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Double Love (Sweet Valley High, #1)
3.50
"Francine Pascal," or whoever actually wrote these books, taught me how to read. Nancy Drew was my angel in first grade; by third, the Wakefield siste...more
Jan 1987
Nov 10, 2007
 
Coming of Age on Zoloft: How Antidepressants Cheered Us Up, Let Us Down, and Changed Who We Are
3.50
First off, full disclosure: I went to college with Katherine Sharpe, I know Katherine Sharpe. Katherine Sharpe is a friend of mine. And you, honey, ar...more
not set
Apr 09, 2012
 
Black Hole
3.83
Well, the art was very lovely, and there were a lot of points at which I was like, "How does his brain manufacture this shit??" which is kind of the u...more
not set
Aug 21, 2008
 
Fire and Hemlock
3.95
(Pre-1985-) Dianna Wynne Jones is my absolute favorite writer of all time. Since I've gotten this far with cataloguing much of my reading history, I h...more
Jan 1989
Sep 27, 2007
 
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
4.16
I read most of this one night while working the graveyard shift at a very institutional group home in the real methy part of SE Portland. I was the on...more
Mar 2002
Sep 29, 2007
 
A Tale of Time City
3.86
This is the first Diana Wynne Jones book I ever read. My uncle Harold gave it to me one year for Christmas. It probably changed my life, though I'd be...more
Jan 1988
Feb 08, 2008
 
American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the "It" Girl and the Crime of the Century
3.66
So after a sleepless night of guilty twisting in my sheets (really) plagued by nightmares about having been so horrid and rude to someone on the Inter...more
Jun 2009
May 18, 2008
 
The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, #1)
3.95
I see this edition is actually a postcard book, but I wanted to review The Secret of the Old Clock with its proper cover.

This was the first chapter bo...more
Jan 1985
Nov 10, 2007
 
Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself
3.95
I thought about giving this a five, and it might deserve one.

This is Judy Blume's best book. It's written for a younger crowd than her Puberty books,...more
not set
Nov 15, 2007
 
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1-2)
4.20
We complain about the religious fanatics in this country, and definitely we should keep an eye on them, because man oh man, things sure could be worse...more
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 22, 2012
 
¿Estás ahí, Dios?  Soy yo, Margaret.
3.87
This book made no sense to me (no, I didn't read it en español, that was just the best cover). I thought the characters were totally crazy, and couldn...more
Jan 1988
Nov 17, 2007
 
Homeward Bounders
4.01
**spoiler alert** Haven't read this one in years either, but thinking tonight about how much I love Diana Wynne Jones and remember this being another...more
Jan 1989
Feb 08, 2008
 
The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues
4.04
This is a sophisticated mystery that takes little readers seriously. I read about a trillion Agatha Christies when I was a child, and those are writte...more
Jan 1991
Nov 16, 2007
 
Willful Creatures
4.01
I'm not sure I can star-rate books of short fiction. Some of these stories (e.g., "Off") I loved so much that I nearly cried when I read them, while o...more
Sep 21, 2010
Sep 17, 2010
 
Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club, #1)
3.90
I can't rate these books, because giving a bad rating would be a lie -- I was crazy about them when I read them -- but giving them a good rating would...more
Jan 1989
Nov 13, 2007
 
Eva
3.35
This book is INSANE!

It is a CHILDREN'S book about a LITTLE GIRL with a SCIENTIST FATHER and the girl has a TERRIBLE ACCIDENT and so her BRAIN is TRANS...more
Jan 1990
Nov 10, 2007
 
The Chocolate War (Chocolate War, #1)
3.47
If you are an aspiring writer whose goal is to mar indelibly the psyches of your readers, may I suggest you concentrate your efforts on children's fic...more
not set
Dec 09, 2007
 
After the First Death
3.72
Woah. I know I just said I was going to go do my homework, but that gorilla-girl book got me thinking about some of the most bizarre and disturbing YA...more
Jan 1990
Nov 10, 2007
 
The Bell Jar
3.94
I read this in the fourth grade, which was too young. For one thing, I did not realize at the time that Plath was psychiatrically ill. One thing that...more
Jan 1989
Nov 16, 2007
 
Anastasia, Ask Your Analyst
3.86
Okay, this cover is horrible but THESE ARE THE BEST BOOKS EVER.

Anastasia is hilarious. These books are great. Anastasia's parents are these messy, abs...more
not set
Nov 15, 2007
 
Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1)
3.97
This book taught me the word "fink," which is one of many things I can't believe has gone out of style. It also terrified me with disturbing descripti...more
not set
Nov 10, 2007
 
The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher
3.86
Most pictures are worth a thousand words, but the ones in this book could pay off our national debt. Molly Bang's book makes a good case for the aboli...more
Jan 1982
Sep 29, 2007
 
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You: A Novel
3.68
So far -- a few pages in -- I am not really enjoying this, however (a) it's got a great title; (b) Ginnie praised it highly; (c) I waited forever to g...more
Feb 18, 2008
Nov 13, 2007
 
Potential
3.82
I really do cherish this book, even after watching Schrag go on national television and admit that she made the whole thing up. Maybe I just feel bad...more
Jan 1999
Sep 26, 2007
 
Basketball diaries
3.97
I don't really remember a thing about this book except that I really did like it at the time that I read it, around age fourteen. When the movie came...more
Jan 1993
Sep 27, 2009
 
Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work
3.67
This is what incredible short fiction looks like. The first story in here is one of the best I think I've ever read, and does things with point of vie...more
Oct 10, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
 
The Adrian Mole Diaries (Adrian Mole #1-2)
4.01
I don't remember this so well really, and have even forgotten which part made me laugh so hard that I peed in my pants. It could be that the peeing wa...more
Jan 1991
Nov 10, 2007
 
The Witches
4.13
This was the first really spectacular novel I ever read, and it started me on a childhood of dorkliness and a life containing far more amusement and p...more
Jan 1986
Nov 09, 2007
 
The Pinballs
3.79
This is an extremely sweet little book about how it sucks to be in foster care, even if you have wonderful foster parents, which a lot of kids don't....more
not set
Nov 15, 2007
 
The Paper Bag Princess
4.31
I thought I reviewed this one already. This is an instructive fairytale for young children about not putting up with a bunch of crap. The paper bag pr...more
Jan 1985
Nov 18, 2007
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