This book of poetry was interesting and good. The only problem is that I found it confusing at times. It references other people from earlier and I foThis book of poetry was interesting and good. The only problem is that I found it confusing at times. It references other people from earlier and I found I had to go back and look to see what their poems were about. All the poems are in first person so it was difficult at times to know who was who.
I applaud Levithan for this format because he made it work. The poems felt like they were from distinct people and were all different. I want to read more of Levithan every time that I read something of his....more
As much as I liked this book, I am beginning to think that Kinsella only has one type of book she writes. Her heroines always seem to be liars that geAs much as I liked this book, I am beginning to think that Kinsella only has one type of book she writes. Her heroines always seem to be liars that get themselves into impossible situations because they lie. They always choose horrible men and find another man who makes them realize this. Her heroines just do not come off as strong women and I find that disappointing. Her writing is good, though. She certainly weaves a romance, I just wish they were not all based on some sort of deception....more
I had to push to continue reading it. For most of the book, I found myself hardly caring about the bookI really don't know how I feel about this book.
I had to push to continue reading it. For most of the book, I found myself hardly caring about the book and wondering why I was reading it.
This book was sort of like a small-town Mean Girls. It had a lot of the same elements and I found myself comparing the book to the movie a lot. Unfortunately, I found Mean Girls to be better. There were just so many parts of this book that were unrealistic. I found the girl applying to Cornell from being homeschooled completely unrealistic. I thought that the relationship between the mother and daughter was awkward and weird. The geo-dome house and farm in upstate New York, what? I also found the friendship between Eve and Jay and Rajas to be odd. I found myself not understanding it.
After the climax with the lightning bolts I found myself interested in what happened, but I didn't care.
Overall, this book was not terrible, but it definitely is not in my top list....more
I loved this book. It was written for middle grade, late elementary school to early middle school.
The growth of Annie after the death of her brother JI loved this book. It was written for middle grade, late elementary school to early middle school.
The growth of Annie after the death of her brother Jared is amazing. I found the characters and the trials to be truthful. I found the children to act the way they were supposed to. I loved how the parents were affected by their son's death as well and you can tell. It makes the book that much more realistic. I found the book to be a great look at grief and loss for kids without being too overwhelming. And for adults who read it, it is short and fun and still heartbreaking.
I am definitely going to read more Lisa Graff. She is a fabulous writer....more
I loved this book. Caitlin is a fifth grade girl with Asperger's. The book shows a realistic view of her life. She is dealing with the death of her olI loved this book. Caitlin is a fifth grade girl with Asperger's. The book shows a realistic view of her life. She is dealing with the death of her older brother after a school shooting in a small town.
The way that Caitlin deals with her brother's death is realistic. I loved the view of her school life and how difficult it was for her. I loved viewing the relationship with her father and the other girls.
I would definitely recommend this for anyone who likes middle-grade and is interested in reading about people or kids with disabilities....more
I have to say that this book is not at all what I expected. I knew it was a young adult and I read the summary, but the summary doesn't tell you anythI have to say that this book is not at all what I expected. I knew it was a young adult and I read the summary, but the summary doesn't tell you anything. It doesn't express the emotions experienced from losing your first love before you have a definition. It doesn't tell you that Anna loses something before it even begins and that no one else know what she lost. She has to keep this secret. And then she has to move on.
I found the book to be realistic of teenagers without being corny or cheesy. The girls were not perfect, but they were not bad kids. They just wanted to have fun.
The description of Anna and her V-card is spot on. Most girls just want to lose it and then once they've lost it they don't really understand the importance. In society today, a girl's virginity is not something important-it's something to get over with so that you can get to the good stuff. Sarah Ockler portrayed this accurately.
Overall, I was shockingly surprised. I did not expect this book to be good, or to have tears in my eyes for a good portion of the book, but I did. I will definitely be reading some more of Sarah Ockler. I can't believe this was her first novel, I want to see what she did/does after this....more
This was a really innovative idea for a book. It was just executed poorly. J.R. Rain needs an editor. This read like okay fanfiction. It could have beThis was a really innovative idea for a book. It was just executed poorly. J.R. Rain needs an editor. This read like okay fanfiction. It could have been edited so much better; there were awkward sentences, incorrectly used words, incorrect sentences. It was just bad....more
I found this book to be great. As a future special education teacher, it touched my heart. I have seen the types of classrooms that Melody was in. I hI found this book to be great. As a future special education teacher, it touched my heart. I have seen the types of classrooms that Melody was in. I have also seen the students react the way that they did. We need more people like Mrs. V.
I think for any inclusive setting, especially for older grades, this book should at least be read aloud to the class. I think it's a great class builder and it teaches students to think of others, especially those with disabilities. It could teach students to think of people with disabilities as REAL people and not just people to be nice to because you're supposed to. That can be just as bad as being mean sometimes.
Melody is a touching main character and I found myself rooting for her every step of the way. I loved the way assistive technology was used and integrated into the storyline. Melody is lucky that her insurance covered it, although it is usually done through the school (what was her teacher doing?).
I hope that authors write more books like this for kids so they have an understanding of students with differences....more
Cowgirls Don’t Cry is the story of Jessie McKay and her deceased husband’s brother, BrandOriginally posted at: http://www.cheekyreads.com on 8/22/2011
Cowgirls Don’t Cry is the story of Jessie McKay and her deceased husband’s brother, Brandt. This may seem like an odd pairing, but as I learned while reading, the McKays are a modern day soap opera and this is not very surprising. Jessie is trying to find herself again about the death of her cheating husband, Luke, and Brandt is in love with his brother’s widow. He has been since her met her. Brandt and Jessie come together while they take of Luke’s illegitimate child, Landon, while his mother is in jail.
Cowgirls Don’t Cry by Lorelei James pleasantly surprised me. I expected a sweet romance with a lot of heat and that’s what I got.
As my introduction to this series, I think this book was a very good one. I have never read a western romance before, but let me tell you, Brandt has me wanting to move to Wyoming and become a cowgirl. Brandt is sweet and kind, but also gruff and strong and powerful- everything a woman can hope for in a man. Their romance is one that wasn’t typical because of the family drama surrounding them, but they persevere through it anyway. It was wonderful to see both Brandt and Jessie grow as characters and to help each other through their problems. I don’t want to give too much away, but there are plenty of family problems between the characters that make your heart break but also make you feel strongly for the two main characters.
There are quite a few sex scenes that are quite steamy. From a few of the reviews of her other books, it’s not quite as out there as her other sex scenes. It seems to be pretty vanilla, but they are good either way. One of my favorite thing about the sex scenes in this book was that they were real. None of them felt fake or unrealistic. It was refreshing. Plus, it was lovely to see the connection blossom and deepen between the two lovers.
I would recommend this book for anyone that loves a good romance with steamy sex and amazing characters. I give this a 4/5 Hearts....more
Although I did not like this book as much as the first two, I still thought it was wonderful. It had very few laugh out loud moments, but I was investAlthough I did not like this book as much as the first two, I still thought it was wonderful. It had very few laugh out loud moments, but I was invested in the story line.
(view spoiler)[Even if I did guess that Monica was being poisoned when she was dying of some unknown disease, I guess I watch too many crime shows (hide spoiler)]
I found the story line with Reyes to be interesting. Charley is still being way too dumb about him, though. Garrett showed his true worth as a character and I like him even more now.
We found out more about the characters and their why's. Some great plot development with Cookie and Uncle Bob-I want to see where that is going.
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