A friend of mine handed me this book this evening and told me I should read it...I sat down and read it all in one sitting. I adored it, and now I'llA friend of mine handed me this book this evening and told me I should read it...I sat down and read it all in one sitting. I adored it, and now I'll need to borrow the next two from him as well.
Rainbow Boys is a coming of age story told from the alternating perspectives of three teenage boys, all in different stages of understanding their sexuality.
Jason is the school jock, a key member of the basketball team. He is dating one of the most popular girls in school, and he even has sex with her...so why is he feeling drawn towards these rainbow youth meetings?
Kyle is a member of the swim team. He's friendly and easy going. He knows he's gay, but is afraid of anyone else knowing. It could change his whole life..
Nelson is the school "queer," the one who has embraced his sexuality and as a result has been bullied and beaten up for years. He doesn't understand why people can't just accept him the way he is. And he longs to be loved..by someone.
The story is real and sweet. I read it in a matter of a couple of hours, and its a book I'd encourage any teenager to read. Whether they're struggling with their sexuality or not, its important to educate them..and this is one way of doing it.
In all honesty, I was rather disappointed with this one. The story is that of Jeanne, a survivor of the mass genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Now living wiIn all honesty, I was rather disappointed with this one. The story is that of Jeanne, a survivor of the mass genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Now living with a foster family in Germany, Jeanne told her story to her new mother, who in turn put the words on paper. It's not that the story itself isn't good, because it is...what that poor child went through is inconceivable to most. I was interested in the story line, but the way it was narrated bothered me.
First of all, at the start of every chapter, the foster mother/author, Hanna Jansen writes a page or two. Usually some sort of anecdote, or a story of some sort. Which is all fine and good, but lady, I didn't buy the book to read what you think. Were you in Rwanda running for your life? Didn't think so. So shush and let the girl tell her story. It frustrated me.
My second complaint is the overall language used in the book. There's no way that those words came out of a teenagers mouth. Sorry, but it feels to me like Jansen edited and embellished where she saw fit. Maybe something got lost in the translation and its not Jansen's fault at all, I don't know. Regardless, it irriated me.
The book has so much potential. I was so excited to read it when I picked it up, but seriously folks, it was a disappointing one.
I loved the first four Harry Potter books. I enjoyed being whisked away into the new and exciting world of wizardry and innocence. The next two booksI loved the first four Harry Potter books. I enjoyed being whisked away into the new and exciting world of wizardry and innocence. The next two books I thought were pretty lame; a fact I attributed to JK Rowling being pressured to continue Harry's story in a time crunch. Add to it the movies being made and released, and I figured Rowling was just simply overwhelmed, which affected her writing in a negative way. (If you're a die hard Harry Potter fan, please don't send me hate mail now...those two books weren't good, and I'm entitled to my own opinion...) I have to admit, I didn't even want to read this one all that badly, but happened to stumble upon a free copy the night it was released, so I read it with the masses. That said, it was much better than the previous two books....albeit VERY slow in parts. It did make me giggle out loud a few times, and I was relatively entertained through most of it.
Personally, I found the ending satisfying. It wasn't what I wanted or expected, but it still succeeded in tying up some loose ends and concluding in a way I could accept. The epilouge however was completely cheesy, and I really think should probably have been left out altogether...I rolled my eyes and it sort of tainted my overall opinion of the whole book. Yep, it was THAT cheesy.
If you've read the other books, you may as well read this one too. It's better than some of the others, but pales in comparison to the magic and mystery of the first books in the series. I figure if you've come this far, you might as well see it through, read through to the end of the saga right? It's not wonderful, but its not terrible either. It's typical of an author who has ended up selling out...
This is one of those books that caught my interest from the first page due to its subject matter. I work with at risk teenagers, so anything relatingThis is one of those books that caught my interest from the first page due to its subject matter. I work with at risk teenagers, so anything relating to their lives draws me in immediately. "Almost Home" is the story of seven teenagers in Los Angeles, who call the streets their home.
The story is told through the eyes of seven very different teens, with one thing in common. Each of them has opted to leave their abusive (or in one case, boring) home life and try to make a life for themselves on the streets of LA. Their lives consist of panhandling for change, avoiding cops, dumpster diving for their next meal, seeking out safe places to sleep and their relationships with each other, a necessity for some to survive.
The story is written for young adults, and I honestly plan to leave the book at work where the kids can read it if they'd like. It's a story of survival. Rather than romanticizing what life on the street may be like, it is honest, raw and brutal. It's a true account of the day to day problems and dramas that homeless teenagers face, once they take that step and run away from home. Stories of drugs, violence, rape and the things a person is forced to do to survive, not knowing where the next meal may come from.
"Almost Home" is gritty and edgy. Better yet, its REAL. It's a great read, and I'd recommend it to anyone who has any interest in the teenage mind. ...more
In "bad girls club" we meet Destiny. Destiny's home life is beyond messed up. Her mother is mentally ill, and as a result, very unable to care for herIn "bad girls club" we meet Destiny. Destiny's home life is beyond messed up. Her mother is mentally ill, and as a result, very unable to care for her two children properly. From a young age Destiny takes on the role of parent in caring for her younger sister Cassidy.
