Some people have said that I have an unhealthy obsession with zombies.
I must beg to differ.
I do enjoy reading about zombies, watching movies about zomSome people have said that I have an unhealthy obsession with zombies.
I must beg to differ.
I do enjoy reading about zombies, watching movies about zombies, etc. And when I finally got my hands on The Zombie Survival Guide (Thanks, Zack, for letting me borrow it) I have to say, I was nothing short of thrilled.
To explain it pretty much perfectly, The Zombie Survival Guide is pretty much like any text book. Instructional, professional, believable. While reading it, I had to keep reminding myself that zombies aren't real and that this book was written as a joke. But, like I said, it's just written so believably. It is very well-written, and always is entertaining. It walks you through pretty much any situation you could ever be in during a zombie attack and, lets just say that if ever zombies were to actually attack, this guy right here would be prepared. *sharpens machete*
If you enjoy the myth of the living dead and such, you will most definitely enjoy The Zombie Survival Guide. I honestly think that this is a must-read for any fans of horror, thriller, or similar genres. You will certainly not be disappointed.
I haven't read a Jacques book since I finished the Redwall series. And, when you read a bunch of different stuff for over a year, you kinda start to fI haven't read a Jacques book since I finished the Redwall series. And, when you read a bunch of different stuff for over a year, you kinda start to forget certain things about certain authors that you really love. And that's kinda what happened to me; I had forgotten just how great of an author he was. Of course, I knew that Redwall was one of my favorite series and that Jacques is a great writer. But every author has a different style. From Tolkien to Rowling to Meyer, every single author has a different style. Some are more modern, some more golden oldie. Some prefer first-person views, some third-person. There are even some second-person books around. But I have to say that Brian Jacques's style of writing is possibly my favorite of any author. The way he words things is so...clever. He often uses words such as "jolly-good" and "bravo" in ways that I've never read before. And I absolutely love it. Jacques thinks of things to put in his writing that I have rarely, if ever, read. And The Ribbajack is one of the many examples of this.
This book is, I guess you could say, a book of short stories. The Ribbajack and other Curious Yarns is a book of six short stories in which Jacques shows his writing skills on a different level then in his other books. Some of the stories are creepy, some humorous, some both. And, it was awesome. In starting this book, I had pretty high hopes, seeing as how high my expectations were. Jacques most certainly did not disappoint. I held on to every word, reading awesomely. Yeah, I'm so cool that the manner I read in is awesome. You read right.
So, in conclusion, I leave you with this: Brian Jacques is a great author. If he wrote it, it will probably be good. The Ribbajack is great. Awesomely great. So, read it. Or I will consume your spirit.
While Stargirl is written from Leo's perspective, Love, Stargirl is written from Stargirl's. It's basically a gigantic letter she's writing to Leo expWhile Stargirl is written from Leo's perspective, Love, Stargirl is written from Stargirl's. It's basically a gigantic letter she's writing to Leo explaining her life and all of the interesting people she meets. In my opinion this book was very good and I enjoyed it, but I really wished more had happened or he would write another book because I didn't feel like the ending was really "final".
I've seen this on the shelves for years now, and have always thought about picking it up, but I could never make myself do it. Probably because thereI've seen this on the shelves for years now, and have always thought about picking it up, but I could never make myself do it. Probably because there are thirty thousand of them, and honestly a lot of series like this, especially vamp series are just too vapid to waste my time on. However, with the release of the latest in the series, Awakened, I thought I would give it a try. So, I did what I do for all books I can't get motivated to read, and checked it out on audiobook from the library.
Let me start with the reader. Wow, she was awful! Now, this is my own personal opinion, so you don't have to agree, but I've listened to a LOT of audiobooks, and this was one of the worst. The voice of Zoey-Bird was so dreary and depressing it almost made me want to jump off a building. Then there were her friends. The reader used a valley-girl-slash-southern hick-slash-old woman voice for most of them. The mentor's voice was all soft and slurred, half the time she sounded like she was high or something. It was....not good.
Usually if the reader isn't great, I can get past it, and still enjoy the story, if it's good. However, this story.....was NOT. Normally when I do a negative review, I still try to be nice and talk about what I liked, but honestly, this book just pissed me off. The main character came off very superior, insulting every possible group of people. She talked bad about goths, people who live in trailer parks, southerners (countrified folk), loser girls with black eyeliner, Christians, celebrities (Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Simpson, Tom Cruise, Pamela Anderson), Abercrombie, and on and on. It was SO incredibly annoying. And when she wasn't bashing things, she was like an advertisement for them. Talk about product placement!
