There are only three types of kids who get summer jobs at Colonial Essex Village instead of just working at the mall, like the normal people do.
SynopThere are only three types of kids who get summer jobs at Colonial Essex Village instead of just working at the mall, like the normal people do.
Synopsis: Chelsea Glaser has spent every summer since she was six years old acting the part of Elizabeth Connelly, Virginia colonist eternally stuck in 1774. This summer, all Chelsea wants is to get a job at an air conditioned shop at the mall, but her best friend talks her into another summer at Essex. Unfortunately for Chelsea, the boy who broke her heart has also joined up. A crush on a new guy would be the perfect distraction, if only she hadn't fallen for someone she can't be with. Chelsea soon realizes she is going to have to come to terms with her past or be doomed to keep reliving it.
Review: From the first page of this contemporary teen romance, the reader is brought into Chelsea's world. From her daily duties as a Colonial reenactor to her not-quite-comfortable leadership role in the battles with the Civil War reenactors across the road, little details bring the scenes to life. Her interactions with her parents are laugh-out-loud funny and oh-so-familiar. Her heartbreak is painfully apparent early on, although the facts of her recent relationship are left vague until well into the book. Sales works in some serious thoughts about memory, history, and "what really happened" in a way that feels completely natural. This is a sweet tale perfect for summer vacation.
Which is why I find the cover so completely odd. It has nothing at all to do with the book. And it looks like she's trying to catch bits of chalk on her tongue, which just sets my teeth on edge.
Final Word: Laugh-out-loud funny contemporary teen romance with a little bit of historical trivia tucked inside - a just about perfect summer read.
You know it's a bad day when you pull into the parking garage at work and someone tries to run you over.
Synopsis: Marco thought things were bad when aYou know it's a bad day when you pull into the parking garage at work and someone tries to run you over.
Synopsis: Marco thought things were bad when a couple of the jocks from his school tried to run him down as he headed for his Saturday shift at the mall's Grill'n'Shake. That was before he hid in the HVAC room, before he saw something that looked suspiciously like a bomb hooked up to the vents, before the normal day turned into a "security situation" with hundreds of people quarantined inside the mall.
Lexi, Shay, and Ryan each have their own reasons for being at the mall that day, but their paths and Marco's cross again and again as the quarantine stretches on indefinitely. As the true horror of the situation dawns on each of them, they face difficult choices and have to figure out what to do when none of the options are good.
Review: In chapters told from alternating perspectives, Lorentz brings the reader into a horrific scenario that can only leave the reader wondering what he would do. Would he be like Ryan, joining up with older, stronger, tougher guys and search for a way to break out? Or be like Marco, working hard to survive another day and trying to stay under the radar? Or be like Lexi, using technological skills to try and reach the outside world, whatever the consequences? Or be like Shay, trying to take care of others while puzzling out what's really happening? The multiple perspectives allow a well-rounded look at the situation. The voice remains in third-person, but the characters are clearly differentiated, although their diversity feels a bit forced. The action leads up to an abrupt cliff-hanger, which will leave readers waiting for the sequel....more
Fascinating account of the 1989 Ironman in Kona. Fitzgerald profiles Scott and Allen in depth, filling out the picture with the history of the race itFascinating account of the 1989 Ironman in Kona. Fitzgerald profiles Scott and Allen in depth, filling out the picture with the history of the race itself and delving into sports psychology and physiology research that explains some of what was happening....more
The city's comedians have been out writing signs. One says: WHAT ARE YOU ALL RUNNING FROM? Another says: YOU'VE GOT GREAT STAMINA. CALL ME. 1-834-555-The city's comedians have been out writing signs. One says: WHAT ARE YOU ALL RUNNING FROM? Another says: YOU'VE GOT GREAT STAMINA. CALL ME. 1-834-555-8756. Yet another reads: IN OUR MINDS, YOU'RE ALL KENYANS.
In the world of distance running, athletes from a single country have been getting a lot of attention over the last several years. The East African nation of Kenya has produced some of the fastest runners on the planet. English journalist - and runner - Adharanand Finn wanted to find out what the Kenyan secret was, so he packed up himself, his wife, and their three young children and moved the family to a village in Kenya. There, he met runners. He interviewed them, he observed them, and he trained with them. Through it all, he puzzled over what element could be the key to the success of Kenyan runners (genetics? diet? culture?), and he wondered whether it was possible to improve his own distinctly non-Kenyan performance.
I am a big fan of the whole "quirky memoir" genre, in which the author tries out some experience and writes about it. Through Finn, I got to explore Kenya and take a peek inside the lives of runners whose names I see all over the running magazines. I enjoyed the easy, conversational tone of the first-person present-tense narration. Each chapter is headed with a small black-and-white photograph of people or events discussed in the book. This is not a book to help you improve your own running times, or even really one that thoroughly explores every facet of Kenyan running (a subject of academic research in its own right). It is an enjoyable tale of what one man's attempt to understand what it means to be a Kenyan runner....more
The hammering on the door shot him into wakefulness like a handgun going off in his face.
That first line sent me to the Internet to learn whether hanThe hammering on the door shot him into wakefulness like a handgun going off in his face.
That first line sent me to the Internet to learn whether handguns were common in mid-fifteenth century Rome before I could really concentrate on the rest of the book. Sadly, the rest of the book wasn't all that engaging, anyway. The perspective shifts between the two main characters from chapter to chapter, but I don't think that accounts for the unevenness of the third-person narration. The plot drags, and I was left with serious doubts about the possibility of (at least) one particular twist. ...more
This is one of those books that I really wanted to like more than I did. It had all the right elements to be a book I would love, but I just didn't quThis is one of those books that I really wanted to like more than I did. It had all the right elements to be a book I would love, but I just didn't quite connect with it. Bummer....more
Not quite a book of essays, and not quite a memoir, but an entertaining read, especially since I don't have to agree with him on everything to find hiNot quite a book of essays, and not quite a memoir, but an entertaining read, especially since I don't have to agree with him on everything to find him funny....more