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Freeze Tag on the Highway
During the first quarter of this book I was annoyed. Having been previously impressed with Krans, I continued reading solely due to my hopes that "Fre...more
Dec 04, 2011
Dec 02, 2011
How to Lead a Life of Crime
While I intend to write a more thorough review later, I need to get a few things out while they're fresh: This book is written for a teen audience but...more
Dec 11, 2013
Dec 04, 2013
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
I cannot rate this book, nor can I call it young adult appropriate. I'm not even sure the happy ending counts as a happy ending. It fits with the othe...more
Feb 26, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
Gladyss of the Hunt
Nersesian, as always, keeps his voice in tact. An unconvincing female, especially in her early 20s, Nersesian successfully tells a fun story of murder...more
May 22, 2014
May 17, 2014
Going Bovine
I do not like ambiguous endings and I never pick up a book intending to have a lesson shoved down my throat. All the same, "Going Bovine" is probably...more
Aug 06, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
As I Lay Dying
I've given the book 24 hours to stew. I'm still not sure how I feel. I gave it four stars for style and skill on the part of Faulkner. Everyone I have...more
May 15, 2011
Feb 08, 2011
Fault Line
The voice was annoying to me at first--cliche narration for a YA novel--but the content was executed pretty well, and for that it is hard not to appre...more
Dec 17, 2012
Dec 16, 2012
Some of Tim's Stories
Be patient with this one. "Some of Tim's Stories" is a short novel with lots of holes in it but it also has a lot of soul and the genuine importance o...more
Jul 26, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
Notes from the Blender
Though "Notes from the Blender" was a fun read and it got me through a sick day, it isn't something that I'll feel compelled to recommend to the masse...more
May 21, 2012
May 09, 2012
Gingerbread (Cyd Charisse, #1)
This book is decent, but it's sequel makes it worth the read. Cyd is a likable girl, but has the awful TV-character-quality of being unable to fix rea...more
not set
Sep 23, 2011
The Boy Detective Fails
A novel almost buried under its own imagery, "The Boy Detective Fails" is a triumphant reprieve from general fiction. Meno uses few enough fanciful el...more
Dec 20, 2011
Sep 09, 2010
The Catcher in the Rye
This book, touted as the voice of a generation, was Salinger's magnum opus, so to speak. The reader follows Holden through a slough of minor misadvent...more
not set
May 29, 2010
Going Down
The book didn't have much to keep my interest, though it also didn't lose my interest. The only contemporary book I've found with a semi-sympathetic p...more
not set
Sep 23, 2011
I Am an Executioner: Love Stories
A masterful writer, Rajesh Parameswaran changes voice between stories with total ease. That said, mostly very depressing, and only loosely love storie...more
not set
Apr 30, 2012
I picked "Beastly" for two reasons: the movie is a guilty pleasure, and I needed an easy, smutty read to get me out of my slump. It's a silly, predict...more
Aug 11, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
The Silver Linings Playbook
Though the book starts kind of unimpressively "Silver Linings Playbook" is impossible to put down and really, truly good. It makes silver linings beli...more
Jun 15, 2014
Jun 15, 2014
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
When I read this book I didn't appreciate Twain's brilliance as an author. Tom's, however, was evident. Tom's age is never revealed which adds to the...more
not set
May 29, 2010
Water for Elephants
Like most hot sellers, "Water for Elephants" is plot based and has little in the way of writing. Though the happy ending nearly makes up for the empty...more
Mar 29, 2011
Feb 08, 2011
I wish all good people were made to read this book. The single most heartwarming book I have ever read.
Jan 12, 2014
Jan 11, 2014
The Basic Eight
The high score I've given this book is due completely to the highly skilled work of Daniel Handler. "The Basic Eight" is the most well executed unreli...more
Jul 09, 2011
Feb 22, 2011
The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)
Compared to the Percy Jackson series, the Lost Hero is mediocre. On its own, however, it is a very good book.
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close reminded me of all of the Pulitzer winners I've read: well researched, written with meticulous care for language,...more
Jun 28, 2012
May 29, 2010
The Hoopster
3.5 stars. This is a great story, written for a specific audience. That audience is high school students with low reading levels or middle school stud...more
Jun 22, 2013
May 18, 2013
The Sun Also Rises
Holy crap what a book. I have no idea why I didn't love it the first time around. Damn damn.
May 29, 2013
May 23, 2013
The Sandcastle Girls
I've given Sandcastle Girls a high rating based on plot and personal sentiment, based on technical or literary writing ability, the rating would be si...more
Sep 02, 2012
Aug 10, 2012
Tales of Young Urban Failure
Office Space meets the original Clerks
not set
Sep 15, 2010
The Notebook (The Notebook, #1)
I read this book because my 70 year old neighbor told me it made her believe she could still find love. That beautiful sentiment inspired me to buy a...more
not set
May 29, 2010
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
hot. damn.
Feb 25, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
The Open Boat and Other Stories
Each story rated as follows:
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets--5 stars
The Open Boat-- 3 stars
The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky--3 stars
Blue Hotel--4 stars

Dec 28, 2013
Nov 20, 2013
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Jul 30, 2010
Jul 17, 2010
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