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Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die, #1)
4.08
this book is terrible AND i loved it. so there, world!

let's start with the obvious: the title.

it's dumb. like stupid-dumb. and the girl on the cover
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Dec 05, 2011
Dec 04, 2011
 
Lost It
3.44
what i learned from this book / promises to my daughters, who are far too young to read this review and far too smart to ever misread ethan frome:


1. r
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Dec 02, 2011
Dec 02, 2011
 
Hamlet
3.99
teaching Hamlet is perhaps one of my greatest joys as an educator.

for years, i have loved this play. hamlet's inappropriate fascination with his mothe
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Oct 12, 2011
Oct 15, 2011
 
Death Comes to Pemberley
3.12
uuuuggghhhhhhh.

how do you take what, perhaps, is the coolest premise ever (A MURDER MYSTERY AT PEMBERLEY) and turn it into a tedious exercise of sucka
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Aug 2014
Jan 18, 2012
 
Go Set a Watchman
3.59
we need to talk about jean louise.

but first, a gentle disclaimer or two:

1. for my lovely friends and family who are using me as their guinea pig, the
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Jul 18, 2015
Jul 15, 2015
 
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
3.70
my inner goddess is jazz hands-ing (jazz fisting???)...

or rather...

my inner goddess (by which i mean feminist) is slightly appalled by the overt natur
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Jun 02, 2012
May 18, 2012
 
The Vacationers
3.14
oh man, this was a disappointment.

i've been excited to read this one for awhile now; it had such initially good buzz that i probably should have been
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Jul 04, 2015
Jun 01, 2015
 
Catalyst
3.61
you know what sucks? when you're about 150 pages into a novel and you get that funky deja-vu-y sort of vibe about it. or, more specifically, when you' ...more
Dec 10, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
 
Picture Me Gone
3.47
this book was so not as good as i needed it to be.

i picked this one up because it seemed "important" and "award-winning". not that book awards are rea
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Jul 11, 2014
Jul 28, 2013
 
Eleanor & Park
4.16
i want to love this book, but i'm finding it difficult. not unlike eleanor herself, the book is a little weird, a little off-putting, and not particul ...more
Nov 23, 2013
Nov 24, 2013
 
The Hamlet Trap
3.36
(sung to the tune of "Let's Get Together" from the seminal flick The Parent Trap)

Let's commit murder, yeah yeah yeah.
Why don't you and I combine?
Let's
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Jan 07, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
 
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
3.98
there have been a few three star books in my world this week, but of them, this one was the best.

mostly because my relationship with neil gaiman (if w
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Jul 05, 2015
Apr 09, 2015
 
Night Film
3.75
i'm not even sure where to begin with this one.

i had such high hopes - and maybe that was the downfall - everyone and their mother's sister's cousin i
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May 2014
Dec 02, 2013
 
Good Oil
3.51
i feel it's worth mentioning that i read "love and other perishable items" and not "good oil" - since the title "good oil", however appropriate in its ...more
Aug 11, 2013
Aug 12, 2014
 
Getting Over Garrett Delaney
3.75
well, this was not nearly as cute as it thought it was.

part of me liked the premise - a girl, who is bellaswanning hard on her oblivious male-BFF garr
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Jan 05, 2015
Jan 05, 2015
 
Wide Sargasso Sea
3.54
it is entirely appropriate to me that this book is almost the exact opposite of jane eyre. where that novel is lengthy and laden with details and long ...more
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
 
King and Maxwell (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #6)
3.97
i don't think anyone reads these because they purport to be "good literature."

because they're really not; these books are easily digestible potboilers
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Mar 30, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
 
Attachments
3.97
i love rainbow rowell; she is my new writer crush.

i don't care that she's straight and married or that i'm straight and married. i love her. she spea
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Dec 26, 2013
Dec 28, 2013
 
Second Chance Summer
4.13
so...morgan matson is my new sarah dessen. i like how she writes teenagers.

better than that, i like how she writes parents. not as enemies of the sta
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Aug 2014
Aug 01, 2014
 
I Am the Messenger
4.10
oh, ed kennedy. we were so close to perfection, you and i.

first, a question: what is about markus zusak's ability to write a profound and poetic sente
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Dec 24, 2011
Dec 22, 2011
 
Dare Me
3.25
i don't even know how to review this one...

it was billed to me as "lord of the flies" meets "bring it on" - which of course seemed like a good idea to
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Oct 13, 2014
Oct 12, 2014
 
Fangirl
4.19
have you ever been in love? like, really stupid teen-angsty love? and you know the object of your affection isn't perfect, and, that given more time a ...more
Dec 07, 2013
Dec 02, 2013
 
Labor Day
3.53
i have to say, do you ever just read a novel and picture kate winslet as the female lead? i do. she's my "bernadette" (from "where'd you go, bernadett ...more
Jul 12, 2014
Jul 12, 2014
 
Jellicoe Road
4.16
i refuse to give this book fewer stars than i gave Twilight. so, for this 3.5 rating, it's a four. and that's that.

let's get down to brass tacks.

mocki
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Oct 23, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
 
The Dovekeepers
4.00
i've been looking for a book like the red tent pretty much since i finished the red tent. i don't know if it's the biblically epic scope or the mix of ...more
Apr 06, 2015
Apr 05, 2015
 
The Guest House
3.71
how do i even start?

this is unabashedly a "beach read" which i guess now means "a book literally about the beach that you can read on the beach!"

somew
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Dec 04, 2013
Nov 24, 2013
 
Over Her Dead Body (Bailey Weggins Mystery #4)
3.65
around page 275 of this "novel" (and i use that term generously, out of love), i had an epiphany. these books are terrible. i mean, like really, reall ...more
Jul 29, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
 
Famous Last Words
4.21
i'm pretty irrationally mad right now. and most of it is not katie alender's fault, so i should probably let her off the hook here.

i've been taking ou
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May 02, 2015
Aug 12, 2014
 
Why We Broke Up
3.51
i can tell you EXACTLY why ed and min broke up.

but i could also just tell you that ed is a star CO-captain of the basketball team who likes generic po
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Sep 17, 2012
Sep 22, 2012
 
Hour Game (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #2)
3.90
i think we all need to agree right now that this sort of "four star" rating is not the same as say "out of africa four stars". but since this installm ...more
Apr 13, 2014
Jul 28, 2013
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