Dan lived a charmed life for the first sixteen years of his life. He lived in a nice house with both parents and was the star pitcher on his baseballDan lived a charmed life for the first sixteen years of his life. He lived in a nice house with both parents and was the star pitcher on his baseball team. He even has a baseball scholarship at Rice University. Now things have changed. Dan's parents have both lost their jobs and though they were hanging on somehow now things have become destitute. They must sell their home and go to live with Dan's Uncle and Aunt. When tensions arise in their new living situation, his parents decide to move to Dignityville, a tent community that was established by the Mayor and City Council to give hope to the homeless. Dan is embarrassed but his parents are adamant that this is the right thing for them. Unfortunately, there are many people in the community opposed to Dignityville. When this opposition leads to a critical injury to one of Dan's friends there, he decides it is time to quit being embarrassed and become an advocate for the homeless. ...more
When March runs to his dying father's side and hears him say, "Find Jules," He naturally believes that he said, "Find Jewels," as his father Alfie isWhen March runs to his dying father's side and hears him say, "Find Jules," He naturally believes that he said, "Find Jewels," as his father Alfie is a renowned jewel thief. When March finds out he has a twin sister, he is shocked, but not as shocked as he is to learn that a curse on his father led to a prophecy that he and his sister would die together before their 13th birthday. A friend of his father reveals that their might be a way to reverse the curse, but it involves stealing 7 moonstones and there are plenty of people who want those jewels. ...more
One of my favorite recent reads! Donovan Curtis just can't help himself. He's that impulsive kid who can't stop himself from causing mistress. After hOne of my favorite recent reads! Donovan Curtis just can't help himself. He's that impulsive kid who can't stop himself from causing mistress. After he escapes from a detention for one offense, he finds himself looking at the school's statue of Atlas holding up the world. He'd looked at it a hundred times. How had he never noticed how big Atlas's rear end was? When he looks down and notices a branch, his impulses take hold and he uses the branch to hit atlas in the butt. Upon impact, the world breaks loose from Atlas and rolls right through glass doors into the gymnasium where the big middle school basketball championship is taking place. When the superintendent goes out to investigate, he finds Donovan and takes him to his office for disciplinary action. When another more pressing issue comes up, the superintendent writes down Donovan's name and tells him they will talk tomorrow. Funny thing... The paper the superintendent jotted Donovan's name on was the list of students who were to be admitted into the district's gifted program in another school. The Superintendent's secretary grabs the list from his desk and instead of getting in trouble, Donovan is admitted to the gifted program where he clearly doesn't belong and the superintendent has not given up on finding him....more
Sarah Dessen has again written a book that high school girls will be waiting in line to read. Though I didn't enjoy it quite as much as What HappenedSarah Dessen has again written a book that high school girls will be waiting in line to read. Though I didn't enjoy it quite as much as What Happened to Goodbye, I did really like it.
Emaline has spent her entire life living in Golby, a beach town where her family runs a resort. She seemingly has the perfect life - beach living and Luke, her hot boyfriend whom she has dated since freshman year of high school. However, as she prepares to go off to college, Emaline seems focused on what she has been missing. Her "father" (as opposed to her "dad"), has stayed mostly out of her life and she wonders about a relationship with him. She's had the same boyfriend for four years and when she sees girls her age hanging out at the beach on vacation, she longs to get away to a vacation spot of her own - just to see what it might be like to shake up the status quo. Then all at once, she finds out.
When she and Luke suddenly part ways, she finds herself inexplicably attracted to Theo, an NYU student who is in Colby working as an assistant to a famous director who is making a documentary on a local artist. Then without explanation, her dad and half-brother show up to spend the summer near Colby. Now is Emaline's chance to start over. Will it be everything she hopes?...more
Great psychological thriller! Maybe one of the cleverest stories I've ever read! A little on the sick side, but clever nonetheless! I will definitelyGreat psychological thriller! Maybe one of the cleverest stories I've ever read! A little on the sick side, but clever nonetheless! I will definitely read another Gillian Flynn book in the near future. ...more
May B is disappointed when her dad decides that she will go to work for a farmer who lives in a neighboring town 15 miles from her home on the KansasMay B is disappointed when her dad decides that she will go to work for a farmer who lives in a neighboring town 15 miles from her home on the Kansas prairie. She doesn’t mind hard work, but she will miss her family and school terribly. Her job is to help the new wife of this farmer who is having a hard time adjusting to life on the prairie. Her Dad has promised to come get her by Christmas. So she goes, but soon afterwards, May finds herself abandoned and alone on the prairie with winter quickly approaching . ...more
Robie lives at Midway Atoll, but she is happy to be spending a couple of weeks in civilization with her aunt in Honolulu. When her aunt is suddenly caRobie lives at Midway Atoll, but she is happy to be spending a couple of weeks in civilization with her aunt in Honolulu. When her aunt is suddenly called away on business, Robie convinces her that she will be okay by herself. At first, living on her own feels like an adventure, but then something traumatic happens and Robie decides she doesn't want to be alone anymore. She tries to reach her parents but the phone lines are down at Midway, so she decides to head to the airport the next evening to catch a ride on a plane that is coming to Honolulu to pick up supplies to take back to Midway. She'll call them when she gets there.
When she arrives, the pilot says they will make room for her. She falls asleep waiting and he awakes her to board the plane. Not too long into the flight, they hit some turbulence. Since this is pretty common it doesn't bother Robie at first, but when the pilot tells her to put on a life jacket, she starts to panic. Before she knows it, the plane has gone down into the ocean and she is fighting for her life....more
Set in the 1950's, the book's main character, Kit, is a seventeen year old triplet who dreams of being a star. After an incident changes things for heSet in the 1950's, the book's main character, Kit, is a seventeen year old triplet who dreams of being a star. After an incident changes things for her at home in Providence, she decides to take the money she earned as a restaurant hostess and head for NYC, where she is sure she will get her big break - and escape from problems at home. Her boyfriend Billy left to join the military during the Korean Conflict when he ends up in a bad spot at home and becomes angry with his father about "business." Billy's dad Nate Benedict, is a big-time lawyer in Providence who represents some shady characters who just so happen to be part of the NYC mob scene.
Kit finds the trouble from home following her when Nate corners her, gives her a lead on a job as a dancer at the Lido and offers her an apartment, rent free, if she will try to help him fix things between he and Billy. She reluctantly accepts and soon finds out that Nate expects more than he asks as repayment for these "favors." Kit quickly finds herself embroiled in a crime and a mystery that she is determined to unravel....more
Eleanor is the kind of person who you notice. She has bright red hair and dresses unconventionally - mostly to hide the holes in her clothes. Park isEleanor is the kind of person who you notice. She has bright red hair and dresses unconventionally - mostly to hide the holes in her clothes. Park is mostly invisible to those around them. When Eleanor gets on the bus for the first time, Park reluctantly allows her to sit down in the seat next to him mostly because he feels badly for how others are treating her. He does not feel bad enough to befriend her, though. It's clear that Eleanor will be a target and he wants no part of that. Slowly, however, they begin a sort of unconventional friendship that evolves into an unconventional romance. Eleanor's abusive, volatile step-father makes it certain that it will be a secret relationship, but Eleanor becomes willing to risk the consequences. Will there ever be a way for them to have a real relationship?
Eleanor and Park is the story of a true first love. Rowell does an excellent job of portraying that special love and the conflicts that plague the relationship. Though first love rarely lasts, I found myself rooting for Eleanor and Park - may they find a way to overcome the obstacles and defeat the enemy to get to their own true and lasting love.