In a book meant for young adults, we read on as Destiny is faced with one horror after another. From her mother's attempts to kill Cassidy, to her father's denial of the entire situation. The story moves quickly and is brutally raw and intense. Sadly, its also very real for a lot of youngsters out there.
This is a book that should be readily available to young adults. Children in abusive homes are often emberassed and afraid to reach out for help. A book like "bad girls club" will not only help them understand that they aren't alone, but it also comes complete with a list of resources for children and adults alike.
I can't say enough good things about this book. I hope every school and public library buys multiple copies of this book to have on hand. It's a huge contribution to the young adult literary world. ...more
"Tallulah Falls" is the story of Tallulah Addy and her spur of the moment trip cross country to help her friend Maeve, whom she knows is in terrible t"Tallulah Falls" is the story of Tallulah Addy and her spur of the moment trip cross country to help her friend Maeve, whom she knows is in terrible trouble. Tallulah first meets Maeve at a motorcycle convention and is immediately drawn to the charasmatic, free spirited girl. Maeve confides in Tallulah that she is bipolar, and that she has plans to change the world, which she dutifully records in her private notebooks.
One day Maeve just up and disappears and a few days later Tallulah receives an email from her stating that she needs her help. She says she's in Orlando and needs Tallulah to bring her notebooks. No questions asked, Tallulah leaves her home in Oregon and sets out to save her friend.
Tallulah encounters a lot of difficulty that she didn't anticipate. For starters, the guy she was travelling with just up and stranded her in the middle of nowhere, but not before he took all her money from her. Homeless, vehicless, and broke, Tallulah is forced to take a job as a vet tech, in which she not only learns a lot about vetinary science, but about human nature, and most importantly, about herself.
The story is sad, uplifting, real and raw. It's geared for young adults, eighth grade and up, and the feelings that Tallulah struggles with are ones that most young women will find themselves relating to.
When I finished reading this book, I sort of inwardly groaned. I don't like writing scathingly negative reviews...its just not who I am. So I won't---When I finished reading this book, I sort of inwardly groaned. I don't like writing scathingly negative reviews...its just not who I am. So I won't---for one, I just can't do it, and for two, the book isn't that bad. What it is is cliched and full of grammatical errors....to the point that with me, they interfered with the story and started to get on my nerves.
The story is about a friendship that begins between two young neighborhood kids. As the kids grow, so does their relationship and they fall in love. At the height of their relationship, the girl's (Lavender) step-father gets a new job and moves the family away. The relationship crumbles yet neither of them ever moves on.
Years later, the boy (James) is happily engaged to another woman, though he has never successfully gotten over his love for Lavender. The very same day he gets engaged, Lavender reappears in his life; sending his heart and mind on a rollercoaster ride. See? Cliche.
To me, it was the same story I've read a dozen times, just with different characters. The good news is that the author tosses in some serious twists and turns--James has a PYSCHO brother who tries to kill him, James marries a PSYCHO woman who has a million issues of her own, backstabbing friends...there are several times where you're like "whaaa?" as the plot twists and turns. Honestly though, even the twists are somewhat cliched. Like a bad Hollywood movie.
It is what it is. It's not terrible, just not earth shattering. With a new editing job I may have even enjoyed it for the most part.
On a completely positive note: the author is only sixteen years old, which is what I attributed the cliche-ness to. She is still young. To be published at such a young age is a huge accomplishment...and I have no doubt in my mind that in time, I will see more from this young lady, and that I will be impressed more by her future efforts.
Before I wrote this review, I checked out reviews on amazon and barnes and noble...she's getting rave reviews there, from teenagers I suspect, due to the vocabulary used in them. I think its excellent that they're loving this book. Kids today don't read enough, and if this is something they enjoy, then put it in the hands of every teenager. (Just hope they don't use it for grammatical examples..or the written word is in trouble..)
On a scale of 1-5, I'd probably give it a 3. Okay, but not great. Rating the author on a scale of 1-5, I'd give her a 5, as I'm completely impressed with her, and look forward to reading more from her -- a few years down the road.
After finishing reading this one, the first word that comes to mind is cute. To get a little more detailed, "The Queen Geek Social Club" is a cute stoAfter finishing reading this one, the first word that comes to mind is cute. To get a little more detailed, "The Queen Geek Social Club" is a cute story about girls who are proud to be themselves, and make it their new mission to find others of like minds and help them learn to be proud of themselves as well. They are not the popular, trendy, accepted kids, but the smart, dorky, outcasted kids who suffer through high school on the sidelines. The ones that you look at and quickly dismiss as a "geek"
This story is meant for the young adult age, and is a good read for that age group. It should be in every junior high and high school library, so that those unpopular geeky girls can read it and renew their own self esteem. The moral of this book is that its not only okay, but actually really great, to be different. Call me crazy, but I think that's a good message to send to any teenager, male or female.