Hannah and Zoe have been best friends since they were little kids. Hannah is the practical one. She owns her own hot dog stand. She wants to go to colHannah and Zoe have been best friends since they were little kids. Hannah is the practical one. She owns her own hot dog stand. She wants to go to college, even if it’s only at county. She can’t see more for herself. Can’t see past the lake. Zoe is more adventurous. More wild. She’s artistic, creative, free-spirited. Bi-polar.
On a particularly manic day, Zoe has decided she has had enough of their New Jersey lake town. It’s time they see more. It’s time Hannah stops settling and learns some lessons outside of school. On this adventure is where, on each new day, Zoe teaches Hannah about something–Loyalty. Envy. Obligation. Dreams. Disappointment. Fear. Negligence. Coping. Elation. Lust. Nature. Freedom. Heartbreak. Insouciance. All while have the most epic road trip.
The Museum of Intangible Things is one of those books that has a pretty cover and is not a let down. There are books that have beautiful covers and when you crack that spine, read those first pages you are immediately disappointed. But the cover is so pretty! This is not one of those books. I immediately fell in love with this book. First sentence, first page in love. There was something magical that just grabs you without magic. They way Wendy Wunder crafts the words and weaves a story is magic in itself. There doesn’t need to be dragons or princesses. Hannah is perhaps one of my favorite characters I have read/met this year, possibly after Zoe. Zoe was pretty phenomenal, too. They both were great. And, I don’t just like Hannah because we share a name! She is a genuine, tough, real, true to herself character who goes through a lot and comes out strong. She comes out on top. I admired her completely. Zoe was the opposite of her. She was this wild girl. Strong-willed, will-full, and kind of a parent’s worse nightmare. Yet, there was something so special about her. Then, there was her demon–her mental illness.
Her Bi-polar 1 Disorder with psychosis was prominent in this book. Not in a scientific way or anything. But, there. Let me tell you, never have I read a book so spot on about the illness. There are tons of books, movies, and television shows that portray this serious illness wrong. Completely wrong. It’s not like that terrible medical drama Black Box. It’s mostly like Homeland. And, it’s like this. Zoe’s mania was very, very accurate. Her need for adventure, for something more at an unrealistic pace, all real. I was very impressed. Also, very moved by the end of the novel. It’s a mini tear jerker. I won’t lie. The end. THE END!!
The “lessons” in the book are both universal and true. They are meaningful; some like insouciance are fun while others are more moving. This book really makes you think. Young Adult novels can still do that. This book definitely makes my top ten list of books read this year. I would truly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. There is just this realness and rawness you don’t find too often in any kind of genre anymore....more
Chloe was not the perfect or ideal anything. She was close to being a delinquent, had sub par grades, and a sub par social life until she woke up sixChloe was not the perfect or ideal anything. She was close to being a delinquent, had sub par grades, and a sub par social life until she woke up six months later from a routine nap to find out she wasn’t the person anymore. But, can’t remember how.
A lot can happen in six months. Even more can happen when you wake up from a nap to discover you can’t remember the past six months of your life; and, you weren’t in a coma, hospitalized, or Rip Van Winkle. High School Senior Chloe can’t remember the past six months. The much better grades, the boyfriend she only dreamed about, new friends and social life, and her best friend not talking to her. She can’t remember the study group she participated in that changed everything. Or, why she is the only person a fellow student thinks has the answers. Her doctors say she is normal; all tests coming back clear. Her mother doesn’t understand Chloe’s new awareness of not being aware. Chloe is a mess. What starts to develop is even more so.
I have never really read a young adult thriller, or mystery novel. I didn’t realize this one would be it. I am happy to report, I am so happy I was allowed to review this book. There was a new twist, turn, and plot device thrown at me on every page. The end is not what I expected. Nor, the middle truthfully. I was shocked by everything that happened. I loved it! I loved guessing after each page and being wrong. Chloe was a great character. I wanted to be her crime solving sidekick as she slowly pieced her life back together. Back together isn’t entirely true. Her life would never be the same. That was one of the best parts, her character growth. She never just let what happen to her take its toll on her. She fought back. Proved to her mother that something was wrong.