Then there was the story...if there was one. Hardly anything happened in the entire book. I feel like if you're going to start a series, the first one needs to be awesome, with it's own story arc. I just didn't think this book had much of anything going for it. And Zoey certainly didn't help matters. She was about as dumb as a rock.
Andye http://ReadingTeen.net/ Example: The Dark Daughters performed a ritual where they mixed the blood of a willing "fledgeling" with wine and drank it. They called the donor of the blood "the refrigerator" or "snack bar" and he had bandages over his wrist. Zoey says, "Wait a minute. I don't get it. Refrigerator? Snack Bar?"
Ummm....Zoey.....aren't you at school because you're becoming a VAMPIRE?? I wouldn't think that would be too hard to figure out. Maybe the author thought that we were dumb, so she had to make Zoey dumb, so she could explain things to us that she didn't think we'd "get," I don't know. Of course she's "inexplicably drawn to" a boy who's "inexplicably drawn to" her, without any rhyme or reason. Making out with each other after their first conversation. But he did have some totally amazing pickup lines like, "Don't you think baby corn is scary?" Luckily there's just enough smuttiness to keep some interested. I don't think I've read so much about BJs in my life. Wait, I know I haven't....and have NO desire to. It was just trashy.
So, if you haven't guessed, I hated this book. I definitely will not be reading any more of them, and I'm dying to know how they are so popular.
Oh, Eric, you had me at "baby corn!" Uh...no....more
Right from the start, it must be said: This book is a brick. Not just a brick but pretty much brick in every sense of a way a book could be a brick. FRight from the start, it must be said: This book is a brick. Not just a brick but pretty much brick in every sense of a way a book could be a brick. For starters, I am pretty sure these 600 pages could be used to hold open a door or be plastered into your wall to give it strength. My copy fell into the bathtub and still survived, instead just adding another inch of strength to its massive form.
Yet, it's a brick between the covers too. It has moderate violence, heavy profanity, very heavy sexual content, and also includes drugs, underage drinking, smoking, and suicide.
But don’t throw out the Anthropology of an American Girl just yet. It was really good. In fact, maybe even a potential classic. There is no way I would categorize this book as young adult, not just because of its “heavy” content, but really just because I don’t think its intended audience is teenagers. This book explores the soul- your own soul. Which is really heavy.
I studied anthropology in college, which in essence, the study of what it means to be human. One of the main things cultural anthropologists do is hang out with a group of people to write these weird books called ethnologies about them. Anthropology tries to capture a particular group’s way of doing, thinking . . . everything. In essence, Anthropology of an American Girl is just that, it is a study of what it is like to be a girl in America. In fact, its even be more about a girl moving to adulthood, something similar to a coming of age story, but one we can relate to long after we have “come of age.”
The book begins with melancholy, sixteen-year-old, artistic Eveline in high school. She has a girly BF, a rebellious philosopher of a boyfriend, and not the best family situation. I actually almost quit reading this book multiple times at the beginning. It was tedious with no real plot yet, but I guess if you are going to write a 600 page book, you have the right to set the scene with the first 200 of them. I think the author still had a purpose in this. Mainly because it is showing Evie’s metamorphosis, but also so we could really get to know Evie. And probably as intended, reading it made me feel like I was her and I was in high school again.
But then the book gets good, as a plot unfolds around when she graduates high school, and the book sticks with Eveline until just past the end of her college. The rest of the book has to do with the desire for love and the heartache love and pain can bring. Its hard to say more than that without ruining it for you, which is why other reviews only go that far. But I will try to offer a little more, by saying there are at least three guys in love with Evie, her being in love with only the one, she was led off by another, with these two plotting to have her as their own. And its also about boxing, the New England beach, New York City, art, the upper class, music, partying, home, relationships, God, psychology and philosophy. Which is to say, a lot. The book moves back and forth throughout time, which made it much more like a mystery the reader had to figure out. Unlike other stories, this one is melancholy enough that I couldn’t actually guess the ending. In fact, if you asked me what I would want the ending to look like in the middle of the book, It would be different than what I was hoping the ending would be in the last few chapters. Which is to say, it is not dead.
