Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
An amazing book. I listened to most of it on audio book while I was doing the soccer mom shuttle, but I also have a hardcover copy and read it at nigh ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 22, 2011
Marcelo in the Real World
This is a quiet book, but very well-written. I found it fascinating to be able to get into the head of a boy w/ autism/ Aspergers. I thought, though, ...more
Jul 10, 2009
May 19, 2009
Eleanor & Park
I would give this book 4.5 stars if I could. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone. My favorite thing about this book is that the char ...more
Dec 20, 2013
Jan 17, 2014
I was so excited to read this book because Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books. And I loved the cover of the book, too. I actually would give this b ...more
Jan 2011
Feb 20, 2011
The main char is a teen (Jewish) guy who struggles with bulimia and meeting his own and parents' high expectations. Friedman does the issue justice. T ...more
Feb 2009
Apr 05, 2009
Bitter End
I thought that Jennifer Brown did a good job tackling the subject of dating violence. A couple of things didn't ring 100 percent true, so she didn't n ...more
Jul 14, 2011
Jul 14, 2011
Unwind (Unwind, #1)
Amazing premise. Great writing. Thought-provoking. The characters were all well-drawn. I love it that Neal Shusterman tackles this very controversial ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 14, 2011
Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)
Probably closer to a 3.5 or 3.75 rating here, but rounding up to 4.

I liked all the characters; they were well-developed. Hand's view of angels was uni
Feb 18, 2011
Feb 20, 2011
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
Closer to a 3.75. I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I love strong, warrior type protagonists. I know authors hate it when their characters are compared ...more
Mar 19, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)
I was very excited about reading this book. Werewolves and the cover is beautiful.

Many plot problems, however -- things falling together conveniently
Nov 12, 2009
Nov 13, 2009
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I give this book a 4.25. It's full of action and the characters are great -- all very distinct and believable. A combo between "The Most Dangerous Gam ...more
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Apr 04, 2009
This book dealt with the issue of cutting. I was disappointed in this book after all the buzz I heard about it and really "wanting" to like it. My mai ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 17, 2009
Very unique idea -- the character Brewster is a sort of scapegoat; he takes on all the pain and hurt (emotional and physical) of the people closest to ...more
Jun 2011
Jul 14, 2011
I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1)
I read this a while ago. I found myself speed reading through some of it. I was really excited about this book and wanted to love it. I loved the idea ...more
Dec 2010
Feb 20, 2011
The Children of Men
I'd actually give this a 4.5. Different than the movie. Great book.
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Apr 04, 2009
The Girls
This is a redone version of the play THE WOMEN. Very light and quick read. Not an intense or earth- shattering story (just teen boyfriend drama), but ...more
Mar 2010
Apr 22, 2010
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
This book wasn't as good as TWILIGHT, the first in the series. I skimmed parts of NEW MOON because it just went on and on and on -- needed a little ti ...more
Oct 24, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity
This isn't exactly a YA, but a YA author wrote it. It's a memoir, and read often like a novel. Toward the end, it seemed like the author was rushing i ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 05, 2009
The Spectacular Now
The character's voice was entertaining and very real, but in the end, I was left feeling very depressed. I didn't have much hope for the main characte ...more
Mar 2009
Apr 04, 2009
The Impossible Knife of Memory
I'd give it a 3.5 actually. Just wasn't as good as her other books (SPEAK (my fav or hers) or WINTERGIRLS. Maybe because I know the military culture s ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 21, 2014
Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)
Loved this book! I loved the main character Saba and all the characters she met along the way, esp her love interest. And this was so cool, too. Neith ...more
Aug 2011
Oct 01, 2011
Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)
Told in alternating voice between a popular (white) girl and a Hispanic gang banger, this was an entertaining read -- a sort of redone West Side Story ...more
Feb 2009
Apr 05, 2009
Story about a male English teacher that the jocks at the high school accuse of being a child molester. The main character is part of the jock group, b ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 21, 2010
Coffeehouse Angel
Really enjoyed this one. Very fun and cute, and I loved both Katrina and Malcolm. And the supporting characters, Elizabeth and Vincent. Things just ca ...more
Oct 19, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
Great concept and very forward-thinking. I felt that the ending sort of fell apart (with the girl and her dad, but that's a minor thing) and too much ...more
Jan 2006
Apr 04, 2009
Thirteen Reasons Why
Interesting idea (tapes from a dead girl after she committed suicide), but ultimately didn't think that the idea of having various kids send the casse ...more
Jul 2008
Apr 05, 2009
Breathing Underwater (Breathing Underwater, #1)
This book is told in the perspective of a teen guy who abuses his girlfriend. The voice is very realistic, and the author does a great job of getting ...more
Jan 2002
Apr 05, 2009
There was a lot I really liked about the book (stylistically, but after a while, some of that got a little device-y), but I just didn't get the ghost ...more
Feb 2009
Apr 04, 2009
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
Interesting concept for a YA -- sort of like Lovely Bones, except the main character isn't dead; she's in a coma. I'd actually give it a 3.75. The wri ...more
Mar 2009
Apr 04, 2009
I've read some reviews that the prose was pathetic, but I actually liked it. At times, it was overwritten, but I thought good insight into the mind of ...more
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May 31, 2014
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