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Crazy in Love
I learned a lot of things from this book, like:

- He wont buy the cow, if he can get the milk for free (yes they actually said this 5-10 times in the b
Sep 2007
Sep 07, 2007
The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster
After a 5 page prologue about Phiona, we jump through a series of stories about other people. I found it to be very disjointed and confusing. Even now ...more
Dec 05, 2012
Dec 04, 2012
Science Fair
Very silly - would appeal to middle school boys. It's got the adventure, the gross scenes and a bit of the "My parents don't understand me" angst.
Nov 18, 2008
Nov 13, 2008
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
Ok - I liked book 1 and 2, #3 was ok, but this one really kinda sucked. I listened to it, rather than read it and the first 8 discs were just a back a ...more
Sep 18, 2008
Sep 18, 2008
Boy Toy
I had to read this one after all of the discussion on the sex and objectionable content. It's about a boy who had a sexual relationship with a female ...more
Jan 25, 2008
Jan 12, 2008
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature
I really liked this one. Mena does something which causes her family, church and friends (all church members) to turn on her as she enters freshman ye ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 28, 2007
Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2)
**spoiler alert** I was really expecting to love this one and tried to, but I felt that the pacing was uneven. It was slow for almost longer than I wa ...more
Feb 06, 2015
Feb 07, 2015
Brown Girl Dreaming
A beautiful tribute to a family. I was surprised to find myself interested and wanting to know more about what happened to various people and I often ...more
Dec 26, 2014
Dec 25, 2014
Following Christopher Creed (Steepleton Chronicles, #2)
The original book was suspenseful and addicting, but this one lacked a little something. While I did want to keep reading to find out what would happe ...more
Sep 21, 2011
Sep 21, 2011
Noble Intentions (Noble, #1)
Implausible, kind of cheesy, but still fun romance novel.
Sep 28, 2014
Sep 28, 2014
The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)
This was type of epic fantasy that usually hooks me, but I was turned off by the love triangle. I could have lived with a book with yet another love t ...more
May 07, 2014
May 05, 2014
This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike.
This is self-help, but in a raw, unsophisticated (or maybe I should say un-professional psychologist), and, therefore, more appealing way. I like the ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand at a Time
While not the best-written this title was completely engaging and I read it all in one sitting. I agree with the author that child prostitutes are not ...more
Oct 15, 2012
Oct 20, 2012
Titanic Sinks!: Experience the Titanic's Doomed Voyage in this Unique Presentation of Fact andFi ction
The text was a little less exciting than I would have expected for a book about a disaster, but I chugged through it, because I was interested. It wou ...more
Mar 07, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
The Book of Jonas
15 y.o. Jonas survives the bombing of his village in an unnamed middle eastern country by running and hidding in a nearby cave. And with the help of a ...more
Sep 19, 2012
Sep 19, 2012
One of the best things about Volponi's books is that they really make you think about social and racial issues and question the way that you look at t ...more
Sep 15, 2009
Sep 15, 2009
This book has gotten a lot of controversy, because the main character, Sandpiper, talks candidly about oral sex. She does it on lots of guys, because ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 30, 2007
The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2)
This series got off to a slow start in book 1, but this one was much more interesting. Looking forward to the last book.
Jan 30, 2015
Jan 30, 2015
A retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses. I think one of my favorite things about this book was the father's development. I was fully expecting him to ...more
Dec 18, 2011
Dec 18, 2011
The Season
This one annoyed me at first - every one was entirely too beautiful: Vivi is tall, slender (and beautiful). Ella is petite w/delicate features (and be ...more
Jan 03, 2010
Jan 03, 2010
100 Cupboards  (100 Cupboards, #1)
An interesting fantasy about a boy who finds 100 cupboards behind the plaster in his new bedroom (he's just moved in with his aunt, uncle and their da ...more
Feb 06, 2008
Feb 13, 2008
Son (The Giver Quartet, #4)
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed most of the book - I was caught up in the rich storytelling of the first half of the book. Unfortunately, the richness tap ...more
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 20, 2012
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography
The beginning is a bit dull - I wonder if this is because Ms. Wilder's memories are less vivid from her earlier childhood? In any case, I found her la ...more
Jan 31, 2015
Jan 31, 2015
The Seven Rays
The premise and the backbone of the story was interesting, but I thought the details weren't necessarily good. The main character's voice was off. She ...more
Feb 08, 2010
Feb 12, 2010
What I Saw and How I Lied
This was another one that was painful to read. I knew that the stepfather had done something bad in the war and I just didn't want to discover what it ...more
Feb 16, 2009
Feb 17, 2009
I'm sorry I took the time to read this book. It was truly bizarre. The characters were all flat, hardly drawn (except a bit more for Alathea). The sce ...more
Jul 22, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Deception
Not Paulsen's best work. I just didn't think the characterization of Kevin was all that consistent, plus I didn't like him at all. The main character ...more
Oct 28, 2011
Oct 28, 2011
Fancy White Trash
This one was good. A fast, beach read kind of book. I was derailed a bit, however, when I got near the end and found a piece of inaccurate scientific ...more
Aug 07, 2009
Aug 07, 2009
All These Things I've Done (Birthright, #1)
I'd definitely attribute a couple of the stars above to the fact that this book felt original. I read so many teen books, that they can all start to b ...more
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
Unwind (Unwind, #1)
A scary look at a possible future where parents can't abort children before birth, but can "unwind" them between the ages of 13-18. What I really like ...more
Jun 15, 2009
Jun 16, 2009
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