Here is a little more description on the content of the book, which I mentioned earlier: Yes, there is a lot of bad stuff in this book. Thankfully, though, it is not glorified as I think I would be disgusted if it was. I think there could be a lot less profanity while still maintaining “the integrity” of the book’s meaning. Yet, for the most part, the drinking, drug-use, and smoking in the book was referred to matter-of-factly. Although the characters in the book used different types of drugs, the end of the book strongly focuses on the way drugs destroy.
Although the sex content is very heavy, sex is more purposeful than not purposeful in this book. By that I mean there are not really descriptive sex scenes written solely just to seduce the readers attention. It shows sex as a very desirable thing, yet also as a very negative thing, but it is always pre-marital sex. More realistically, this book does encompass consequences of teen sex, such as pregnancy. Even more importantly, it spends a large amount of time exploring the effect it can have on the soul- extreme internal brokenness. Rape, “mean sex” (we never really know what, but that is just fine with me), miscarriage, a homosexual friend, extreme partying, death, suicide, and fighting also come up in the book.
If I had a teenager would I let them read this book? Probably not. But if I did, I would read it at the same time with them and probably not until they were going to leave home. I would want to be available to talk with my teen, to help them be prepared for what life can be like from a positive environment. I’d read it with them if I thought they were going to stumble upon all the “life” this book covers, so they through wouldn’t have to figure out by themselves. Still, I will strongly caution parents to use great discretion letting an older teen read it, let alone younger teens. In reality, I would be surprised if this book would actually interest most teens, anyway.
Altogether I would rate this book a three out of six. I myself loved it, but I don’t think its for everyone. I liked it so much that I was totally depressed when I finished it because I felt so close to the characters. But maybe that was because the book took so long to read that these characters were my only friends *wink*. I even cried at different parts and had to process some of the ideas it brought up in my journal! Pathetic, I know. But, it has a lot of heavy content, it is very long and tedious, and I have no doubt some people would just hate it regardless. This book is more of an art, wording experiences and feelings we have lived, than it is just a good story. If one doesn’t appreciate this type of art in the first place, the this book will be lost to them. Yet for me, I will probably shelf this brick with the classics.
Parents are you Speaking to your teen? Teens, are you Speaking to your parents?
As I have ventured into the world of YA/teen fiction, I am finding myseParents are you Speaking to your teen? Teens, are you Speaking to your parents?
As I have ventured into the world of YA/teen fiction, I am finding myself more and more compelled to talk to parents about the importance of knowing what is going on in your teen's life. I think a great way to do this, is for parents to read teen fiction. I think parents need to be informed about what is happening in the lives of teenagers now, and be aware of what they are reading and how it can be used as a tool for better understanding between teens and their parents. This book is a fantastic example. The book is called Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, the review was done by my mother, Janeth.
Summary: Something terrible and traumatic happened to Melinda Sordino in August before her freshman year of high school. As a result of this happening, events were set in motion by Melinda that that caused her to be isolated and hated by her closest friends and shunned by almost every student in her high school. No one in Melinda's life even knows what actually happened. Her parents are so wrapped up in their own careers and individual lives that they don't even realize that Melinda's life has altered completely. As Melinda goes through the school year, she becomes more and more withdrawn and finally refuses to speak for the most part because she feels unheard by anyone. Needless to say this causes problems with teachers, authority figures and parents. Her only escapes comes in the unlikely friendship with a new girl at school, a janitor's closet that she makes her own and her art class where she is encouraged and challenged to put herself into her project. Melinda is forced to "speak" when her former best friend starts dating "IT". She doesn't want anyone else to go through what she has and steps up to try to stop it. Using her art project to explore and communicate her feelings, Melinda finds the courage to stand up not only for herself, but all other girls.
This is not necessarily a book that one "enjoys" reading but I liked this girl. I hurt for her and wished that I could wrap my arms around her. The book is not a happily-ever-after kind of story. Melinda is just an ordinary girl who made some bad decisions and paid a terrible price for them. I think that this book would be beneficial for both teens and their parents to read. It could definitely be a starting point for conversations about decisions, consequences, communication and the cruelty of the land called high school. There is a question/answer with the author section as well as a discussion guide included in the book. I recommend it highly.
