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Counting by 7s
I work at an elementary school and over the years I've met hundreds of children. The vast majority of them lie in the great bell of the bell curve, bu ...more
Nov 30, 2013
Dec 02, 2013
The Story of Owen (The Story of Owen #1)
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You know what sold me? The first two paragraphs. Here they are, so you can read for yourself:

Before the Thorskard came to
Oct 05, 2014
Oct 15, 2014
Rapture Practice
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I don't have children myself, but I imagine that one of the many things that parents feel a general sense of terror about
Nov 10, 2013
Nov 11, 2013
Shelter (Mickey Bolitar, #1)
Recommended by my friend Maureen with the caveat that this book breaks the "series rule" (The first book in a series must be a complete story on its o ...more
Nov 30, 2011
Dec 26, 2011
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
I'm kind of done with WWII fiction, but I had to read this because it was on the Mock Printz list so read it I did. And I am so glad! While most WWII ...more
Oct 17, 2012
Nov 03, 2012
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
People have formed their opinions and drawn their lines in the sand. And now I've read it, so me too! You can find me firmly on the side of: liked it! ...more
Jul 19, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
Eleanor & Park
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Rainbow Rowell's name falls into the same category as Ransom Riggs (category: YA authors with names I hope they didn't gr
Apr 19, 2013
Jun 03, 2013
We Were Liars
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There are books that are good and then there are books that take you along an interesting path only to suddenly spin arou
May 20, 2014
Jun 24, 2014
The Infinite Moment of Us
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Holy shit! There is a lot of well-described sex in this book. And I love it! I've been frustrated with YA's usual tactic
Oct 31, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
Prairie Fire (The Story of Owen #2)
The second in the Story of Owen, Dragon Slayer of Trondheim. (Which is actually the story of Siobhan, bard to Owen, Dragon Slayer of Trondheim.) Once ...more
Jun 06, 2015
Jun 18, 2015
If You Find Me
**spoiler alert** I was all in due to the well-drawn characters and the basic premise of the plot. I also thought seeing the exploration of the world ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 05, 2014
Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)
I could make some new shelves on Goodreads for this book. How about these:
Oct 09, 2013
Nov 01, 2013
My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door, #1)
Fairly normal teen romance with daughter of uptight trust fund state representative falling for second son of very large family next door. A goodly am ...more
Jun 15, 2014
Jul 17, 2014
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
I like this book, despite wondering on page 44 if "X" happened to be the big plot twist. And several hundred pages later IT WAS! Given I rarely figure ...more
Mar 05, 2015
Mar 13, 2015
All the Bright Places
Book three of inadvertent suicide-themed novels read in February. Within these pages is a beautiful love story that sadly comes to no good end. Which ...more
Feb 25, 2015
Mar 10, 2015
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia
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This was a very good book, an easily readable history of the last Czar of Russia and his family as well as the social and
Aug 08, 2014
Sep 18, 2014
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
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I've read A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and the joke that goes with that title is that in Dave Eggers's family they wo
Oct 12, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
The Carnival at Bray
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Book two of my inadvertent suicide-themed reading jaunt. In this case, it's a secondary character, so less overt tragedy
Feb 09, 2015
Mar 09, 2015
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
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There are a lot of characters in this novel and I was confused as to who everyone was for about the first fifty pages. O
Jun 27, 2015
Jul 17, 2015
Firebug (Firebug, #1)
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Looking for a fun quick read with snortingly good humor sprinkled throughout? Looking for an alternate world with fire st
Oct 31, 2014
Nov 19, 2014
Why We Broke Up
Matt and I read aloud.
Reading this out loud is a perfect way to capture Handler's fabulous prose. I liked it the second time just as much as th
Feb 25, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Expectations were low, and I enjoyed this distopian novel about a girl who must prove herself. It's kind of every "good" girl's dream: to go off and j ...more
Feb 26, 2014
Mar 20, 2014
The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon—and me, Ruby Oliver  (Ruby Oliver, #3)
I read books 2-4 of the Ruby Oliver Quartet in a very short amount of time. Thus, it all blends together, making three separate reviews impossible. In ...more
Jun 12, 2014
Jul 03, 2014
The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver, #2)
I read books 2-4 of the Ruby Oliver Quartet in a very short amount of time. Thus, it all blends together, making three separate reviews impossible. In ...more
Jun 12, 2014
Jul 03, 2014
Betsy's Wedding (Betsy-Tacy, #10)
This is my least favorite in the Betsy series, mostly because Betsy gets married. Joe becomes a cardboard "husband" character, one who is cheerfully d ...more
May 25, 2015
Jun 03, 2015
Grasshopper Jungle
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For the first half of this book I was completely in love with the horny stylings of the narrarator. The Iowa town was gr
Apr 06, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
Two Boys Kissing
"Remember what it was like to have sex and not worry about AIDS?" a friend asked me once in the early 2000s

"Um, no." I replied.

She was six years olde
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
Jasper Jones
Of the grim/tense category that all these Mock Printz books seem to be, this falls into "tense." I found the writing for this novel very uneven. For e ...more
Nov 10, 2011
Nov 27, 2011
Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, Plural. If My Life Weren't Complicated, I Wouldn't Be Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver, #4)
I read books 2-4 of the Ruby Oliver Quartet in a very short amount of time. Thus, it all blends together, making three separate reviews impossible. In ...more
Jun 17, 2014
Jul 03, 2014
The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie (Ashbury/Brookfield, #3)
I may be over identifying a tad, but I think Bindy Mackenzie is perhaps the most lively character in a book I've read this year and I fell completely ...more
Dec 04, 2010
Dec 16, 2010
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