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So, I actually finished this book several days ago, and I've been processing what I think of it. The actual character dialogue - which makes up a sign ...more
May 2008
May 14, 2008
The One and Only Ivan
Ivan is a silverback gorilla who has lived most of his life in an enclosure in a roadside mall/circus attraction. The story is told in Ivan's voice, a ...more
Dec 07, 2014
Dec 08, 2014
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)
I had heard that this was a spooky YA novel. It's definitely atmospheric, bordering on Gothic in mood/tone, and it's definitely YA, but it's not all t ...more
Jun 29, 2013
Jun 30, 2013
Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)
I got this book for free on my Nook a long, long time ago, and I put off reading it because I thought it was going to be a kind of Harry Potter copyca ...more
Oct 20, 2012
Oct 19, 2012
Milagros: Girl from Away
Milagros lives on the beautiful island of Las Brisas with her mother. The small island is virtually unheard of by the outside world, but the islanders ...more
Aug 26, 2012
Sep 02, 2012
So in this book, 15-year-old Baxter Green is the kid who never forgets. Ever. Nothing ever. He had a head injury when he was 3, and he's remembered ev ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 02, 2011
As Simple as Snow
If I were 16 or 17, this book probably would have gotten 5 stars. The author is excellent at capturing the mindset of a smart, somewhat hapless teenag ...more
Jan 12, 2011
Jan 05, 2011
So Shelly
A fictional YA story based in the real life stories of the major poets of the Romantic era: Keats, Shelley, and Byron. The book is narrated by a high ...more
Nov 17, 2011
Nov 10, 2011
The Year of the Gadfly
A teen, reeling from the suicide of her best friend, uprooted from her home, and bent on being the next Edward R. Murrow, delves into secret societies ...more
Oct 07, 2012
Oct 07, 2012
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)
Alina and Mal, two orphans from the (seemingly Russian-inspired) land of Ravka, grew up together, are best friends, and are in the army together. Alin ...more
Oct 11, 2014
Sep 12, 2014
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Flora loves comic books, hates her mother's romance novels, and is a little bit lonely. She is delighted when she resuscitates a squirrel her neighbor ...more
Sep 27, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
It's hard to write about a book that has such iconic status. It really is a fantastic book - great for any teen, I would think. It addresses so many a ...more
Jun 11, 2011
Jun 10, 2011
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
I had been wanting to re-read Ender's Game for a long time. I first read it when I was in grad school, getting my master's in gifted education, and we ...more
Nov 21, 2009
Dec 17, 2009
Uglies (Uglies, #1)
Oh, this book was AWESOME. It's a future society where, on everyone's 16th birthday, they have an operation to make them "pretty" - a scientific calcu ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 14, 2007
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
Okay. So I did it. I borrowed the book, I broke down and I read it. Despite the fan-grrrls obssessed with it (which is off-putting), despite the fact ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 25, 2009
Peter Pan
We're following the leader, the leader, the leader; we're following the leader, wherever he may go! Tee-dum, tee-dee, a-teedly-dom-tee-day...

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Dec 2009
Dec 17, 2009
The Book Thief
Death tells a heart-breaking story of a young, poor German girl in a town outside of Munich the 1930s/1940s who falls in love with books and reading a ...more
Jul 12, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
4.57 The end. I really, really liked this book. I'm not sure if it surpassed my previous favorite of the series, which was #4, Harry Potter and t ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 22, 2007
The Graveyard Book
When it comes to fantasy and mythology, no one but no one living today can top Neil Gaiman. I have read a lot of his work and enjoyed it all. So I was ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 28, 2009
I wanted to love this book. It sounds fantastic - a middle school kid with Asperger's loses her older brother under incredibly tragic circumstances an ...more
Jul 06, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)
Okay, continuing my re-reading of this series in an attempt to come to terms with how I feel about the author's themes and intentions vs my own person ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 02, 2007
Pretties (Uglies, #2)
This book was an even faster read than Uglies - lots of exciting sequences, lots of action and interesting new cultural developments in the story's wo ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 15, 2007
Me and Orson Welles
This book made me giggle. A fictional story about a teenager who stumbles into a tiny, unpaid part in a production of Julius Caesar put on by the new ...more
Oct 2008
Jul 19, 2007
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
I re-read this because I wanted to review it before I went to go see the movie, but also because my mom and I had a discussion recently about if the b ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 29, 2007
Looking for Alaska
A fantastic young adult book. I'm a sucker for a boarding school story, and I really liked this one because it's set in the present day and it's at a ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 26, 2007
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
Yeah, this is my least favorite of the trilogy. It tries too hard, I think. I still don't think that the books impart the message of killing God - the ...more
Dec 2007
Jan 19, 2008
Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes, Vol. 3: Strange Visitors from Another Century
Yay! More Legion. In the wake of the "teenage rebels," the Legion of Super-Heroes, saving the universe from destructive destructors, the ruling author ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 17, 2008
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World (Scott Pilgrim, #2)
As always, Scott Pilgrim is so much fun. Our immature, unemployed hero continues his adventures with Wallace (his gay roommate), Knives (the high scho ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 07, 2008
Specials (Uglies, #3)
I see that a lot of people were disappointed in this book in the series, but I really enjoyed it. It was fast-paced and fun and exciting - the end was ...more
Sep 2007
Nov 09, 2007
Bright Young Things (Bright Young Things, #1)
This book bored me. It was a free ebook, but I just didn't care enough to finish it.
Mar 15, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
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