Parents should know: Speak deals with the difficult subject of rape and has details about the crime. It also has some curse words. For more detailed content information go to Speak on Parental Book Reviews. ...more
Publishers Weekly said Scrambled Eggs at Midnight, is for “…Readers who wish Romeo and Juliet had a happier ending…” Booklist called it, “A refreshingPublishers Weekly said Scrambled Eggs at Midnight, is for “…Readers who wish Romeo and Juliet had a happier ending…” Booklist called it, “A refreshing, poetic, memorable story filled with the precise small details that nudge people toward love…” The Penguin Group published Scrambled Eggs at Midnight in 2006, only one month after Heather Hepler and Brad Barkley finished writing. Heather wrote half of the first chapter before realizing that a novel was a huge undertaking on her own. After calling Brad for some advice, they agreed to write it together. With chapters alternating between Eliot and Cal, Scrambled Eggs at Midnight is a teenage love story about what happens when you just let yourself fall, and I fell hard. I fell in love, not only with the main characters of this book, but with many of the supporting ones too. There were just so many lovable people.
Moving from place to place, Calliope never imagined the small town of Asheville North Carolina would be any different, she assumed it would be just like the nine other moves they’d had in the past four years. She never expected it to feel like home, never expected she’d want to stay, and never expected she’d find what she never really knew she was missing. Eliot had lived in North Carolina all of his life, and still sorely missed the Carolina beaches they moved away from years before. Shortly after relocating Eliot’s dad opened a fat camp whose slogan was “What would Jesus eat?” Being in a small town, it didn't take long for Cal and Eliot to meet at the local bookstore. Ingrained in Eliot’s mind forever, is the vision of Cal’s curly red hair and her bright green eyes. And Cal can’t stop thinking about how Eliot’s eyes were so blue they were nearly-black, and, she had to constantly remind herself, how his lips were green, definitely green.
After spending more time together Cal and Eliot realize they have an immediate connection. Cal has finally found something solid in her life and Eliot is finally coming out of his shell. And I loved every single bit of it. It's so hard to find words to explain how much I loved this book. It's just that good. I've never read another Chick-Lit book that I liked as much as Scrambled Eggs at Midnight, and honestly, I'm not sure if I ever will. So read it, and I promise you'll fall in love too.
I'm hoping that this blog post will be a discussion starter for teens and parents of teens and just people in general. Crank is a YA/Teen book writtenI'm hoping that this blog post will be a discussion starter for teens and parents of teens and just people in general. Crank is a YA/Teen book written by Ellen Hopkins, based on her daughter's life and struggle with Meth addiction. I decided to pick it up because this book is HUGE in the middle schools right now. So many t(w)eens are reading it (as further evidenced by the tattered condition of my library copy) that I felt like I should get informed, so I picked it up.
"Life was good before I met the monster After, life was great,
At least for a little while."
When I started reading this book, I thought there was no way on earth that I would let my daughter (15) read this. The first half of the book is full of the excitement of drugs, language, sexual references/content/innuendo/experimentation, and even though you see the path of destruction that Kristina/Bree is on, the danger of it all is exciting. I don't know why destructive behavior is so attractive to some people, especially teens (or I should say it was to me as a teen), even when they see the ramifications played out in someone else's life, but it is. Maybe because they never believe the consequences will find them.
"And it occurred to me for one uneasy moment that every move I had made lately might have started a landslide."
I know that it is supposed to be "real" so that kids will relate. But how can I introduce my daughter to this world? You may be thinking, "You're so naive....she already knows about it!" but she doesn't. At least not in the kind of detail that Crank provides. HOWEVER.....
I kept reading. The second half of the book is absolutely loaded with the consequences of a life on drugs. Kristina's life spirals out of control. Her need for "the monster" leads to more drugs, which leads to theft, juvenile detention, alienation of family and friends, failing in school, cutting and drinking blood, hating herself, rape, and eventually pregnancy and having to make the choice of whether or not to keep her baby. I found myself thinking about Kristina, and what may have happened to her if she had come across this book when she was a teen. Would it have saved her? I think that is the hope of the author ("Kristina's" mother).
There are so many teens out there struggling with the things in this book. If just one of them picks up Crank and sees that there is hope, than this book has done it's job. I'd also recommend it to parents that are wanting to know what life can be like for teens. If your teen is reading this, you as a parent should be reading it too. There are so many things that you can talk about with your teen after reading this book, and if they are being introduced to this world of drugs, sex, and destruction, it shouldn't be alone.
