From patron recommendation: It will teach basic life lessons and matters. You never know what goes on behind closed doors. Something school never taugFrom patron recommendation: It will teach basic life lessons and matters. You never know what goes on behind closed doors. Something school never taught me....more
"Bone Gap is a dull, small, midwestern town with some very mysterious places, if you know where and how to look. Finn and Sean are two brFrom Candice:
"Bone Gap is a dull, small, midwestern town with some very mysterious places, if you know where and how to look. Finn and Sean are two brothers living on their own there, Finn a 17-year-old somewhat awkward kid with a couple good friends, Sean is his older brother who tries to hold down the home. When their friend Roza disappears one day, all of their worlds are turned upside-down in a multitude of ways. There’s an element of magical realism that gives a bit of a fantasy feel, but it’s a pretty serious YA book, with some violence and mature themes."...more
"Have you ever been in a book funk? You know, where nothing grabs your attention. For three months, I’d read the first chapter or two of aFrom Brian:
"Have you ever been in a book funk? You know, where nothing grabs your attention. For three months, I’d read the first chapter or two of a book then never return to it. Nothing stuck. I buy the Young Adult books, and, in doing so, read a lot of reviews. Sometimes I’ll read a review and get really excited about a book only to be let down. I had a good feeling about Thanks for the Trouble when I read the review for it, then I gave a quick, silent prayer to the book gods that maybe, just maybe, this would bring an end to the funk.
It did. It totally did! I looooooooved this book! Read it. Just go read it. No? You need some convincing? OK, here we go…
Parker Santé has been mute ever since his father died in a car accident five years ago. Now he communicates via his journals and sign language. He skips school a lot, and one of his favorite pastimes is hanging out at hotels so he can steal from unsuspecting rich folks. One such victim is silver (not platinum) haired Zelda. Parker spots Zelda looking perfectly sad, but also notices her fat wad of cash. After swiping the dough, Parker thinks better of it and returns the money. Zelda matter-of-factly states that she plans to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge after she spends all of her money on a charity case. She agrees to spend the money on Parker as long as he agrees to go to college. This kick-starts a weekend that will change Parker completely. Also, did I mention that Zelda looks like she’s seventeen, but claims to be 250 years old?
I absolutely loved Parker’s voice. He’s witty without being obnoxious, and he’s an excellent writer. He grew up reading faerie tales–the real ones, not the sanitized Disney versions he says–and we’re treated to faerie tales that he has written himself. Most are bleak, but he can’t help being a bit romantic. Parker grows, and Zelda shows him that it’s better to live your life than to hide yourself from everyone else.
Do I have issues with the ending? I do, but it didn’t take the shine off the rest of the book. I highly recommend this to John Green fans and readers of Andrew Smith."...more
I Will Always Write Back is the true story of two lives changed by a letter. Caitlin wrote to Martin as part of an English assignment, cFrom Meredith:
I Will Always Write Back is the true story of two lives changed by a letter. Caitlin wrote to Martin as part of an English assignment, choosing Zimbabwe because she liked the name of the country. Her letter arrived with nine others, at a poor school with 50 students. Martin was lucky enough to receive one because he was the top student.
Caitlin and Martin had very little in common, but somehow they struck up a friendship that transcended their differences, eventually changing both of their lives. I Will Always Write Back is a great story of generosity, inner strength, and friendship. I could not put it down, finishing it in one afternoon.
I Will Always Write Back is cataloged as for ages 12 and up, but I see it as one of those books everyone should read, no matter if you are 15 or 50. It will make you smile, make you cry, and make you better for having experienced how truly amazing people can be....more
This book, published in 2011, is the first in a young adult fantasy trilogy. This first book follows chosen one Elisa, a sixteen year old princess, onThis book, published in 2011, is the first in a young adult fantasy trilogy. This first book follows chosen one Elisa, a sixteen year old princess, on a journey that takes her far from home and safety. Elisa is an unusual chosen one – she isn’t athletic or adored, and she is deeply unsure of her destiny. But like a good hero story, her journey teaches her about what kind of person she is capable of being. For the first time in awhile, I careened through the first book in less than a week. I’ve now begun The Crown of Embers, the second book in the trilogy. What I liked about The Girl of Fire and Thorns is that, though it is beautifully written, the story is harsh and at times brutal. This is fantasy, but without false gilding. The characters are real and complex, the food sounds delicious, and the political intrigues are wrought just enough to give context. But Elisa makes hard choices and she makes sacrifices. Being the chosen one is a hard job; so is being a princess. But as Elisa manages to scrape by or outright succeed with each new challenge, I’ve grown to like her, and to root for her, which is one of the best things a YA novel can spark in a reader....more