This novel was extremely well-written. Something character growth can be hard, especially in a mystery/thriller setting. But, the way Chloe matured, both internally and with her interpersonal relationships, was really well-written. I didn’t feel confused with each turn and twist. There was nothing expected about this novel at all. I didn’t see certain turns of events coming. It is nice to read a book like this where I am just as surprised as the fictional character. My heart was beating with her.
Six Months Later is a real page turner. Even reading it on my Nook, I kept wanting the next page to come. I couldn’t swipe fast enough. In about two sittings, I finished this book sad it was finished. I couldn’t decide what to read next because this book was just too great to be compared to anything else. If you like suspense, a mini whodunit, or want to discover someone new, this book is for you. It makes you think. And, participate really. I am not a fan of thrillers, I passed on Gone Girl. But, with this book, I’m glad I didn’t. I will definitely keep an eye out for this author. I just enjoyed this book so much. If you read it, there will be no regrets....more
What starts off as a novel about a spoiled brat coming to terms with her new station and position serving the Princess, comes a tale based on the tru What starts off as a novel about a spoiled brat coming to terms with her new station and position serving the Princess, comes a tale based on the true accounts of Princess Victoria’s rise to the throne and the conniving ways of her mother and her mother’s “lover” and confidant Sir John. Michaela MacColl creates a believable girl to act as a chambermaid, part spy, and confidant to sixteen year old Victoria up until Princess Victoria’s coronation. Recently orphaned Elizabeth Hastings was forced out of her fancy London hotel with a large bill and no inheritance. As luck would have it, Liza is born; from spoiled girl just shy of entering her first season in society to the girl who saved Princess Victoria and her Queendom from Sir John Conroy and Princess Victoria’s more, the Duchess.
I absolutely adored this book because it included many details and inside looks, the first and foremost actual journal entries from Queen Victoria’s journal she kept when she was younger with entries that detailed the first time she met her future husband, her cousin Albert. There were also actual correspondences written by Queen Victoria’s mother, the Duchess, when Victoria was getting closer to the throne. The novel felt very real and authentic. Even if you are unfamiliar with Queen Victoria and her life, this would be a good historical fiction starter novel. Mostly, because it does not just include Princess Victoria and her life’s activities, but an authentic representation of a working girl and how it life was for an orphan and/or one of lower class standings.
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A ten-year-old disagreeable and self-centered little girl orphan Mary, comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors where she discovers herA ten-year-old disagreeable and self-centered little girl orphan Mary, comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors where she discovers her equally disagreeable invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.
The garden, discovered by Mistress Mary, laid untouched for ten years, the same time her cousin was born and his mother died giving birth to him. Her cousin Colin’s father locked the garden up once his wife died-the garden was her favorite place to be. Mary decides to bring new life to the garden with her new friend, Dickon the animal whisperer and the best gardener at the young age of twelve. What enfolds is a great story where Colin and Mary become each other’s savior. The garden healing them all (with magic as Colin repeatedly and joyfully said).
Although parts of this novel read as a first love book, what is different about this novel is the love story isn’t prominent or perfect in any sense.Although parts of this novel read as a first love book, what is different about this novel is the love story isn’t prominent or perfect in any sense. Rainbow Rowell’s novel Eleanor and Park is slightly similar to this novel (and almost as good of a read) where the love is imperfect with a hidden background the girl is trying to keep to herself, what Schneider does, successfully in my opinion, show the imperfections of life that doesn’t need to change a person, not really anyway. She writes about the angst, with many good indie band plugs I can say, and gracefully this coming of age story becomes beautiful despite of the tragedies and hurt. That, we all have a past and our problems to work out, but in the end they manage to sort themselves out with a little push. They do not define us as much as we think, or give them credit for. This novel isn’t really about discovering the truth behind the accident, or the way Ezra copes, it is about realizing the beginnings turn into middles, but not ends; not right away.
