After a tragic car accident took the life of her father, Amy’s life has been turned upside down. She hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel of a carAfter a tragic car accident took the life of her father, Amy’s life has been turned upside down. She hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel of a car since, her brother is in the Carolina’s at a rehab facility and her mother is setting up a new home for them in Connecticut. When it comes time for Amy to leave her home in California and meet her mother across the country it is decided that an old childhood friend will drive her in the family car. Enter Roger who is exactly what Amy needs despite dealing with baggage of his own. The two teenagers set out on a road trip filled with detours, conversations, new friends, and experiences that help them come to terms with their grief and open themselves back up to life.
This book is pretty much filled with all of my favorite elements (minus fairies, trolls, and goblins). I totally heart stories with road trips. I get to see the country along with the characters, and author Morgan Matson does an amazing job including facts about each state Amy and Roger travel through, their musical playlists, and a scrapbook from their adventure to really pull the reader into the journey. I really liked Amy. Not to sound horrible, but sometimes characters who are grieving can be really annoying. Amy never appears over dramatic. Her grief feels real, and in several parts you feel yourself grieving with her. Roger is pretty darn wonderful too, and his musical tastes are swoon worthy. I totally made a few of his mixes. If you’re in the mood to see the country, definitely consider Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. ...more
Everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet. Two teenagers meet at a party, fall immediately in love, andJuliet Immortal By Stacey Jay YA JAY 2.5 stars
Everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet. Two teenagers meet at a party, fall immediately in love, and three days later, both are laying dead in a tomb. Such a happy story. What if the story we all know and love (in all of its recreations) was one big lie. What if Romeo didn’t kill himself at of grief believing his soul mate was dead? What if he actually sold his soul to an ancient evil and sacrificed Juliet to become an eternal mercenary destroying true love? And what if, filled with hate from her true love’s deception, in her last breaths Juliet completed a ritual that made her an eternal ambassador sworn to protect soul mates? For over seven hundred years, the star-crossed lovers have battled through time, but time is running out and their contracts are up.
This is a strange book. In all honesty, I’m not sure I ever really understood what was going on. That’s not true. I am very sure I never really knew what was going on. Everything seemed very complicated. Stacey Jay tries to bring everything together, but never quite pulls it off. The book was romantic though. And if you’re drawn to stories with star-crossed lovers, this should definitely be a contender. ...more
I'm not a huge fan of poetry, and I have to be in a mood for novels in verse, but Cynthia Rylant's Ludie's Life was a pleasant surprise. Chronicling tI'm not a huge fan of poetry, and I have to be in a mood for novels in verse, but Cynthia Rylant's Ludie's Life was a pleasant surprise. Chronicling the life of a women from the coal camps of Alabama, Ludie's story is one of hard work, frustration, and contentment. Ludie marries at the age of fifteen to escape her neglectful step mother and enters into a life with a kind, hard working man named Rupe. Ludie's dreams pushed aside, she raises six children, and many more grand-children, in West Virginia. The story often broke my heart. Ludie is a woman of integrity and vigilance, but is afraid to see the ocean because she doesn't want to long for it once she's back home. Rylant does an amazing job creating a setting and life with so few words....more
Pretty Little Liars By Sara Shepard Call # YA SHE 2.5 stars
Do you have a secret? Something you’ve done or said that you really don’t want to get around tPretty Little Liars By Sara Shepard Call # YA SHE 2.5 stars
Do you have a secret? Something you’ve done or said that you really don’t want to get around to all of your friends? In Rosewood, there are a lot of secrets, especially between Emily, Aria, Hanna, and Spencer. On the last day of seventh grade, their best friend Ali mysteriously disappeared. Ali was the keeper of each girl’s darkest secret, secrets that could devastate families and friends. Now the girls are in high school and the loss of their friend, while still occasionally heartbreaking, is far behind them. But when they begin receiving messages from the anonymous “A”, they realize the past isn’t gone and it might just be back to haunt them.
Pretty Little Liars wasn’t my cup of tea. I like mysteries, but this just seemed a mystery without any end. I do realize it is the first in a series, but I couldn’t help feeling something should have been revealed either about the past or present. The chapters alternate between each girl, and to be honest, I never liked any of them. Most of the situations seemed way more adult than a highschooler would actually experience, and their family lives were awkward and over the top. All that being said, I might just have to go on to the next books for some additional details. Fans of long series and books similar to Gossip Girl or The Clique would probably enjoy Shepard’s juicy mystery series. ...more
Sometime in the not so distant future, the United States as we know it is gone. Beatrice lives in a versiDivergent By Veronica Roth Call # YA ROT 5 Stars
Sometime in the not so distant future, the United States as we know it is gone. Beatrice lives in a version of Chicago in which each individual belongs in one of five factions dedicated to a particular virtue: Candor are always honest, Abnegation are always selfless, Erudite always seek knowledge, Amity always seek peace, and Dauntless are always brave. Beatrice was raised as Abnegation, but she is now sixteen and must face the aptitude test and Choosing Ceremony at which she’ll decide to stay in her own faction or disown her family and follow a different virtue. Beatrice has never felt selfless, so when the results of her test come back inconclusive, she realizes she can no longer stay with her family and pretend to be something she is not. But can she survive life as a Dauntless? And what do the results of her aptitude test really mean for herself and those she loves?
