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Wintergirls
3.98
really liked it
Laurie Halse Anderson has a formula that she uses in all her books. It's: slowly build tension, wallop readers with the "Holy shit!" moment, decrease ...more
Apr 12, 2009
Dec 31, 2008
 
Stealing Heaven
3.71
liked it
I really wanted to give this one 4 stars. I did. So much. The premise was fresh, and Dani is a departure from Scott's all-American every-girl types. B ...more
Apr 2008
Mar 30, 2008
 
Life Laughs: The Naked Truth About Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving On
3.81
liked it
If you read Louder Than Words you will know that Jenny wrote this during a very tramultuous time in her life. She was struggling with her son's autism ...more
Nov 18, 2008
Nov 03, 2008
 
The Fortunes of Indigo Skye
3.54
I don't know if I:
a) Need a break from YA
b) Need a break from Deb Caletti
c) Just don't like this book

I do know that I don't really like the main chara
...more
not set
Apr 14, 2008
 
Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions
3.76
So this book is kinda funny. But it's pretty repetitive and the joke gets old after a while. I didn't finish it; if I want to read more about how nerd ...more
not set
Jun 28, 2008
 
Paper Towns
3.89
really liked it
I loved this book. Green's writing is so smart. Similar to Looking for Alaska, Green does a wonderful job of building suspense yet carefully pacing hi ...more
Oct 20, 2008
Aug 25, 2008
 
Headlong
3.22
it was ok
Um, I guess this book was ok, although I am not quite sure what it was about. It seemed like a lot was missing, like I was reading a 200 page summary ...more
Nov 15, 2008
Sep 30, 2008
 
A Season of Eden
3.29
it was ok
I really don't know what to make of this book. If I was a teenager (therefore being a member of the intended audience) I would find this book incredib ...more
Aug 25, 2008
Aug 24, 2008
 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
4.21
it was ok
I have no idea how I feel about this one. At first I thought Charlie was on the Autistic spectrum because the book read very Curious Incident of the D ...more
Oct 15, 2009
Oct 15, 2009
 
Love the One You're With
3.70
it was ok
I really didn't like the protagonist in this book. Ellen is wishy-washy and contradicts herself throughout the novel. I think a lot of women wonder ab ...more
not set
May 26, 2008
 
Steve & Me
4.23
it was amazing
This was a sweet love story set against the backdrop of wild adventures in the Austrailian bush. I never would have picked this book out myself but it ...more
Oct 29, 2008
Oct 03, 2008
 
Wabi Sabi
4.14
really liked it
The art work is absolutely beautiful but I wonder if this book (as a whole) is too abstract for children. As with most picture books that recieve a to ...more
Nov 14, 2008
Nov 14, 2008
 
Breathing Underwater (Breathing Underwater, #1)
3.90
liked it
If I was a teenager this would have been a 5-star book. As an adult, the characters all seemed a little too stereotypical. And we all love a nice, nea ...more
Mar 2008
Aug 05, 2007
 
The Secret Diary Of Anne Boleyn
3.79
liked it
I liked this book. I did. It just took me way too long to read. I was surprised how much sexy business was going on back then especially because the p ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 25, 2008
 
The Book of Mom
2.45
Ugh. I tried TWICE but I just cannot get into this book! The protagonist is a little too helpless and her friend Katie is a little too Yoda. If my fri ...more
Aug 25, 2008
May 30, 2008
 
Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea
3.85
really liked it
Not as good as her first book, My Horizontal Life, but I gave it the same 4-star rating. Handler is SO inappropriate you wonder how much of these stor ...more
May 2008
Jun 02, 2007
 
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
3.82
really liked it
Smart vocabulary, spunky heroine, secret societies--what more could you ask for? I really liked this one. It was a lot of fun and a departure from the ...more
not set
May 22, 2008
 
A Tale of Two Sisters
3.34
liked it
Anyone with a sister, or even a life-long best friend, will be absorbed by these characters. There are a couple of inconsistancies (where was the edit ...more
May 2007
May 28, 2007
 
The Three Little Pigs
3.78
it was ok
I'm not a fan of the version where the wolf eats the first two pigs but the third pig eats the wolf because then it's like the third pig is eating his ...more
not set
Jun 09, 2008
 
Angel Girl
4.26
it was amazing
This would a fantastic picture book to use in a unit on the Holocaust or World War II for elementary school students. The story is beautiful and the i ...more
Nov 04, 2008
Nov 04, 2008
 
Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood
3.85
really liked it
The same as Belly Laughs but with illustrations. If you want to laugh, this book is great. If you are looking for actual baby care information, skip t ...more
Nov 15, 2008
Nov 03, 2008
 
Summer With Elisa
3.42
really liked it
Cute summer read for 1st through 3rd graders. Young readers will enjoy all the things Elisa does over her summer vacation and comparing it to their su ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 12, 2007
 
Are You There God?  It's Me, Margaret
3.89
really liked it
I can't really picture myself writing a letter to my grandma that says "Guess what? My best friends got their periods!" My grandma was the Sbarros-gar ...more
not set
Jun 13, 2008
 
Bad Girl: Confessions Of A Teenage Delinquent
3.51
liked it
This autobiography was interesting enough, but it wasn't the intense page turner I thought it was going to be. Some of it is pretty effed up (can you ...more
Dec 16, 2007
Dec 15, 2007
 
The Ashleys (The Ashleys, #1)
3.51
it was ok
Far fetched and over the top? Absolutey. But it is a fun fluff read for older elementary and middle school girls not quite read for Gossip Girl or It ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 25, 2008
 
Where Is the Green Sheep? (Horn Book Fanfare List (Awards))
4.18
really liked it
A fun read aloud, although it gets kinda hard to keep saying "sheep." I wondered throughout "Am I being tricked into cursing like Fox in Socks?" but t ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 06, 2008
 
Black Duck
3.72
it was amazing
Action-packed tale of the rum runners during Prohibition. Loved it. The author paced the story very well, letting it unfold in its own time. One of my ...more
Dec 2006
May 07, 2007
 
The Day They Came to Arrest the Book
3.27
This book is just plain awful. I'm not going to finish it. People--especially teens--do not speak like this. There aren't enough bad things I could sa ...more
Dec 2007
Nov 11, 2007
 
Ladybug Girl
4.07
liked it
I really thought I would love this one, but it was ho-hum. My daughter was really excited by the cover, the story didn't really hold her attention.
not set
May 29, 2008
 
Flotsam
4.29
really liked it
The wonderful illustrations won this wordless picture book the Caldecott Medal. It was not my pick, but it is stunning. Better suited for older childr ...more
Nov 2006
May 09, 2007
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