This book is amazing! As a kid, I was in a very similar situation as the main character Rachel and I have to say this author did a phenomenal job of d...moreThis book is amazing! As a kid, I was in a very similar situation as the main character Rachel and I have to say this author did a phenomenal job of describing all the emotions I went through. Not only is it an amazing depiction of a sibling struggling to help another sibling, it's full of adventure and likeable characters. It wasn't overly emotional, so don't worry about it getting cheesy or pulling too hard at your heartstrings. By far my favorite part is the ending. I won't give it away but I will say the realization Rachel comes to at the end was perfect because it empowered her and her brother.(less)
I read this book because I was contemplating buying it for the high school library I work in. I am a huge fan of teen fiction dealing with real proble...moreI read this book because I was contemplating buying it for the high school library I work in. I am a huge fan of teen fiction dealing with real problems and although it's not perfect, I really enjoyed this book.
The main character is curious, lost and frustrated (especially with her loser father). She is searching for something and that makes her stumbling into drug addiction seem so natural. I thoroughly enjoyed the realistic depiction of her binges and the guilt she feels in regards to the damage she is doing to her body. I felt as if I were right there experiencing it with her. I also love the poetic language and verse used throughout the book. At times I was seated on her emotional roller coaster and it helped me comprehend why she kept making the same mistakes.
I also like Hopkins' depiction of the boy toys in the main character's life. One is caring but immature, another sadistic and a third is caring and dedicated. Although I had a hard time believing the last guy could really feel so deeply for her after they barely knew each other, but then again they are teenagers! The end lends itself quite nicely to a sequel.
Although I would recommend it to readers, I don't think I will be reading the rest of the series. This book was enough of a foray into the depressing reality of meth addiction for me! (less)
This is a story about a teenage girl struggling with doubts about her faith and her family. Samara loves her parents and has always believed in every...moreThis is a story about a teenage girl struggling with doubts about her faith and her family. Samara loves her parents and has always believed in every aspect of her church. With her father as the town’s most beloved pastor, everyone expects her to have zero doubts about religion. But, when her mother’s alcohol addiction causes her to leave home for rehab and then a local girl goes missing, Sam feels hopeless, sad and confused. All of these negative emotions are made worse by the fact that her dad is a workaholic that cares more about his congregation than the fact that his daughter is slipping into depression. In order to cope with it all, Sam shuts down from everything. She longs for the days when she was able to believe in God and the good in others without any suspicion. Although this book does deal with questions of religious faith, ultimately it is about a young person who learns to formulate her own beliefs. Although many people wanted to help Sam, such as her best friends, youth group leader and even the local hardware store owner, none of their help could replace the love and support of her parents. By the end of the book she grows to realize that her parents are just like everyone else- human. She accepts that she may not understand and agree with everything they do, but just like faith in God, she does not have to in order to believe in them.
This book does a great job of describing how bad Sam’s life is without making the reader depressed as well. There is definitely a somber tone but I wanted to continue reading to find out how she would end up coping with everything. Plus the mystery behind the abducted girl left me questioning everyone in the town. If you are looking for a book that is written with honesty and comes across heartfelt and warm, do not pass this one up. (less)
Natalie Minks is a tomboy living in the small town of Arcane, Missouri in 1914. Since Natalie’s father is Arcane’s mechanic, it only makes sense that...moreNatalie Minks is a tomboy living in the small town of Arcane, Missouri in 1914. Since Natalie’s father is Arcane’s mechanic, it only makes sense that he would build her the world’s fastest bicycle. However, a problem lies in that no matter how hard she tries, Natalie cannot ride the bicycle. It is as if the bike fights her every time she even attempts to ride it. Despite how embarrassing that is, Natalie remains fascinated by all things mechanical. So, when a traveling caravan of “healers” comes to town with their strange medicines, diagnostic skull readings and tiny machines that run on their own, Natalie is determined to learn the secrets behind this traveling show. But the more secrets Natalie uncovers, the more horrifying the truth becomes.
This book is a thrilling mix of historical fiction, fantasy, steampunk and horror. It is dynamically paced and will leave the reader eagerly turning each page to see how the adventure unfolds. The main character, Natalie, solves a mystery and never gives up on the chance to save those she loves. (less)
Very cute! Some of the stories had some real zingers that I did not see coming. I found myself laughing out loud here and there. One criticism I have...moreVery cute! Some of the stories had some real zingers that I did not see coming. I found myself laughing out loud here and there. One criticism I have for this book is that the book jacket fails to explain that this book is a collection of short stories! I found that a bit odd. I recommend this book for anyone that loves fairy tales and would like to read some very creative alternate endings(less)
Alexia Tarabotti is sarcastic, brazen and nobody's fool. Her soulless state as a"preternatural" leaves werewolves and vampires completely defenseless....moreAlexia Tarabotti is sarcastic, brazen and nobody's fool. Her soulless state as a"preternatural" leaves werewolves and vampires completely defenseless. But not everyone in Victorian society is aware of her kind.
This was a cool story about werewolves and vampires with a few twists that kept it different. The main characters cynical nature and verbal attacks on those that deserve it had me laughing out loud several times. I was sucked into the adventurous mystery that Alexia endures but 3/4 of the way through I became bored with Carriger's increasingly detailed descriptions of the happenings between Alexia and her beau Lord Maccon. I think this a fun novel and worth a read but be prepared for it to slow down painfully toward the end.(less)