Divergent is the perfect example of why I try to avoid reading series. I am a terribly impatient person, and now, having read and thoroughly enjoyed the first in the series I must endure the long wait for book number two. I will inevitably forget just about everything in Divergent, thus having to reread it in order to have any kind of chance of connecting the two stories. Luckily, rereading Roth’s series starter won’t be too much of a hardship. Divergent has everything I love in a book. It’s a dystopia. It’s fast paced and interesting. There is a budding romance between two likable characters. There’s a secret plot brewing just underneath the surface. And, with little effort at all, I can see the storyline playing out in my head like a movie. It reminded me a lot of Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series with a strong female protagonist and a battle against a corrupted governmental system. If you are a fan of gritty adventures, definitely consider Divergent by Veronica Roth. ...more
This book disturbed me. I thought I’d just put that out there. It’s the kind of disturbed when the story sWither By Lauren DeStefano Call# YA DES 3 stars
This book disturbed me. I thought I’d just put that out there. It’s the kind of disturbed when the story stays with you long after you’ve finished the last page. You think about it, question it in your head, and then think about it a little more. It’s almost as if the book literally haunts you. I had the same reaction to Neal Shusterman’s Unwind, and I just can’t seem to get Wither out of my head.
“Seventy years ago science perfected the art of children.” (Red flag!) Thanks to this wonderful development, the first generation of this modern science live like immortals, immune to disease. The second generation is, however, not so lucky. Children conceived by the first generation are on borrowed time. Males only live to the age of 25, while females contract a deadly virus at 20. The world is slowly dying. Young girls are kidnapped, married off to the highest bidder, and forced to become baby making machines in attempts to save the human race. Rhine Ellery has just been kidnapped along with two other girls who all become the new brides to House Governor Linden Ashby, a young man morning the death of his first wife and true love. Held captive in the Ashby house, the young girls quickly learn that Linden’s father, Housemaster Vaughn, is conducting experiments in the basement, looking for an antidote to the virus that will take there lives in only a few years. Rhine will stop at nothing to escape her captivity and the horrors that await her in the basement.
Is all science, good science? What if the human race goes too far? What would you do if you knew exactly when you were going to die? Those are the questions that keep coming back to me when I think of the book. I was quickly mesmerized by Rhine’s story, sharing her doubts and fears, cheering her on as she fought to escape the evil Housemaster Vaughn. I’ll be very interested to see where the author takes the story in this planned trilogy. I highly recommend Wither by Lauren DeStefano is fans of dystopias and intrigue. ...more
I feel like I give out a lot of “3” star ratings. Apparently I love just about everything I read, which is kind of totally awesome. I’m not going to cI feel like I give out a lot of “3” star ratings. Apparently I love just about everything I read, which is kind of totally awesome. I’m not going to complain. Side note: I don’t always love the books I read for the adult book club I attend though. I definitely have a soft spot for teen fiction. Anyway, The Gospel According to Larry was one of those books that I passed by literally hundreds of times in the collection, but never gave a chance. To continue my new affair with audiobooks, I thought I decided to check it out, especially because it’s read by Jesse Eisenberg and it is only 3(!) discs long.
Larry wants to change the world. On his extremely popular blog, he rants and raves against consumerism, celebrity worship, and the way his best friend is a total phony for falling in love with the school jock. Larry is Josh Swensen, a seventeen year old boy genius who is suddenly feeling trapped by his controversial alter-ego and is determined to keep his anonymity at any cost. But when a follower of his blog promises to uncover the truth about who Larry really is, Josh’s world is turned upside down and his attempts to contribute to the world come at the cost of those he loves.
In some way or another, I think everyone can relate to Josh (aka Larry). We’re all looking for some way to put our stamp on the world. While most of us don’t do it with quite the flair and controversy that Josh does, it’s the same sentiment, to make a lasting, hopefully positive, impression on those around us. The audiobook of The Gospel According to Larry is spectacular. Eisenberg does an amazing job bringing to life the socially awkward, extremely intelligent Josh, and author Janet Tashjian’s snippets of relaying the story bring the entire plot together. I would highly recommend the audiobook, or regular book, of The Gospel According to Larry, to all fans of teen fiction. ...more
I decided to try to kick my habit this summer. I seem to be addicted to teen books with a supernatural flair. So I’ve picked up more realistic fictionI decided to try to kick my habit this summer. I seem to be addicted to teen books with a supernatural flair. So I’ve picked up more realistic fiction, you know, true to life, could actually happen, real stories. But I’ve fallen off the wagon, and I’m not ashamed! Paranormalcy by Kiersten White had been on my radar for a while, and I finally took it home with me to give it a try. I read it in a day. Not only is the cover kind of cool, but it has fun chapter titles, which I love. They are like little fortunes foretelling the future of the book. It’s fantastic. (Sorry about the alliteration.) Anway…
Paranormalcy is about this girl named Evie who has the cool ability to see through any type of supernatural glamour. The vampire might look all studly young man to a human’s eye, but Evie can see the rotten corpse he actually is underneath. She works for this organization called the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA) who rounds up supernatural beings and tags them to make them safe from humans. But then word spreads that something is kill all types of magical entities and it’s looking for Evie. Evie must try to unravel the mysteries of her past to save herself and the people she loves, including the totally hot boy she’s crushing on.
While there’s nothing super special about this particular story, they all start to sound a little similar the more you read, I really enjoyed reading about Evie. She’s strong, brave, and has a great sense of humor. Alas, it is the first in the series, however, and now I must annoyingly wait for round two. If you’re looking for your next dose of teen supernatural romance fiction, definitely give Paranormalcy by Kiersten White a try. ...more