So, I guess the bottom line is that I'm torn. I wish I could pass this on to my daughter, so that we could use it as a discussion starter, but there's just too much graphic detail about sex etc. for me to feel comfortable. But, I do understand that being so graphic helps people to understand just what an enormous impact that using drugs can have on your life. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this book! Were the graphic details necessary, or could the same point be made without such detail?
If you're a teen, have you read Crank? What did you think? Do you know anyone going through these things?
If you're a parent, would you give your teen Crank? At what age? Have you read it?
I love a good, suspenseful, romantic thriller. I was sad about Ivy and Tristan not having very long together before he dies, though . Elizabeth ChandlI love a good, suspenseful, romantic thriller. I was sad about Ivy and Tristan not having very long together before he dies, though . Elizabeth Chandler really catches the small things that make a scene wanting, longing, enticing, and aching for more. The twists and turns seemed to be very believable and I could not figure out what was happening until the very end. I liked the fact that this mystery book stayed mysterious until the author wanted you to know what was going on. You could actually feel the characters struggle in their pain of not being together. There are not too many books I could read over and over, but this one goes on the "more than once" bookshelf.
If you have the time to read a 704 page book, dive into this one....you'll be glad you did!
Word to the parents: There are some heavy make-out scenes and pretty violent ones as well. If you want to see the full content review, go to Kissed by an Angel on Parental Book Reviews....more
I actually liked this book. The very first scene is intense. The author, to me, has a small problem not explaining herself entirely, but, I think I'mI actually liked this book. The very first scene is intense. The author, to me, has a small problem not explaining herself entirely, but, I think I'm overly picky! I wasn't aware there was a sequel coming out or my review would have been entirely different. The ending had so much left to explain. The characters were all good throughout the book. She discussed each of them enough that you had a good handle on their purpose.
I enjoyed Fishers writing style and her characterization. Her wonderful description has this unique world dancing off the pages. It comes alive. Sadly, a few things were predictable. I figured out the mystery behind Finn's past. I like it, though, where it was going and why.
Incarceron is great for those who like intriguing, complex plots.
Parents need to know: There is NO sex and very little language. So young readers would be fascinated as well! For more details about content, go to Incarceron on Parental Book Reviews....more
I read this book after it was recommended to me by a friend. I thought it'd just be another short read that I'd forget about quickly. Kingdom's Dawn iI read this book after it was recommended to me by a friend. I thought it'd just be another short read that I'd forget about quickly. Kingdom's Dawn is pretty much the bible in medieval times. And it's friggen' awesome. Honestly, I expected it to be a little cheesy. But, from start to finish the book is pure action. I was more then a little surprised at how much I liked it and very disappointed that I hadn't thought to get the second one at the library at the same time I got the first one. The main character, Lianad, plays the roles of multiple people in the bible. Abel, Noah, Moses, and many others. Chuck Black does a very good job of converting events in the bible into a more fantasy aspect while not completely taking the story of the bible out of it.
Chuck Black has a great writing style that he puts to great use in this book. The story was great. He did a great job of introducing and maturing (for lack of a better term) characters. For a third-person book he really explained their personalities well. You got to know the characters well even in the shortness of the book.
This is a great first part to the series. An easy read that is very epic. A lot of authors need 500 some-odd pages to achieve this. Not Chuck Black. This was pure awesomeness.
Miss Match, Rematch, and Match Point follow the life of twenty-thee year old, Laurie Holbrook, a coffee addict and chocoholic. Laurie has found her caMiss Match, Rematch, and Match Point follow the life of twenty-thee year old, Laurie Holbrook, a coffee addict and chocoholic. Laurie has found her calling, and it's matchmaking. Although she is content to stay single and live with her dad forever, she devises complex schemes, including using brownies and blind dates, to match up everyone else she knows. After setting up her sister, best friend, singles pastor, coffee shop owner, and a few others Laurie realizes that her family members might have learned a few tricks of the trade from her and she’s their target.
