I bought this book because I was attracted to the artwork on the cover, which was probably not the best decision I've made concerning book purchases.I bought this book because I was attracted to the artwork on the cover, which was probably not the best decision I've made concerning book purchases. The book revolves around Nora and her conjoined twin Blanche, who has been in a Rip Van Winkle-like sleep for some 20-odd years. The two live in San Francisco, in a world in which conjoined twins are the norm. In addition, there are two schools of thought as far as conjoined twins go: those who believe that they are best off remaining together and those who feel that the conjoined should be surgically separated. Nora is with the latter, as Blanche has basically been dead weight for most of their life and Nora would like to live the remainder of her years free of the burden of her sister. But bizarre happenings begin to occur when Nora is asleep that suggest Blanche may be awakening from her long slumber.
I had a difficult time getting through this book and found many excuses to put it down to read something else. I finally found the perfect solution in finishing the novel: a 9 hour flight from Chicago to Dublin. I confess that while awaiting my flight at O'Hara International I picked up another book, Digging to America by Anne Tyler. I finally finished Half-Life while in Ireland and I felt like leaving it in one of the guest houses I stayed in, but I didn't want the housecleaning staff to have to deal with it. ...more
Teenage life can be rough: first loves, first heartbreaks, parents who don't understand, rocky friendships, social commitments, extracurricular activiTeenage life can be rough: first loves, first heartbreaks, parents who don't understand, rocky friendships, social commitments, extracurricular activities, not to mention school itself. For Paul it is no different and we are privvy to a glimpse of his life and the dilemnas that he faces. David Leivithan covers all of this but adds his own special twists into the mix. At Paul's high school the cheerleading squad ride motorcycles to rev up the crowd at assembilies and sports events,the high school band covers Depeche Mode at a pep rally, and the star quarterback and the homecoming queen are one and the same--a drag queen named Infinite Darlene, who formerly went by the name Daryl.
Levithan is my new favorite author. I enjoyed this book immmensely--Levithan "gets" it when it comes to the agonies of the teenage years, and his imaginitative prose is delightful even for me, and I left my teenage years behind long ago. ...more
After I read Sebold's The Lovely Bones a couple of years ago I eagerly awaited her newest work of fiction. I had not heard anything about this new booAfter I read Sebold's The Lovely Bones a couple of years ago I eagerly awaited her newest work of fiction. I had not heard anything about this new book but after the synopsis of the The Almost Moon, about a tumultous mother-daughter relationship, I felt that the book was interesting enough to purchase. I should probably add that I also got the book for 40%, which was also a factor in my purchasing...not always a wise decision.
Some of the things that I like about Sebold's writing is her development of the characters and how the stories do not progress in a linear fashion. I especially appreciated this in The Almost Moon as I got a chance to see a different side of Helen, the main character. Events in her youth have left her an embittered woman, and she continues to feel like a young child in the presence of her elderly mother.
This book is laborious to read--it feels as if it just goes on and on and on... I'm frustrated with Helen's character and I just want to kick her in the rear sometimes. At least the book is making me feel something, although I kind of dread picking it up again to finish the last 20 odd pages.
I admit that I was slow to jump on the Nick Hornby bandwagon, but I'm quickly catching up. I saw the movie prior to reading the book, which is typicalI admit that I was slow to jump on the Nick Hornby bandwagon, but I'm quickly catching up. I saw the movie prior to reading the book, which is typically not my style but Hugh Grant and Toni Collette...what can I say? For the record, I also saw High Fidelity and Fever Pitch prior to reading those as well.
Anyway...I adored this book. The relationship that builds between Will and Marcus is alternates between the sweet, funny and heartwarming. I enjoy watching the progress as both Will and Marcus grow up, learning from one another. It's a fairly light read, so I personally can't fault it for much. ...more
Ruby Oliver, high school junior, has had a difficult time of things since the spring of her sophomore year and it doesn't appear that things are going Ruby Oliver, high school junior, has had a difficult time of things since the spring of her sophomore year and it doesn't appear that things are going to swing in her favor any time soon. Her boyfriend broke up with her and her three best friends are no longer speaking to her, and if this isn't enough to deal with, one of those former best friends is now dating Ruby's ex-boyfriend.
As Ruby is dealing with the consequences of being a social leper at school, she also begins to examine the role of various relationships in her life--former, current and potential.
The Boy Book is a charismatic book, and many teenage girls may relate to the issues that Ruby faces. A good way to describe it is a Bridget Jones' Diary for the teen set....more
CIP: "After getting in trouble yet again, popular high school senior Liam, who never seems to live up to his wealthy father's expectations, is sent toCIP: "After getting in trouble yet again, popular high school senior Liam, who never seems to live up to his wealthy father's expectations, is sent to live in a trailer park with his gay 'glam-rocker' uncle."
Likable characters, esp. the uncle et al. Unfortunately, Screwups failed to hold my interest and I would be hesitant to recommend the title to any of my YA patrons. ...more