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Anything But Typical
3.87
Wow.

I have read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. I have read Rules, Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree, and I am halfway through M
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Aug 18, 2009
Aug 01, 2009
 
Tales of the Madman Underground
3.95
It has been three days since I finished the last chapter of Tales of the Madman Underground, and I am still thinking about Karl Shoemaker. Honest, hum ...more
Jul 30, 2009
Aug 01, 2009
 
What She Saw...
3.05
I'm not sure why I finished this book, when I knew 50 pages in that I wasn't really interested in it. But finish I did, and I have to say, I was left ...more
Dec 06, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
 
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder
3.82
My two favorite things about this book are as follows:

1. Allusions to great YA books. When I was a teenager, I tried to read, listen to, and learn ab
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Dec 05, 2009
Dec 05, 2009
 
Looking for Alaska
4.17
I put off reading this for a while because I didn't want my John Green experience to end, but I got the urge to finally read it last night, and I'm so ...more
Dec 04, 2009
Dec 03, 2009
 
Why I Let My Hair Grow Out (Morgan Rawlinson, #1)
3.72
Overall, I thought this book was pretty weak. I can't say I didn't enjoy reading it at all, because I did zip through it pretty quickly and I laughed ...more
Dec 20, 2009
Dec 19, 2009
 
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
3.82
I have been hitting the jackpot lately in terms of strong YA narrators. Frankie Landau-Banks is delightful. I don't think I'd want to be her, and I'm ...more
Jul 2009
Aug 01, 2009
 
The Stone Child
4.05
I found this book to be kind of a disappointment. Specifically, I had problems figuring out what age the characters were supposed to be, and which age ...more
Dec 23, 2009
Dec 23, 2009
 
Clay
3.34
David Almond's 2006 novel, Clay, is, like many other books by this author, a tale of boyhood in northeastern England. It's the story of a young Cathol ...more
Dec 28, 2009
Dec 28, 2009
 
Along for the Ride
4.09
Oh, how I loved this book. Lock and Key, Sarah Dessen's 2008 offering, was fine, but Along for the Ride feels like a return to the Sarah who wrote my ...more
Aug 03, 2009
Aug 01, 2009
 
Castration Celebration
3.47
I read this book mostly because I had read so many disparate reviews, and I wondered if it was worthy of the praise or deserving of the criticism. In ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 01, 2009
 
Let It Snow
3.91
I read this on a snowy Sunday morning, expecting it to be a cheesy romantic little story to while away the hours. I should not have underestimated the ...more
Dec 20, 2009
Dec 20, 2009
 
The Vast Fields of Ordinary
3.95
The back cover of my library's copy of this book quotes Ellen Hopkins, who called it "Bold. Engaging. Heartbreaking." A review in Publisher's Weekly c ...more
Aug 05, 2009
Aug 01, 2009
 
When You Reach Me
4.07
I picked this book up in the first place for two reasons - one, my recent obsession with fiction set in the 1970s, and two, because someone on the int ...more
Aug 17, 2009
Aug 01, 2009
 
Marked (House of Night #1)
3.78
Since the 7th Harry Potter book was published, I have been looking for a new series that could keep my interest. Twilight turned me off to the vampire ...more
Dec 18, 2009
Dec 18, 2009
 
The Secret Life of Prince Charming
3.73
I discussed this book with a few of the teens at my library, and none of us could really decide what we thought. Quinn is certainly a likable and well ...more
Jul 2009
Aug 01, 2009
 
Liar
3.33
Micah, the main character of Justine Larbalestier's completely mind-blowing novel, Liar, is just what the title suggests: a compulsive and pathologica ...more
Dec 2009
Dec 01, 2009
 
Once Was Lost
3.69
When a fellow youth group member from her church goes missing, Samara begins to question her faith in God and his miracles, while also questioning wha ...more
Dec 03, 2009
Dec 03, 2009
 
Song of the Sparrow
4.04
I am not overly familiar with Arthurian legend. I read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in college, and I've seen Disney's The Sword in the Stone. But ...more
Aug 11, 2009
Aug 11, 2009
 
The Espressologist
3.53
I was a big romance reader as an early teen, but I haven't been much of one since, and I'm also not a coffee drinker, so it's a little bit surprising ...more
Dec 04, 2009
Dec 04, 2009
 
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)
3.90
I had the pleasure of hearing Scott Westerfeld talk about this book in person, on Teen Author Reading Night at the Jefferson Market Branch of NYPL in ...more
Dec 16, 2009
Dec 16, 2009
 
What They Always Tell Us
3.95
While I'm not sure how the title of this book relates to the story, this was an engrossing and emotionally satisfying read about how sibling relations ...more
Dec 10, 2009
Dec 10, 2009
 
The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver, #2)
3.85
E. Lockhart is the newest addition to my list of favorite YA authors, and Ruby Oliver aka Roo, is one of my favorite fictional teens of all time. I ha ...more
Aug 11, 2009
Aug 11, 2009
 
Love Is the Higher Law
3.78
I saw David Levithan read from this book in NYC recently, and though I live upstate and did not experience the events of 9/11 in the city itself, I kn ...more
Sep 19, 2009
Sep 18, 2009
 
Suite Scarlett (Scarlett, #1)
3.61
I was ashamed of myself for not having read anything by Maureen Johnson, and I decided I had to fix that gap in my YA reading immediately and checked ...more
Dec 07, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
 
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
3.98
I have to be honest and admit that I didn't like this book.

The writing is quite good - vivid details, wonderfully built characters, even a unique and
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Dec 22, 2009
Dec 22, 2009
 
Secret Society (Secret Society, #1)
3.33
Finally a book about rich kids that is actually readable! I probably would not have picked this up at all had I not heard the author read from it hims ...more
Nov 13, 2009
Nov 10, 2009
 
David Inside Out
3.74
David Inside Out is one of several books I have read in the 'boy coming out of the closet' genre, and while it's not the best one (The Vast Fields of ...more
Dec 22, 2009
Dec 22, 2009
 
Raven Summer
3.30
I had never read anything by David Almond before this book, and now I want to read every word he's ever written ever. Wow.

The language in this book i
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Dec 19, 2009
Dec 19, 2009
 
How to Say Goodbye in Robot
3.84
This book is everything I want in a YA novel. The characters were real, their situations realistic, and true, and their emotions so evocative it was d ...more
Nov 04, 2009
Nov 05, 2009
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