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A Superhero Bride and an Ordinary Groom’s wedding wouldn’t be a super wedding without a superhero ex who causes the groom to be invisible only to theA Superhero Bride and an Ordinary Groom’s wedding wouldn’t be a super wedding without a superhero ex who causes the groom to be invisible only to the bride
Tom may not be a superhero, unlike his friends, but Tom’s wife The Perfectionist sure is. She is perfect in every way, including being perfectly sad and jilted. Perf’s ex, Hypno, does just that to Perf, causing Tom to be invisible to her only. As the days turn into months and Tom “isn’t home” The Perfectionist decides to move to Vancouver. Tom has the entire flight to convince Perf he has never left and still exists. Once the flight lands, and Perfectionist starts a new, perfect life without Tom.
This novella from Canadian author Andrew Kaufman was hysterical. The story is just 120 pages, with an extra spent on new superheroes. I read this in one sitting laughing out loud. I absolutely loved this. I have wanted to read this book for a year now ever since I stopped at the publisher’s booth at a book fair last year. The book eventually sold out before I could get my hands on it. This year, I was able to score the last copy with the bonus material. I hyped this book up to both myself and to others I mentioned it to. I was no where near disappointed. It was fun read, having the superheroes not really portray typical superheroes we have seen and read about. Instead, their superpowers were more great personality traits. You have the Bedmaker, who yes, makes her bed every morning. The one real invisible guy may have been my favorite. For years, he painted himself blue to be seen. Blue! My next favorite may be Wild Mood Swing since he is one of the only ones that wears a costume.
There are just too many good things about this quick, entertaining read. Well worth the wait. I loved the extra superheroes. I guess things may happen for a reason. ...more
YA author Sarah Dessen brings readers her eleventh novel, The Moon and More, following her successful tenth novel, What Happened to Goodbye, releasedYA author Sarah Dessen brings readers her eleventh novel, The Moon and More, following her successful tenth novel, What Happened to Goodbye, released two summers ago. Set in the familiar beach town of Colby, North Carolina, Sarah Dessen introduces us to a new heroine, eighteen year old Emaline. Living in Colby her whole life, Emaline tries spends her last summer before college working at her family’s realty company, Colby Realty. As well as planning on spending her remaining time with her two best friends, and her high school sweetheart, Luke. Things take an unexpected turn as Emaline’s estranged father and half-brother from New York comes back into town. And, if things could not have been stressful enough, in come NYU Film student Theo and his mentor Ivy to challenge Emaline’s small town thinking. As Emaline starts to grow closer to her half-brother and Theo, Emaline begins to reevaluate her life and future in a small town; wondering if a big city will set her free.
Emaline’s high school love, Luke is the perfect, good, safe choice for her. They have been together since their freshmen year of High School. Both would be attending the same school, only buildings separating them. In comes Theo, offering a new perspective on life and opening Emaline’s eyes to a new her: an Emaline who steps out of her comfort zone and escorts Theo and his mentor, documentary film director Ivy, around Colby to learn about a town outside of tour guides. Like with everyone, this new summer isn’t always an easy transition. Decisions must be made. But which one and how?
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So many wonderful things happen in this book. Ally’s struggles, both as Lulu and as herself, are authentic, something any teen and really adult can reSo many wonderful things happen in this book. Ally’s struggles, both as Lulu and as herself, are authentic, something any teen and really adult can relate to, and imperfect just like we all are. She struggles with loving a boy she just met, going to college heartbroken, and friendless. It is the path that she decides to take towards the end that becomes inspiring. She goes back to Europe to find her lost love, continuously telling her love story. She meets new friends, see sights she never thought to see, and becomes Ally 2.0. And, I loved Ally 2.0. She is more free, less confined, and strong. So strong. Gayle Forman has a way of creating characters, female characters especially, as three dimensional, and someone you root for and care about. I rooted for Allyson, wanted to cry with her, and just smiled at her wit she didn’t even know she had. Not a lot of YA authors can craft an inspiring story that revolves around love. I have read countless love-centered novels that don’t really work. With this book, it isn’t about the ending, it is about the journey Allyson takes to finding herself and seeing how love, true love she feels, fit in. It takes her a year, not a week, to really feel all that love is. There is no rushing, no unrealistic expressions and actions. Everything just feels right.
