The most haunting line in this book for me personally was:
All my life I've wanted a sister, but who's to say you'd get one you could trust?
Keesha's Ho...moreThe most haunting line in this book for me personally was:
All my life I've wanted a sister, but who's to say you'd get one you could trust?
Keesha's House is a short YA novel written entirely in poems by a group of teenagers who are having a variety of troubles (and yes, every problem you can imagine teenagers encountering is in this book!) and who find themselves at a local home. Although the home is run by Joe, who is an adult, high school runaway Keesha helps her classmates who need a place to stay, whether for a weekend or a year, find a room in the house, which comes to symbolize peace, security, safety, and home for the troubled (although not bad) teens who live there.
I really enjoyed reading this one. It was quick but you still felt as though you knew the kids and their stories. (less)
I was really torn between giving this book 3 and 4 stars--call it 3.5 :-)
The book follows Charlie, a 9th grader who has some mental issues, as he ente...moreI was really torn between giving this book 3 and 4 stars--call it 3.5 :-)
The book follows Charlie, a 9th grader who has some mental issues, as he enters high school. He hears about someone in the community who is a good listener and proceeds to send this person letters detailing what happens during the school year. The events cover his life, his family's lives, and those of his friends.
Charlie is of above-average intelligence, so I don't know if that is to blame for the somewhat stilted language or if the age is to do with the kind of general weirdness of this kid. For a while I even entertained the possibility that he was delayed or autistic.
In all, it was a pretty decent read, very quick. I like that the copy of the book I got had writing in it from its original owner who wrote her thoughts in it. Niki Winning, if you're out there, I've got your book.(less)
Touch is the story of 14 year old Maisie, who's 3 best friends are boys. One day on the back of the bus, they touch her inappropriately and thus touch...moreTouch is the story of 14 year old Maisie, who's 3 best friends are boys. One day on the back of the bus, they touch her inappropriately and thus touches off a saga as she attempts to remember 'what really happened' and deal with regular life in the process.
Prose's book doesn't stack up to another great teen drama I recently read, Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak. The book is a quick read and not bad, but it doesn't grip you in a way it should. As a protagonist, Maisie is not a terribly sympathetic character. As the actual events from the bus are finally told, it's a let down and the entire end of the book just sort of runs out of steam.
There are other books worth reading first. This one is just OK.(less)
This book discusses the true story of Cynthia Ann Parker, who at 9 years old was kidnapped and raised by the Comanches from her white parents. As an a...moreThis book discusses the true story of Cynthia Ann Parker, who at 9 years old was kidnapped and raised by the Comanches from her white parents. As an adult, Cynthia Ann is returned to her blood family after the Comanches are raided by the Texas Rangers. This much is known. What happens in the intervening years and what happened afterward until Cythia Ann's death are up in the air. Not many historical records of her exist.
Carolyn Meyer has imagined a story of Cynthia Ann's return to her family, told in journal entries by a fictional cousin as well as in a narrative told from Cynthia Ann's point of view. The book deals with a struggle for identity--who we are, who we are raised to be, and other people's perceptions about us. Cynthia Ann came to see herselve as a Comanche. To her family, she was still a kidnapping victim of the savages. Their struggle to understand each other makes for compelling reading indeed.(less)
This book was definitely not set in the US, a fact I didn't not fully realize or appreciate until partway through when the girls and their parents wer...moreThis book was definitely not set in the US, a fact I didn't not fully realize or appreciate until partway through when the girls and their parents were openly discussing their alcohol consumption. I was further clued in by the places--the main being New South Wales.
So here we have a sweet novel of teenage girls in Australia forced into contact with boys at a rival school. As you can imagine, all manner of mayhem, romance, and so forth break out.
It was a fun and quick read, taking the form of letters, diary and notebook entries, emails, and school notices. Somewhat predictable, there were a few surprises thrown in to make it not totally formulaic in its inevitable formulaicness, if that makes sense.
Still, you found yourself rooting for these girls (in particular) and satisfied with the ending.(less)
This was a fun little YA book that required no heavy lifting in the brain cell department. It was pretty formulaic YA chick lit. Ren, a NYC transplant...moreThis was a fun little YA book that required no heavy lifting in the brain cell department. It was pretty formulaic YA chick lit. Ren, a NYC transplant to CT, is sure her dad is up to no good on a sex site after the death of Ren's mother. She is also struggling to fit in at a new school and keep up with her New York friends besides. It helps that she is apparently rolling in piles of cash.
There were a few moments that were actually laugh out loud funny and I actually liked this book a lot more than Baratz Logsted's adult fiction. Worth a shot if you have nothing better to read!(less)
I found the ending EXTREMELY disappointing. Rather than a real "up yours" attitude to the kids who were absolutely rotten to her, she inquires why the...moreI found the ending EXTREMELY disappointing. Rather than a real "up yours" attitude to the kids who were absolutely rotten to her, she inquires why they were mean to her, they all say, "oh, we weren't that bad, we were just kids" and she's like, "ok, yeah" and they're all chummy. What a sell out. I would no sooner speak to the kids who were mean to me in high school than I would jump off a cliff, much less forgive them without so much as a true apology.(less)
I am a long-time fan of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events. I began reading them when I worked as a library page back a few years ago and w...moreI am a long-time fan of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events. I began reading them when I worked as a library page back a few years ago and was hooked on the tale of the unfortunate Beaudelaire orphans. Sure the books have their flaws and after a while, you did start to wonder if there would ever be an end, but the end came, and it was satisfying.
So, the other day I was pondering how to make some use of all my Book Mooch points and I decided to order the Lemony Snicket books and found this autobiography listed and ordered it. It was pure Lemony perfection.
The book is divided into sections, each one supposed to answer one of the greatest questions to come out of the series. However, each question has been scratched out and a new question added. Then there is lots of narrative, much of which provides additional information about what went on with VFD before the Beaudelaires came to be orphaned.
There are lots of oddball pictures and a fun disguise guide. I would expect in the hardcover edition there are removable pictures and letters, but in the paperback, that is not the case.
Still, it was a fun, quick read and I must say, as a Snicket fan, I enjoyed it a great deal. If you haven't read the series before, do not start with this book.(less)
Having heard rave reviews about what an enthralling, quick, and easy read the book was, I thought I would really enjoy it when my book club selected i...moreHaving heard rave reviews about what an enthralling, quick, and easy read the book was, I thought I would really enjoy it when my book club selected it as our March book.
I have to say, for a type of book I am not likely to pick up and read, I really did like it a lot more than I thought I would, but I didn't totally love it. There are 3 more books in this series and I returned them all to their owners unread. It didn't really figure into my brain that my life would be incomplete without reading them. So I figured I'd concentrate elsewhere.
Still, the story of Tally, a girl forced to choose between two unimaginable futures (selling out her friends versus fitting in at home forever), was a good quick read. If you liked Lois Lowry's The Giver, you will probably at the very least enjoy Uglies.(less)