Mattie is stuck working at a local hotel for the summer. While serving there a lady hands her letters to burn. She doesn't burn them. The story followMattie is stuck working at a local hotel for the summer. While serving there a lady hands her letters to burn. She doesn't burn them. The story follows the events leading up to why she's at the hotel and what the letters contains that apply to the body that washes on shore.
I loved the way this story was told. Between her word of the day and the humor it was great read. Usually historical books have that underlying boredom but it wasn't present in A Northern Light. ...more
Cole is rebel without a cause. One day he takes things too far and smashes in a boys head. When offered jail time or a chance to heal through the circCole is rebel without a cause. One day he takes things too far and smashes in a boys head. When offered jail time or a chance to heal through the circle he jumps at the jail free card. His punishment is to live for one year on a deserted island by himself. This is the story of how he survives and what he sees on the island.
I really loved the learning that Cole goes through. I felt the author portrayed his anger well and made it clear that it wouldn't just go away. I loved the survival aspect to the story. Not bad at all. ...more
Inside Out and Back Again is a story about a girl named Hà. The story starts off with Hà in Saigon celebrating Tet, the first day of the lunar calendaInside Out and Back Again is a story about a girl named Hà. The story starts off with Hà in Saigon celebrating Tet, the first day of the lunar calendar. She wakes up really early to be the first to touch the tiles that bring them luck. Except, now she thinks it brought the family bad luck. With war abundant in Saigon, Hà and her family must flee the country. They take a slow boat ride to the US, and it is here that they find their new home, Alabama. Even thought the tough physical journey is over the family experiences many trials once safely on land: language barrier, hate from US citizens, and all new customs. Through it all Hà learns how to see the good.
I have a thing for novels in verse-a huge thing. I love the way that Lai is able to show so much-emotion, setting, and character- through so little words. There is just such a beauty in her words. I found Hà to be an interesting narrator. She has so much to tell through her experiences such as going from living in Saigon to living in America as the 'enemy'. I really enjoyed reading from Hà's point of view. There is a lot of background that you get about the Vietnam war and the struggle that people went through in Vietnam and in America. I thought this was a lovely book. ...more
Stargirl is about a boy named Leo. Leo goes to Mica High, a school that always sticks to the status quo. But when a new student shows up name StargirlStargirl is about a boy named Leo. Leo goes to Mica High, a school that always sticks to the status quo. But when a new student shows up name Stargirl things get thrown out of whack. She is so weird that at first the student population is confused by her. She shows a level of compassion and kindness that they have never seen. They embrace her and even start being individuals and then it all goes downhill. Stargirl is fantastic. I feel like you can relate as Leo or Stargirl-the outcast's friend and the outcast. This book speaks volumes about the how much stake we put into the opinions of others. It's a strict parable telling you NOT to change because society tells you to. That is all. ...more
Arn lives in Cambodia. His story is about the genocide in Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge.
I'm not going to say this was a good book but I will say thatArn lives in Cambodia. His story is about the genocide in Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge.
I'm not going to say this was a good book but I will say that it was a good story. It was sad and so very informative. I've never heard this story before and it's impact on me was grand. I loved that all the characters were two sided. Like Arn, he was just a child who played the flute but then he was classified as a Khmer Rouge. ...more
American Born Chinese is a graphic novel. It's three different stories in one book.
I guess maybe I wasn't all that invested in this book but I can haAmerican Born Chinese is a graphic novel. It's three different stories in one book.
I guess maybe I wasn't all that invested in this book but I can hardly remember what it was about. I know it involved a legendary monkey, a kid who wanted to be someone else, and a boy who felt upstaged by his cousin. It was interesting and a quick read but it didn't hold after.
However, I did come away with the fact that you should always strive to be who you are and respect your background. ...more
Enchanted starts out with Sunday Woodcutter meeting a frog in the woods. As they talk she finds out that the frogs name is Grumble, he use to be a manEnchanted starts out with Sunday Woodcutter meeting a frog in the woods. As they talk she finds out that the frogs name is Grumble, he use to be a man, and that he can't remember his old life. She reveals her family life to him through the stories that she tells him. However, after their third meeting in the woods by the well things get busy for Sunday: her aunt starts to train her in magic and her sisters and herself have to get supplies for the upcoming ball. More accurately, three balls that the newly returned prince has planned, He is Rumbold, the prince that her family despises, the very prince that singles her out at the first ball. As Sunday morns the loss of a friend, finds herself falling for the prince, deals with her family dynamics, and is trying to rein in her own magical powers something much more nefarious is going on in the castle and she's about to find out exactly what.
Enchanted is a lovely mix of every fairytale I have ever heard and then some. Kontis does a lovely job with characterization, point-of-view, and plot, weaving a tale that is truly unique. She doesn’t lose anytime characterizing Sunday and her family with stories that Sunday tells Grumble. By the end of the story, these people are so real to you. The point-of-view of the story switches every other chapter, going back and forth between Sunday and the Prince, in a way that gives the story more depth. It gave the book a good contrast and it dragged you away from the typical plot line. She had, basically, two plots that twirled together and only met at certain parts. The whole focus was not on the romance but the demons that each character had to face down, on their own. ...more
Three kleptos walk into a Shoplifters Anonymous how long does it take for them to decide to go on a stealing spree? Exactly one and a half meetings. TThree kleptos walk into a Shoplifters Anonymous how long does it take for them to decide to go on a stealing spree? Exactly one and a half meetings. That's it. All three girls were represented but in totally different mediums. Tabitha's was straight up prose. Elodie's was in verse style. Moe wrote in her journal. It's like Leverage meets high school and then flirts with Breakfast Club.
I liked how the story wasn't focused on the fact that they stole but more of the reasons behind it. What is the real reason the girl who has everything steals? What makes a good girl so crazy that stealing is the only solution? Does the burnout have a secret about her stealing methods? ...more
Wins: What you HAVE to understand about this book is the fact that it isn't a lavish tale. It doesn't go into deep description or characterize all thatWins: What you HAVE to understand about this book is the fact that it isn't a lavish tale. It doesn't go into deep description or characterize all that much. What it does is highlight the importance of it's message. That message: The importance of friendship. This book is good in the way that it defines real grief. The blind rage we get when someone passes, the guilt when someone sacrifices for us, the hole that a person can leave in our life. It was fairly quick read. It's only about one-hundred pages long and it's stuffed pretty full. Even though this book doesn't have much depth into the characters you still can fill that void with the little the author gives you. He gives you a skeleton and you can fill it in the way you want. The idea that a character blames their best friend for their fathers death? Very, very human. This is the reason why I agreed to review this book. This idea intrigued me and I wanted to see how it played out. "Look at all the misery we've had to face with only the cliches to comfort us." pg 39. It seems like this should be a lyric in a song. It's beautiful.
Fails: You have no idea what Mae or her mother or Heidi even look like. This characterization is needed for a clear picture in your head. I felt like I only saw a vague and blurry picture of what it could be. A book should take you there. This is probably just a I-am-the-only-one-who-really-cares-about-this-sort-of-thing thing but it drives me nuts. She calls her Mom Mummy and her Dad Daddy. She's fourteen, not four. Now I get the Daddy and I can over look it but Mummy? It just makes me think about Docto Who. (I also feel this way about the word tummy. We are not little kids.) (It's not just that it's used but that it is used through the whole book. I mean if you call them Mom for most of the book and then Mummy when you are sad or really need them that's fine but the whole book? I just can't do it, self edit sets in.)
Overall: This book is like a gem that could use some polishing but it still shines without it. A great commentary on loss and life. ...more