Under the Light is the first five star book I have rated so far this yeI loved A Certain Slant of Lightso I had high expectations for Under the Light.
Under the Light is the first five star book I have rated so far this year. I can't even explain why I loved it so much; the same with ACSOL. The story captivated me. I loved the back and forth of Helen, the spirit that once took over fifteen year old Jenny's body, and Jenny. In the first book, Jenny did not have a major, or any role really. It was refreshing to read Jenny's side of the story, and reading about the after. Of course, it was nice to see Helen again and her reaction to what happened when she left, but Jenny stole the show for me. You learned what it was like for her as a spirit when she left her body, the boy she fell in love with, and then her coming to terms with being back in her body. At first, it was an adjustment for all. Jenny had no idea what happened. As the story develops, I began to root for Jenny and her love, Billy, who was a spirit with her. Oh, Billy. I loved how simple Whitcomb made Billy. And the connection he had with Jenny. He isn't in the simple, boring way, but in a nice refreshing way. He lays it all out there. This is me. This is my feelings for you. He has his secret pain, but is beautifully development with confidence most boys his age are (real ones included!)
Even if you haven't read the first, it is still mostly easy to read it as a stand alone. I read ACSOL three times, so I'm biased in that I know the story. But, the way it starts, with Jenny, it is clear it can stand on its own, successfully.
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I cannot say enough good things about this novel. Everything about it was just so well written. I could not put it down, that's how nice it read. McRaI cannot say enough good things about this novel. Everything about it was just so well written. I could not put it down, that's how nice it read. McRae really knows how to tug at my heartstrings. I want a love like the characters had. Although, at times, it was not perfect with many bumps, the love felt so real and awe-inspiring.
A must read. And a must to reread over and over again. Even after i was done with it, and started a new book, I went back to some pages because there were just beautifully written.
I must say, bring tissues with you. There were certainly parts where I just could not stop crying. Good tears, of course.
Reminiscent of the novel Practical Magic, Sarah Addison Allen creates a magical story line where food knows what the future holds before the people inReminiscent of the novel Practical Magic, Sarah Addison Allen creates a magical story line where food knows what the future holds before the people involved know. Only by eating the apple, a symbol often seen in literature, biblical and non-biblical texts, will the person see the major event that will happen in his or hers life. The herbs and flowers also have a hand in the matters of the heart, evoking emotions within each person who consumes a dish made with such herb.
It isn't just the magic of food, but the characters themselves that makes this novel enchanting and beautiful. When Sydney Waverley comes back home after years spent on the road, trying to forget what being a Waverley means; running away from a past she never wanted to be a part of.
Her older sister, Claire, is another story. She has long since embraced being a Waverley, creating mystical food passed down from her grandmother. Even though her food is anything but predictable, Claire's life is nothing but a controlled, predictable life; until, Sydney and her daughter returns.
Read in a full day, the story Allen writes is breathtakingly wonderful. Her characters, and the problems the issues they carry, seem both realistic and intriguing. The story between the two sisters, different in every way, can ring true with anyone who has a sibling or more. The magic aspect of the novel, too, offers something that most novels don't-a reason to believe in the unseen. Food isn't just food. Family isn't just family. It is all much bigger than that.
This novel was a great read that I cannot stop recommending to all my friends and family. Allen never fails to give me a novel full of hope, familial love, and the power of food that takes me beyond my ordinary life. Her novels are never predictable. She makes me want to take seconds and thirds of everything she gives me. ...more