Finally, a coming of age book for girls! In high school, I was forced to read Catcher in the Rye, a book that I felt very little connection with and fFinally, a coming of age book for girls! In high school, I was forced to read Catcher in the Rye, a book that I felt very little connection with and found more foul words in than the girls' restroom. This book reminded me of what it was like to go on a journey of self-discovery. While the tale does have it's oddities and even slow moments, I was continually captivated by the characters and the idea of the black Madonna. The book does not have totally perfect endings - yes, you have to imagine what might be - but there isn't a disappointing moment. I left the book fulfilled and wanted to do more as a Daughter of Mary....more
Jinx starts out just about the same as any Meg Cabot book. Girl has hidden problem alluded to but not openly discussed, girl sees hot guy who makes heJinx starts out just about the same as any Meg Cabot book. Girl has hidden problem alluded to but not openly discussed, girl sees hot guy who makes her insides melt but doesn't know how to get him to notice her, girl makes a fool of herself trying to get said cute guy. But before too long, you find out that Jean is anything but a normal Cabot heroine.
Jean Honeychurch arrives in New York City thinking that her life can only get better after a stocker forces her to move from her small hometown in rural Iowa to live with her aunt, uncle and spoiled cousin Tory. There Jean finds out Tory has changed drastically from her five-year-old self who used to ford creeks and climb trees; now Troy is a little too into boys, likes to mess around with drugs and alcohol and even fancies herself a witch.
And of course, the fact that Jean instantly falls for the boy next door, Zack, who likes the au pair who already has a boyfriend back in Germany. But don't worry, because Troy will stop at nothing to get Zack for herself even though she is dating Shawn with the agreement that they are really only friends with benefits.
If that love triangle (or pentagon) isn't complicated enough for you, throw in the fact that Troy is practicing black magic, and Jean thinks she's cursed, and Shawn starts getting a little sloppy at his job as the local drug pusher at their elite Manhattan private school. That is when things really start to get good.
Reading this book reminded my why I love Meg Cabot so much. While her romances are pretty formulaic and her characters tend to sound just about the same from book to book, Cabot really shines as a paranormal writer. With the whit and romance of her 1-800-Where-R-You series (When Lightning Strikes and Missing You) and the darker edge and great dialogue of her Mediator series (Shadowland and Twilight), Meg Cabot brings the world of witchcraft and dark magic to an entirely new level....more
The ending of a beloved series always deserves mixed reviews, and this book is no different. We have all watched Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget growThe ending of a beloved series always deserves mixed reviews, and this book is no different. We have all watched Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget grow together and apart for years now. We all connect to the characters, and we all want to see where their lives are going in hopes of receiving a little insight as to where our own lives will end up.
The themes in the fourth Sisterhood book varies little from the others--sex, self-identity, family unity--but the characters are more complex and dealing with more adult feelings. Tibby has a pregnancy scare, Lena begins to question why she is hanging on to her virginity, Bridget realizes she needs to do something to communicate with her family, and Carmen tries to regain her identity as a powerful woman.
I am still trying to figure out exactly how I feel about this novel, but I do know I did not find it as powerful as the first and second books, nor as entertaining as the third. I felt there were a lot of elements introduced in the other books that seemed to have no bearing on the events in this book, but I still felt satisfied with the final decision of the Pants in relation to the lives of the girls it had affected.
The books in general have made me more grateful for the Sisters in my life. We live all over the world and face our different challenges, but we are united by our past interactions with each other as well as knowing that someday, our paths will come together again. That is what the Pants have brought to my life....more
After Sonnenblick's incredibly touching first book, Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, I was wondering if his second book would make me feel as much as hAfter Sonnenblick's incredibly touching first book, Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, I was wondering if his second book would make me feel as much as his first book did. I am happy to report, I gained even more from this book.
Alex is your average high school junior--anticipating getting his driver's license, worring about the SATs, dealing with family and girl issues. That is until he decapitates his neighbor's lawn gnome after getting drunk on his absentee father's vodka and sealing his mother's car for a joyride. But he's the only one who doesn't feel lucky when the judge sentences him to 100 hours of community service at the local nursing home.
There he meets Sol, a crotchety old man who's determined to take Alex down a notch or two and help him see he's destined for more than a drunk driving conviction at sixteen. Sol also wants to help Alex become a better guitar player, learn some dirty Yiddish phrases and kindle a romance with his best gal pal Laurie.
The book has the classic elements of a good read with some great jazz history, a good plot-twist or two and a little romance. Alex's biweekly letters updating the judge on his "progress" also help to show Alex's development from a troubled teen to a young man willing to take responsibility for his mistakes.
With great dialogue and a smart plot, Sonnenblick puts heart and humor into a sad tale of learning to be accountable for your mistakes. Fan's of Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie will be excited by the cameo appearances of Steve and Annette, but new readers will fall hard for Alex's quick whit and development. This is a great read, and the lively characters keep the book light even when the harsh realities of the plot threaten to give the book too dark a tone.
A great read for middle/high school students dealing with divorce, death of a grandparent, minor legal infractions or just life....more
Picking up just days after Uglies left off, Pretties brings you back into the horrifying world of beauty and lies. Back in New Pretty Town, only thisPicking up just days after Uglies left off, Pretties brings you back into the horrifying world of beauty and lies. Back in New Pretty Town, only this time as a Pretty herself, Tally Youngblood struggles to remember her life in the Smoke by taking daring risks with her friend Zane to stay "bubbly." They both remember a time when their life was their own and will stop at nothing to get it back.
This book is Scott Westerfield at his best. In a dis-utopist world where your face and body means everything, Westerfield creates a frightening view of where the life we are living today will lead the people of tomorrow.
I was on the edge of my seat the entire book; there was never a lull in the action, and I fell in love with all of the new characters within the first few sentences. I was happy to see the return of characters from the first book but found new depth to all of them. I can't wait to get my hands on the other books in this series....more
After the book Trickster's Choice, I was wondering how a sequel could possibly live up to the amazing book I had just put down. My worry was totally uAfter the book Trickster's Choice, I was wondering how a sequel could possibly live up to the amazing book I had just put down. My worry was totally unfounded as I found myself gripped with the tale that lay before me.
I have to admit, there are few books that captivate me like this one did. The relationships between the characters, the imaginative plot and the on-the-mark dialogue kept me wanting more. And though the mystical land of Tortall has been the setting of more than a dozen of Pierce's books, this one breathed new life into a country I now wish I lived in. And Aly's relationship with Nawat develops in such an extraordinary way that I now watch the crows outside my window a little more carefully to see if my true love is among them.
I have read this book twice now and can't wait to pull it out to read it again. Most of Pierce's books are published at quatrains, but she claims this set will only consist of two books. Oh how I hope that isn't true!...more