A few months ago Amy lost her Dad in a car accident. Now she is losing her home because she is moving with her Mom from California to Connecticut. Her...moreA few months ago Amy lost her Dad in a car accident. Now she is losing her home because she is moving with her Mom from California to Connecticut. Her mom needs Amy to get their car across the country, but since the accident, Amy hasn’t been driving. Enter Roger, the son of a family friend, who agrees to drive the car, and Amy to her mother’s new house.
Amy expects a boring trip, with an unknown boy, sticking to her mother’s detailed travel itinerary. But Roger turns out to be cute, and good at playing twenty questions. Soon enough, the detailed travel itinerary is replaced by a road trip connecting the dots across the country: where Amy remembers going with her Dad, where Roger remembers being in love with a girl, where Amy always meant to go with her Dad, and where Roger seeks closure from his failed romance. Along the way are playlists, fast food receipts, lonely roads and a bit of romance. It turns out this road trip was just thing thing both Amy and Roger needed. Makes me want to load up my iPod with music, get in the car and drive.(less)
This incredibly sweet and realistic love story is set in romantic Paris. Anna is sent abroad for her senior year of high school to an elite American b...moreThis incredibly sweet and realistic love story is set in romantic Paris. Anna is sent abroad for her senior year of high school to an elite American boarding school. She was reluctant to leave her life in Atlanta behind her, but quickly falls in with a close-knit group of friends, including the smart, handsome and intriguing Etienne St. Clair. He is from Paris, San Francisco, and London, and has an adorable English accent. He has a girlfriend, she has a boy with potential back home, so while their attraction is apparent to the audience, they decide to be friends. What grows from their friendship is a deep understanding of each other complete with witty banter that blooms, over the course of the book, into love. In addition to swooning over the love story, I really enjoyed the setting of this book. The dorm life aspect is very realistic and all of the Parisian landmarks, cinemas, and patisseries made me want to go to France!
This book is about a fifteen year-old boy named Craig Gilner. Craig is smarter then most of the people his age and gets into a prestigious school wher...moreThis book is about a fifteen year-old boy named Craig Gilner. Craig is smarter then most of the people his age and gets into a prestigious school where the stakes are a little higher, but you get a better education. He is overwhelmed by his new life and he falls into depression.
He starts hearing voices and imagining things. It gets so bad that he seriously thinks about killing himself. Instead, though, he checks himself into a mental hospital. Here, he meets people that are worst then he is and he learns some life lessons while breaking through the dark clouds in his mind.
This book is written creatively and intriguingly. Vizzini uses language and description to the point where you can actually see what is going on. What is going on in Craig’s mind is realistic and the words that Vizzini uses make you believe that this could happen to anyone.
The characters that Vizzini creates in the hospital all have very different personalities and they add humor to the story. Each of them has a different purpose in Craig’s life and each of them help him in the end.
This book has a good messages about what happens when you don’t learn to deal with the stresses in your life. It’s a good story for young teens to read and see that the life you have now can be a pretty good one if you give it a chance.
I was more impressed by the earlier chapters, where Dash and Lily pass a notebook back and forth challenging each other to do interesting, bizarre, an...moreI was more impressed by the earlier chapters, where Dash and Lily pass a notebook back and forth challenging each other to do interesting, bizarre, and funny things around New York City, than I was by the awkwardness of their initial meeting. This is perhaps because their epistolary relationship is intense and based on their imaginings of each other to some extent. When they actually meet, they are struggling with first impressions and the first few times they meet are truly awkward. The resolution comes together, but doesn't quite match the fascination of the first third of the book. Despite my criticisms, it was a fun book for the holiday season- it takes place over winter break, full of wordy intellectualism and amusing situations. If you like this one, you should try Cohn and Levithan's other two books: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List.
--respectfully submitted by your friendly neighborhood librarian(less)