually been to Germany or researched WWII. Every German character has blond hair and blue eyes, which is a recessive gene even in the Aryan race. He makes some comment that having brown eyes is a bad thing. Well, no, most Germans had brown eyes. Also, he claims that 90% of Germans were for Hitler in 1933. In the 1932 elections, the Nazi's won 33% of the vote, and many regretted that as he began to take over the schools and youth programs. No, most of the adults were against him.
THAT being said, it was beautifully written and a lovely story. I cried, which is rather unusual for me, and I would definitely recommend it, as long as you realize that it's not 100% true to any version of history.(less)