This is by far my favorite Christian author, and one of my favorite authors in general. I love her writing style, and how she writes about Christianity without trying to (for lack of a better word) “preach” to you. These books are hilarious, and easy to relate to. Although Laurie (the main character) is twenty-three, it wasn’t weird at all reading about someone so much older than I am, it just seemed normal. But if you haven’t see The Princess Bride, and Pride and Prejudice I would recommend watching them before reading these books because they are referenced a lot! ...more
The Masquerade was a very moving book that took me back to my high school years. The downward spiral that can become your life so quickly with just onThe Masquerade was a very moving book that took me back to my high school years. The downward spiral that can become your life so quickly with just one lie is something a lot of teens can relate to. Beka's fear of being exposed as a fraud leads to a life of lying, partying, and eventually such despair that she's not sure if she wants to go on living. But Beka's family and a couple of really good friends, help her to see that there's more to life than what she's seeing now, and that God, and they, will forgive her no matter what she's done.
The Masquerade is a great read for anyone who is struggling with her faith, contemplating God, or just wants a good faith-based book. Thank you Sarah, for sharing your faith, and for being a light to girls who aren't sure about God, or if they can ever be forgiven.
Sarah has a fascinating story about how she became a Christian and a writer.
Parents need to know: There is no sexual content, language, or violence in this book, but there is some partying/drinking and Beka has some thoughts about suicide. For more details, go to The Masquerade on http://ParentalBookReviews.com/...more
So what are the chances that my daughter and I would both be reading about a girl that had to move from NYC to Hog's Hollow at the same time? (Mine waSo what are the chances that my daughter and I would both be reading about a girl that had to move from NYC to Hog's Hollow at the same time? (Mine was The Cupcake Queen) Maybe it's a sign? Here's her review of Hope Was Here.
Hope is a sixteen year old New Yorker who has to move to the middle-of-nowhere, Hog's Hollow. She's living with her aunt who is the best diner cook in the USA. After she gives it a chance, she realizes that the town has a charm that she never found in NYC. Hope ends up trying to help the diner owner, who has Leukemia, to get elected as mayor. He is trying to save the town from Mayor Eli Millstone, who has pretty much let the town go. There are pot-holes all over the street, a run-down community center, and the cheese factory (his sponsor) which hasn't payed taxes for 5 years. But no one wants to vote for a mayor who's time is so limited.
This is a very quick, clean read. It did get a little slow in the middle, but it picks back up after a little bit. It wasn't my favorite book, but I did enjoy it, and finished it quickly. I would definitely recommend Hope to tweens/young teens.
Parents need to know that this book was very clean. There was a small amount of kissing (nothing detailed), and a couple of religious exclamations. For the full content review, go to Parental Book Reviews....more
Vlad has to keep his vampire urges under control while dealing with the pressures of middle school.Thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod really hates juniorVlad has to keep his vampire urges under control while dealing with the pressures of middle school.Thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod really hates junior high. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: His mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: He’s being hunted by a vampire killer.
I really liked this book. I don't know if I would have normally read it because Vlad is kind of young, but there are more books in this series and with each one, he gets a year older. I'm looking forward to the next books! Oh yeah, and it's a shorter, easier read.
Parents need to know that there is a lot of blood in this story, although most of it comes from a blood bank. Three people are killed, but it's not detailed. For full content review check out Parental Book Reviews.
Beastly was a cute book, not the best book I've read this year by far. It had it's romantic moments, lots and lots of shallow moments, unnecessary sexBeastly was a cute book, not the best book I've read this year by far. It had it's romantic moments, lots and lots of shallow moments, unnecessary sexual content moments and fairy tale moments. I read this book in two days and enjoyed it.
I didn't enjoy the beginning when Kyle was being a complete jerk. The characters were so beyond shallow it was nauseating. If I wasn't familiar with the fairy tale, I would have sat the book down after the first five pages. But hey, there is a reason he was turned into a beast right? I enjoyed the characters Will (his tutor) and Magda (his maid), they really rounded the storyline out. Will was a great side-kick to Kyle and Magda had so much love and patience for Kyle, that it made it heartwarming to read. It was sad to read about Kyle's relationship with his father, but it added another dimension to the storyline.
When Kyle meets Lindy, it was fun reading about how he fixed up her room with paint, bookshelves, tons of books, vases of roses and tons of other special things. I liked the progression of their relationship. And, I loved how you could hear Kyle thoughts, and it would let you know how much he loved her. The author did a good job with the ending also, *hint... They all lived happily ever after.
I would say read this book, it's a very quick read, and like I said >> cute!