Seldom has a book made me cry all the way through, but I now know my kindle's buttons are waterproof. Poor Mia, from a beloved daughter of a fairly qu...moreSeldom has a book made me cry all the way through, but I now know my kindle's buttons are waterproof. Poor Mia, from a beloved daughter of a fairly quirky couple, to an orphan in an instant. The car wreck that kills her father and mother leaves her with devastating injuries. This book is narrated by Mia's spirit who remembers everything, watches everything, sees everything. Mia remembers her family, her brother, also in the car. She remembers her abiding love for music, classical music, unlike her ex-rocker father and her rocker boyfriend. She remembers her friends, her grandparents. She is deciding, quite literally, if she will stay, suffer the horrendous pain of losing her parents, of the injuries she's sustained, or if she will go, die, find her parents and leave.
This is compelling and deep. Forman has her characters discuss music, life, death in passionate discussions that make them so real to us.
I was an emotional wreck by the end of this book. So far, IF I had a Sequoyah vote, this would be mine. An amazing book, a story that will haunt me for a long time, and a courageous heroine who reminds us all how much is at stake with every life. Oh, my. What a book.(less)
Carter, a dweeby, ADD freshman, wants a cool nickname, he wants a girlfriend, he wants to fit in, and he wants to be noticed in a good way. I think al...moreCarter, a dweeby, ADD freshman, wants a cool nickname, he wants a girlfriend, he wants to fit in, and he wants to be noticed in a good way. I think all of us would agree these desires aren't out of the realm of possibility. But his ADD really gets in the way. I appreciated Crawford's description of the mind of a good kid who's trying to control his ADD without medication. Carter struggles in school. He tries out for football, swimming, baseball, but nothing works. He doesn't quite get the hidden rules of girls and boys and gets himself into some hysterical situation. He gets a girl, loses a girl, loses another girl and knocks one out cold.
Carter's voice cracked me up all the way through. I kept laughing in class...bothering kids taking their finals. A true 'snork' book.
And, in the end, Carter really does finally get it. His epiphany comes at the cost of his entrance onstage as Nathan Detroit in GUYS AND DOLLS.
Language and situations seem very typically gross-out ninth-grade boy. I think my guys will like this one.(less)
OK...zombies?? I nearly put this down when I realized the Unconsecrated were zombies. Mary's world is so small...the village. the Guardians, the Siste...moreOK...zombies?? I nearly put this down when I realized the Unconsecrated were zombies. Mary's world is so small...the village. the Guardians, the Sisterhood...and the fence. Always the fence...Mary's been raised with stories about the ocean...a vast, unending expanse of water. Mary wants more...she wants Travis, but his brother Harry makes a bid for her.
Ultimately touching but unsatisfying. I don't know any more about The Return, or how The Unconsecrated entered the world. I don't know so much. But I don't want to know the answers enough to read the next one...blah!(less)