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A young boy and his mother flee their native Afghanistan and escape into England, only to be denied political asylum six years later. The boy tells hi ...more
Aug 2014
Aug 22, 2014
Glory O'Brien's History of the Future
Glory isn't sure why she drank the bat, but what's done is done--and now she's getting transmissions when she looks at people. Visions of their pasts, ...more
Dec 2014
Dec 26, 2014
OCD, the Dude, and Me
(a) Danielle does not appear to be in any way OCD, in spite of the occasional reference to flicking a light switch multiple times. Major anxiety issue ...more
Jun 2014
Jun 07, 2014
My Friend is Sad
I liked Today I Will Fly. But this one is just so far superior, for no reason other than the hilariously expressive faces Willems draws on poor Gerald ...more
May 2007
May 05, 2007
I adore Daniel Kraus and all his weird, deeply psychologically troubled characters and plots.

This was not one of them.

Oh, it was good, and enjoyable,
Jun 2015
Jun 26, 2015
Roller Girl
So, so good. In the summer before starting junior high, Astrid discovers roller derby-- and assumes her best friend Nicole will go to derby camp with ...more
May 26, 2015
May 26, 2015
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
Because it's Leonard's 18th birthday, he's giving presents to the few people he's close to: the elderly neighbor with whom he watches Bogart movies; t ...more
Sep 2014
Sep 21, 2014
Boxers (Boxers & Saints, #1)
While not everything in here is literally true (like, the warriors didn't actually turn into gods, I'm certain), this humanizes the Boxer Rebellion. I ...more
Jan 2015
Jan 03, 2015
Get Well Soon (Anna Bloom, #1)
Read a little better than half of this but don't really care how it ends. Anna is a chatty teen struggling with depression and panic attacks, recoveri ...more
Nov 2014
Nov 21, 2014
Jack's Black Book: What Happens When You Flunk an IQ Test? (Jack Henry, #3)
Jack wants to be a writer. He wants his professional tools to be typewriters and paper. Instead, the results of his IQ test tell him his tools should ...more
Aug 2014
Aug 22, 2014
The Road to Oz (Oz, #5)
At this point, Baum has worked through his demons about writing more Oz adventures and embraced the delightful oddities. Yes, this volume pulls heavil ...more
May 20, 2015
May 20, 2015
We Are the Goldens
Nell and her big sister Layla are so close Nell used to believe her name was Nellayla. Nell is starting high school now and Layla's a junior, and Nell ...more
Apr 25, 2014
Apr 25, 2014
The Truth About Celia
In a word: lovely.

In another: heartbreaking.

A series of short stories, written by a man (not the author; this is the frame narrative) wondering what h
Nov 2014
Nov 21, 2014
Boston Jacky: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Taking Care of Business (Bloody Jack, #11)
The adventures are growing thin and very few characters are not despicable in one way or another (Jacky, get yourself under control; Jaime, you do not ...more
May 2014
May 07, 2014
Empire State: A Love Story (or Not)
Meh. Shiga's artwork is appealing, even if the story isn't.
May 2011
May 13, 2011
El Deafo
Cece was 4 when a bout of meningitis left her profoundly deaf. With the help of a fancy hearing aid, she does well in school and has a few close frien ...more
Jan 2015
Jan 23, 2015
Princess Mia (The Princess Diaries, #9)
There are some books I read where I wrestle with my conscience: to list it on GoodReads, or not? And so far I've always come down on the side of listi ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 18, 2008
The White Darkness
2008 Printz Award winner!

I'm going to echo several other reviews here: this is beautifully written, atmospheric, and engrossing, and yet it just didn'
Jan 2008
Jan 27, 2008
Do Me: Sex Tales from Tin House
Aside from the cover, this was a lot less steamy than I'd anticipated. All the same, it's a decent collection on a theme--sex as love, as romance, as ...more
Feb 2008
Dec 26, 2007
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Batman hung up his cape 10 years ago. Since he's been in retirement, Gotham City has been run into the ground, overrun with crime and corruption. Bruc ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 25, 2011
No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure
This is a really great idea--stories about women who disguised themselves as men to get what they really wanted. From legendary figures like Hatshepsu ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 08, 2008
An atmospheric and creepy wordless graphic novel. The wordlessness is, in this case, a strike against it; the small, scratchy drawings make it difficu ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 17, 2007
Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn, #3)
**spoiler alert** Immediately after Rennie's death at the end of Book 2 (Fire with Fire), Mary has realized that her suicide attempt was successful an ...more
Jun 2014
Jul 05, 2014
Paper Towns
I will not be surprised if this ends up with a Printz Honor, if not the Printz medal. Green's characters are richly developed and real, even the one ( ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 14, 2008
It's Kind of a Funny Story
I'm still surprised at how hopefully this ends, and maybe a little saddened by it now in the wake of Vizzini's recent suicide. This book gave--and giv ...more
Mar 2014
Mar 17, 2008
Sweets: A History Of Temptation
If I retain even half the information in this book, I'd be surprised. He spends a long time on the history of the sugar trade and the early uses of it ...more
Apr 2007
Mar 29, 2007
The Secrets We Keep
When Maddy called at 2:30 in the morning, crying and begging for a ride home from a party, Ella grumbles but of course goes to pick up her twin sister ...more
Feb 2015
Feb 01, 2015
Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant : Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone
Sometimes I think I'm in the minority with how comfortable I am eating alone, be it at home or in restaurants. But if the authors collected here are i ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 02, 2008
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Still a great book, with a strong message of hope in spite of circumstances.

Still annoys the hell out of me that this gets challenged so often, usuall
Apr 2014
Dec 10, 2007
If a book is released as an Advance Review Copy, the publisher is probably trying to generate some advance buzz for it. Get some good reviews going ah ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 03, 2007